Archive - 2014
Memories of fun and safety awareness are what children brought home Wednesday after the annual two-day Safety Camp hosted by the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, fire department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
“The biggest goal is to get them to go home, try to be aware, and if they run into something, say, ‘I’ve seen this, I know what to do,’” Firefighter Doug Kill said.
Findlay City Schools Superintendent and Wapakoneta native Dean Wittwer said he is coming “full circle” as he prepares to leave his current position for a job in Lima — the same city where he began his career as an educator.
Wittwer, who served as Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent for 12 years before leaving for Findlay, began his career as an art teacher at Lima Shawnee High School in 1976.
On Aug. 1, Wittwer will take over as superintendent of the Allen County Educational Service Center in Lima, under a two-year contract.
During this summer’s second installment of ScienceWOW Wednesday, Youth Services Coordinator Kristine Spyker taught a handful of children the meaning of the word density by conducting several experiments.
By using water, vegetable oil and food coloring, Spyker showed that even though oil is the heavier substance, it rises when poured into water because water has a greater density causing it to sink.
For the full story, see the Thursday, June 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
Urban forester Alan Siewart provided his opinions of the conditions of trees along West Auglaize Street on Tuesday during a walk through of the site.
Siewart was brought in at the recommendation of urban forester Stephanie Miller, who has been working with the city on their tree program. Both Siewart and Miller work for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The Auglaize County Airport Authority discussed plans for two major projects during a regular board meeting Tuesday night at the terminal building of the Neil Armstrong Airport.
Airport Manager Sean Stroh said airport officials are still in the planning stages for a crack-seal runway project set to begin in September 2014, and an airport terminal and storage facility expansion project that will be constructed beginning in 2016, with completion in 2017.
BOTKINS — A representative from the Botkins Beautification Club addressed council at a regular meeting to discuss leaving the possibility open for more engraved bricks to be added to the Botkins Veterans Park in future years.
Council members discussed whether laying down sand, as opposed to asphalt, would be a better option in the park walkway, if they are wanting to replace blank bricks with engraved in the future.
Woodruff said once locals saw the work begin, the club started getting more orders for engraved bricks.
Law enforcement officials are now investigating the death of an Auglaize County man as a homicide. The man was found dead in his home Monday afternoon.
Charles E. Hicks, 54, of Uniopolis, was found dead inside his home after deputies were dispatched to 2 S. Main St., Uniopolis, at 4:30 p.m. Monday for a welfare check. Hicks reportedly was not recently seen by coworkers and friends.
An assault of a woman was reported at 11:36 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at Normandy Ridge Apartments.
Ryan Plaugher, of Normandy Ridge, contacted the Wapakoneta Police Department to report an assault of his fiancé.
According to the report, Kayla Milton, 20, of the residence, told police she was approached by unknown male subject while in the laundry room in building G of the apartment complex.
CRIDERSVILLE — Mayor Lorali Myers shared her concerns about solicitors with council and present community members Monday evening at the June council meeting.
Myers shared that time to time Cridersville seems to have visitors in the community going door-to-door to solicit for something.
Auglaize County Commissioners have begun accepting applications for a new county administrator and hope to hire someone within the next four to six weeks, Commissioner John Bergman said Monday.
The position has been vacant for nearly five months after former administrator Mike Hensley resigned without notice on Jan. 14. Hensley occupied this position for nearly two years.