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Archive - Jan 15, 2014

Board of education elects new president

January 15, 2014

At its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday night, the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education elected a new board president and vice president.

Pat Gibson and Brent Schwartz were sworn in as president and vice president, respectively. Gibson takes over for former president Eric McKinniss.

L. Mark Verdier, 71

January 15, 2014

L. Mark Verdier, 71, of Sidney, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at 4:10 a.m. at his residence. Mark was born on Oct. 8, 1942, in Troy, to the late George and Ilene (Hague) Verdier.

On June 8, 1996, he married Gloria Symonds, of Wapakoneta. They have been married for 17 years and she survives.

Health department addresses flu spread

January 15, 2014

Director of Nursing with the Auglaize County Health Department, Cindy Jones, reported to the Board of Health Tuesday morning that flu activity is picking up.

Jones received a notice from the Ohio Department of Health telling her that from November to December the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had received several reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle aged adults.

Bette Virginia McElravy McCloskey, 91

January 15, 2014

Bette Virginia McElravy McCloskey, 91, passed away peacefully at Otterbein Cridersville retirement center on Jan. 13, 2014, of natural causes. She was born on June 29, 1922, in Sligo Township, Pa. to William and Edna (Hackbarth) McElravy, one of twelve brothers and sisters. On Dec. 1, 1950, she married Henry T. McCloskey, at St. Eusebius Catholic Church in East Brady, Pa., in the middle of the famous “Snow Bowl” snowstorm of that year. They were married 55 years when he passed away in November 2005.   

County administrator quits

January 15, 2014

Auglaize County Administrator Mike Hensley resigned without notice at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“We accepted his resignation and that’s all there is at this time,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said Tuesday afternoon.

Hensley became county administrator on Feb. 1, 2012, replacing Joe Lenhart, who held the position for 12 years.

Command vehicle training

January 15, 2014

The Wapakoneta Police Department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are undergoing training in two command vehicles, which are used as alternative dispatch locations.

“Any emergency — if you have a very large crime scene — you can put it in and have all of your resources right there,” Lieutenant Steve Stienecker said.

Stienecker said the command vehicles provide dispatchers the use of radio communications and dispatch system operations.

New Knoxville shoots well in win over Wapakoneta

January 15, 2014

Minus one starter for most of the game Tuesday, the Wapakoneta Redskins turned a constant double-digit deficit in the first half into a competitive game early in the fourth period.

After holding a commanding lead throughout Tuesday’s game, the visiting New Knoxville Rangers saw Wapak reduce its deficit to two possessions but they found their way in the fourth period, scoring 30 points in the final stanza, to record a 77-65 win in a non-league varsity boys basketball contest.


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