July 8th, 2011
A Democratic U.S. senator from Ohio supports the president in seeking extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and enforcement of existing trade laws as part of legislation extending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Columbia.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said including Trade Adjustment Assistance as part of the FTAs is critical in protecting U.S. workers and the U.S. economy.
Changes must be made in federal spending and programming or the country is headed for a financial ‚Äútrain wreck.‚ÄĚ, a Republican U.S. senator says, and an attempt by President Barack Obama to seek a hike in the country‚Äôs debt ceiling is likely to fail.
COLUMBUS (AP) ‚ÄĒ With the hours dwindling until the deadline for Ohio¬†State‚Äôs¬†response to NCAA allegations of improper benefits and a cover up in the football program, athletic director Gene Smith said Thursday that he‚Äôs disappointed by ‚Äúwhere we are‚ÄĚ even as he‚Äôs encouraged by the work of the school‚Äôs compliance department.
Ohio¬†State is on track to submit its reply today to NCAA charges of major violations that led to coach Jim Tressel‚Äôs forced resignation and the departure of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol and firefighters with the St. Johns Fire Department responded to a crash near the intersection of Wapak-Fisher Road and U.S. 33 at approximately 11:30 a.m Thursday.
A passerby driving a semi-tractor trailer noticed a gray Chrysler New Yorker with Auglaize County plates setting off of the road on the bank of the pond on the south side of U.S. 33 in front of a trailer park. Officials at the scene found a female motorist unconscious and did not know how long she had been sitting there in a clump of trees.
The Rev. James O. Byrne, 99, a long-time priest who served many parishes in the area, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the infirmary of St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Diane Sue Koons, 70, 1815 Winston Drive, St. Marys, died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born Sept. 5, 1940, in Sidney, the daughter of Eldora (Hughes) and William Haney. On July 2, 1963, she married Roger R. Koons and he preceded her in death July 27, 2009.
She is survived by a son, Tim (Mary) Koons, of St. Marys; and two daughters, Heidi (Daniel) Lemmerman, of St. Marys, and Heather (Carl) Moeller, of St. Marys.
H. LaVerne Wertz, 89, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at St. Rita‚Äôs Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 29, 1922, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Malinda (Kinstle) and William ‚ÄúBill‚ÄĚ Veit, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 31, 1943, she married Llewellyn F. Wertz, and he died March 29, 1997.
BOTKINS ‚ÄĒ A Botkins man has finally decided to step down from a local business that he had been running since 1978.
Sixty nine-year-old Ron Steinke recently decided to retire from the family business with his last day coming last week. However, Steinke‚Äôs Marathon Service station will remain under the Steinke banner, as his sons, Steve, 38, and Andy, 40, will continue to run the business that has been in the family for more than 100 years.
Board members of a local economic development organization faced a decision of teaming up with Toledo or Dayton as part of regionalization of Gov. John Kasich‚Äôs JobsOhio reform of Ohio‚Äôs government.
BOTKINS ‚ÄĒ Botkins school board members officially chose a dollar amount to ask from district voters to build approximately $23.3 million worth of new school facilities.
Botkins Schools Board of Education members will seek the issuance of bonds totaling $6.95 million to pay the 25 percent local share of the construction in November. That total also includes locally funded initiatives not paid for under the yet-to-be-signed official agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) and money for land acquisition costs.