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Archive - Feb 14, 2014

Shop owners focus on safety

February 14, 2014

Many shop owners downtown need to make sure their storefronts are cleared of snow and ice to insure the safety of themselves and customers they will have, and according to Gild the Lily owner, Glenna McCormick it is an important factor to consider during the winter months.

"I know that in order to have customers and things you do have to have the ways open and clear for them to get in," McCormick said. "Of course, I think there is a city ordinance that you have to have your sidewalks clean and keep your insurance and everything adjusted."

Wait 'til the sun shines

February 14, 2014

Since the beginning of January, there haven't been many days where the streets of Wapakoneta were completely cleared of snow and ice.

Employees of the Wapakoneta Public Works department have been working overtime to make sure the streets are all treated with salt, beet juice and sand. These materials can only do so much, and the streets won't be completely cleared until the sun starts to melt the snow and ice.

Snow removal required by city ordinance

February 14, 2014

In order to enhance safety during significant amounts of snowfall, city officials advise residents to keep snow removal as a top priority — drivers and property owners are also reminded that it is required by law.

"We do have an ordinance that says a car cannot be parked on a public street for longer than 48 hours at a time without being moved — that's year round," Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. "The reason that comes to the forefront in winter time is because the snow plows are plowing around cars that are just setting."

Wapak’s comeback effort falls short in loss to VW

February 14, 2014

VAN WERT — The Wapakoneta Redskins faced a deficit even more dire Thursday against the Van Wert Cougars than the one they faced in their 10-point comeback Tuesday against Minster.

Right about the time the Redskins assumed the lead for good in Tuesday’s game, they had chances to do the same Thursday but ultimately could not pull off another comeback.

Van Wert prevailed for a 48-40 win Thursday over Wapakoneta on the final night of the regular season for both teams in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game at Van Wert High School.

New grant targets heroin scourge

February 14, 2014

Thursday morning Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple presented the Board of County Commissioners an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) subsidy grant agreement for Smart Ohio Pilot Funding.

Smart Ohio Pilot Funding is a grant for $375,000 establishing an opiate addiction, medically assisted treatment program. The grant will be paid in five equal installments, two installments of $75,000 coming before June 30, 2014 and three payments of $75,000 coming in the fiscal year of 2015.

Head Start families celebrate ‘Friendship Day’

February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us, and with the holiday comes the customary classroom parties where students exchange valentine’s cards and candy.

For preschoolers in the Head Start program at the Educational Service Center, however, Valentine’s Day was celebrated a bit differently this year.

Saving the silver screen

February 14, 2014

Jackson Center — A movie theater is often the center of a small town community, and many of those theaters are struggling to keep up with an ever-growing digital world.

The Elder Theatre in downtown Jackson Center is no different.

Becky Miller, who owns the theater with her husband, Rodney, said there was a great response from Jackson Center and surrounding communities throughout the past year to upgrade their theater to a digital platform.

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