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July 25th, 2011

Wapak administrators to monitor water usage

July 25, 2011

The recent heat wave, which dropped from the high 90s and triple digits to the low 90s for today, is creating additional demand on water treatment systems throughout the county — prompting administrators in one village to ask residents to curtail their usage.
Wapak-oneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains reported water usage has increased in the past week as temperatures soared and lawns and gardens thirsted for water, but it is not a problem yet.

Botkins church honors pastor

July 25, 2011

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins held a reception honoring the Rev. Bob Carter’s 35th year in ministry July 17 at the church.
However, despite all that time, Carter still feels there is a much longer way to go.
“I am still planning on doing it for quite a while yet,” Carter said. “I still think God has a purpose for me yet in the ministry.”
Of those 35 years, Carter has served the last 4 1/2 years at Botkins. After receiving the call to come to Botkins, he feels he has found a place to call home.

July 22nd

Soul’d Out becomes regular at fair

July 22, 2011

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
A local favorite will be coming back to town to perform at the fair.
Soul’d Out Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Auglaize County Fair Gospel Tent.
The group is based out of Georgetown has become a regular to the county fair, and this will be their fifth consecutive year performing in the gospel tent.
“We’ve had them here for a couple of years,” Gospel Tent Committee member Tom Knoch said. “They’re really good. They are four young men — super Christians.”

Builder, patriarch fondly recalled

July 22, 2011

By LANCE MIHM
Staff Writer
Wapakoneta lost one of its favorite sons Wednesday when Walter Stinebaugh, 88, died at Wapakoneta Manor surrounded by his family.
After marrying his wife, Jean, in 1942, the couple were both working full-time at the Lima Locomotive Works when Stinebaugh’s dream of going into carpentry began to come to fruition.
“It started out simply as remodeling,” said Barb Haehn, one of Stinebaugh’s three children. “Over the next couple of years, it just kind of evolved.”
The couple’s other children are Tina Helmstetter and Ralph Stinebaugh.

Preparing for the fair

July 22, 2011

It’s not just the larger livestock that have a potent odor, a first-year 4-Her taking a duck project says one of the things he learned about them was that they stink.
Grayson Ford, of Spencerville, said he did “lots of stuff” to get ready for his prefair interview Thursday in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Filling out books for both his duck and boiler projects, Ford said he answered questions and wrote down information about poultry, including what they eat and their weights.

PT Works owner new WACF trustee

July 22, 2011

A local business owner is the newest member of a foundation in Wapakoneta, designed to help the community.
Sandra Huffman, who is the owner of PT Works, in Wapakoneta, was recently inducted into the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) as a new trustee.
“I’m honored to be sitting among this group of people,” Huffman said. “I’m proud to even be asked.”

Contract changes mean savings

July 22, 2011

In continuing efforts to control expenses, the new Auglaize Acres administrator recently recommended several contractual changes.
The Auglaize County commissioners approved those changes, recommended during the past few weeks.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said making the changes and watching finances is as important as ever with the new state budget decreasing the Medicare rate the Acres receives by 9 percent beginning July 1.
“We’re looking at ways we can be most efficient and good stewards of money,” Pierce said. “Its a tight economy and we’re looking to control expenses.”

July 21st

Heat affects crop

July 21, 2011

Farmers that faced problems getting their corn crop planted because of frequent rainfall throughout the spring are now facing problems from the opposite end of the spectrum.
Extremely hot temperatures and high humidity for most of the past week are the latest problems facing Auglaize County farmers and their crops. The heat and humidity is expected to continue for the rest of the week. High temperatures are not expected to dip below 90 degrees until Sunday.

Local heroes: Father and son save neighbor’s life

July 21, 2011

A young boy who was just playing outside one day helped to save his neighbor’s life.
Five-year-old Damien Emrick, son of Jessica and Jesse Emrick, was playing outside on July 2, when he noticed something was not right and notified his father.
“I was outside and smelled smoke and saw a fire,” Damien Emrick said. “My dad went to the door and got the lady out.”

SECTORS pairs up groups

July 21, 2011

A bill, which is being introduced on the U.S. Senate floor by a legislator from Ohio, is aimed at helping the unemployed receive the training desired by high growth industries.
The Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act attempts to address the disparity between the nation’s high unemployment rate and industry executives struggling to find qualified workers.

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