A group of young girls made it their mission that no pet will go hungry this Christmas.
Brownie Troop 20238, with the help of Daisy Troop 20721, set up a drive asking local businesses and organizations for donations of dog and cat food and set out collection bins in area schools and businesses so they could provide pet food to area families in need.
With fewer staff members doing more work, high gasoline prices and a copy machine that may need replaced, the director of OSUâ€™s Extension Office in Auglaize County requested approximately a $50,000 increase in the 2012 budget.
â€śBasically, weâ€™re just trying to cover our costs,â€ť Auglaize County OSU Extension Office Director Beth Miller said.
She requested $252,350 in funding from the Auglaize County commissioners. The request is $48,575 more than in 2011, when the office for the second consecutive year had to calculate zero spending in several line items just to try to make ends meet.
All the festivities surrounding Christmas time may not leave everyone feeling happy.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said this time of year people can be prone to getting the â€śholiday blues.â€ť
â€śPeople want to do more, to find the perfect gift, have the perfect holiday, it puts a lot of stress on people,â€ť Torres said. â€śIn Sunday School, we are taught to love our neighbor as our we love ourselves, but many times we love our neighbors but we do not love ourselves.â€ť
Torres said often we can accept from them what may be viewed as shortcomings in oneself.
With Christmas time here, it is important for locals to remember to follow safety precautions, especially when it comes to childrensâ€™ presents â€” toys.
Toy-related deaths to children, younger than 15, increased to 17 fatalities reported last year for 15 in 2009, along with approximately 181,500 children who were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries.
Eva Kimmel 74, of Lima, died at 8:48 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
Donaldson A. â€śDonâ€ť Daley, 93, of New Hampshire, passed away Thursday morning, Dec.22, 2011 at his home.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1918, in Davenport, Iowa, to the late Emma E. Richards and Bertram D. Daley. On Oct. 24, 1942, in Lima, he married the former Virginia B. Workman McPheron, and she preceded him in death.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Makenzie Klock is going to be a Racer netter.
Klock on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play tennis for the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers next year.
â€śIt was a good fit for me because it was close to home,â€ť Klock said. â€śI got a good opportunity.â€ť
As her father and as Wapak varsity girls tennis coach, Mike Klock felt a double dose of pride.
â€śSheâ€™s put a lot of hours on the tennis court. Iâ€™m just tickled that sheâ€™s taking it to the college level,â€ť he said.
BLUFFTON â€” Travis Bertram carved up the Bluffton Pirates defense like a Christmas ham Tuesday night, scoring 26 points to lead the Wapakoneta Redskins to a 52-35 win in a varsity boys basketball contest at Bluffton High School.
The junior forward scored 21 of the Redskinsâ€™ first 38 points â€” including 11 of their 14 first-quarter points â€” as Wapak pulled away and was never seriously challenged by the 0-5 Pirates.
Bertram was coming off a 28-point performance in Saturdayâ€™s 59-57 loss to the St. Henry Redskins.
The Wapakoneta varsity wrestling team recorded five pins in the final six matches to overcome a 15-point deficit and record a tough 42-33 victory over Indian Lake in a nonleague affair Tuesday night.
â€śIndian Lake is a good team and they have some good wrestlers so we are tickled to get a win out of it but we are not going to be satisfied because there is still a lot of work to be done,â€ť said Redskin varsity coach Jason Rostorfer. â€śThose guys are going to be in our district in our realignment so we better be ready to see them again.â€ť
A new director is set to take over the county library system after Auglaize County Public District Library Board of Trustees reached a decision.
Beth Steiner, who has served as the youth services coordinator for the last five years, replaces Jo Derryberry, who retired in September.
Steiner, a native of Auglaize County, has a master of science degree in library science from Clarion University, a master of arts in organizational management from Bluffton University and a bachelor of business administration/marketing from the University of Toledo.