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December 22nd

Brown, Portman fight for tax deal

December 22, 2011

Two U.S. senators from Ohio say their colleagues in the House of Representatives should continue to work on a deal to reauthorize the payroll tax reduction before the end of the year.
“I’m incredulous

December 21st

Funding issues: Auglaize, Mercer could share extension position

December 21, 2011

The Auglaize County Commissioners are working with educators from the local Ohio State University Extension Office as they move forward with less funding and less staffing.
Beth Miller, who has served as the county’s 4-H youth development extension educator, said those duties are keeping her busy and are to be picking up as she’s learning the responsibilities of extension director, a job she took over in September after Lois Clark’s retirement.

Wurst: Shortfall in fund not worrisome

December 21, 2011

With recyclables earning less than in past years and expenses climbing, the city of Wapakoneta’s Recycling Fund is expected to have a small deficit, according to early budget estimates.
Wapakoneta City Council 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, who is to assume the chairmanship of the Finance Committee in 2012, says she is not worried because additional money from the Refuse Fund will be transferred into the account to make sure the fund is balanced.

Farm programs in jeopardy?: OFBF president says lack of supercommittee action may result in big cuts to farm program

December 21, 2011

A state farm official says a possible new farm bill may cut all areas in the U.S. farm safety net.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation President Adam Sharp, who spoke in great length at the Auglaize County Farmers breakfast on Tuesday, provided a history and the affects the farm bill would have on Ohio farmers. The current farm bill, written in 2007, is set to expire at the end of 2012. Sharp said the committee could potentially cut the entire farm bill.
“There is a general belief that we are heavily subsidizing farmers and it simply isn’t true,” Sharp said.

December 20th

Sweep nabs 13: Operation results in 10 Wapak arrests

December 20, 2011

A drug sweep of the area Monday by local law enforcement officers ensnared more than a dozen people on a myriad of drug-related charges.
Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Task Force members started early Monday arresting 13 people in Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Celina and Lima.

Woman injured, house lost in Buckland fire

December 20, 2011

A Buckland woman was injured as she tried to save her dog from a fire that engulfed her home early this morning.
The dog perished in the fire and Becky Krites, 45, suffered burns from trying to save him. She was transported by Cridersville EMS to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima and then transferred to Columbus for further treatment.
“It looks like she was injured trying to get back in to get the dog out,” Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said of the former Buckland Village Council member.

Street projects move forward

December 20, 2011

Wapakoneta city administrators moved three street projects closer to realization Monday when three ordinances received their first reading during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting.

Safety-Service Director Bill Rains can advertise for bids, negotiate a contract for design plans and develop specifications for repaving West Mechanic Street from South Blackhoof Street to West Auglaize Street as well as a section of Short Road from newly constructed Progress Drive to County Road 25A, if the two ordinances gain council approval on its third reading.

December 19th

Shopping with a cop: Law enforcement bring smiles to families

December 19, 2011

For deputies, police officers and troopers, they pursue a career in law enforcement to protect and to serve — those duties are not always isolated to stopping law breakers.
For a group of 55 members of law enforcement from police officers to dispatchers, from probation officers to victim’s advocates, they felt it was important to help make Christmas for 103 families more enjoyable and to bring smiles to children’s faces.

Studies help with future: Studies to help determine utility prices

December 19, 2011

Cost-of-service studies on utility rates charged to Wapakoneta consumers should help city elected officials determine future increases to deal with higher costs of business and mandated projects.
Wapakoneta City Council Councilor-at-large Steve Walter, who also chairs the Utility Committee, told city administrators he would like to have rate studies completed on water, wastewater, electric and refuse to help his committee set future rates.

Student breaks school record, to become engineer after HS

December 19, 2011

A local student unexpectedly broke a school record for a sport that he has competed in since his freshman year of high school.
Wapakoneta High School senior Ryan Kremer broke the school’s record in the 200-meter individual medley this year during a swim meet — and said setting the record was one of his most memorable moments so far during his senior year.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” Kremer said. “It was sweet because everyone was cheering for me at the meet.”
Kremer broke the record this season, at the beginning of December, in a swim meet against Marion Local and Bath.

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Roughriders followed through on their game plan, scoring an early...
CELINA — The Wapakoneta Redskins used a pair of early turnovers to establish a lead and...
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