Archive - 2011 - News Article
From their family and extra buttery popcorn to Wii games, a group of elementary students shared what they are most thankful for this holiday season.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, students at Wapakoneta Elementary School shared their Thanksgiving plans and for what they are most thankful.
Ten-year-old David Sharp recounted that during his music class, all of the classmates went around the room and shared what they were thankful for this year.
âI said I was thankful for
extra buttery popcorn,â Sharp said.
A six-year veteran of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was selected as the 2011 âTrooper of the Yearâ at the Wapakoneta Post.
Joshua J. Carter was selected for the honor in recognition of his outstanding service throughout the year, Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said.
Fellow troopers and supervisors assigned to the post chose Carter based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, and enthusiastic work attitude, along with his cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.
A line item in a supplemental appropriation drew the attention of two Wapakoneta City Council members and the cityâs administration.
To balance the Wapakoneta City Recreation Departmentâs budget for the end of the year, a shift of $7,000 from the Wapakoneta WaterPark Fund to the cityâs Recreation Fund had to be made to cover outstanding expenses.
While the transfer is necessary this year, Mayor Rodney Metz said he does not want this to happen again in the future.
BOTKINS â Botkins High School senior Jenna Christman has approached high school with a solid philosophy. A philosophy, she says, she hopes more students will apply to themselves before they graduate.
âIf you want to try something, now is the time to do it,â Christman said. âThis is the time when you can try everything and see if you like it. Donât wait until you are a senior to try something. Iâve seen a lot of people wait until they were seniors and then they try something and find out they enjoyed it. They lose out on a lot.â
ST. MARYS â Five area residents were arrested on Monday as a result of investigations by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the suspects were arrested following a six-month drug investigation by the task force.Â
Those arrested were:
âą Gloria J. Steinke, 61, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
âą Ralph D. Biederman, 49, of St. Marys, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.
âą Paul A. Ryan, 62, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
A decline in income tax collections this year powers the concerns of city administrators, but a city leader says he expects a rebound in the cityâs main revenue source soon.
Mayor Rodney Metz said he intends to request a report today from the cityâs Tax Information Office regarding a breakdown of income tax collections.
Singing, piano solos and guitar ballads filled the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center as local youth showcased their talent to the public on Saturday.
Wapakoneta High School freshmen through seniors performed this weekend during the Redskin Revue, a high school talent show, held at the Wapakoneta High School. The performers could perform any act they wanted.
Approximately 20 performances were given, including singing songs by Adele, playing the piano to a Kelly Clarkson hit song and strumming the guitar to a Christina Perri tune.
Trees adorned with tinsel, garland and lights lit up the hallways and common rooms of The Gardens at Wapakoneta this past week as residents and community members flocked to check out the Christmas scene.
The 13th annual Festival of Trees was held during this past week and weekend, and included more than 80 donated items, which were all auctioned off to festival bidders.
A silent auction was held to bid on the trees and specialty items decorated with Ohio State ornaments, Hawaiian colors, snowflakes and tractors â just a few of the attractions at the event.
Bids for the first part of improvements to be made to the Auglaize County Sheriffâs Office dispatch center came in approximately $10,000 lower than the estimate.
âWhen we first came out here, the dispatch center from the old facility came with us,â Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said of the officeâs move to the Auglaize County Law Enforcement Center in 1998. âThis is part of updates we have been hoping to do for years.â
The challenge of what move or moves to make next to beat their opponents has students at Wapakoneta High School flocking to chess sets during any free time they get.
Some students have never played before, while others have been playing for years or played when they were younger. Thirty of them have formed a club under the leadership of teacher Bill Sammons and are meeting weekly for matches and tournaments. The last time the high school had such an organization was 15 years ago.