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January 18th, 2012

‘Finkelmeier plan’ vetted: Proposal to face additional scrutiny, law director’s input

January 18, 2012

The “Finkelmeier Plan” remained intact.

The plan now faces the scrutiny of Wapakoneta Law Director Dennis Faller and of Wapakoneta City Council ad hoc committee members comparing the plan to other municipalities who have enacted similar legislation.

During a meeting held Tuesday at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building, Term of Office Ad Hoc Committee members started vetting the “Finkelmeier plan” regarding staggering and extending terms of city elected officials.

Area may be experiencing different type of flu virus

January 18, 2012

The type of flu the majority of those in northwestern Ohio may be experiencing is not the same as what’s prevalent nationwide.

Auglaize County Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said she has no idea why this is the case, but it continues to repeat as each week’s flu numbers are tallied in the region.

Of 13 positive influenza labs in a four-county region, which includes Allen and Auglaize counties, Jones said 10 of them were type B and three were type A.

Herman hears from vets in dog case

January 18, 2012

ST. MARYS — The age of a dog at the center of civil suit determining ownership spiraled into the organization defending its right to maintain a three-day ownership rule and the questioning of a Wapakoneta organization’s non-profit status.

Auglaize County Municipal Judge Gary Herman heard witness testimony for more than three hours Tuesday and was forced to schedule the case continued until 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Herman heard testimony from three veterinarians as well as Humane Society of Auglaize County Director and President Sandra Harrison regarding

January 17th

Firefighting way: Association seeks residents for Wapak contract

January 17, 2012

Homeowners in three townships can join an association which enlists the help of the Wapakoneta Fire Department as a responder to the area.

Pusheta-Washington Townships Mutual Fire Protective Association board members started a recruitment drive to enlist more members into the organization.

Police investigate stabbing

January 17, 2012

Wapakoneta police officers are investigating a domestic violence situation, which involved a stabbing.

Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said that an 18-year-old female called for assistance shortly before 9:40 a.m. Sunday after an argument escalated  at the apartment she shares with her boyfriend on Edgebrook Drive.

The woman, who suffered minor injuries according to the police officer’s report, called concerned about events that transpired after she yielded a steak knife in her defense, the police chief said.

C’ville updates tree work

January 17, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — An area tree commission is taking beautification of the village through a step-by-step process.

Cridersville Tree Commission President Ken Dreitzler recently unveiled the board’s plan for work on Main Street.

“There are 10 to 11 trees that should come down because of crackage, blocking view of intersections and other issues,” Dreitzler said during a recent report to Cridersville Village Council.

January 16th

WEA issues plea to talk: Teachers share thoughts, experiences with board

January 16, 2012

Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA) members re-enforced their position on contract negotiations Saturday during a public forum with Wapakoneta City School Board of Education members.

Board members officially conducted two meetings, the first being the district’s annual re-organizational meeting. The second meeting was used for discussing employment of personnel and negotiations, all discussed in executive session. However, the public comment section of each meeting  highlighted the morning’s talks.

Signs of education

January 16, 2012

Cans of black and red spray paint, drip cloths and plastic replaced black and red pens, text books and notebook paper for a few hours Sunday afternoon.

Wapakoneta City School District teachers gathered at their headquarters in the former J&D Bicycle Shop on North Street to make signs which refer people to a website with information regarding their position in negotiations with school administrators and Board of Education members.

Wedded to a new look: Bridal Emporium holds grand re-opening

January 16, 2012

The owner and operator of the Bridal Emporium in downtown Wapakoneta, experienced first-hand over the weekend that at times things can turn out better than ever expected.

The shop held a grand re-opening over the weekend and had approximately 250 people pass through its doors to take advantage of specials offered over the weekend.

“It went very, very well,” Diana Varno said. “We are very happy with the response.”

January 13th

Commissioners build salary reserve fund

January 13, 2012

By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
A transfer of $100,000 is expected to build back up the county’s salary reserve fund for any retirements this year.
The Auglaize County commissioners this week approved the transfer from the contingencies fund to the salary reserve fund, which was established a couple years ago to help pay out vacation and sick time obligations offered as part of the county’s financial severance package upon an employee’s retirement.
Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said they had just a little more than $12,000 left in the account going into 2012.

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