November 15th, 2013
When Amy Kentner, probably Wapakonetaâ€™s best-known runner of note, made the decision to organize a run in Cleveland in honor of the movie â€śA Christmas Story,â€ť even she had no idea how the idea would take off.
Kentner can regale the listener with the myriad of details associated with planning a run that seemingly has taken on a life of its own, but one of the details adds a little spring to her step these days.
Thanks to the Wapakoneta Rotary Club and member Nicole Bowen, the Christmas Story Run will also be offered in Wapakoneta on Saturday, Dec. 7.
A deer crash led to a diesel fuel spill along Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning.
Calvin Hurst, 62, of Detroit, was driving a 2009 Volvo VNL semitrailer south on I-75 when his semitrailer struck and killed a deer crossing the road from the east at 5:38 a.m. in Duchouquet Township, near mile marker 118, just south of the Allen County line, according to a report from a trooper with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
While President Barack Obama continues to push for implementation of his national health plan, one U.S. legislator says the Affordable Care Act does not work and will not work because it does not address the real problem plaguing the United States and by delaying implementation of a flawed system is â€śjust kicking the can down the road.â€ť
Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman attacked the Affordable Care Act, which has adopted the presidentâ€™s name and is known as Obamacare, because the plan promises too much and does not address the most daunting problem in regard to health care coverage.
The 2013 â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť title was awarded to a local woman for her many demonstrations of leadership throughout the community, including the generous act of donating a vital organ to someone in need.
Joyce Borgert was presented as â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť during Thursdayâ€™s Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Community Awards banquet.Â
Friend and kidney recipient Steve Archer said Borgertâ€™s first reaction to his need for a kidney transplant was to ask â€śwhat do you have to do to be a donor?â€ť
â€śSheâ€™s really a giving person,â€ť Archer said. â€śThere was never any hesitation.â€ť
From staff reports
Wapakoneta Redskins seniors Bailey Hinegardner, Kyle Gonterman and Zach Schmerge each earned one of the five Western Western Buckeye League individual awards for the 2013 varsity football season, the WBL announced Thursday along with releasing its all-league selections.
Hinegardner was named Kicking Specialist of the Year, Gonterman was named WBL Offensive Lineman of the Year and Schmerge was named Offensive Back of the Year.
Hinegardner had the most individual kicking points in the WBL.
Through the effort of two sisters, Cridersville Elementary School students took advantage Wednesday of seeing animals native to the area that they may not ever get the chance to see in the wild in their lifetime.
Filling two large glass showcases are taxidermy mounts of animals from the area, including grouse, pheasants, a turkey, bobwhite, duck, deer, raccoon, squirrel, beaver, coyote, and red and gray fox.
The Auglaize County Health Board is taking steps to move toward the accreditation required by 2018.
Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said they are working on the second step now, creating a Community Health Improvement Plan, which is expected to be finished in March.
â€śItâ€™s part of the prerequisites for applying for accreditation,â€ť Parsons said.
Health Board members made the first step toward accreditation last year when it completed a community health assessment.
Workers at the nationâ€™s largest yogurt manufacturing facility came to management in the recent past to devise a way to make the cups on the same line as yogurt production so they could streamline the entire process at the plant located in Auglaize County.
The Auglaize County Health Board approved another deposit to its salary reserve fund.
Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said the $5,000 will be added to the fund, which they try to keep between $15,000 and $20,000 to pay out of for retirees who have accumulated vacation or sick leave.
During Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, Parsons said in the past they have had to pay out as much as $16,000 upon the retirement of a long time employee who had maxed out sick and vacation leave.
As the way people gather information changes with technology, so does the way information is offered to the public.
â€śWe have seen the need for people to access the same kind of data through their smart device,â€ť Auglaize County Geographic Information System (GIS) Director Joe Collin said.
In response, he developed a new online mapping application â€śappâ€ť to be used on those smart devices, from phones to tablets.
â€śWe felt a need to create an application that would work on more than the basic computer with the emergence of mobile devices,â€ť Collin said.