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September 23rd, 2011
With cooler temperatures, leaves falling and Halloween approaching, the festive gourd is in its full glory and are plentiful in the area.
Pumpkins, which are a fall favorite, can be purchased at many area vendors and grocery stores to decorate, carve, paint and bake.
One local pumpkin seller, The Pumpkin Patch, on County Road 25A in Wapakoneta, has been in business since 2001, and have sold more than just pumpkins at their stand on the Steinke Farm.
They sell painted bales, corn shocks, gourds, squash, mums, wheat bundles, painted pumpkins and regular pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
Auglaize Countyâs DARE deputy recently received an award for his outstanding efforts in educating the community and its children.
Deputy Samuel Blank was honored by the Wapakoneta Noon Optimists with their 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Education award.
âWe give this out every year to someone who does something in education for the youth in the community,â Optimist President Jo Derryberry said. âDeputy Blank has done so much through DARE.â
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.
âWeâre getting our way through them,â Lenhart said. âThere are still some out there as work continues.
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 Auditorâs 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.
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.
âI am very happy here,â Webb said. âI will probably retire here. As long as they will have me.â
Webb, 51, and her husband, Dave, live in Wapakoneta. They have two grown children, Kyle, 24, and Brigitte, 23.
The reason for the annual Wapak Wing Fest is simple â helping area veterans.
The main attraction at the annual Wapak Wing Fest is plain â chicken wings prepared by seven vendors located throughout Ohio.
A former member of the Wapakoneta Police Department and the Auglaize County Sheriffâs Office alleges she was sexually assaulted in her Auglaize County home by the Shelby County sheriff last year resulting in his arrest early Wednesday.
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 Reinhartâs claim that the project is needed.
Sheets said that the project is not fiscally sound for county residents at this time.
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.
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.