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December 9th

Botkins basketball game postponed due to fire alarm

December 10, 2011

BOTKINS — Maybe the Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team was just off to too hot of a start this season.

School personnel canceled Friday’s meeting with the Houston Wildcats after a fire alarm went off just before 7 p.m. as the junior varsity was approaching half time. Approximately 700 people had to be evacuated from the gymnasium, taking refuge outside the building.

Bee totals stung

December 10, 2011

JACKSON CENTER — A rural Auglaize County beekeeper  says people need to take beekeeping and the importance of honey in people’s diets more seriously.

Donald Steinke recently explained many problems happening in the industry, citing a report by the Food Safety News that reported more than three-fourths of what grocery stores and other retailers are selling as honey doesn’t fit the legal designation of honey.

The Bowmans bring holiday performance to local church

December 10, 2011

Two churches are joining forces to bring in a family of musicians for a holiday event.

“Christmas with the Bowmans: God’s Idea of a Good Time” is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Plum Street Bible Church, 618 W. Plum St.

Blaine Bowman and His Good Time Band, which consists of Blaine Bowman, his wife, Christine, and their children, Luke and Tiffany, travel more than 50,000 miles a year to present the gospel.

Academic Team: "Goal is to be the best"

December 9, 2011

One thing was quite evident from the Wapakoneta High School academic competition team. Confidence will never be a problem.
The team is made up of the same members for the second year in a row. Seniors Chris Schwartz, Joey Jose and Cole Thrush, junior Ross Kohler, and sophomores George Jose and Austin Klingler are making a name for themselves. After many years of lukewarm results, the group is making Wapakoneta a force on the academic competition trail.

Sheriff's budget reflects need to return to cruiser replacement schedule

December 9, 2011

A new cruiser topped the list of budget requests for the Auglaize County sheriff in 2012.
In presenting his requests Thursday to the Auglaize County commissioners, Sheriff Al Solomon’s proposed budget of more than $4.3 million is $56,000, or a 1 percent increase, from 2011.
Included in the budget was a $5,000 increase to $95,000 for law enforcement supplies, a $5,000 increase to $200,000 for jail supplies, and a $6,500 increase to $16,500 for jail equipment.

Clearing of debt a safe move

December 9, 2011

With the city’s debt accounts funded for the final two years of payments, the Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee chair intends the general fund money paid into those accounts in the past can finally pay for other needed equipment.
Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells and his fellow Finance Committee members reviewed debt funds and various other city accounts during Thursday’s budget meeting held at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.

December 8th

Brown: Know before you owe

December 8, 2011

With Wall Street profits back, a new federal initiative should help residents on Main Street with their finances, a U.S. legislator says.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) “Know Before You Owe” initiative which should make credit card and mortgage terms easier to understand, would explain key prices, and would be written in plain language without legal jargon as well as be shorter in length. A prototype created by CFPB is two pages, much shorter than the industry average of 5,000 words.

Veterans Service Commission suggests staying in building

December 8, 2011

With a requested budget for 2012 nearly the same as last year for the Auglaize County Veterans Services Commission, the biggest surprise came when officers said they were considering not coming back to the Auglaize County Administration Building.
“Our office is very, very busy as you know,” Auglaize County Veterans Services Director Doug Howard said. “We love where we are. If we could stay out there we would.”

High request shows need

December 8, 2011

The Auglaize County engineer submitted a figure he did not expect to get when he requested more than $10.4 million for his 2012 budget.
His appeal stressed the county’s need.
The request is approximately $5 million more than the revenue in the Motor Vehicle and Gasoline Tax Fund for 2011.
“I know I’m not going to get it, but this is to reflect the need,” county Engineer Doug Reinhart told the Auglaize County Commissioners during his budget hearing on Wednesday. “I do this every year. It looks like I’m asking for the world, but we need it.”

December 7th

Old fashioned but delicious

December 7, 2011

Bazaars are the best kind of holiday gatherings. These sweet events are a showcase of taste-tempting, time-tested favorites.
As December kicks off, so do holiday bazaars. One of note is United Methodist Women's annual Christmas Bazaar in Merced, Calif. That this church tradition is in its 81st year is impressive. What's more remarkable is that the grand dame of this event will be 98 years old in January.

The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team is really starting to enter the grind that is the...
McGUFFEY — With non-conference competition out of the way, the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity...
A long-awaited event debuted this past weekend, and it was very successful in its inaugural year...

 

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