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April 19th, 2013
Itâ€™s hard to find an organization or office in Wapakoneta that performs a service for others that doesnâ€™t have a framed writing by a local man hanging on its wall.
James L. Matson Sr.â€™s writings can be found in the Auglaize County Courthouse, and throughout the county in police and fire stations, military posts and clubs, service clubs, recreational centers, post offices, nursing homes, libraries, schools, businesses and even homes.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Anyone can go and purchase a calf from another county in Ohio or even from another state, as Candace Muir sees it.
Working with the animal is still there, anyone who has shown animals at the Auglaize County Fair or any other fair knows that.
However, there is an extra sense of pride in participating in the Auglaize County Born and Raised Steer Show â€” knowing the animal was born here, raised here and trained here.
No longer wanted or needed items can be â€śdroppedâ€ť or â€śswappedâ€ť during the annual Drop and Swap to be held May 11.
The event, which is being held in conjunction with Auglaize County Household Hazardous Waste Day, is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Department, 110 E. Harrison St., Wapakoneta. Most items may be disposed of for free.
A free shopping day, for the items left the day before, is planned from noon to 2 p.m. May 12. Any item left may be taken.
Excessive drinking is a problem in Auglaize County, as shown by a study released this month by the University of Wisconsion, data that bothers the county’s medical director.
According to that study, Auglaize County ranked 15th among the 88 counties in the state, a decline in recent years, but especially troubling to the county’s Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres is the county’s 15 percent score for excessive drinking.
Two local volunteers’ faces revealed the pair’s pleasant surprise of earning a top honor during an annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch hosted by Mercy Unlimited.
Marcie Hawk and Jamie Braun have spent numerous hours of their spare time volunteering at Mercy Unlimited, and on Thursday, they were presented with “Volunteer of the Year” awards.
“It made me feel really good and appreciated,” Braun said after he received the award during the brunch.
The 25th anniversary of the Auglaize County Crisis Center celebrated its milestone anniversary with another successful event, topping at least $35,000 in funds raised.
“We still have cash donations and chili auction proceeds to count,” event organizer Heide Koenig said, “but we will match last year’s total and likely be a little bit higher than last year. Every year we generally do a little better than the year before.”
The director of the Auglaize County Elections Board announced Wednesday plans to retire at the end of July.
Effective Aug. 1, Carolyn Campbell said she will be leaving the position she has held overseeing county elections for the last seven years.
FORT AMANDA — Dave Johnson has spent much of the last 40 years studying the history of Fort Amanda, many times debunking myths once believed about its history with information he discovered.
He said he now believes a current project going on at the field next to Fort Amanda State Park may soon debunk another one.
Archaeologists are currently analyzing the site, which he thinks will likely show the fort as being located differently than where it is currently believed. He believes Fort Amanda was located slightly more to the north.
NEW BREMEN — Earning the title of Auglaize County Dairy Princess was once a dream for one New Bremen High School student.
When Kimberly Brown was in first grade, she knew she wanted to hold this title. She has since achieved this goal being crowned the 2013 Auglaize County Dairy Princess at the Auglaize County Dairy Banquet held earlier this spring.
“Ever since I was little, I said, ‘I want to be that person,’ ” the high school junior said of becoming a Dairy Princess for her county.
Three reports regarding trees along the proposed $2.1 million West Auglaize Street reconstruction project should provide the details needed to decide which trees stay and which trees need to be removed, Mayor Rodney Metz told Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s meeting.
Metz is awaiting reports from city Engineering Superintendent Mary Ruck, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Urban Forester Stephanie Miller and Choice One Engineering consultants. Choice One Engineering is the firm working with the city on the street project.