Archive - Oct 2011 - News Article
By staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins football team is in the state playoffs.
Wapakoneta City Schools administrators met today with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officials, who decided the football team is still eligible to play. The student-athlete found in violation of the rule is still ineligible.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said school officials met with OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross and his assistant commissioners at their office in Columbus.
Zombies once again invaded downtown Wapakoneta this past weekend.
The KAPOW (Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta) Club hosted their second â€śDARE To Be A Zombie Walkâ€ť on Saturday, with all the proceeds benefitting the Auglaize County DARE Program.
Approximately 70 creatively dressed zombies of all ages roamed around downtown Wapakoneta to haunted music, playing on the downtown sound system, as spectators watched and took pictures.
Three thefts â€” two at Bellefontaine Street businesses and one on Lima Street â€” were reported last week.
Gretchen Hager, who works for Radio Shack, reported to Wapakoneta Police Department officers the theft of a PlayStation game controller valued at $29.99 from the business. The theft occurred between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the store located at 1252 Bellefontaine St.
The theft would be a first-degree misdemeanor.
Two suspects are believed to be involved in the theft.
A Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grader says she enjoys all aspects of schools.
Thirteen-year-old Cassidy Hughes enjoys the social time with her friends and also the academic part and being challenged in her classes.
â€śI like everything about school,â€ť Cassidy said. â€śI like hanging out with my friends and Iâ€™m interested in learning.â€ť
Cassidy said she enjoys many subjects, including language arts, science and social studies.
â€śI like to read and writing,â€ť the student said. â€śI read a lot.â€ť
When asked what her favorite book was, Cassidy could not pin-point just one.
Two years of road reconstruction factored into a decision by one business owner to relocate, while other business owners along East Auglaize Street have decided to stay the course.
Deb Kiser, who started New Beginnings Decorating with her sisters, Jennifer Hixenbaugh and Darlene McElroy, and then purchased D. Lynn Moon Florist, said several issued factored into their decision to relocate the combined business from the intersection of Auglaize and Water streets to downtown Wapakoneta.
A coordinator for a local non-profit agency recently received an award for his hard work.
Anthony Wells, employment and training coordinator for Experience Works, in Wapakoneta, earned national recognition for service to older workers.
Wells recently received the organizationâ€™s 2011 Changing Lives Awards, which brings recognition to his efforts to help low income older workers obtain training they need to find jobs in their communities.
â€śIt made me feel really good,â€ť Wells said. â€śI never expected it. Itâ€™s good to be recognized as someone helping to change lives.â€ť
The majority of East Auglaize Street residents interviewed by the Wapakoneta Daily News backed the massive road reconstruction and beautification project scheduled for 2013.
While some residents did express some reluctance about losing some of the trees as part of the overall street project, all but one of the 10 residents contacted between the 300 and 600 blocks on East Auglaize declared their approval of the project.
â€śIt stinks to lose the trees for shade,â€ť said Paul Keith, who lives at 601 E. Auglaize St, â€śbut every thing needs updated from time to time.â€ť
A Wapakoneta Redskin football player is not being permitted to play in tonight's game against the Kenton Wildcats after school officials were notified by Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) of an investigation regarding the player, the Wapakoneta Daily News learned Thursday night.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner confirmed the information this morning, noting school officials were informed Thursday of the investigation and of a possible violation.
Varsity football coach Doug Frye informed the team of the alleged infraction during a team meeting on Thursday.
The Auglaize County commissioners hired Timothy Klopfenstein as the new county administrator.
Commissioners John Bergman and Doug Spencer confirmed that Klopfenstein had agreed Thursday to take the position in a telephone call.
â€śWe are very happy with the choice,â€ť Bergman said. â€śWe were very pleased with the number of applicants we received. We had some very good applicants.â€ť
Klopfenstein, of Wapakoneta, will begin in his new position on Nov. 28. His initial salary is set at $60,000 annually.
Bergman said a formal announcement for Klopfensteinâ€™s hiring will be released next week.
Several county officials walked throughout the Auglaize County Courthouse to evaluate the progress of renovations and agreed the inside of the building is taking shape.
The Auglaize County administrator, commissioners and representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates met Thursday with with contractors.
â€śWe are still on schedule,â€ť Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said.
The courthouse, which is slated to re-open on June 1 smelled of freshly coated paint as much of the buildingâ€™s dry wall has been installed and painting has taken place.