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December 26th

Gymnastics, sports, job keeps student jumping

December 26, 2011

A Wapakoneta Middle School student has a busy schedule each day of the week, but she would not like it any other way.
Between sports, dance and her paper route, Wapakoneta Middle School sixth-grader Kayla Crawford has something to do every day, but she is not complaining.
“I live being active and staying busy,” Crawford said. “I always have something to do.”
Along with doing what most 12-year-olds do, Crawford takes on sports, extra-curriculars and a job.
The dancer has picked up tumbling and lyrical lessons at The Dance Centre, and in her first year back, after a short hiatus.

December 23rd

Family tradition: Waynesfield family carries on legacy

December 23, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — A Waynesfield couple focused on instilling a strong work ethic in their children and always stressed the importance of education and service to church and the community.
However, Thelma and Lott Turner could not have envisioned the impact that their descendants would have in the small town.
The couple that operated a small farm in the community had five children, all graduates of Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
The couple’s 15 grandchildren all excelled both academically and athletically, and littered the school’s athletic record books along the way.

Wisconsin artist restores history at courthouse

December 23, 2011

As county administrators walk through the Auglaize County Courthouse, they mention how pleased they are with the renovations to the century-old building.
The Auglaize County commissioners and Administrator Joe Lenhart toured the courthouse on Thursday during their monthly walk-through, expressing to representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates of how happy they are with the way things are going.
“The most interesting thing of this project are the different stages,” Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said. “It’s interesting to see the phases of work in the same building.”

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.
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