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December 7th

Extra primary expected to raise election board costs

December 7, 2011

Staffing, supplies and services needed for two required primaries in the spring led to the Auglaize County Election Board’s request for $100,000 more in its 2012 budget.
“Hopefully it won’t be that much,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.
The increase to $360,973 is 38 percent more than the board’s budget this year.
“Cut it where you will and we’ll work around it,” Campbell said of the budget.

Fair board fills 2 spots

December 7, 2011

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.

Local authority advises not to give out personal information

December 7, 2011

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.
“We advise not to give out information, until they can verify who they are,” Hunlock said.

December 6th

How to save a life: WMS student rescues drowning brother

December 6, 2011

Two popular television series helped a local youth with an act of heroism — saving his younger brother’s life.
Representatives from Lima Memorial Hospital visited the Wapakoneta Middle School on Monday to present sixth-grade student Jake Turner with a Life-Saving Hero Award.
On Nov. 19, Jake rescued his two-year-old brother, Noah, who had fallen into a pond in their grandparents’ back yard in Lafayette, near Lima.
Jake and his siblings were playing outside, when all of a sudden his younger sister, Jenna, came running up to him and said that Noah had fallen into the pond.

Shift to state law: City rescinds drug ordinance, follows only state law

December 6, 2011

A city ordinance making certain synthetic, or designer, drugs illegal to possess, sell and use is off the books — it has been replaced by a state law.
Wapakoneta city administrators welcomed the change after Wapakoneta City Council members adopted an ordinance on Monday rescinding the city’s previous ordinance making illegal certain synthetic drugs, such as “bath salts.”

Warden’s budget down 13 percent

December 6, 2011

Overall, the Auglaize County dog warden’s proposed budget for 2012 should decrease by 13 percent, even though he is requesting a salary increase for his assistant.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey reviewed his budget proposal Monday with the Auglaize County commissioners as they heard the first presentation in a full week of meetings with department heads and elected officials, who will go through details of their budgets in preparation of developing the county’s 2012 budget.

December 5th

Christmas crowd

December 5, 2011

People crowded onto Main Street waiting in line to talk with Santa Claus or to skate on a temporary rink, to get signatures from a professional baseball player or to ride a pony, to take a carriage ride or a train ride.
Cartoon characters walked among an estimated 3,000 people who turned out for this past weekend’s Children’s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Started five years ago in the effort to help stimulate business downtown, the event’s primary organizer, Elaine Poppe said the big crowd made it the largest turnout the event has had yet.

Power moves: Solar project concerns mayor

December 5, 2011

A solar project which will convert approximately 20 acres of city ground into megawatts of energy is expected to be completed sometime next spring, but one city administrator says he would like to see some progress made now.
“I would like to see it moving a little faster,” Mayor Rodney Metz said Sunday on the eve of Wapakoneta City Council’s first December meeting. “I would like to see the ground broke and I would like to some infrastructure going in at the site.”

A time set aside to remember

December 5, 2011

While Christmas is a time of celebration for most families, for others it can be a time of despair.
Bayliff & Eley Funeral Homes held a memorial event at its location on Lincoln Highway, or State Route 501, to help families get by that first Christmas without a loved one.
“The first Christmas without a loved one is hard,” funeral director Dick Eley said. “We started this in hope of hope of helping them get through. Hopefully we can help with some of those families.

December 4th

Brussel Sprouts

December 4, 2011

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Serves: 6 (side-dish servings) / Preparation time: 10 minutes / Total time: 25 minutes

Serve these with simple broiled turkey medallions.

4 slices pancetta or thick-sliced bacon, cut into small pieces

1 ¼ pounds Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and ends trimmed

2 to 3 tablespoons sherry or water

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Slivered almonds, optional

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