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April 26th, 2012

Trial opens in pandering case

April 26, 2012

A 12-member jury heard opening arguments and testimony from key witnesses Wednesday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court involving pandering obsenity charges against a Lima man.

Ben Hadding, 38, of Lima, faces two second-degree felonies and two fourth-degree felonies for pandering obscenity of a minor, charges that stemmed from events that is believed to have occurred approximately between April 2011 and September 2011. The minor involved was the 13-year-old living at the same residence with Hadding when he lived in Cridersville.

WSU student: ‘It’s about saving lives’

April 26, 2012

CELINA — Ten years ago, Botkins resident Rachel Doseck became suddenly ill — and her life depended on a donation of life.

“I was 10 years old, and I got sick,” Doseck said. “I had flu-like symptoms, and within a week, I realized that I was really sick.”

She recalled how physicians first diagnosed her with pneumonia before finding she had a more serious problem.

“I found out I needed a (heart) transplant,” Doseck said. “It (my heart) was badly damaged.”

April 25th

Board OKs MPVs: Van-type vehicles to help with athletics

April 25, 2012

The purchasing of two multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) gained Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approval during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The vehicles, each nine-passenger vans, are to be purchased from Cardinal Bus Sales & Service for a net cost of $76,600 after a trade-in value of $2,200 for two older vans in the district’s fleet.

The vehicles look more like mini-buses than vans, Superintendent Keith Horner said.

RAC founder exhibits at center

April 25, 2012

One of the founders of the Riverside Art Center will have his artwork displayed at the center — a form of art that he has been practicing his whole life.

Richard Chenoweth will have his “Pen and Ink Exhibit” on display at the West Auglaize Street center, with an opening reception being held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. His exhibit will be on display until June 17. The public is invited to attend.

B’land mayor updates on sewer

April 25, 2012

Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert and Julie Ward of Rural Communities Assistance Program (RCAP) met briefly with the Auglaize County commissioners Tuesday to discuss the village’s expansive, upcoming sewer improvement project.

Buckland Village Council members learned in February the village received a $1.3 million, 50 percent grant for design and construction of a new $2.3 million sanitary system in the village.

The money may be available to aid the village in the construction of the new sewer system.

April 24th

Chief wins award: Red Cross honors Krites with Clara Barton honor

April 24, 2012

A member of the Wapakoneta Fire Department recently placed a plaque from the American Red Cross in his office — honored by the recognition but also believing he escaped the publicity which accompanies such a tribute.

Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites says he just set out his Clara Barton Award plaque after earning the honor this month.

“I was actually shocked and it was also very humbling,” Krites said after being presented with the award at a luncheon.

He received the honor for his work in Auglaize County.

Mandel to make visit to Wapak

April 24, 2012

A Republican candidate for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat is making a stop in the Wapak-oneta area next week to answer questions and educate local citizens on his stance.

The Allen and Auglaize County Patriots groups are hosting state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is seeking to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in the November election.

Mandel is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 at The Grand Plaza, in Wapakoneta, and he will give a 15-20 minute introduction, and then he will answer questions from the audience.

Sobriety checkpoint planned

April 24, 2012

A sobriety checkpoint is being planned in the area this week to deter and intercept impaired motorists.

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said they try to do at least two such OVI (operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol) checkpoints each year, aiming for one in each of the two counties the post handles.

April 23rd

A ‘love story’: Students enjoy roles in historical musical

April 23, 2012

The Austrian Alps came alive with the sound of music as Maria Rainer walked through the mountain plains, and the soft voices of the Von Trapp children could be heard once again in the Trapp Villa.

A cast of students from Wapakoneta City Schools filled the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center this weekend to perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” under the direction of Todd Christopher.

For Wapakoneta High School senior Kelsey Barrett playing Maria was the last time she performed on stage in a major school production.

County herbicides increase slightly

April 23, 2012

Prices for herbicides used to kill weeds along county roadways and open ditches have seen little increase since last year.

“It’s one of the few items that have stabilized, where we have seen no large increase,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.

Bids recently accepted for the herbicides were for $299.73 a gallon for Milestone from Red River, Arborchem and CWC. It marked an increase of 27 cents from 2011.

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