Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
WAPAKONETA — Judges chose winners in the rabbit showmanship on Tuesday, looking at how well the showmen have taken care of and studied their rabbits.
Terry Fander, a rabbit judge, said judges look at breeds and body types in other categories, but showmanship is mostly based on the ability to handle and maintain control of the animal, along with what the competitor knows about the breed.
ST. MARYS — Thanks in part to lower-than-anticipated bids for the asbestos abatement at the former power plant, the city’s coffers should be a little healthier.
During Monday night’s St. Marys Finance Committee meeting, Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven said bids for the project, which were submitted on Thursday, came in less than the $900,000 councilors appropriated for the project. A total of seven bidders submitted proposals, with the lowest bid coming in at $272,000. The highest came in at more than $750,000.
ST. MARYS — Agricultural producers and land owners in Auglaize and Mercer counties will now have the opportunity to apply for funding as part of an effort to protect water and resources throughout the Great Lakes Basin.
ST. MARYS — A county health official says the investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires disease remains ongoing.
Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons confirmed two area residents who both worked at AAP in St. Marys contracted the disease within the past month, including one who died as a result of the illness. Parsons declined to identify the names of those individuals, but noted second person is currently being treated for the disease.
ST. MARYS — For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate in Auglaize County has increased.
In data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate for the county increased 0.3 percent in June to settle in at 5.4 percent. The increase, which followed a slight increase in May, means the unemployment rate has gone up by a half a percent during the last two months. A year ago, the county had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.
ST. MARYS — Two weeks after a majority of St. Marys City Councilors voted against making Greg Foxhoven the city's full-time safety-service director, they reversed the decision and removed the interim label from his title.
ST. MARYS — Low dissolved oxygen levels have caused fish to die in Grand Lake St. Marys.
Grand Lake St. Marys Park Manager Brian Miller said low dissolved oxygen levels are robbing fish of oxygen. Last week's heat wave also caused the water temperatures to top 80 degrees in some locations.
"We checked the dissolved oxygen levels this morning in the East Bank Marina and fishing ponds, and at 8 a.m. we had levels of zero," Miller said. "In the lake proper, we have 0.4 so with those types of levels, the fish will be stressed."
WAPAKONETA — Children in grades 3 through 12 from around the county filled the Junior Fair and Exhibit Buildings at the Auglaize County Fair Friday morning for 4-H Special Interest Project Judging.
The participants picked a project in categories ranging from woodworking and sewing to gardening and photography, completed that project, did a skills test the morning of the judging to prove they were the ones to complete their project, and sat for judges who asked them questions about what they did and what they learned from it.
CELINA — A week after it was canceled by organizers because of a lack of funding, the 2013 Governor's Cup Regatta will go on as initially scheduled.
In an effort to save the race from being canceled for the third time in four years, the Lake Improvement Association donated $20,000 to save the race. That money is in addition to $19,000 raised locally. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 24 and 25 on Grand Lake St. Marys.
ST. MARYS — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 9 p.m. Friday for Auglaize County and the surrounding region.
According to the advisory, the heat index is expected to climb to 102 today as a result of temperatures in the 90s coupled with dew points in the low 70s. The heat index also is expected to surpass 100 on Friday.
Risks of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses are possible, especially for those who work outdoors for extended periods of time.