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August 22nd, 2012
A recent designation by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack should help county farmers seek relief due to this year’s drought-like conditions, but the extent of that help will depend on Congress’s ability to get legislation passed, a local farming authority says.
Vilsack announced Wednesday 10 Ohio counties as primary natural disaster counties and 11 other counties as contiguous disaster counties, including Auglaize County.
Two men elected to the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservtion District (SWCD) say they are eager to start their terms at the beginning of the new year.
Rick Place and Jeff Zwiebel were elected to three-year terms on the SWCD’s Board of Supervisors, which was announced at the end of the Tuesday’s annual meeting at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center in Wapakoneta after all votes had been tallied. Anyone that was a resident in Auglaize County that owned land in Auglaize County was eligible to vote.
The “buck” stops here — at least the bucks should, a councilor says, until the Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee learns the reasons for a number of supplemental appropriations to transfer funds.
Wapakoneta city leaders learned the state is providing nearly $2 million for another street project.
Wapakoneta Councilor-at-large Dan Graf announced the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded the city $1.8 million to cover 80 percent of the total reconstruction of West Auglaize Street from South Blackhoof Street to West Pearl Street. The city would be required to provide 20 percent, or approximately $350,000, toward the total cost of the project scheduled to start in 2015.
Graf called the announcement “great news” for the city.
Beginning next week, an area village’s website should have a new look.
Cridersville Village Operator Jarid Kohlrieser said the new website for the village of Cridersville will be up and running by Aug. 30 — if not before.
“I think this website is awesome,” Kohlrieser said. “It’s user friendly and I think if someone gets on to the website, they will have no problem finding what they are looking for.”
For years a Wapakoneta woman served her community through her medical knowledge, sometimes working and being on call for 24 hours straight.
Ruth Baeumel, who began working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in Wapakoneta 33 years ago, went on her last call this weekend. She decided it was time to retire.
Local data backs what national scientists declared — July was one of the hottest months ever on record.
Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. The average temperature for July was 77.6 degrees, breaking a mark set in July 1936 by 0.2 degrees, according to records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
One local student is enjoying his summer poolside — and is not ready for the season to end.
Wapakoneta High School senior Brad Severt, who has spent his summer lifeguarding at the Wapakoneta WaterPark, said he is going to miss it this fall when he goes back to school.
“It just looked like fun,” Severt said of why he decided to lifeguard. “I live just across the street and I have friends that do it.”
So Severt began his training earlier this year, and enjoys seeing the people everyday.
Law enforcement officers from throughout the county are joining together in an effort to encourage people to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and Wapakoneta Police Department plan to take part in the national campaign to reduce impaired driving and roadway fatalities beginning today and extending through the end of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3. The local agencies make a concentrated effort to work together to stop impaired drivers on county roads every year at this time.
At a combined Wapakoneta City Council Utility Committee and Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on Thursday, the committee informed Solar Planet that they would like to enter into contract with them.
Wapakoneta City Council Utility Committee Chair Steve Walter, along with members of the committee and city officials, agreed to ask for legislation to be prepared to authorize Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains to negotiate and execute a contract with Solar Planet.