Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
Three people are vying for one open seat on the Union Township Board of Trustees at the Nov. 8 election.
Two incumbents and a newcomer are fighting for one position on the board after a mistake was made in filing forcing two incumbents to square off against each other. The one person elected, along with current board member Dale Miller, will have to appoint the third trustee after the election is completed.
Kelly Knutzen, 53, 20694 Fairmount Road, Wapak-oneta, is retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and is the current fire chief in Uniopolis.
Two Wapakoneta High School seniors recently received top honors and are being recognized for their academic achievements.
Chris Schwartz and Joey Jose have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for this honor.
Schwartz and Jose placed in the top 5 percent among more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Reaching an agreement and developing a plan with an electric company to bring a large line to help power a potential end-user in Wapakonetaâ€™s Jobs Ready Sites is critical, several Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) board members say.
WAEDC Executive Director Greg Myers said it is vital for the city to have an agreement or at least a plan in place with American Electric Power (AEP) to provide additional electricity to the 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center site, if a company decides to locate there and requires a large electrical load.
BOTKINS â€” Botkins Local School District residents will cast their votes on a 7.99-mill property tax levy on Nov. 8 to build a new school and provide money to maintain those facilities for a maximum of 35 years.
The bond levy will raise the approximate $6.9 million local share of the $24.4 million total project. The school district has done several presentations to the public during the last several months so voters can make an educated vote during the election.
School Superintendent Connie Schneider said district residents are being presented with an opportunity of a lifetime.
With Christmas less than two months away, local shops are preparing for holiday shoppers this weekend.
Wapakonetaâ€™s annual Holiday Open Houses will be held this weekend throughout different shops, businesses and churches in Wapakoneta.
â€śWe would like everyone to get their holiday shopping starting in Wapakoneta,â€ť Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) President Jamie Goudy said. â€śThis is a great way to kick off the holiday season.â€ť
Few people will argue Ohio Gov. John Kasich is attempting anything to reduce government spending and balance the state budget, but one piece of legislation in particular is stirring up plenty of attention regarding his methods to reach that goal.
State Issue 2, placed on the ballot as a referendum, would ban public worker strikes and restrict collective bargaining rights for public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police officers. Public employee unions will still be able to negotiate on wages but not on their pension or their health care benefits.
A local high school student has gained national recognition through a small business she runs.
Wapakoneta High School senior Mallory McDevitt received top honors as she earned national recognition during the National FFA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis in October.
The 18-year-old, who owns and operates her own organic produce business, farms a one-acre plot of land at her parentâ€™s residence and has a clientele of approximately 30 people when she sells her fresh produce to each week.
Waynefield-Goshen Schools studentsâ€™ biggest fanâ€™s legacy will live on, first with a fundraiser and then as an annual scholarship in her name.
The Deb Boday Memorial fundraiser is planned for 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Waynesfield-Goshen School auditeria. All the money raised is to benefit the schoolâ€™s band and choir trip to New York City in the spring.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with a quarter auction beginning at 3 p.m. Childrenâ€™s games, a cake wheel, minihorse program, and a craft show featuring both local and more distant vendors are to take place throughout the afternoon.
The thought of entering public service as an elected official crossed his mind years ago when a Wapakoneta man was in high school and again in college when he was studying political science.
Earlier this year he decided to act on it.
On Nov. 8, Chad Doll should be elected the cityâ€™s 4th Ward representative on Wapakoneta City Council. He, like the other six members of council, is running unopposed for the council seat. His post was vacated by Dan Graf, who is running for an at-large seat.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Incumbent Jodi Hennon is facing opposition from Tim Doty for her seat for Goshen Township fiscal officer in the Nov. 8 general election.
Efficiency with duties and with tax dollars was the key for both candidates as the township faces state cuts to its already tiny budget.
Doty, 57, 13245 McBeth Road, Wapakoneta, has lived in the township for 22 years. He and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children. He has not held any elected offices, but
Doty said he has volunteered for township for five years and said that helped him decide to run.