May 10th, 2013
Wapakoneta City Schools is celebrating its past successes, while preparing for future changes in how students and teachers are to be measured.
Superintendent Keith Horner highlighted Wapakoneta City Schools first excellent rating based on 2012 state report cards during his annual State of the Schools address Thursday before the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a reflection of all the hard work the teachers are doing in the classroom every day,” Horner said.
A Wapakoneta High School senior had a hard time narrowing down an essay nominating her mother for “Mother of the Year” — as she has done so much for her throughout her 18 years.
When Jocelyn Campbell nominated her mother, Tami Campbell, for “Mother of the Year,” a contest sponsored by the Wapakoneta Daily News, she never expected her essay to be chosen as the winner.
“I was really shocked,” Jocelyn said. “I just started thinking about things, and I had a hard time narrowing it down to the limit.”
Kathy L. Luma 76, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:08 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Wapakoneta, where arrangements are incomplete.
In an attempt to improve local government transparency, an effort is underway to investigate the feasibility to record Wapakoneta City Council meetings and to air them on local television outlets and computer websites.
Council’s Communications and Rules Committee members agreed improving transparency of government actions and decisions prompted the hour-long meeting to investigate possible options to video record meetings.
Dorothy Lynn Dorsett, 54, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday May 7, 2013, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 23, 1958, in Lima, the daughter of Betty L. (Vondenhuevel) and Robert E. Hague, who survive in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a sister, Carol (Rich) Dorsett, of Wapakoneta; a former husband, Harold Dorsett II; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Hague; and a brother, Donald Hague.
With more Ohioans in recent years dying from accidental prescription drug overdoses than automobile mishaps, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown plans to re-introduce a bill Wednesday to combat prescription drug abuse and to target “doctor shopping and pharmacy hopping.”
The bill — Stop Trafficking of Pills (STOP) Act — would crack down on the fraudulent use of Medicaid cards to obtain and fill prescriptions for addictive pain medications.
Ralph J. Strunk, 82, of Sidney, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Blair Mountain, W. Va., the son of the late Margaret (Garland) and Lewis Strunk. On Oct. 22, 1952, he married Bertha June Hilliard, who died April 6, 2005.
Surviving are a son, Allen R. (Tina) Strunk, of Wapakoneta.
The Wapakoneta Redskins’ bats came alive Tuesday as they cruised to a run-rule victory in five innings.
Solid pitching from junior starter Chace Culver and home runs from a couple of seniors lifted the Redskins over the visiting Van Wert Cougars.
BUCKLAND — Buckland village residents let out a resounding “no,” as unofficial election results showed that a 4-mill fire and rescue levy was defeated by a 45-17 margin.
Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert said he was surprised and disappointed in the vote.
“I honestly thought the people would support it since it was for fire and rescue,” Lambert said. “I didn’t expect it to be defeated.”
The defeat marked the second consecutive election that a fire levy in the village went down in defeat.
The Apollo Career Center will have the funds to improve and expand the facility as voters passed a bond and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) money.
Voters in Allen and Auglaize counties provided the winning margins Tuesday to pass a 0.31-mill bond levy to raise $11.64 million to be repaid over the next 30 years to expand the school buildings and 0.19-mill property levy to improve, enlarge and rebuild existing classroom. The total cost is $2.56 per month on a $100,000 property.
The school will receive $23 million from OSFC.