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January 21st, 2013

Tax collections up: Wapak, St. Marys to watch cash carryover usage

January 21, 2013

The cities of Wapakoneta and St. Marys finished 2012 with the highest income tax collections either city has had in the last four years.

The city of Wapakoneta collected $2.21 million in 2012, the highest total since the city collected $2.27 in 2008. The highest total came the previous year when collections totaled $2.29 million in 2007.

Rex to leave high school

January 21, 2013

Accepting the resignation of the Wapakoneta High School principal is expected to be among action taken by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education member when it meets Tuesday.

Aaron Rex, who has served at the helm of the district’s high school for six years, is taking a position as superintendent of Archbold Area Schools.

According to the Archbold Local Schools’s website, Rex is to begin his job there Feb. 4.

City earns AMP honor

January 21, 2013

The city of Wapakoneta received a System Improvement Award this year from American Municipal Power (AMP) for its work on substations in 2011 and 2012.

The city replaced the Harrison Street and Defiance Street substations “to improve the reliability and service to customers.” The Wapakoneta Electric Department was recognized with an AMP Safety Commendation for having less than 1 percent time loss due to reportable accidents in the distribution system.

Martin wins Top Gun Championship

January 21, 2013

The Wapakoneta Redskin high school wrestling team traveled to Alliance, Ohio this past Friday and Saturday for the Top Gun Tournament, and one Redskin wrestler brought home top honors.

John “JT” Martin earned first place in the 106-pound weight class to bring home an individual championship for Wapakoneta.

January 18th

Gun control points

January 18, 2013

While Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock understands the political motivations behind President Barack Obama’s proposed executive orders to deal with guns, he says the issue really comes down to awareness and responsibility.

Motorists reminded to watch speed

January 18, 2013

Motorists are reminded to watch their speed to prevent serious crashes on Ohio roadways.

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) officials this week warned that excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of traffic crashes.

OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said they are urging all motorists to obey posted speed limits and drive within their abilities.

Vet clinic donates pet masks

January 18, 2013

An area fire department received a generous donation this week — one that will help a four-legged member of the family during a time of emergency.

Baker Animal Hospital, in Cridersville, donated three pet oxygen masks to the Cridersville Fire Department to help assist them in calls involving a pet needing resuscitation.

“These masks will be a valuable tool, if needed, and will give our members the best chance in helping an animal in distress,” Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller said.

Acres march: Union expresses concern about contract

January 18, 2013

Four employees and a union representative met with Auglaize County commissioners John Bergman and Don Regula on Thursday afternoon about their concerns with contract negotiations, which began in early 2012. Two meetings were held in May with a fact finding meeting in July.

Local schools ahead of the curve

January 18, 2013

If awareness of head injuries had been as focused six years ago as it is now, parent and tennis coach Brice Brenneman says he might have worried more about the three sports concussions his son suffered while in high school.

“The first one was a routine heading in soccer,” Brenneman said. “He came home, got sick, fell asleep. The first one the doctors treated as a fluke.”

The second and third concussions were treated more seriously, leading physicians to recommend he wear a foam padded helmet to play sports.

Deadline for purchasing 2013 dog tags approaching

January 18, 2013

Auglaize County residents have less than two weeks to purchase their dog tags for 2013 without penalty.

Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said the tags may be purchased without a late fine through Jan. 31. They may be purchased online, by mail or at a special Saturday sale planned at two locations on Jan. 26.     

“We know there are those people who work Monday through Friday,” Bailey said. “We are hoping this helps them get their dog tags purchased before they incur a late fee.”

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