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December 30th

Time for a change: Local physician takes new post

December 30, 2011

Dr. Thomas Freytag will show up to his family practice at 1252 Lincoln Drive in Wapakoneta today just like he has every weekday for the last 25 years.
Sadly, when the office closes at the end of the day, he will not return.
Freytag is giving up his long-time practice to fill a full-time position as occupational medical director at Lima Memorial Hospital. It was obvious Freytag discussed his wrestling with the decision before he made it. However, he said he felt the change was the best move for everyone involved.

Winterizing a car for the coldest season

December 30, 2011

With a shot of snowfall this week, motor vehicle experts stress the importance of making sure vehicles are in proper condition and winterized for this heavy weather season.
To avoid car issues during this winter season, residents should make sure each car in the household is ready to drive in the harsh weather, says a local expert.
“It is important to keep up proper maintenance and to follow the owner’s manual,” RRR Tire Services Manager Nick Riethman said.

December 29th

Lost ‘person’ not missed

December 29, 2011

Brenda and Bryan Ridings recently lost “someone” close to them.
However, they were more than happy to see the “person” go.
Under the tutelage of Rebecca Manger at the Athletic Club in downtown Wapakoneta, the couple combined to lose 182.2 pounds in the past 18 months.
“That’s a whole person,” Bryan said with a chuckle. “Even better, we lost our trainer, and one of the kids.”

Cuts for court: Decreases reflected in Common Pleas budget

December 29, 2011

The proposed budget for Auglaize County Common Pleas Court is expected to decrease by more than $17,300 in 2012 with some unknowns in a few areas.
The decrease is reflected in salaries due to a retirement but the request actually accounts for a 3 percent pay raise for remaining employees in the office.
The proposed employee salaries line item at $144,225 is $14,800 less than 2011 with decreases also seen in worker’s compensation and PERS for a total proposed budget of $232,934 in 2012.

SWCD requests the same in 2012

December 29, 2011

For its county portion of funding, the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District requested the same amount in 2012 that it received in 2011.
District Administrator Nancy Fisher explained they get a flat amount from the Auglaize County commissioners each year — in 2012 they are again requesting $139,653 — with the state providing a matching percentage.
“Last year it was 78 percent, sometimes its more, sometimes its less, we never know what we’re going to get until July,” Fisher said.

December 28th

Director retires: County office holder to work up until last minute

December 28, 2011

One county office holder is anticipating what he may do when he retires. However, he anticipates working right up to the last minute for those he serves.
Auglaize County Veteran’s Service Commission Director Doug Howard maintained his work pace at the office on Tuesday as the minutes tick down to his last at 4:30 p.m Friday.
“They are working me right up to the end,” Howard said with a little chuckle.
Howard, who has served eight years as director at the Veteran’s Service Commission, said he could not imagine a more rewarding job.

New W’field councilors sworn in

December 28, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Two new councilors will be representing residents in the village of Waynes-field after they officially take office in January.
Waynesfield Mayor Mike Ridenour swore in two new councilors during Tuesday’s Waynesfield Village Council meeting.
Bill Motter and Richard Libby took the oath of office during the meeting and will begin their terms Sunday. The two were the top vote-getters of a highly contested election that saw seven people run for two open spots. Councilor Chris Wilson chose not to run again and Ronda Knox finished third in the race.

Prosecutor requests salary increases

December 28, 2011

Prefacing himself with saying he gives the same pitch every year, the Auglaize County prosecutor submitted a budget request for 2012 up 2 percent from this year.
Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said the increase reflects a $500 increase to $3,000 in supplies and a 3 percent pay increase for employees, specifically a pay grade increase for the assistant prosecuting attorney.
In total, Pierce requested a budget of $487,463 for his office in 2012.

December 27th

Cooking up a cover: Local gets face on cover of book

December 27, 2011

For frequent readers of romance novels, the man on the cover of a recently released book of him dressed in a chef’s outfit with a pregnant girl may ring a bell.
Christopher Short, 21, of Wapakoneta, appears on the cover of the book “The Baby Truce,” a romance novel by Jeannie Watt that is available in the Super Romance series published by Harlequin.
Short is the son of Becki and Mike Short of Wapakoneta.

Transcripted request: Public defender requests more, but expenses unknown

December 27, 2011

Overall, the Auglaize County public defender expects his budget to increase in 2012, but its the unknown each year that makes it hard to craft a budget.
Public Defender Gerald Siesel proposed a budget of $275,646, an increase of 3 percent for 2012 when he met recently with Auglaize County commissioners.
Line items to increase include $7,280 for a total of $34,280 in other expenses, $2,000 for a total of $6,000 in transcripts, and an increase of $600 for a total of $9,450 in rental facilities.
“I have little or no control over the increases,” Siesel said.

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