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July 27th, 2012

Razing homes: County receives money to demolish homes

July 27, 2012

More than $215,000 in state money has been awarded to Auglaize County for the demolition of vacant and blighted homes.
“This money is being allocated to allow for reinvestment, to spur growth and property values,” Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said. “It just gives another resource for villages, cities and townships to deal with blighted or dilapidated property. It’s a way to take these homes and increase the land value, renew the property and better the neighborhood.”

Eaton earns his Eagle

July 27, 2012

One day leaving a Buckland church with his grandmother, a Wapakoneta High School student noticed the parking lot needed relined and a plot of land needed to be spruced up.
Nearly a year later, this past Sunday, 16-year-old Jon Eaton stood in the front of the congregation at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ as he was honored for earning his Eagle Scout, the highest award, for making improvements at his grandmother’s church.
Eaton had improved the parking lot and surrounding area for the Buckland United Church of Christ, where his grandmother, Laura Norman, attends church services.

Waynesfield close to natural gas use

July 27, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — After many attempts and failures to bring a natural gas utility to the village of Waynesfield, village officials are now closer than ever to bringing natural gas service to the community.
Councilors approved an ordinance this week appointing Peck Shaffer of Covington, Ky., as bond counsel, if a study proves the utility feasible to the village.
In the past, village officials tried several times to bring natural gas to Waynesfield to make utilities more affordable for residents.

Courthouse ceremony: Plans made for courthouse rededication

July 27, 2012

Former elected officials and representatives from throughout Auglaize County are to lead a courthouse rededication ceremony this fall.
Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, the ceremony is open to everyone and is to be followed by an open house throughout that Sunday afternoon. A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 23, also has been set.
While personnel won’t officially be moved back into county offices in the courthouse by the date of the open house, the Auglaize County commissioners said they debated what to do, but ultimately wanted to share the building with residents as soon as possible.

Leaning toward Lanning: Dog park location determined by city committee

July 27, 2012

Regardless of their analytical approach, the same result rose to top — the new dog park is best suited for the former Lanning Farm on the western city limits of Wapakoneta.
During a brief 15-minute meeting Thursday, Wapakoneta City Council Parks and Recreation Committee members recommended city administrators — Mayor Rodney Metz and Safety-Service Director Bill Rains — work with local Boy Scout Travis Rohrbach and a group of citizens to develop between 1 and 1 1/2 acres of ground for a dog park.

Director warns of accuracy of studies

July 27, 2012

Not everything one reads or hears about medicine and health is true, a county official says.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres wanted area residents to be skeptical of initial reports of health study findings and to gather more information about the results.
“Before you get excited about something you hear, look at it with a grain of salt,” Torres said. “There is probably more to the story.
“Talk to a doctor before changing anything, he treats people not tests,” he said.
Torres said studies can create controversy and there’s some question about using them to reduce risk.

July 26th

Exploring options

July 26, 2012

The Auglaize County commissioners continue to explore their options for funding the construction of a new dog shelter.

“We are still trying to figure out where we are at financially with the building,” Commissioner Doug Spencer told Dog Warden Russ Bailey during a meeting this week. “We are looking at whether any advance is possible toward the Dog and Kennel Fund. There is still the potential that we may not be able to advance you but the need for a shelter has not lessened. Borrowing money for it may be the only viable option we have.”

Warden busy with new dog law

July 26, 2012

A new state law addressing dangerous and nuisance dogs is keeping the Auglaize County dog warden busy.

Dog Warden Russ Bailey said he has been “very, very busy” since the new law took effect May 22.

“We’ve made six notifications so far,” Bailey said during a regular monthly meeting this week with the Auglaize County commissioners. “One was for a nuisance dog, the others were for dangerous dogs.”

He said five bites came from pit bulls.

Senator works to help combat foreclosures

July 26, 2012

Federal assistance and money are available for Ohioans whose homes were foreclosed in 2009 and 2010, a U.S. legislator says in his personal push to notify 140,000 people in his home state who may qualify for a free review.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown revisited the issue after only 6,000 of the 140,000 eligible Ohioans initiated the free Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) process and because Congress extended the review deadline for a final time to Sept. 30.

July 25th

Income tax plan

July 25, 2012

A former state official recently returned to the political limelight to support a new tax initiative proposed by the current governor.

Former state Agriculture Director Fred Dailey favors Gov. John Kasich’s plan to raise taxes on natural gas and oil production in the state to offset  the effects on the state budget by his proposal to reduce and eliminate the state’s income tax. The proposed tax on natural gas and oil production would only affect large producing wells.

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