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February 7th, 2012

Cardinal battle: New Bremen students battle it out for first

February 7, 2012

Word like parasite, chickabiddy and militant had three young ladies thinking on their toes Monday afternoon.

Three students from New Bremen went head-to-head, as they all took the top three places at the Auglaize County Spelling Bee.

Returning champion, Erin Smith, a fifth-grader at New Bremen Schools took home the first place trophy for the second year in a row, by spelling “romaine” — a type of lettuce — correctly.

“I was nervous, but not that nervous,” Erin said.

February 6th

War has ties to county

February 6, 2012

A local history buff shared the story of the War of 1812, including its ties to Auglaize County this weekend with members of the local genealogical society.

Often referred to as America’s second war for independence and the forgotten war, St. Marys attorney Bill Huber began studying the war while researching family names for his son.

“I began researching and never stopped,” Huber said of the war that celebrates its bicentennial. “I was surprised with the information that is out there.”

Land for buffer zone: City to purchase property to protect wells, expand plant

February 6, 2012

Knowing a state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirement is imminent, Wapakoneta city administrators have negotiated a land deal to increase its holdings to protect the city’s water supply.

Wapakoneta City Council members are to hear the first reading of an ordinance granting authority to Mayor Rodney Metz to consummate a deal for 17.72 acres for $225,000 from Vernita Mould.

Third-grader hopes to play sports in future

February 6, 2012

Basketball and golf run in the Hefner family and 9-year-old Jonathan Hefner is following suit.

The third-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School lists his favorite hobbies as sports, specifically basketball and golf, but also football.

“I started playing golf when I was 3 with my grandpa,” said Jonathan, who says they continue to play together in the summer and are sometimes joined by his dad.

The son of Jennie and Jason Hefner said it was his father who taught him to play basketball.

February 3rd

Fending for felines

February 3, 2012

ST. MARYS — One-year-old Nala seemed oblivious of the new adventure her life was about to take on. She rolled around on the ground, fetched sticks, and greeted everyone, who would lend a petting hand, with a healthy purr. But one thing was certain. A connection was made.
Lori Moon, of Newport, R.I., learned about her new kitten Nala through Sue’s Animal Rescue Team’s (SART) Web site. Since she was coming to the area for business, she called and set an adoption appointment this week. The two hit it off instantly, and Nala is now resting comfortably in her new Rhode Island home.

Design work: Local airport utility project 'stays ahead of the game'

February 3, 2012

Preliminary design work is underway to extend New Knoxville utilities to the county airport outside village limits.
A meeting held this week introduced key parties involved in the utility and drainage redesign project at Neil Armstrong Airport.
“We set preliminary timelines,” Airport Manager Sean Stroh said.
He anticipated early site survey work, including topographic surveying, beginning next week. Design work should be done by the end of summer and the project bid out by August.
“A lot depends on the bids,” Stroh said of costs.

EMA notifying residents quicker online

February 3, 2012

Weather alerts, road closures and other emergency information is getting out to Auglaize County residents more quickly through posts to Facebook and tweets on Twitter.
Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said he decided to broadcast his information through the new social mediums in an effort to disseminate information faster.
The idea came about while Anderson, who is working on his meteorology degree, began talking to residents and fielded repeated questions about how information could be broadcast to the public in a more timely manner.

General concerns: Line-by-line review by councilors, tax credit talk

February 3, 2012

Looking at a proposed budget with a diminishing general fund cash carryover, the new Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee chair intends to examine the city’s budget line-by-line during the next week.

She also is open to a proposal made Thursday to reduce the income tax credit for people working outside the city.

Lefty pitches reading

February 3, 2012

Every time a local professional baseball player travels, he takes with him a duffel bag of books.

On the bus, in the hotel, while he waits, wherever he is, Brian Garman reads.

“I spend a lot of time in a book,” said the 2006 Wapakoneta High School graduate, who pitched last season for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ready to ’12 Relay

February 3, 2012

Like the people the volunteers of an annual event help to hope, organizers say they hope their efforts this year help the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Greater Auglaize County return to stronger participation numbers.

Wapakoneta resident Laura Kelley, who has been involved since organizers first held a local Relay for Life 15 years ago, is one of this year’s organizers for the event which has moved to the Auglaize County Fairgrounds from Harmon Field and switched to mid-June from mid-May.

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