BOTKINS â€” Botkins village employees will pay more of their premium this year than in the past and the percentage of the premium is going to rise.
Botkins Village Council members voted Tuesday to raise village employee health cost to 10 percent of their premium and phased in future hikes.
To help overcome ever-increasing health costs, village employees now will pay a portion of their insurance costs.
The latest culprit in a lingering smell in the new Cridersville Elementary School seems to be an adhesive used on the carpet.
Last spring Wapakoneta City Schools administrators believed they had found the source of the odor, but by June they realized the smell was still there even after that potential cause had been fixed.
The odor first appeared in the elementary school on Reichelderfer Road in early April, when the building was evacuated for a day.
Eight area residents were arrested Tuesday, including a Wapakoneta man and a St. Marys mother and daughter, on a variety of drug charges as the result of an investigation conducted by the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
The arrests came Tuesday morning and afternoon as investigations continue into drug sales in the area and resulted in indictment warrants being returned by the Auglaize County grand jury.
Those arrested include:
â€˘ Joey L. Richardson, 30, of Wapakoneta, on six counts of trafficking in drugs involving suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
ELIDA â€” After being outshot, outplayed and outscored for 52 minutes, the Wapakoneta Redskins finally took their first shot on goal.
And Mallory McDevitt made it count.
McDevitt drove a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box into the corner of the net for an equalizing goal to give Wapak a 1-1 tie with the Elida Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League girls soccer match Tuesday night at Elida Middle School.
Elida controlled the first half of play, taking six shots on goal to none for the Redskins.
The Wapakoneta Daily News will be hosting an online College Football Experts Club through its Web site.
Local players will be able to see how they match up against a group of four experts.
There will be weekly local prizes to the top guessers as well as local cash final prizes.
In addition, all players are entered to win the national prizes offered through Athlon Sports. Anyone can sign up to play the game by following the link on the Wapakoneta Daily News Web site.
A fee hike for filing an appeal regarding the cityâ€™s zoning code now rests with Wapakoneta City Council.
Unable to reach an agreement on a fee hike, Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members agreed the issue would best be decided by city councilors. A notification change, from adjacent homeowners to those within 250 feet of the property, this year has increased costs to the city by as much as four times. Notifications are sent out regarding a filing for a variance or a non-conforming use.
Two parcels of land located along Short Road should soon be part of the city of Wapakoneta, if a recommendation by the Wapakoneta City Planning Commission is approved.
The recommendation is being forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for official approval. The land, owned by the city, would be part of the 471-acre Job Ready Sites manufacturing site south of Wapakoneta.
NEW KNOXVILLE â€”An area school district and college has acquired new technology to aide students that have difficulty taking notes.
The New Knoxville School District purchased two Echo Smartpens, which record a lecture while the student is taking notes. Principal Linda Tebbe said she saw a demonstration for the smartpen at a workshop.
â€śI had just gone to a day-long workshop, and you can select different activities and break-put sessions to go to, and there was one on new technology in the classroom so I went to it and it was a lady that was demonstrating this (the smartpen),â€ť Tebbe said.
Western Buckeye League favorite Shawnee handed the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls tennis team its first loss of the season with a 5-0 sweep in a WBL match at the Harmon Park courts.
The Indians won four of the five matches in two sets.
Wapakâ€™s second doubles team of Chloe Veit and Rachel Roberts forced a third set against Maryan Adewami and Jordan Ward. After dropping the first 6-0, Veit and Roberts responded with a 7-5 win in the second set. But the Shawnee duo edged them 7-5 in the third.
Shawneeâ€™s Lauren Rouner topped Makenzie Klock 6-1, 6-1 in first singles.
Helen B. Harmon Moorman, 90, died at 1:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Cridersville Healthcare Center.
She was born March 14, 1921, in Bowie, Texas, to Emily Cornelius and Lenard Lafayette Lynch, and both preceded her in death. On Sept. 9, 1939, she married Vatis B. Harmon who died July 11 1971. She then married Chester Moorman who also preceded her in death.