With a requested budget for 2012 nearly the same as last year for the Auglaize County Veterans Services Commission, the biggest surprise came when officers said they were considering not coming back to the Auglaize County Administration Building.
â€śOur office is very, very busy as you know,â€ť Auglaize County Veterans Services Director Doug Howard said. â€śWe love where we are. If we could stay out there we would.â€ť
The Auglaize County engineer submitted a figure he did not expect to get when he requested more than $10.4 million for his 2012 budget.
His appeal stressed the countyâ€™s need.
The request is approximately $5 million more than the revenue in the Motor Vehicle and Gasoline Tax Fund for 2011.
â€śI know Iâ€™m not going to get it, but this is to reflect the need,â€ť county Engineer Doug Reinhart told the Auglaize County Commissioners during his budget hearing on Wednesday. â€śI do this every year. It looks like Iâ€™m asking for the world, but we need it.â€ť
At first glance, the opening weekend of the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball season looks a lot like the opening weekend a year ago â€” a win over a not-so-good Piqua team on Friday followed by a loss to a very good Fort Recovery squad on Saturday.
At first glance.
To anyone who was actually paying attention, however, this is not the same Redskins team.
With as many as four sophomores starting at times and with Alex Greve sidelined by an injury, the 2010-2011 Wapak team went on to lose 11 of its next 12 games.
Bazaars are the best kind of holiday gatherings. These sweet events are a showcase of taste-tempting, time-tested favorites.
As December kicks off, so do holiday bazaars. One of note is United Methodist Women's annual Christmas Bazaar in Merced, Calif. That this church tradition is in its 81st year is impressive. What's more remarkable is that the grand dame of this event will be 98 years old in January.
Staffing, supplies and services needed for two required primaries in the spring led to the Auglaize County Election Boardâ€™s request for $100,000 more in its 2012 budget.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be that much,â€ť Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.
The increase to $360,973 is 38 percent more than the boardâ€™s budget this year.
â€śCut it where you will and weâ€™ll work around it,â€ť Campbell said of the budget.
The Auglaize County Agricultural Society filled its last two open positions this week on the fair board.
Kevin Turner was chosen by fair board members Monday to fill the Logan Township representative position, while Dru Meyer was selected as the Wapakoneta city representative at the meeting.
Those two, along with Doug Roediger, had expressed interest in filling the vacant seats. They will serve in those positions until next November.
Fair Board Secretary and Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl said the two should be great for the positions.
The Wapakoneta Redskins bounced back from a disappointing start to the varsity wrestling season to post a 46-34 win over the Van Wert Cougars on Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak struggled in the Findlay Trojan Duals on Saturday. But the young Redskins squad showed resilience in the Western Buckeye League dual-meet opener.
â€śWe improved a lot from Saturday,â€ť Redskins varsity coach Jason Rostorfer said. â€śIt was the first time a lot of these freshmen got to wrestle varsity, so they were a little nervous and apprehensive. ...
It is important not to give out any personal information to suspicious online websites or callers, the Wapakoneta police chief says, as there has recently been reports of Social Security scamming.
Police Chief Russ Hunlock advises local residents to never give out any personal information to just anyone.
â€śWe advise not to give out information, until they can verify who they are,â€ť Hunlock said.
Ned Glass, 72, of St. Marys, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete with Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Gladys L. Kidd, 68, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at The Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.