The Auglaize County engineer is trying a new method to combat snow and ice on roads this winter â beet juice.
Starting with a truck equipped with one unit of a beet juice-salt brine mixture, which is to be applied to the limestone and salt mixture before it is laid on county roads, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said they are in the process of adding three additional units.
âThis time next year Iâll be able to tell you what weâre going to,â Reinhart said regarding whether more units for dispersing the beet juice would be added to county trucks.
Two area post offices scheduled for possible closure have been delayed â and now Congress holds the key to their fate.
Members of Congress and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials agreed Tuesday to a five-month moratorium on a plan that would potentially close post office facilities.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown acclaimed the moratorium for the 120 post offices and 10 processing facilities in Ohio that have been targeted by the Postal Service as part of the proposed closure review.
With petitions officially certified and accepted by the Auglaize County Elections Board, no changes are expected for the March primary.
âItâs a formality,â Auglaize County Elections Director Carolyn Campbell said.
Board members reviewed the petitions submitted for candidates in county races and then gave them their signatures of approval. All the petitions provided a sufficient number of valid signatures to be accepted.
With the March primary election field set, only one county official is expected to face competition this fall.
By all appearances, the Western Buckeye League is going to the dogs in 2011-2012.
Namesakes Elida, Defiance and Celina are the preseason favorites in the league, with Elida at the top of the list by most estimates.
The Wapakoneta Redskins will find out where they fit into the mix when they travel to the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night to tip off the WBL season.
Elida added Shawnee transfer Cory Royster to an attack that already featured the leagueâs top player in University of Akron-bound Reggie McAdams and arguably the leagueâs best point guard in Dakota Mathias.
HARROD â Wapakonetaâs Courtney Knippen may be sporting a black eye but there is definitely nothing wrong with her shooting eye as she pumped in a game-high 33 points to propel the Redskins past Allen East, 72-40, in a non-league confrontation Tuesday night at Allen East High School.
The Redskins improve to 3-1 overall and Allen East evens its record at 3-3.
Knippen was a scintillating 12-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.
BOTKINS â The Botkins Trojans made a fight of it but came up short at home for the second night in a row.
The New Knoxville Rangers used a strong fourth quarter to put the Trojans away, 50-38, in a varsity girls basketball game Tuesday at Botkins High School.
âIt was an ugly game,â Rangers varsity coach Tim Hegemier said. âI was really disappointed in our defense and the offense, but you are going to have those games.â
Auglaize County Health Department employees can expect pay raises in 2012, although those rates wonât be applied uniformly.
Auglaize County Health Board members voted Tuesday to revise the pay range schedule for the department and set new pay rates for its 29 employees in 2012.
Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said with the previous pay range schedule set in 2000 and last updated in 2005, salaries no longer fell in line with averages around the state so it was time to make a change.
With $13 million spent in the past few years to replace the cityâs electrical system, including three substations, Wapakoneta city officials want to rebuild the fund for possible expansion in the new industrial park.
In the past three years, three substations â Middle Street, Harrison Street and Defiance Street â along with poles and transformers throughout the city have been replaced as the city upgrades its electrical system.
Another $44,000 has been added to the Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project with the latest change orders.
The increases bring the total change orders for the $8 million project up to $289,000 to date.
âWe expect these things and are still sitting OK yet,â Auglaize County
Administrator Joe Lenhart said. âWhen you look at an $8 million project itâs to be expected when you tear into a 100-year plus building.â
The latest in the list of change orders includes $26,400 for Brian Brothers Painting & Restoration for paint restoration. The base amount of which was $463,500.
A procedural change sits on the horizon for the Wapakoneta City Recreation Board in regard to approving expenditures in 2012.
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains explained expenses approved by Wapakoneta City Recreation Board members for projects and services for the cityâs park system must be OKâd by the city auditor first to ensure money is in the fund. The city would then issue a check.