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January 6th, 2012

County salaries to increase

January 6, 2012

Salary line items across all Auglaize County offices and departments are increasing by 2 percent, according to the 2012 budget finalized by Auglaize County commissioners late this week, and the commissioners voiced their pleasure with the final budget numbers.
“We’re happy with the budget,” Commissioner John Bergman said, noting that “not everyone got all their requests.”
Bergman said the commissioners spent a lot of time developing the county’s budget for 2012.

Investigation: Harassing letter left in superintendent's mailbox

January 6, 2012

Deputies with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a harassing letter placed in the home mailbox of the Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent.
“It appears that the correspondence may be related to current contract negotiations in the district,” Sheriff Al Solomon told the Wapak-oneta Daily News on Friday about the letter found last weekend in the mailbox of Keith Horner’s Cridersville area residence.

Water fund strong: Remote-read meters spike capital budget

January 6, 2012

Beyond debt payment and water distribution on the new Wapakoneta Water Treatment Plant, the city expects its next largest expenditure for 2012 to be the second phase of installing new water meters.

Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members reviewed the Water Fund Thursday as part of the annual budget process during a committee meeting at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.

Stinebaugh family first

January 6, 2012

A Wapakoneta couple celebrated the New Year in a new way.

Dawn and Tony Stinebaugh celebrated the New Year by having the first baby of the year in the Wapakoneta Daily News readership area.
Addison Jo Ann Stinebaugh was born at 5:42 p.m. Jan. 3, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Local named publisher

January 6, 2012

The Wapakoneta Daily News has a familiar face returning to the newspaper — and this time it is to lead the group.

Deb Zwez, the publisher of The Evening Leader in St. Marys, has taken over Dianna Epperly’s position as publisher of the Wapakoneta Daily News — and brings experience to her new spot as well as  a passion for the city of Wapakoneta.

“I love Wapak,” Zwez said. “It’s a great city and has a lot of things going for it and has potential for great things.”

January 5th

Vandals strike: Messages spray painted on school offices

January 5, 2012

A vandal spray painted messages on the Wapakoneta City Schools Administration Building during the weekend.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner told the Wapak-oneta Daily News on Wednesday that the cleaning of three messages written on the building used to house administrative offices cost the district $100 in manpower hours.

New Red Cross director hired

January 5, 2012

A new director with a long history of helping others is serving at the helm of the Auglaize County American Red Cross office.

Former St. Marys Fire Chief Ken Cline was named to the position, which he is to begin Monday.

“When I heard about the opening, I was interested in it,” said Cline, after the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting Wednesday during which the announcement was made.

Kline, who retired a couple years, said he was ready to get back out into the community and help others.

River project top concern

January 5, 2012

Concerns over correct information being disseminating regarding the Auglaize River logjam project appeared to be the chief concern of residents during the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of supervisors’ annual planning meeting held Wednesday at the Auglaize

County Fairgrounds.

With approximately 35 people in attendance, four small groups voiced their concerns with the project as being at or near the top of the list for discussion.

January 4th

Diabetic care takes foothold

January 4, 2012

Taking care of feet is more important than many realize and takes more than pulling on socks and lacing up shoes each day, especially for diabetics.

“Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common reason for amputation of lower extremities in the U.S.,” Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said.

The ulcers most often occur on the ball of the foot or the bottom of the big toe, he explained. They also can occur on the sides of the foot, usually due to poorly fitting shoes.

Several crashes caused by icy conditions in Wapakoneta

January 4, 2012

Wapakoneta police officers responded early Monday morning to several crashes caused by icy roads from a New Year’s Day light snow.

Katlinn Cox, 21, 612 Perry St., was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control after she failed to negotiate a curve on Industrial Drive due to icy conditions and slid the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving into a 1998 General Motors Sonoma driven by Robin Wheaton, 57, of 217 N. Rauthland Ave., according to an officer’s report from the Wapakoneta Police Department.

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