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February 27th, 2012

Local business owner is designer for Cash museum

February 27, 2012

In tough times, a local business owner thought about closing the door on his dream.

But an opportunity arose by the late “Man in Black”, which gave Art Your Mind Design owner Mike Smithson guidance — and an opportunity for him to do design work for one of his favorite musicians.

Smithson, who has owned his downtown Wapakoneta business since June 2011, recently received an e-mail from Bill Miller, who developed the idea to create a Johnny Cash Museum to be built this summer in Nashville, Tenn.

February 24th

Prescription drug abuse on rise

February 24, 2012

With a death rate higher than all deaths for cocaine and heroin combined, abuse of prescription drugs and painkillers is gaining more attention.

Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said the increased misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has led to a public health problem.

“People tend to think that because the doctor gave them to them they must be good,” Torres said. “Pain killers are thought of as a type of medicine that they need more of once they run out.”

City budget intact: Rec Fund changes proposed, delayed for supplemental

February 24, 2012

The document outlining the city’s spending for 2012 is to stay intact.

The ordinance setting the budget for 2012 will proceed through the legislative process as planned after Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended no change be made to the Recreation Department Fund.

Wapakoneta Recreation Director Jack Hayzlett had voiced concerns to 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, regarding line items being shortchanged in the Recreation Department Fund.

Library to teach about electronic books

February 24, 2012

The local library will be hosting a class to help patrons with using their electronic reader.

Auglaize County District Public Library administrators saw the need to create a class for library patrons with helping them to properly use an electronic book, including the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad and others.

“Our numbers have skyrocketed,” Auglaize County Public Library Assistant Director Diana Schneider said.

February 23rd

Street wish list: List to be pared down after costs become known

February 23, 2012

With the first five-year road construction plan nearly completed, a second five-year plan enters the infancy stages.

Wapakoneta City Council Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks Committee members  decided Wednesday to start developing a road reconstruction schedule for the next five years after learning the previous road construction plan is nearly complete.

Seven firms honored with Progress awards

February 23, 2012

The Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) honored seven local businesses Wednesday as it held it’s eighth annual Progress Award Breakfast.

“In today’s economic climate it is important to do this,” Chamber President Dan Lee said. “It is important show that Wapakoneta is still moving forward. We still have a lot of investment in Wapakoneta.”

Brian Dicken, Northwest Regional representative from Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s office, was the guest speaker at the event.

All's Well with Heather

February 23, 2012

For a 2009 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, the decision to return to her hometown will be based primarily on opportunity and less on allegiance.

Heather Wells, who was a member of the school’s top five students, is studying biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and intends to study veterinary medicine after college graduation.

February 22nd

Down with wind: Group outlines problems with proposed wind farm

February 22, 2012

Nearly 170 people turned out for a public meeting held Tuesday by Auglaize Neighbors United (ANU) to gather information about the proposed wind turbine project in the county.

ANU member Mike Burton used a PowerPoint presentation to provide a different outlook on how the proposed wind turbine project will affect Auglaize County residents when compared to statistics being put forward by representatives of Mainstream Renewable Power Inc., the private company investigating the possibility of putting a wind farm in the county.

Taking the stock market to Capitol Hill

February 22, 2012

Giving high school seniors a realistic, hands-on experience, an economics teacher is teaching students in his class by having them play the stock market.

Wapakoneta High School economics teacher Bill Dellinger has been teaching his students financial investment lessons this way for 20 years, but for the first time this year, he is making the experience more competitive as the 30 high school seniors battle it out for 14 weeks against students across the country in the Capitol Hill Challenge.

Botkins’ Baumer Beef Queen

February 22, 2012

For the next year, a Botkins High School graduate plans to do her best to promote the work of area livestock producers and the benefits of beef.

Jamie Baumer, who is attending the University of Findlay, blushed as 2011 Auglaize County Beef Queen Kaylee Fisher placed the sash around her neck and the tiara upon her head. Baumer smiled as she was named the 2012 queen during the Auglaize County Cattlemen’s Association banquet held Tuesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

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