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July 27th, 2012

Courthouse ceremony: Plans made for courthouse rededication

July 27, 2012

Former elected officials and representatives from throughout Auglaize County are to lead a courthouse rededication ceremony this fall.
Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, the ceremony is open to everyone and is to be followed by an open house throughout that Sunday afternoon. A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 23, also has been set.
While personnel won’t officially be moved back into county offices in the courthouse by the date of the open house, the Auglaize County commissioners said they debated what to do, but ultimately wanted to share the building with residents as soon as possible.

Leaning toward Lanning: Dog park location determined by city committee

July 27, 2012

Regardless of their analytical approach, the same result rose to top — the new dog park is best suited for the former Lanning Farm on the western city limits of Wapakoneta.
During a brief 15-minute meeting Thursday, Wapakoneta City Council Parks and Recreation Committee members recommended city administrators — Mayor Rodney Metz and Safety-Service Director Bill Rains — work with local Boy Scout Travis Rohrbach and a group of citizens to develop between 1 and 1 1/2 acres of ground for a dog park.

Director warns of accuracy of studies

July 27, 2012

Not everything one reads or hears about medicine and health is true, a county official says.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres wanted area residents to be skeptical of initial reports of health study findings and to gather more information about the results.
“Before you get excited about something you hear, look at it with a grain of salt,” Torres said. “There is probably more to the story.
“Talk to a doctor before changing anything, he treats people not tests,” he said.
Torres said studies can create controversy and there’s some question about using them to reduce risk.

July 26th

Exploring options

July 26, 2012

The Auglaize County commissioners continue to explore their options for funding the construction of a new dog shelter.

“We are still trying to figure out where we are at financially with the building,” Commissioner Doug Spencer told Dog Warden Russ Bailey during a meeting this week. “We are looking at whether any advance is possible toward the Dog and Kennel Fund. There is still the potential that we may not be able to advance you but the need for a shelter has not lessened. Borrowing money for it may be the only viable option we have.”

Warden busy with new dog law

July 26, 2012

A new state law addressing dangerous and nuisance dogs is keeping the Auglaize County dog warden busy.

Dog Warden Russ Bailey said he has been “very, very busy” since the new law took effect May 22.

“We’ve made six notifications so far,” Bailey said during a regular monthly meeting this week with the Auglaize County commissioners. “One was for a nuisance dog, the others were for dangerous dogs.”

He said five bites came from pit bulls.

Senator works to help combat foreclosures

July 26, 2012

Federal assistance and money are available for Ohioans whose homes were foreclosed in 2009 and 2010, a U.S. legislator says in his personal push to notify 140,000 people in his home state who may qualify for a free review.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown revisited the issue after only 6,000 of the 140,000 eligible Ohioans initiated the free Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) process and because Congress extended the review deadline for a final time to Sept. 30.

July 25th

Income tax plan

July 25, 2012

A former state official recently returned to the political limelight to support a new tax initiative proposed by the current governor.

Former state Agriculture Director Fred Dailey favors Gov. John Kasich’s plan to raise taxes on natural gas and oil production in the state to offset  the effects on the state budget by his proposal to reduce and eliminate the state’s income tax. The proposed tax on natural gas and oil production would only affect large producing wells.

Airport busiest its been in years

July 25, 2012

Air freight travel is the busiest it’s been in years at the Neil Armstrong Airport.

“June was the busiest month we have had in 6 to 8 years,” Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. “It was a great month for us.”

‘Just Us’ kicks off fair in Gospel Tent

July 25, 2012

A regular act at the Auglaize County Fair’s Gospel Tent has been busier than ever during the past year and is looking forward to their annual performance to help kick off the fair’s festivities.

Just Us Quartet, who has been singing together for 12 years, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.

Just Us Quartet sings a variety of styles, including gospel, while sharing their faith through music. The local quartet from Wapakoneta, is a regular at the Gospel Tent.

July 24th

Health care fight

July 24, 2012

WAYNESFIELD – A pair of Waynesfield Village Council members Monday took aim at eliminating health insurance benefits for the mayor or any other elected village official, but they fell a vote short of a tie.

During Monday’s meeting, councilor Bill Motter made a motion to eliminate insurance for the mayor, which was seconded by Cheryl Jerew. Mayor Mike Ridenour is the only village elected official who receives any benefits paid by the village. Motter stipulated that if the motion passed that it be as an emergency, or that it would take effect immediately.

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