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January 15th

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.

January 14th

Waynesfield-Goshen rejects proposal to adopt indoor track and field

January 14, 2014

At its regular board meeting on Monday evening, the Waynesfield-Goshen Local School Board rejected a proposal to make indoor track an official sport.

Although indoor track is recognized by the board, it is not officially recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

The original proposal was made at the December board meeting by Jim Epperly, head track coach at Waynesfield-Goshen. Epperly proposed making the sport recognized by the OHSAA through paying the coach and by funding other expenses such as travel.

SMPD helps with high-speed chase

January 14, 2014

ST. MARYS — Officers from the St. Marys Police Department assisted in the arrest of an Alabama man Monday night.

Cridersville council looks back to look forward

January 14, 2014

The Cridersville Village Council met for the first time in 2014 last night for a two hour meeting addressing the month of December, 2013, as a whole and what is on the slate for 2014.

Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers opened the meeting by welcoming new council member Robert Conner and by seeking nominations for council president. 

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