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March 20th, 2013

Family donates, hopes to find cure

March 20, 2013

A family’s dedication to find a cure for cancer has lead to a generous donation.

The Knoch-Spinnati family started participating in the Auglaize County Relay for Life eight years ago, and now they host their own fundraiser to raise money for the organization.

Wapakoneta resident Vicki Spinnati and her family recently raised $4,000 from a basket bingo fundraiser, a homemade scarves sale and local donations.

Friends band together for library

March 20, 2013

With the Wapakoneta Public District Library, one of the few libraries in the region, without a support group, a group of local residents decided to come together and join efforts to support the local library as “Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library.”

They recently started their first membership drive campaign.

“All of the other local libraries had one,” Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library President Barb Harrod.

“We knew it was late but we are very proud to get it off the ground.”

March 19th

Safe Routes to Schools grant program sparks old debate

March 19, 2013

One Wapakoneta City Council member is urging his fellow councilors to consider residents’ objections to the installation of sidewalks along five streets in Grandview Estates.

Another councilor points out the work is a city improvement, in the city right-of-way and is paid completely with state and federal funds with no assessments on the property owner.

Officials work with state on budget

March 19, 2013

Local health officials remain hopeful that changes will be made to limit the impact of the state’s biennial budget bill.

With the budget bill still in committee for hearings, Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said Health Commissioners Association board members have proposed amendments they hope can be included to help limit the impact of proposed changes before the new state fiscal year begins July 1.

“There are a number of problems with it that get bigger and bigger as you think about it,” Parsons said.

March 18th

Man named in St. Marys shooting

March 18, 2013

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man shot by law enforcement officers Wednesday night on Derrick Street reportedly raised what later was determined to be a pellet rifle or BB gun at the officers as they responded to his residence.

Troopers continue OVI enforcement

March 18, 2013

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are continuing an ongoing effort to contribute to safer roadways with an increased focus on impaired driver enforcement.

The effort is part of the OSHP’s mantra — Trooper Shield — and the focus seems to be paying off, said a state spokeswoman for the agency.

OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said statewide in 2012, arrests of motorists operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI) increased by 3 percent and OVI-related crashes decreased by 14 percent.

Skills for a lifetime

March 18, 2013

A young Wapakoneta woman has had the opportunity to work at different types of jobs, and through this, she has learned she enjoys working with animals.

Her involvement in a county transition program helped her to discover this passion.

Sharon Temple is a student in the Auglaize County Transition MD (Multiple Disabilities) program and she started the program after she graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2011. This transition unit is through the Auglaize County Educational Services Center (ACESC).

Patriots group host screening on fracking

March 18, 2013

Approximately 40 people Saturday watched a screening of “FrackNation,” a movie aimed at investigating documented problems with fracking, a way to extract natural gas from shale rock.

The Auglaize County Patriots hosted a screening of “FrackNation” at the Wapa Theatre to provide information on the fracking process, which is being used in northeast Ohio to extract natural gas.

Singsation Showdown

March 18, 2013

Assistant Managing Editor
Show choirs coming from as far away as Indiana, West Virginia and Alabama are taking to the stage of the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center as part of an annual competition.
Eleven schools plan to attend the event with several bringing multiple groups. Performances are scheduled every half hour beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 23. Wapakoneta’s Singsation, which is hosting the event, is slated to close out the day with a performance at 11:30 p.m., following the six finalists at the end of the night in the Performing Arts Center.
Everyone is invited to attend.

Living by the rules

March 18, 2013

Staff Writer
CRIDERSVILLE — The Cridersville police chief recently addressed Cridersville Village Council members about possibly moving outside the village, but councilors have yet to issue a formal decision on the request.
Some say they may not be able to issue any restrictions since an Ohio Supreme Court interpreted the law and declared municipalities cannot restrict police officers and firefighters from living anywhere less than in the county where the municipality exists or in an adjacent county.

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