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July 16th, 2011
An area police chief needs more money and more manpower to combat a growing problem as traffickers sell and move illegal drugs through the Auglaize County village.
Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter plans to approach village councilors later this month about increased funding to address the ever-increasing drug problems in the small village.
Motter said that if councilors approve the necessary village funding, all of the money will be concentrated to additional personnel.
Youth Night at the Auglaize County Fair Gospel Tent will be filled by praise and worship music this year.
The band â€śAt The Crossâ€ť is bringing new-age music along with worship music for the youth crowd at the fair on Youth Night, which is Wednesday, Aug. 3.
This is the second year for Rodney Ritchie, of Unleashed Youth Ministries, to help Tom Knoch, of the Gospel Tent Committee, with finding talent to perform for Youth Night at the Gospel Tent. Ritchieâ€™s goal is to help
bring up the attendance during Youth Night in the Gospel Tent at the fair.
To date, six change orders have been approved for the Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said itâ€™s about what they expected going into the approximately $8 million project, facing unknown factors particularly in the basement and attic areas.
â€śWe were advised to allow for $250,000 in contingencies,â€ť Lenhart said. â€śWeâ€™re at about $100,000 in change orders and weâ€™re getting most of the way through the unknowns.â€ť
In total, there have been four change orders for general contractor Peterson Construction amounting to approximately $114,540.
Artists at a local nursing home had the opportunity to submit their work to a regional contest â€” in which a few received top places.
Auglaize Acres had a handful of residents who placed in the top three and received honorable mentions at the Art and Writing Competition, which was sponsored by LeadingAge Ohio, which is the advocate of not-for-profit services for older Ohioans.
â€śThis contest got me excited and the residents excited,â€ť Auglaize Acres Activities Coordinator Barb King said.
A Lima man was arrested early Sunday morning on breaking and entering charges after a homeowner reported suspicious behavior at his property.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon released information about the burglary this morning.
Deputies arrested Jeremiah J. Bayman, 33, for entering a garage to a residence.
A homeowner on Ohio 67 reported suspicious behavior involving several people to the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.
Upon deputies arrival, Bayman and others, of Lima, claimed their vehicle had run out of gas.
More than $110,800 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula funding is to be used to make improvements to storm sewers and for asphalt resurfacing at Auglaize Acres.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said Wednesday that more than $22,000 of the funding is to be used for storm sewer improvements at the county nursing home on Infirmary Road.
A mandatory contractor walk-thru is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the site. Work is to be completed by Sept. 1. Bids for the project must be received by 11 a.m. July 26.
Wapakoneta union workers and city administrators recently reached a three-year contract agreement, which became official earlier this week with the adoption of an ordinance by Wapakoneta City Council.
The contract with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 565 provides wage increases of 1.5 percent for each of the next two years and a 2 percent increase in the third and final year. The contract covers approximately 50 workers with the Public Works, Refuse and Recycling, Water and Wastewater departments as well as some office staff at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.
A Wapakoneta High School student showed off her temporary tattoo-drawing skills, talked about the confidence needed to make the move to a small community and answered a question about parental influence.
Wapakoneta High School senior Janki Patel, 16, the daughter of Renuka and Prakash Patel, earned the honor of being Miss Summer Moon Festival Queen following the pagaent held Wednesday.
Patel said her her speech on confidence symbolized her journey during her first pagaent.
â€śBath saltsâ€ť are now a banned substance in the city of Wapakoneta.
With passage of an ordinance regarding an epidemic of the designer drugs, â€śbath saltsâ€ť and other synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic drugs can no longer be sold, purchased or used in the city of Wapakoneta. Wapakoneta City Council members suspended the rule of three readings and passed the ordinance as an emergency to permit the legislation to take affect immediately.
Auglaize County Health Department officials plan to use the last of its H1N1 funding from the state to further develop emergency preparedness efforts both of its staff and the local community.
Auglaize County Health Board members approved two contracts during their meeting Tuesday to move forward with a survey of the community on its emergency preparedness within the home and with a professional in the public sector of the emergency
preparedness field for training of the health departmentâ€™s staff and emergency responders.