January 25th, 2013
A new additive to the Auglaize County salt-limestone mixture is cutting through ice on roadways and is helping to cut costs, the county engineer says.
Pouring a thick and frothy brown mix into a styrofoam cup, County Engineer Doug Reinhart said this beet juice, when mixed with brine and the salt-limestone mixture and spread by county snowplow crews as a new way to remove ice and clear roads, has proven to be a success so far this winter.
Auglaize County ended 2012 by shaving more than 1 percent off its unemployment rate during a 12-month period.
In data released Tuesday, Auglaize County recorded an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in December, up slightly from the 4.7 percent it recorded in November. In 2011, Auglaize County ended the year with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) Executive Director Greg Myers said the decline in the past year and the past month is a good thing because more people are back to work.
The Wapakoneta girls basketball team nearly squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter against Ottawa-Glandorf, but was able to hold on for a three-point victory.
By making free throws down the stretch, the Redskins came up with a 59-56 victory over the Titans.
As the Auglaize County commissioners plan to move forward with construction of a dog shelter this year, talks of different ways to scale back costs are being discussed.
“Off and on we have been working on this for the last several years,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “It’s been way too long, but it is hard to justify the last bid amount we got for a dog pound.”
Bergman explained to date they yet to receive any reasonable, good bids on the proposed 2,200-square foot project.
The family of a longtime Auglaize County sheriff honored him by giving to a program to help area children.
“Every year, at our Christmas party, in lieu of buying gifts for each other, my family donates to a needy cause,” said Janice Longsworth, the wife of former Auglaize County Sheriff Larry Longsworth, who died in June after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Through the support of the community, a local facility is able to change lives for the better.
As a leading non-profit for strengthening the community, financial gifts given to the Wapakoneta Family YMCA will help advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Emmett H. Shoup Jr., 70, 2011 Chadwick Drive, St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Moulton, the son of Evelyn (Katter) and Emmett Shoup Sr., and they preceded him in death. On May 25, 1963, he married Sandra K. Moots, and she survives at the residence.
William F. â€śOllieâ€ť Anderson Sr., 79, of Cridersville, died at 11:02 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Aug. 18, 1933, in Lima, the son of Gladys Erma (Shaw) and Fred L. Anderson, who preceded him in death. On May 29, 1956, he married Shirley Ann Luke, who survives.
Curtiss E. Hager, 86, of St. Marys, formerly of Spencerville, died at 3:54 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the St. Marys Living Center with family at his side. He had lived there since October 2012.
He was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Logan Township, Auglaize County, the son of Elma (Walther) and Earl Hager, who preceded him in death. On June 4, 1949, he married Ruthela Wagner, and she survives in St. Marys.
With the cold temperatures in the air, people are dressing in more layers and are more cautious of exposure to the outside environment.
In addition with being conscious of the winter weather, there are many safety precautions to take when it comes to heath and safety.
When it comes to snow and ice, a local fire chief notes the proper way to walk without falling and slipping.
“Footwear is definitely a big issue,” Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. “Wear something that has traction when walking on ice.”