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April 4th, 2012

Work takes off: Utility work ongoing ahead of airport terminal

April 4, 2012

Preliminary work for The Neil Armstrong Airport terminal building continues to move in anticipation of final construction drawings and plans, an airport official says.

County Airport Manager Sean Stroh said they are continuing site survey work to extend drainage and utilities from the village of New Knoxville.

Mote and Associates, of Greenville, is completing a topographic survey of a square area of land between the village, Kuck Road, the airport runway and Ohio 219. The survey is of drainage, electrical and telephone lines.

New library youth services coordinator takes over

April 4, 2012

The Auglaize County Public District Library has a new face.

Karie Maurer-Enneking joined the staff taking over as the new youth services coordinator. She assumes the position left by Beth Steiner, who is the new library director. Steiner took over as director after Jo Derryberry retired earlier this year.

Maurer-Enneking brings more than 14 years of experience working with children and management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors in the library system.

April 3rd

No jurisdiction: Wapak reviews alternative energy regulations

April 3, 2012

Wapakoneta city officials plan to continue to refine rules regarding wind turbines and solar panels within the city limits in the next few months, but they have no plans to take a new stance on a proposed wind farm north of the city.

Goodbye midnights: Dispatcher retires after 30 years of service

April 3, 2012

A dispatcher at the Wapakoneta Police Department says she got into the law enforcement field of work because of the inspiration of her father and the ability to help others in her community.

Vicki Harrison, a dispatcher at the Wapakoneta Police Department, is retiring this week after 30 years.

“I always had an interest in this,” Harrison said of why she decided to go into the law enforcement career. “My father (Roger Shoffstall) is my true inspiration. He was a volunteer firefighter and volunteer policeman for Buckland.”

Children’s book provides positive thoughts

April 3, 2012

ST. MARYS — To achieve the many goals people have for themselves, Bruce Boguski suggests acting a little childish.

“I’m suggesting we go back to being kids,” Boguski said Monday during his motivational speech for Grand Health Challenge and Grand Health Family Challenge participants. “When you were children, you knew everything that it was going to take to get anything you wanted in life. You knew what it was going to take to be successful.”

April 2nd

Hitting their mark: Pheasants Forever group celebrates habitat work

April 2, 2012

After two decades, an Auglaize County organization eclipsed the $500,000 mark for their cause — funds used to protect and develop land for pheasants and other wildlife.

The Auglaize County Pheasants Forever organization celebrated reaching the milestone Saturday during their 21st annual banquet and fundraiser in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

Spring gives city a jump

April 2, 2012

Like area homeowners, city crews have taken advantage of the warm weather, but one city administrator does not want to predict they can do any additional projects this summer until the later this spring.

“It has been a extremely busy this spring and we have even been busy this entire winter since it has been extremely light weather,” Mayor Rodney Metz said. “The Electric Department has been able to be out all winter changing transformers to keep up with that project. In the past, we haven’t been able to do that.

Thousands available to students for college

April 2, 2012

With $55,000 in scholarships available to Wapakoneta students, the director of an area community foundation wants to make sure everyone who can take advantage of the opportunity to apply for aid.

Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WCAF) Executive Director Larry Tester has been working closely with school administrators to get the message out about how much is available in a variety of scholarships for local students seeking college degrees.

“We are offering 40 scholarships this year,” Tester said.

March 30th

Program released

March 30, 2012

The Auglaize County engineer scheduled 21 structures for replacement or rehabilitation as part of Auglaize County’s bridge replacement program in 2012.

The total price tag for the projects is $549,200, with $200,000 representing material costs.

“It’s all very labor intensive,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said. “By the fact that income from license plate fees and gasoline taxes for 2012 are projected below the income seen in 2006, much of the program will be comprised of bridge rehabilitation.

Local wins award

March 30, 2012

For one local woman attending the Lima Jefferson Awards banquet earlier this week as one of eight finalists served as a recognition for her work beyond her belief.

As she sat in the audience Tuesday reflecting on the accomplishments of the other seven people, Wapakoneta’s Marlene Froning says she was just so honored to be mentioned with an esteemed group where any of the others work could earn them the privilege of attending the national Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. ­— and then they called her name.

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