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December 23rd

Young Girl Scouts feed pets for Christmas

December 23, 2011

A group of young girls made it their mission that no pet will go hungry this Christmas.
Brownie Troop 20238, with the help of Daisy Troop 20721, set up a drive asking local businesses and organizations for donations of dog and cat food and set out collection bins in area schools and businesses so they could provide pet food to area families in need.

OSU requests up: Staffing shortfall, may share person with Mercer

December 23, 2011

With fewer staff members doing more work, high gasoline prices and a copy machine that may need replaced, the director of OSU’s Extension Office in Auglaize County requested approximately a $50,000 increase in the 2012 budget.
“Basically, we’re just trying to cover our costs,” Auglaize County OSU Extension Office Director Beth Miller said.
She requested $252,350 in funding from the Auglaize County commissioners. The request is $48,575 more than in 2011, when the office for the second consecutive year had to calculate zero spending in several line items just to try to make ends meet.

Giving a gift to one’s self

December 23, 2011

All the festivities surrounding Christmas time may not leave everyone feeling happy.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said this time of year people can be prone to getting the “holiday blues.”
“People want to do more, to find the perfect gift, have the perfect holiday, it puts a lot of stress on people,” Torres said. “In Sunday School, we are taught to love our neighbor as our we love ourselves, but many times we love our neighbors but we do not love ourselves.”
Torres said often we can accept from them what may be viewed as shortcomings in oneself.

Toy related deaths increase

December 23, 2011

With Christmas time here, it is important for locals to remember to follow safety precautions, especially when it comes to childrens’ presents — toys.
Toy-related deaths to children, younger than 15, increased to 17 fatalities reported last year for 15 in 2009, along with approximately 181,500 children who were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries.

December 22nd

New library head: Youth Coordinator hired for new post

December 22, 2011

A new director is set to take over the county library system after Auglaize County Public District Library Board of Trustees reached a decision.
Beth Steiner, who has served as the youth services coordinator for the last five years, replaces Jo Derryberry, who retired in September.
Steiner, a native of Auglaize County, has a master of science degree in library science from Clarion University, a master of arts in organizational management from Bluffton University and a bachelor of business administration/marketing from the University of Toledo.

Family, friends rally around fire victim

December 22, 2011

A Buckland woman injured when her house caught fire early Tuesday morning is expected to be released from the hospital for Christmas.
Becky Krites, 45, won’t be able to return to the house she has called home for more than 15 years since the two-story home at 101 High St. was destroyed by the blaze, along with everything inside, including her dog, Nikka, who perished in the fire.
Krites suffered most of her injuries trying to save the golden retriever.

Brown, Portman fight for tax deal

December 22, 2011

Two U.S. senators from Ohio say their colleagues in the House of Representatives should continue to work on a deal to reauthorize the payroll tax reduction before the end of the year.
“I’m incredulous

December 21st

Funding issues: Auglaize, Mercer could share extension position

December 21, 2011

The Auglaize County Commissioners are working with educators from the local Ohio State University Extension Office as they move forward with less funding and less staffing.
Beth Miller, who has served as the county’s 4-H youth development extension educator, said those duties are keeping her busy and are to be picking up as she’s learning the responsibilities of extension director, a job she took over in September after Lois Clark’s retirement.

Wurst: Shortfall in fund not worrisome

December 21, 2011

With recyclables earning less than in past years and expenses climbing, the city of Wapakoneta’s Recycling Fund is expected to have a small deficit, according to early budget estimates.
Wapakoneta City Council 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, who is to assume the chairmanship of the Finance Committee in 2012, says she is not worried because additional money from the Refuse Fund will be transferred into the account to make sure the fund is balanced.

Farm programs in jeopardy?: OFBF president says lack of supercommittee action may result in big cuts to farm program

December 21, 2011

A state farm official says a possible new farm bill may cut all areas in the U.S. farm safety net.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation President Adam Sharp, who spoke in great length at the Auglaize County Farmers breakfast on Tuesday, provided a history and the affects the farm bill would have on Ohio farmers. The current farm bill, written in 2007, is set to expire at the end of 2012. Sharp said the committee could potentially cut the entire farm bill.
“There is a general belief that we are heavily subsidizing farmers and it simply isn’t true,” Sharp said.

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