May 11th, 2012
The county is showing signs of creeping out of the economic woes that struck most of the country in 2008, a county official says.
Auglaize County Board of Commissioners President Doug Spencer told a crowd of approximately 70 people at Marleys Downtown on Thursday during the State of the County address.
Spencer reported sales tax receipts increased 8.8 percent for the county through the first four months of the year, or approximately $200,000 in excess of 2011 receipts. They increased 9.8 percent over last year.
A new bill before Congress is aimed at keeping homeowners in their homes longer and focuses on helping banks with their at-risk mortgages — thus strengthening the economy for future growth.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown recently introduced the Foreclosure Fraud and Homeowner Abuse Prevention Act in an attempt to keep people from losing their homes and to help stabilize the housing market in an effort to right the sputtering U.S. economy.
The Wapakoneta Area of Commerce is planning a trip to China for its members and other community residents in April of next year.
The opportunity allows travelers to visit the tour highlights of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, as well as visiting historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.
“This is the first time we have done this,” Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said. “We wanted to give the community a chance to travel at an affordable price.
A collaborative effort between state troopers in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana focused on Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 recently in an ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and impaired driving.
The multi-agency enforcement effort, which extended from Thursday through Saturday, was part of the 6 State Trooper Project, aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
A long-time employee of the Auglaize County Health Department announced her plans to retire, while the medical director saw his contract renewed for another year.
After 27 years, Janet Bassitt, who has served as health educator since she was hired in July 1985, announced her plans to retire as of July 1, during a monthly meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.
“She will be missed,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.
BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council is looking for two new members as two were removed from their posts during Tuesday’s council meeting.
Councilor Rusty Jones submitted a letter of resignation, effective May 7, citing an “inability to be able to attend all council meetings because of meeting time change, my work schedule, and my family.”
Later in the meeting, Councilor Matt A. Pleiman was removed from his council seat for failing to attend meetings.
Wapakoneta is the place to be Saturday morning for area residents spending time doing some spring cleaning or scavengers seeking unappreciated treasures.
The city’s annual Drop and Swap event and Auglaize County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day is this weekend at the Wapakoneta Public Works Building, 110 Harrison St.
Cynthia S. Warnecke, 53, formerly of Spencerville, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
She was the daughter of Janice and Hubert Warnecke.
Arrangements are incomplete at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville.
ELIDA — Elida varsity coach Todd Grapner frankly has seen enough of Johnny Crawford.
The Wapakoneta Redskins left-hander threw 12 innings of shutout baseball in two games against the Bulldogs this season.
Tuesday night, he tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead Wapak to a 2-0 win on a Division II sectional final at Ed Sandy Field in Elida.
It was his sixth straight shutout.
BATH TOWNSHIP — The momentum was gone but the lead wasn’t.
In the end, that was all that mattered.
The Wapakoneta Redskins completed their Division II softball sectional semifinal game Tuesday by blanking the Van Wert Cougars 3-0.
Wapakoneta scored two quick runs in the first inning Monday before lightning and rain ended play in the second inning.
The Redskins wouldn’t score again until the top of the seventh on Tuesday.