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June 18th, 2012

Water hike on deck

June 18, 2012

The city’s Water Fund needs help to make payments on the new $8.6 million water plant and $1.4 million water line improvements, the mayor says, so rates will likely increase later this year.

A review of city water bills by Wapakoneta city administrators revealed the increase proposed by Wapakoneta City Council members is necessary, Mayor Rodney Metz told the Wapakoneta Daily News Sunday, after confusion regarding the calculation of the bill arose during the May 21 meeting. Councilors are to expected to vote on the ordinance tonight.

June 16th

Fire destroys camper at campground

June 16, 2012

ST. MARYS — Officials from the Buckland Fire Department are expected to return to the scene of a camper fire today to continue their investigation.

Buckland Fire Chief Todd Vorhees said at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday, his department received a phone call reporting a camper was on fire at Easy Campground, just off U.S. 33. While crews were en route, they were notified there was a male burn victim. That victim, Vorhees said, was transported by St. Marys Fire and Rescue to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

June 15th

Caring for our parents

June 15, 2012

With Father’s Day approaching and Mother’s Day just passed, a top county health official offered some tips in caring for the elderly.
“All religions around the globe talk about caring for your parents,” Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said.
A Christian and Jewish commandment calls for children to honor their father and mother and the Code of the Samurai advises caring for all parents, even those who may not have been so good to their children through the years, he said.

Time to relax

June 15, 2012

Time passes on and teachers retire every year, with many leaving some kind of a permanent mark when they leave.
However, Ruth Doll’s 32 years with the school district was different than most.
While many teachers fill different positions on their path to retirement, Doll spent her entire 32 years as a Wapakoneta School District teacher as a fourth-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School. Her name will be forever linked with that specific classroom for every student that passed through the school and had her for fourth grade.

Shopping for dad

June 15, 2012

From neck ties to electronics, people are out shopping for the perfect gift for their father for Father’s Day, but local children have something different in mind.
“I’m making him a bunch of cards,” six-year-old Natalie Hefner said. “Me and my brother (Jon) are hiding the cards in his bedroom.”
Natalie said she plans to spend Father’s Day with her dad, Jason, and take him somewhere special.
“My dad really likes basketball and golfing,” Natalie said. “We like to play basketball on the Wii, and I always win. My dad watches me play (basketball) sometimes.”

Nov. election critical: Jordan addresses local Patriots groups

June 15, 2012

One of the most important things on one Ohio legislator’s mind is the upcoming election — and putting the right leader in charge.

“I want people to know how critical the election is this year,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana,  told a crowd Thursday at the Auglaize and Allen County Patriots meeting and speaking on the upcoming presidential election pitting President Barack Obama against presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Board preparing polling places

June 15, 2012

Auglaize County Election Board members are taking steps now to get into compliancy for voters with disabilities before the November presidential election.

“We have to have all the polling locations in compliance before the next election,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said of a list of areas still needing improvement as pointed out in a recent letter from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.

Locals warned of new scams

June 15, 2012

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is, a local law enforcement authority says.

Wapak-oneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said he can’t emphasize that piece of advice enough when it comes to criminals trying to cash in on unsuspecting residents.

He said it’s what his officers hear all the time when taking reports on Internet and phone scams and schemes being used to try and get personal information or money.

June 14th

‘Land’ing dream job: Teacher known for rockets, tree plantings retires

June 14, 2012

A recently retired Wapakoneta Elementary School third-grade teacher knew back in the sixth grade that she wanted to teach.

“I had the same teacher for fifth and sixth grades (a looping class) and I guess she impressed me enough to want to go into education,” said Yvonne Cook, who began teaching fifth grade in 1977 at Centennial Elementary School.

Brown favors Senate Farm Bill

June 14, 2012

With one in seven Ohio jobs and more than 16 million American jobs tied to farming, a U.S. lawmaker favors passage of the Senate’s 2012 Farm Bill which calls for only $23 billion in cuts — not as drastic as two House proposals — and should help with job creation and economic relief.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown outlined provisions in the legislation — the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 — that would replace direct payments with a market-based system and would boost local food production for sale directly to consumers.

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