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May 11th, 2012

County creeps: Sales tax rebounds

May 11, 2012

The county is showing signs of creeping out of the economic woes that struck most of the country in 2008, a county official says.

Auglaize County Board of Commissioners President Doug Spencer told a crowd of approximately 70 people at Marleys Downtown on Thursday during the State of the County address.

Spencer reported sales tax receipts increased 8.8 percent for the county through the first four months of the year, or approximately $200,000 in excess of 2011 receipts. They increased 9.8 percent over last year.

May 10th

Mortgage bill hits floor

May 10, 2012

A new bill before Congress is aimed at keeping homeowners in their homes longer and focuses on helping banks with their at-risk mortgages — thus strengthening the economy for future growth.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown recently introduced the Foreclosure Fraud and Homeowner Abuse Prevention Act in an attempt to keep people from losing their homes and to help stabilize the housing market in an effort to right the sputtering U.S. economy.

Trip to China planned

May 10, 2012

The Wapakoneta Area of Commerce is planning a trip to China for its members and other community residents in April of next year.

The opportunity allows travelers to visit the tour highlights of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, as well as visiting historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.

“This is the first time we have done this,” Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said. “We wanted to give the community a chance to travel at an affordable price.

Multi-state effort focused on I-75

May 10, 2012

A collaborative effort between state troopers in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana focused on Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 recently in an ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and impaired driving.

The multi-agency enforcement effort, which extended from Thursday through Saturday, was part of the 6 State Trooper Project, aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

May 9th

Retire and renew: Bassitt to end ACHD career, Torres contract renewed

May 9, 2012

A long-time employee of the Auglaize County Health Department announced her plans to retire, while the medical director saw his contract renewed for another year.

After 27 years, Janet Bassitt, who has served as health educator since she was hired in July 1985, announced her plans to retire as of July 1, during a monthly meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.

“She will be missed,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.

Two leave B’land posts

May 9, 2012

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council is looking for two new members as two were removed from their posts during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Councilor Rusty Jones submitted a letter of resignation, effective May 7, citing an “inability to be able to attend all council meetings because of meeting time change, my work schedule, and my family.”

Later in the meeting, Councilor Matt A. Pleiman was removed from his council seat for failing to attend meetings.

Drop & Swap, waste day hits Saturday

May 9, 2012

Wapakoneta is the place to be Saturday morning for area residents spending time doing some spring cleaning or scavengers seeking unappreciated treasures.

The city’s annual Drop and Swap event and Auglaize County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day is this weekend at the Wapakoneta Public Works Building, 110 Harrison St.

May 8th

Green energy code: Wind, solar bill hits councilors’ desks

May 8, 2012

An attempt to build a 125-foot wind turbine last year in the city prompted Wapakoneta City Council members to review city ordinances and building codes to best deal with renewable energy sources, or green energy.

Now more than a year’s worth of work by council’s Lands and Buildings Committee members is before councilors for their approval. During Monday’s council meeting, councilors heard the first of three readings of two pieces of legislation aimed to help residents know what is acceptable and what is not.

Museum launches midnight movies

May 8, 2012

A local museum director hopes to start a midnight movie tradition.

Beginning Saturday, The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is hosting a midnight showing of a science fiction once a month, on the 56-foot diameter Astro Theatre in the museum.

“Midnight movie screenings are a long tradition in the sci-fi genre,” The Armstrong Air and Space Museum Executive Director Chris Burton said. “The series will also feature films not commonly experienced in a cinema setting.”

Money shifted to pay final bills

May 8, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members voted unanimously to pay off a debt in anticipation of unincorporating the village in November.

During the April council meeting, councilors approved a move transferring $37,000 from its savings to pay off a sewer loan and set aside another $7,400 to pay on the wastewater lagoon project.

Councilors continue to move in the direction of unincorporating, or dissolving the village, and discussed the issue during a brief meeting on Monday.

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