January 28th, 2013
MINSTER — Double overtime. A 13-point comeback. A buzzer beater.
When Wapakoneta’s boys basketball team travelled to Minster Saturday night, spectators from both teams were in for a treat, but like in every thriller, one team has to go home disappointed.
Several pieces of history are to be sold as part of online auctions by the county.
To date, a wide array of surplus items have been sold that way by the county, but historical pieces also have joined that list with recent renovations of the Auglaize County Courthouse.
The latest items, which are to be posted for sale today, include large wooden doors, wood trim and door jams, decorative pedestals, window transoms, wooden and metal desks, chairs, light fixtures, filing cabinets, fainting couches, and wooden bars and an entertainment center used in courtrooms.
The newest addition to the Wapakoneta Fire Department did not have to look far for his inspiration — he comes from a family devoted to public service.
Standing in front of bright red fire truck Saturday morning in a bay of the Wapakoneta Fire Station, Adam Schulze repeated the firefighter’s oath as administered by Mayor Rodney Metz and started his career in public service.
“My mom got me interested in the medical side and my dad in public service,” Schulze said. “My parents and my siblings have had a big influence on my life.”
As long as there are video games, “hot” Doritos and rap music, all is well in the life of a Wapakoneta 6-year-old.
Gavin Vaughn, who considers himself 7, even though his birthday isn’t until Sunday, said he plays games “all the time.”
He plays games on his Leapster Explorer, on the Wii and on an iPad he got for Christmas.
“There’s nothing else to do at my house,” Gavin said of games he plays, which range from Angry Birds to Number Bash and Skylanders.
OTTAWA — The Wapakoneta boys basketball team knew it would need to play the game of the year to roll into Ottawa to upset the one-loss Titans.
The Redskins struggled to get anything going offensively, mostly due to the stifling defense from the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans.
As one K-9 retires from the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office, another has been brought into service.
Bandit, who was the departmentâ€™s first K-9, recently was recognized by the Auglaize County commissioners for seven years of service to area residents.
â€śHe contributed many hours of loyalty and dedication to the department,â€ť commissioners wrote in a resolution. â€śBandit was a true asset to the department.â€ť
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.