Archive - 2011 - News Article
During Mondayâs meeting, Wapakoneta City Council president announced he is resigning from his post effective June 8.
Council President Don Jump informed his fellow councilors during Mondayâs council meeting that he accepted the position of emergency response coordinator with the Auglaize County Health Department and must resign from the legislative body.
A Wapakoneta City Council member objected to a resolution to pave a section of Hamilton Street because it included the replacement of curbs which are being charged to the property owner.
A second councilor argued the assessments of individual property owners could be brought up later since an ordinance must be passed to assess the owners for the work actually completed, but he wanted the joint project with the Auglaize County Engineerâs Office to repave Hamilton Street from Auglaize Street to Glynwood Road to proceed.
WAYNESFIELD â As a school district that has seemingly seen its share of dark clouds lately, a ray of sunshine came as welcome news.
Preliminary Ohio Graduation Test scores for the class of 2013 showed students met all indicators with double digit improvements in all categories.
âIt shows plans that we have put into effect lately are working,â Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. âThe improvement ensures the strategies we have been working on.â
The 211 members of the Wapakoneta High School Class of 2011 were encouraged to reach for their dreams and no matter where they end up to never forget where they came from.
âI encourage you to remember where youâve been no matter where youâre heading,â Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education President Willie Sammetinger said.
His was a message that was echoed by several speakers during commencement exercises Saturday morning in the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium.
Graduates also were encouraged several times to make a difference.
A warm day brought out many for the Roots and Shoots Garden Clubâs Wapakoneta Garden Tour.
On Sunday, five private gardens and one public garden were available for touring, along with receiving tips and helpful gardening hints from local gardeners. The proceeds from the tour go to the Roots and Shoots Garden Club to help fund their city projects that they do for the Wapakoneta area.
âItâs been busy,â Roots and Shoots Garden Club member Michele Bishop said on Sunday. âPeople are coming out, and itâs nice for the club.â
The class of 2011 graduated from Wapakoneta High School Saturday with the new graduates hearing speeches about where they are from and encouraging them to be meet the challenges that lie ahead of them. For a story by Assistant Managing Editor Karen Campbell and multiple pages of photographs of the event see Monday's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
A softball-sized piece of metal crashed through the windshield of a charter bus Friday causing delays on southbound Interstate 75.
A female student riding on the tour bus was injured by the piece of metal and transported by Cridersville EMS to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A Wapakoneta High School staff member views her retirement as bittersweet.
While Deb Hemmert says she will miss being an impartial person for students to go to as a high school guidance counselor, she knows she will enjoy taking the time to do things she never got a chance to do.
âI never had the opportunity to travel,â Hemmert said. âThere are so many places I would like to visit. Me and my husband will take a lot of small vacations.â
Hemmert was one of five retirees honored recently by the Wapakoneta Education Foundation. She taught in the district for 35 years.
A local student has hit it big with the end of the year raffle at Apollo Career Center.
Jacob Skinner, of Uniopolis, who is a commercial foods and hospitality student at Apollo Career Center, recently won a Pontiac Grand Prix at the Perfect Attendance Awards ceremony at Apollo Career Center held at the end of May.
âThe car is quite an accomplishment,â Skinner said.
A charter bus stops on Interstate 75 near the southbound exit 113 (the Uniopolis, Wapakoneta exit) and several people were taken by Cridersville and Wapakoneta EMS shortly before noon on Friday.