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September 23rd, 2011

Courthouse renovations cost more

September 23, 2011

Four more change orders have been added to the tally for renovations to the Auglaize County Courthouse.
To date, more than $214,575 has been spent on change orders for the $6.8 million Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said they have accounted for between $238,000 and $250,000 in change orders throughout the length of the entire project.
“We’re getting our way through them,” Lenhart said. “There are still some out there as work continues.

Residents to receive property re-evaluations soon

September 23, 2011

Auglaize County property owners should expect to receive their property tax re-evaluations in the mail during the first part of next week.
Auglaize County Auditor’s Office staff have been busy getting the re-evaluations ready to put in the mail. Notices for parcels covered by the CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Value) program already have been sent.
Ohio Farm Bureau are planning a meeting for those interested on the matter at 7 p.m. Monday at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center, in Wapakoneta. A state speaker is to be there to discuss CAUV rates.

Interim ready for challenge

September 23, 2011

Dana Webb says she has enjoyed the 13 years she has worked at the Auglaize County District Public library.
As she sees it, she will likely enjoy at least another 13 years or so.
“I am very happy here,” Webb said. “I will probably retire here. As long as they will have me.”
Webb, 51, and her husband, Dave, live in Wapakoneta. They have two grown children, Kyle, 24, and Brigitte, 23.

Wing Fest plans set for this weekend

September 23, 2011

The reason for the annual Wapak Wing Fest is simple — helping area veterans.
The main attraction at the annual Wapak Wing Fest is plain — chicken wings prepared by seven vendors located throughout Ohio.

September 22nd

Shelby sheriff indicted

September 22, 2011

A former member of the Wapakoneta Police Department and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office alleges she was sexually assaulted in her Auglaize County home by the Shelby County sheriff last year resulting in his arrest early Wednesday.

Reinhart: Project must go forward

September 22, 2011

Former Division of Wildlife Director Dave Sheets is among a group of county residents who believe the proposed logjam project along the Auglaize River should be reconsidered, while Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart is claiming the project still needs to move forward.
The project is being proposed to help reduce flooding caused by the river, supporting Reinhart’s claim that the project is needed.
Sheets said that the project is not fiscally sound for county residents at this time.

Airport receives grant for utility, drainage work

September 22, 2011

Nearly $100,000 in grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is allowing Neil Armstrong Airport officials to move forward with the beginning stages of a terminal replacement project.
The grant, along with nearly $5,000 in matching local funds from the Auglaize County commissioners, is to help design and plan utilities as well as design drainage rehabilitation for the Neil Armstrong Airport, outside of New Knoxville. The project is expected to take care of runway drainage at the same time.

September 21st

Auglaize County sheriff arrests Shelby County sheriff

September 21, 2011

Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Solomon released this morning that the sheriff of Shelby County was arrested today on a grand jury indictment for sexual battery.
On Sept. 20, a special Auglaize County grand jury handed down an indictment warrant for Shelby County Sheriff Dean A. Kimpel, 57. He is charged with sexual battery and victim control impaired.
Kimpel was brought to the Auglaize County Correctional Center and is awaiting a court appearance.

Mayor would argue to maintain income tax collection

September 21, 2011

Administrators of two area cities say they would oppose any proposed move by Gov. John Kasich and his administration to shift municipal income tax collections from local municipalities to Columbus.
In recent weeks, members of Kasich’s administration suggested in the future that the state would assume collection of municipal income taxes, which would total more than $4 billion. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told a panel earlier this month the move would cut red tape for businesses operating in multiple locations.

Logjams may prove more costly

September 21, 2011

A logjam removal project to clean the Auglaize River may end up costing residents in Allen and Auglaize counties more than initially expected, a county official says.
A joint board of supervisors over the logjam removal project has tentatively removed the 18-mile portion that traverses through Putnam County, Commissioner John Bergman told members of the Auglaize County Farm Bureau Tuesday at their breakfast meeting at RJ’s Coffee Cup.

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