With recyclables earning less than in past years and expenses climbing, the city of Wapakonetaâ€™s Recycling Fund is expected to have a small deficit, according to early budget estimates.
Wapakoneta City Council 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, who is to assume the chairmanship of the Finance Committee in 2012, says she is not worried because additional money from the Refuse Fund will be transferred into the account to make sure the fund is balanced.
A state farm official says a possible new farm bill may cut all areas in the U.S. farm safety net.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation President Adam Sharp, who spoke in great length at the Auglaize County Farmers breakfast on Tuesday, provided a history and the affects the farm bill would have on Ohio farmers. The current farm bill, written in 2007, is set to expire at the end of 2012. Sharp said the committee could potentially cut the entire farm bill.
â€śThere is a general belief that we are heavily subsidizing farmers and it simply isnâ€™t true,â€ť Sharp said.
COLUMBUS (AP) â€” The NCAA has hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and other penalties for a scandal that involved players taking cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.
The university had previously offered to vacate the 2010 season, return bowl money, go on two years of NCAA probation and use five fewer football scholarships over the next three years.
A drug sweep of the area Monday by local law enforcement officers ensnared more than a dozen people on a myriad of drug-related charges.
Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Task Force members started early Monday arresting 13 people in Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Celina and Lima.
A Buckland woman was injured as she tried to save her dog from a fire that engulfed her home early this morning.
The dog perished in the fire and Becky Krites, 45, suffered burns from trying to save him. She was transported by Cridersville EMS to St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima and then transferred to Columbus for further treatment.
â€śIt looks like she was injured trying to get back in to get the dog out,â€ť Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said of the former Buckland Village Council member.
Wapakoneta city administrators moved three street projects closer to realization Monday when three ordinances received their first reading during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains can advertise for bids, negotiate a contract for design plans and develop specifications for repaving West Mechanic Street from South Blackhoof Street to West Auglaize Street as well as a section of Short Road from newly constructed Progress Drive to County Road 25A, if the two ordinances gain council approval on its third reading.
WAYNESFIELD â€” With two starters out with injuries, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers needed a big game from Kaylee Patton.
So when the Botkins Trojans shut Patton out in the third quarter and took a five-point lead, the Tigers needed help.
Cue Lidia Turner.
The sophomore guardâ€™s 3-pointer ignited a 10-0 run to end the quarter and set the stage for a 48-44 Tigers win in a varsity girls basketball contest Monday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
COLDWATER â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team remained unbeaten thanks to a convincing win over the Ansonia Tigers on Saturday at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater.
Wapak turned in a meet-high score of 3,087 to Ansoniaâ€™s 2,199.
Anthony Kennard rolled a best game of 248, the second-best game of the day behind Marion Localâ€™s Scott Schoenlein (255). Kennard also had a 209.
Also for the Redskins, Austin Krites bowled games of 223 and 204.
Zach Miller recorded a 201 and a 194. Chandler Kaeck turned in a 198. And Luke Manger posted a 195.
William Richard â€śDickâ€ť Hatfield, 93, of Waynesfield, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his daughterâ€™s home in Rushylvania surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Alger, the son of Icy (Bennett) and William R. Hatfield. On Jan. 31, 1940, he married Charlotte Focht and she survives in Waynesfield.
Also surviving are a son, Michael (Sonya) Hatfield, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Pamela (Bill) Wreede, of Rushylvania, nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ralph P. Meinerding, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at The Gardens in Wapakoneta.
He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Rose Hill, the son of Josephine (Hein) and Charles Meinerding, who preceded him in death. On June 13, 1946, he married Irene E. Staugler, and she survives.