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March 20th, 2013

Friends band together for library

March 20, 2013

With the Wapakoneta Public District Library, one of the few libraries in the region, without a support group, a group of local residents decided to come together and join efforts to support the local library as “Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library.”

They recently started their first membership drive campaign.

“All of the other local libraries had one,” Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library President Barb Harrod.

“We knew it was late but we are very proud to get it off the ground.”

Betty Winegardner, 84

March 20, 2013

Betty E. Winegardner, 84, of Waynesfield, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Gardens of Wapakoneta.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waynesfield Baptist Church, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial is to follow at Willowbranch Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield or from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Condolences may be expressed at armentroutfuneralhome.com.

March 19th

Safe Routes to Schools grant program sparks old debate

March 19, 2013

One Wapakoneta City Council member is urging his fellow councilors to consider residents’ objections to the installation of sidewalks along five streets in Grandview Estates.

Another councilor points out the work is a city improvement, in the city right-of-way and is paid completely with state and federal funds with no assessments on the property owner.

Officials work with state on budget

March 19, 2013

Local health officials remain hopeful that changes will be made to limit the impact of the state’s biennial budget bill.

With the budget bill still in committee for hearings, Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said Health Commissioners Association board members have proposed amendments they hope can be included to help limit the impact of proposed changes before the new state fiscal year begins July 1.

“There are a number of problems with it that get bigger and bigger as you think about it,” Parsons said.

March 18th

Betty Hunsicker, 76

March 18, 2013

Betty Ann Hunsicker, 76, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Ada, died at 10:02 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta.
She was born January 11, 1937, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Mary A. (Hackworth) and Grover C. Pruitt. On June 12, 1954, she married Max B. Hunsicker, who survives.

David Schaub, 71

March 18, 2013

David W. Schaub, 71, of Botkins, died at 5:45 p.m. Thurday, March 14, 2013, at the Wapakoneta Manor.
He was born May 30, 1941, in Botkins, the son of Alvina (Greve) and Franklin Schaub, who preceded him in death.

Mary Mitchell, 92

March 18, 2013

Mary Susan Mitchell, 92, of rural Lima, died at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, in her family homestead farm home in which she was born in Amanda Township, with her family at her side.
She was born July 16, 1920, to Beatrice (Coon) and William McConnell, who are deceased. On March 20, 1940, she married Perry Edward Mitchell, who died April 30, 2008.

Man named in St. Marys shooting

March 18, 2013

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man shot by law enforcement officers Wednesday night on Derrick Street reportedly raised what later was determined to be a pellet rifle or BB gun at the officers as they responded to his residence.

Troopers continue OVI enforcement

March 18, 2013

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are continuing an ongoing effort to contribute to safer roadways with an increased focus on impaired driver enforcement.

The effort is part of the OSHP’s mantra — Trooper Shield — and the focus seems to be paying off, said a state spokeswoman for the agency.

OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said statewide in 2012, arrests of motorists operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI) increased by 3 percent and OVI-related crashes decreased by 14 percent.

Skills for a lifetime

March 18, 2013

A young Wapakoneta woman has had the opportunity to work at different types of jobs, and through this, she has learned she enjoys working with animals.

Her involvement in a county transition program helped her to discover this passion.

Sharon Temple is a student in the Auglaize County Transition MD (Multiple Disabilities) program and she started the program after she graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2011. This transition unit is through the Auglaize County Educational Services Center (ACESC).

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