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February 3rd, 2012

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.

February 2nd

STOCK bill backed

February 2, 2012

A new bill being introduced by two senators would require Congressional members to divest themselves of stock holdings or place them in a blind trust.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, and Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, penned and sponsored the Putting the People’s Interests First Act of 2012 which would build on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, or the STOCK Act, which is aimed at preventing Congressional members from using inside information gained on Capitol Hill to make money on the stock market or to increase their stock portfolio.

Honda investment

February 2, 2012

ANNA — Honda of America  Manufacturing Inc. executives officially announced Wednesday the company plans to invest $98 million at its engine plant in Anna to make high-tech components for its new transmission and to help Honda start its comeback in the United States after tough fourth quarter.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who visited the plant for the ceremony, addressed the crowd of several hundred during the company’s announcement.

Family thankful to have missing dog back

February 2, 2012

A small, 6-pound dog disappeared from her owners during a snowy weekend in January, and was found days later. Owners say it was a miracle she survived.

The Claytons — Meisha, 19, Monique, 11, and their mother, Tina, had lost their 7-year-old pomeranian, Coco, prior to a snowy weekend on Jan. 20, and were emotionally devastated. They hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst.

“I personally think that this is proof that God exists because I couldn’t see how a little dog like her could survive in snow,” Meisha said.

February 1st

Fatalities down: Traffic fatalities down in 2011

February 1, 2012

A year ago, troopers across the state were asked one question under the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s new mantra — Trooper Shield — what were they going to do each day to contribute to a safer Ohio.

Poll worker recognized

February 1, 2012

An 82-year-old Kossuth woman carried on a strong family tradition of serving at the polls to help Auglaize County voters.

Emaline Core followed in the footsteps of her father, her brother and her husband serving as a poll worker in Salem Township. Her retirement after 44 years was recognized by the Auglaize County Elections Board and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday with a proclamation.

Wapak YMCA campaign aims to change lives

February 1, 2012

Longtime Wapakoneta businessman Van Wright stood in the middle of a community room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA he helped build more than 10 years ago. All eyes in the room were on him.

“We’re in one business — the life changing business,” Wright said. “No one has more value at the Y than another, we’re all Y members, we’re all part of the same community. There’s only one way that can happen — and that’s with the scholarship campaign.”

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