Archive - 2011 - News Article
With a dry week coupled with modern technology, preliminary estimates show that Auglaize County farmers have for the most part salvaged what was expected to be a record-setting year for growing corn.
Large amounts of rain throughout the months of April and May had kept farmers out of the field in May. However, a let up of the rainfall to start of the month of June allowed farmers to get in the fields.
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Communications Director Natalie Lehner said modern technology and resolve help Ohio farmers to be efficient when given a window.
WAYNESFIELD â€” After seeing the difference a person can make, Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate Abbey Gray has chosen to offer the world one more difference maker.
â€śI have seen a lot of childrenâ€™s medical missions at the church,â€ť Gray said. â€śIâ€™ve seen some drastic changes in those kids when someone has treated them overseas or treated them when they come here. I want to be a part of that.â€ť
Some old favorites and some new ideas are being featured in plans for the 39th annual Buckland Firemans Festival.
Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the downtown Buckland event this year will include the addition of a kids tent, novelty wheel and mechanical bull riding. Popular activities returning are to include a car show, T-102 Country Star Playoffs and a cornhole tournament, Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said.
A local middle school student had the opportunity of a lifetime when she traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Wapakoneta Middle School sixth-grader LeeAnn Jose took her fifth trip to the nationâ€™s capital last week to compete for the first time at the national level of the spelling bee competition.
â€śIt was fun,â€ť Jose said, â€śand exhilarating.â€ť
Jose recently returned home last Saturday, just in time to enjoy her last week of school before summertime.
BOTKINS â€” Botkins Board of Education members officially decided to begin the process of building a new K-12 school during Wednesdayâ€™s meeting.
In a unanimous vote, board members decided the districtâ€™s best option was to pursue a new 102,000-square foot facility and to pursue the local financing needed from voters in the November election.
Board members made the move official by hiring Fanning-Howey and Associates engineering firm to design its master plan to be submitted for final approval to the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC).
With more than one out of every five students in Auglaize County and two out of every five students in the state qualifying for reduced-price school lunches, a U.S. legislator started a push this week to have Gov. John Kasich approve more Summer Food Service Program sites in Ohio.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said the number of children qualifying for reduced-price school lunches and breakfast tells the tale of the economy as 22 percent of Auglaize County residents and 40 percent of Ohio students qualify for the program.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.
A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH INTO THE REGION TODAY. THIS
WILL ALLOW FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP. SOME OF THESE
STORMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS BEING THE
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
For one retiring Wapakoneta High School teacher, he enjoyed working with the students on their English skills.
â€śFor the most part, the kids were very nice,â€ť retiring Wapakoneta retiring teacher Mike Schepp said. â€śThey were fun to work with and deal with.â€ť
Those are two things that 32 years boiled down to for Schepp, one of five teachers recently honored upon their retirement from the Wapakoneta City Schools district.
Schepp, who is a Lima native and still lives there, said the small town atmosphere found in Wapakoneta is special.
A Wapakoneta resident voiced concerns Monday about flooding in front of his home for the second time in the last decade and wants to know what these city administrators plan to do to alleviate the problem.
Jim Elshire, 314 Dogwood Avenue, addressed Wapakoneta City Council members about the slow drainage of water into his nearby stormwater sewer when rains cause flooding in front of his property.
The cityâ€™s electrical power portfolio will include electricity from the Fremont Energy Center, but at a level far less than requested by American Municipal Power (AMP) executives.
Wapakoneta City Council members approved Monday an ordinance for the city to participate at a level of 3 megawatts, less than the 17 megawatts suggested by AMP officials. Councilors made the decision based on a recommendation from their energy consultant John Courtney, of Courtney & Associates.