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August 12th, 2011
The new lieutenant on the midnight shift at the Wapakoneta Police Department, who also was recently assigned as the K-9 handler, says he is looking forward to the extra responsibility.
â€śIt was a goal, but it came a little quicker than I expected it to,â€ť Joe Welker said of his newest position, which he began last week after scoring well on a written test.
He was named as the handler of the departmentâ€™s new K-9, Rico, in April.
â€śYou canâ€™t really count on timing,â€ť Welker, 29, said of positions and advancements in law enforcement. â€śBoth are something Iâ€™ve always wanted to do.â€ť
Before heading to compete in a national pageant, a 17-year-old Wapakoneta High School senior gave her local community a preview of what she would be presenting to the nation next week.
The Ohio State University graduate student Alexandra Gress quickly pointed out Wednesday the Auglaize County Junior Fair offered â€ścuts that certainly rank well with industry standardsâ€ť during the carcass review at Kah Meats.
â€śComparitively speaking, things were certainly at the industry average,â€ť said Gress, who has been judging carcasses for fairs since 2007. â€ťThe pork was very good quality. The grand and dairy steers were very good quality, too.â€ť
A contract for social services offered as part of the family planning program at the Auglaize County Health Department has been terminated.
â€śWeâ€™re streamlining family planning,â€ť Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said of the decision after the Auglaize County Health Boardâ€™s meeting this week. â€śWe donâ€™t feel we can afford to offer it any more.â€ť
Parsons said the decision was made as the department continues to receive less funding through grants and other sources.
After review, changes are being made beginning Sept. 1 to immunization clinics offered by the Auglaize County Health Department.
An immunization clinic offered in New Bremen is closing, substituted by a walk-in clinic every Tuesday between 8 and 11 a.m. at the Auglaize County Health Department, located at 214 S. Wagner St. An existing clinic offered at the Health Department from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays is changing to appointment only.
BUCKLAND â€” With the village expected to receive $230,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money in the future, Buckland Village Council members continue to mull over how to spend the money to improve Main Street.
Councilors discussed with no action taken if they should use the money solely for curbs and gutters or should the village use some of the money to pay to replace sidewalks along Main Street. They also discussed if the village had enough money to replace the sidewalks itself or if property owners should pay part of or all of the sidewalk replacement.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” An area villageâ€™s Tree Commission members reported that a majority of fruit trees in the village have been removed.
Cridersville Tree Commission members reported at Mondayâ€™s Cridersville Village Council meeting that a majority of the red crab apple trees that are on the tree lawn along Main Street have been removed along with several pear trees.
Now, village administrators are waiting until autumn arrives to trim other trees in the tree lawn.
Faced with balancing the state budget, Senate Bill 5 proved to be the best option to help the state and local municipalities as well as local school districts to balance their books, a state legislator claims.
An Ohio Education Association representative contends while state Sen. Cliff Hite did not lie about what is contained in Senate Bill 5, a bill which limits negotiating rights of unions representing public employees, he also did not fully explain the bill or Issue 2, which is on the ballot this fall to rescind the bill passed by the General Assembly.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” An area village will be putting a pair of renewal levies on the November ballot.
Cridersville Village Council members passed a resolution Monday to place two $2 million levies on the fall ballot, both for renewal.
â€śWe passed the levies tonight (Monday), and I will present them to the Board of Elections tomorrow (Tuesday),â€ť Village Solicitor Jim Hearn said.
One of the levies to be put on the ballot is the Cridersville village $2 million levy.
â€śWeâ€™ve had this levy for a number of years,â€ť Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said. â€śItâ€™s the only levy we have for Cridersville.â€ť
With four events in four consecutive weekends in July, the cityâ€™s recreation director says it may have been the busiest month for the city parks and Wapakoneta Recreation Department crews on record.
Veterans Memorial Park hosted the Moon City Classic sponsored by Dairy Queen and Wapakoneta Recreation Inc. (WRI) on July 8-10, the Dairy Queen tournament for softball on July 22-24 and a 3-on-3 soccer tournament on July 29-30, while the Wapakoneta WaterPark hosted the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships on July 15 and 16.