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December 29th

Auditor budget largely the same

December 29, 2014

Auglaize County Auditor Janet Schuler made little changes to her department’s proposed budget for 2015 with the exception of the real estate assessment fund, which skyrocketed due to the addition of a sexennial contract.

The $550,000 contract, which is budgeted every six years, caused the REA fund to increase more than 100 percent from last year. The fund went from $424,067 in 2014 to $990,967 in 2015. 

December 26th

Drug case set for jury trial

December 26, 2014

A Wapakoneta man has a chance to have his court hearing in front of a jury as long as he does not change his plea in negotiations.
Andrew M. Green, 18, of 117. N. Wagner St., Wapakoneta, will be attending his final pretrial hearing on Jan. 23, with two days set aside for jury trial on Feb. 17 and 18. Green was charged with four counts, two being possession of drugs, each a felony in the fifth-degree, a count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor and tampering with evidence, a single felony count in the third-degree.

Shoppers hit the stores ... again

December 26, 2014

Even though Christmas has come and gone, store aisles across town are still full of people. Whether they’re spending some Christmas money on store deals, returning unwanted gifts, or buying discounted decorations for next year, for many, the day and weekend after the holiday are a time to shop.
For those that fall into the purchasing of next year’s decorations category, True Value seemed to be the place to be. Lights are 25 percent off, trees are 40 percent off and all other Christmas items are 55 percent off, store manager Mike Meiring said Friday.

Sewer project a huge bore

December 26, 2014

The construction of a sewer pipe under Hamilton Road that is part of the South Interceptor Sewer Project has been put on hold after contractors encountered farm equipment underneath the bridge.
“They started the process and they’ve come across some old farm equipment, which we were told would be there, but they had to kind of reposition because of that,” Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said Friday.

Ex-employee sues village over firing

December 26, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — The actions of a few Waynesfield Village Council members have led to litigation against the village from a former council member.

Former council member and part-time worker Howard Traucht is suing the Village of Waynesfield after an ordinance, spearheaded by council member Richard Hardin, was passed at a September village council meeting. 

Treasurer notes lower ’15 budget

December 26, 2014

Auglaize County Treasurer April Bowersock proposed a budget for 2015 that is 4 percent less than last year during a recent meeting with the county commissioners. 

The largest drop is under the line item for contract services, which decreased from $25,000 in 2014 to $20,000 in 2015. 

“Contract services dropped because we’re not paying bank fees, which was a large chunk of that expense,” Bowersock said.

Health board disputes results of national poll

December 26, 2014

When it comes to fighting infectious diseases, Ohio is one of the worst prepared states, according to a new national report.

Non-profit groups Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation used 10 indicators to judge all states’ abilities to prevent, detect, diagnose and respond to outbreaks. According to the report, Ohio only met three of the 10, ranking it, along with six other states, just one point above the worst state, Arkansas.

December 23rd

Bluffton tops Wapakoneta in overtime

December 23, 2014

A 3-pointer by Bluffton’s Bret Rumer with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 46-46, and the undefeated Bluffton Pirates emerged from overtime with a 59-53 win Tuesday over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a non-league varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.

The Redskins had a five-point lead with 2:39 left in the game and attempted to exhaust the remaining time, but a missed front end of a one-and-one gave the Pirates possession with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Good tidings at the pump

December 23, 2014

Motorists in Wapakoneta and the surrounding area are getting a nice Christmas gift this season with gas prices down dipping below $2.00 at the pump for the first time in years.

Actually, it has been the first time since the middle of 2009 that gas prices have been this low, right in the middle of the Great Recession. 

Trees’ fate left at the curb

December 23, 2014

While many have opted for an artificial Christmas tree to help celebrate the holiday season, some still find value in purchasing a real tree, complete with the fresh pine smell and allure of Christmases past, long before the advent of fake trees.

Real trees look and smell great, but they don’t last.

So what happens to them when Christmas ends?

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