April 19th, 2013
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.”
ELIDA — Defense wins games.
That’s true for the most part, but a team needs a little bit of offense to break the tie every once in a while.
The visiting Wapakoneta Redskins found themselves tied in a scoreless tie with the Elida Bulldogs in the top of the 11th inning.
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.
Area residents are being reminded to be on alert for common scams associated with the warm weather season.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon issued a warning to residents this week.
“Typically, in this season, we receive complaints where citizens are victims of fraudulent repairs to the home,” Solomon said.
He said the repair scams often involve spouting, tree trimming, house or barn painting, asphalt driveway resurfacing, or lightening rod replacement.
Bells will be ringing during an upcoming concert by an internationally acclaimed bell choir in Wapakoneta.
The Raleigh Ringers, hosted by St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), are returning to the area after a quickly sold out concert also hosted by the church in 2009. This time, the bell choir will take to the stage of the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center on May 26, which is the last Sunday of the month.