January 4th, 2013
A final budget of more than $14.3 million approved this week by the Auglaize County commissioners reflects a 2 percent decrease from 2012, they increased employees salaries by 2 percent.
It’s the second year in a row salary line items for departments in the general revenue fund and under the the commissioners have seen a 2 percent salary increase. It is up to department heads specifically how that 2 percent increase in their salary line items is divided among their employees.
NEW HAMPSHIRE — The heart of downtown in New Hampshire welcomes a new business — one that aims to serve others.
Reach Out Outreach Ministries had their grand opening of a new thrift store at 100 S. Main St., New Hampshire, and the founder of the ministries was pleased with how smoothly everything was going.
“It’s exceeded my expectations,” Reach Out Outreach Ministries founder Brian Paxton said. “People are coming in, and we’ve already received many donations. It’s great.”
Inspections, mapping and submitted reports of hazardous chemicals in the county provide more safety in the event of an emergency.
Any business in the county with hazardous materials over certain thresholds is required by the county and the state to register them and file plans to help emergency responders know what they face if there is a release, fire or other type of emergency at the site.
Auglaize County followed the trend reported across the state, with the number of traffic crashes reported down during the New Year’s holiday weekend.
Weather is expected to have played a role in the decrease in crashes.
Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) made 115 vehicle contacts this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day compared to 119 last year. Forty-one citations were issued both years. Crashes were down to one from six reported in 2011.
A member of an area police department is retiring after many years of dedicated service to the village.
The Cridersville Police Department K-9, Max, began his career with the village in April 2005, and his official retirement day was Jan. 1.
Max is a German shepherd from the Czech Republic and is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension.
“He’s been like a family member to us,” Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said of Max.
Bids were accepted Thursday by the Auglaize County commissioners for leasing county-owned farmland.
The approximately 72 acres is located near Neil Armstrong Airport, the county airport, east of New Knoxville.
It’s the second parcel of farmland the county owns to be leased for 2013. The other, is approximately 233 acres close to Auglaize Acres, the county’s nursing home, north of Wapakoneta.
Andy Kuck, at $405 per acre, was awarded the lease for the farmland near the Acres. He was one of seven bidders.
Robert Louis Bowsher, 98, died peacefully Dec. 29, 2012, at St. James Place.
He was born May 21, 1914 in Wapakoneta, the son of Louise (Fisher) and Francis Jacob Bowsher, who both preceded him in death. In 1940, he married his wife of 59 years, Gene Lois Troxel and she preceded him in death.
In a place “where dreams come true,” one family has been experiencing just this.
Amy and Matt Kentner’s children, Eli, 14, Olivia, 13, and Emma, 12, have not only had the chance to visit Disney World several times, but they were able to run in a 5K and a half-marathon with their mother and grandparents.
All three of the children will have accomplished a goal — which is running a half-marathon by the age of 12 — and not just any half-marathon, but one in Disney World.
With courthouse renovations complete, two Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) are back in operation in Auglaize County.
Having two such facilities makes Auglaize County a rarity in the state, but local emergency officials say they feel it is necessary.
Rather than designating a primary and a secondary EOC, as previously discussed, Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said they will be referred to by the designations east and west.
ST. MARYS — The New Year’s baby for Auglaize County is Atticus Logan Kinsey, born to Chelsie, 23, and Brandon, 30, Kinsey, of St. Marys at 7:33 a.m. Jan. 1. The newborn weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 20 inches long. Atticus Logan was born at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
Chelsie Kinsey said she was playing “Duck-Duck-Goose” with her two children, Cashis, 3, and Mikayla, 7, about five minutes after watching the ball drop in New York City when she went into labor.