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February 9th, 2012

Project deal OK’d

February 9, 2012

BOTKINS — Botkins Board of Education members voted to approve the final plan for a project agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new school. The board made the move at its regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday.

“The project is still in the design phase and this doesn’t really change that,” Superintendent Connie Schneider said. “This just formalizes the agreement for both the school board and the OSFC. It allows funding to start flowing in for the project.”

February 8th

Salt situation: Mild winter leads to extra salt

February 8, 2012

A mild winter has left the Auglaize County engineer in a unique predicament of what to do with extra salt.

To date this winter, the county has dispatched snowplow trucks 12 times and spread 923 tons of a stone and salt mixture. At this same time last season, county trucks had been sent out 41 different times and applied 4,132 tons of grit mix.

“We were in the middle of an icing event at this time last year where we experienced heavily packed snow and ice compounded with lower than average temperatures,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.

Group seeks to inform on wind farms

February 8, 2012

If an international corporation builds the wind farm north of Wapa-koneta, the towers and blades will stretch more than 40 stories into the sky — visible to people as far away as three miles, members of a new local group say — and they believe local people should have input regarding if the project should proceed or stop.

The group — Auglaize Neighbors United — recently formed to disseminate information to the public about the advantages and disadvantages of wind farms in the area, especially those planned north of Wapakoneta.

Fledderjohann always gave his all

February 8, 2012

A hardworking man, who gave his all no matter what he did will be remembered for that, those who knew Larry Fledderjohann and worked alongside him for years say.

“I met Larry as a board member and he became a very good friend,” Auglaize County Elections Board Chairman Fran Engle said of Fledderjohann who at age 68 died Monday evening at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

He had been battling several types of cancer, including spine and brain cancer, for the past nine months.

February 7th

Report spurs talk: Discussion continues on income tax credit elimination

February 7, 2012

Discussions regarding the scaling back of an income tax credit to people living in Wapakoneta but working outside the corporation limits are to continue — in committee and before the entire council.

After Wapakoneta City Council members heard a Finance Committee report where the topic was introduced, councilors started to voice their thoughts on the issue in light of general fund expenditures outpacing revenues  — and the path the city should take.

City now a CRA zone

February 7, 2012

Residents and commercial business owners can finally take advantage of a tax advantage pursued by the city for the past three years.

Mayor Rodney Metz announced state officials informed him in a letter received Monday the city’s request for a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) tax incentive area was approved. Residents and businesses can now take advantage of the tax credit which was approved by the state on Jan. 24.

Cardinal battle: New Bremen students battle it out for first

February 7, 2012

Word like parasite, chickabiddy and militant had three young ladies thinking on their toes Monday afternoon.

Three students from New Bremen went head-to-head, as they all took the top three places at the Auglaize County Spelling Bee.

Returning champion, Erin Smith, a fifth-grader at New Bremen Schools took home the first place trophy for the second year in a row, by spelling “romaine” — a type of lettuce — correctly.

“I was nervous, but not that nervous,” Erin said.

February 6th

War has ties to county

February 6, 2012

A local history buff shared the story of the War of 1812, including its ties to Auglaize County this weekend with members of the local genealogical society.

Often referred to as America’s second war for independence and the forgotten war, St. Marys attorney Bill Huber began studying the war while researching family names for his son.

“I began researching and never stopped,” Huber said of the war that celebrates its bicentennial. “I was surprised with the information that is out there.”

Land for buffer zone: City to purchase property to protect wells, expand plant

February 6, 2012

Knowing a state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirement is imminent, Wapakoneta city administrators have negotiated a land deal to increase its holdings to protect the city’s water supply.

Wapakoneta City Council members are to hear the first reading of an ordinance granting authority to Mayor Rodney Metz to consummate a deal for 17.72 acres for $225,000 from Vernita Mould.

Third-grader hopes to play sports in future

February 6, 2012

Basketball and golf run in the Hefner family and 9-year-old Jonathan Hefner is following suit.

The third-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School lists his favorite hobbies as sports, specifically basketball and golf, but also football.

“I started playing golf when I was 3 with my grandpa,” said Jonathan, who says they continue to play together in the summer and are sometimes joined by his dad.

The son of Jennie and Jason Hefner said it was his father who taught him to play basketball.

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