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April 5th, 2012

Dispatch Center undergoing updates

April 5, 2012

Updates to the dispatch center, which handles all 911 calls for Auglaize County, are expected to be complete by May 1.

“This is something that has been needed for a few years but we needed to be in the position where we could get it done within our budget,” Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Wednesday.

Local reverend says to take up your cross

April 5, 2012

With preparing for Easter, the Rev. Becky Sunday, of St. Paul United Church of Christ, says people at the foot of Jesus’ cross wanted the Savior to prove He was a king.

Sunday addressed worshippers Wednesday at the last Lenten Luncheon on “If You are the King of the Jews, Save Yourself.”

April 4th

Mustangs lasso trophy: Perfect season ends with state title

April 4, 2012

The Auglaize County Mustangs went to New Philadelphia Saturday morning with high hopes.

They returned as state champions.

The Mustangs won the state Special Olympics Division III basketball tournament championship with an 81-61 win over the Fayette County Dragons.

A team can be comprised of players between the ages of 13 and 40 who have some form of disability.

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.

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