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November 30th, 2011
The Auglaize County administrator position has been filled.
Michael Hensley, 53, who works as a quality improvement manager and ombudsman with Allen County Children Services, accepted the position Tuesday after being offered the job by the Auglaize County commissioners.
He described his hiring as an honor and it will be a privilege to work with the commissioners, elected officials and department heads, and for the residents of Auglaize County.
â€śIâ€™ve always wanted to serve the citizens and taxpayers,â€ť said Hensley, who lives in the Cridersville area. â€śI consider them my boss.
Walking away with a new toothbrush and toothpaste in hand and flashing a fresh, white smile, a young Cridersville Elementary School student who had never before been to the dentist got that chance Tuesday at school.
This is the last budget process for one Wapakoneta City Council member â€” and he offered some advice to his eventual successor.
Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells, who serves as chair of the Finance Committee, reviewed the 2011 city expense report Tuesday with fellow committee members â€” 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier and 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst â€” and they started the process in crafting the proposed 2012 city budget.
Changes to the notification process for variances and non-conforming use requests likely will fall onto the shoulders of Wapakoneta City Council members.
Wapakoneta Zoning Board of Appeals members decided Monday a letter will be written in the next few weeks to councilors expressing their desire on proceeding with the fees and the notification process in an effort to cut costs for the city.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield Village Council members wanted guidance regarding bringing natural gas to the northeast Auglaize County village and the input proved to be overwhelming.
Village residents decided it is time to attempt to bring natural gas to the community, at least according to a questionnaire sent out to residents earlier this month.
Residents voted 208-to-38 in favor of spending the money for a feasibility study to bring the utility into the village after they were asked the question on their utility bill mailed out in early November.
Children and families will soon have the opportunity to enjoy holiday cheer â€” in their own back yard.
The fifth annual Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday inches closer to its start this Saturday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Organizer Elaine Poppe came up with the idea five years ago for the annual event.
â€śThe festival is centered around recreating the old- fashioned spirit of Christmas,â€ť Poppe said.
Poppe spearheaded this event because she believes children should have a special place where they can go every year and create Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.
For one former Wapakoneta High School Marching Band member Thanksgiving Day started with getting up at 2:30 a.m. and practicing downtown at 4 a.m. â€” all for a parade that started five hours later.
Miami University Marching Band member Justin Engle, 19, said he was stunned â€” not by the crowd or the television cameras â€” but by the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Paradeâ€™s similarities to parades in Wapakoneta.
The Auglaize County engineer already received permission last week to go ahead and purchase several new pieces of equipment in 2012.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said per the Ohio Revised Code he must seek authorization from the Auglaize County commissioners for equipment he plans to purchase for the Engineerâ€™s Office through state co-op programs.
The purchases, which are expected to total approximately $300,000, represent 6 to 7 percent of the countyâ€™s 2012 Motor Vehicle Gas Tax (MVGT) budget.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” Dressed in pink lace, sequins and glittery shoes, a third-grader who writes her own songs admits that some day she wants to be famous.
Even as Jaci Glass struggled with the heels, she said she needed to practice walking in them because they were making her trip and this was an outfit she wanted to wear for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The 9-year-old loves fashion, singing and dancing and says someday she hopes to be like her idols, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus, not only up on stage or on TV, but in magazines girls her age read.
A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the United States as bargain-hunters crowded malls and big-box stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday.
For the first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohlâ€™s opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Toys R Us opened for the second straight year on Thanksgiving itself. And some shoppers arrived with sharp elbows.