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November 20th

Park plan protected

November 20, 2012

Two Wapakoneta City Council members adamantly object to spending the remaining Hauss-Helms funds for city park improvements, while the mayor does not want to have a closed mind about leveraging a portion the approximately $700,000 in reserve for the city’s park district.

Tiger coach resigns

November 20, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger varsity football coach — the most successful coach in the school’s history — resigned Monday, simply saying “it was time.”

Waynesfield-Goshen Schools Board of Education members unanimously elected to accept Gary Spencer’s resignation at Monday’s board meeting.

City storm ready

November 20, 2012

Wapakoneta Public Works Departments crews have the trucks and equipment primed for the city’s first snowfall this winter as they continue to work on leaf pick-up this fall and they finish other projects this week.

At Monday’s Wapakoneta City Council meeting, Safety-Service Director Bill Rains announced that leaf pick-up is suspended this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but they will be back out cleaning leaves raked to the curb next week.

November 19th

Local youth set up Superstorm Sandy relief food drive

November 19, 2012

With Superstorm Sandy recently taking lives and homes when it recently hit the East Coast, a Wapakoneta Middle School student has been doing all she can — she even got her classmates involved.

Aliya Patterson, 11, organized a school-wide food drive, with students bringing in canned good food items and non-perishable goods to school to donate to Hurricane Sandy efforts.

Aliya, who is a member of Teens for Christ Ministries, was at a youth group meeting two weeks ago when the idea hit her.

City braces for possible cuts

November 19, 2012

Despite the re-election of President Barack Obama and Gov. John Kasich being in the middle of his term, Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz says he has heard little regarding financial help for cities and villages from the state and federal government except that Local Government Funds will continue to decrease.

With the federal deficit and federal debt likely to be addressed, he said fewer dollars are likely to flow to the states and local governments in the form of grants and the number of unfunded mandates are likely to grow.

Festival of Trees: A doll of an event

November 19, 2012

The 14th annual Festival of Trees closed Sunday and was deemed a success by both organizers and attendees alike at The Gardens at Wapakoneta.

The event, which began Wednesday, was held 1 to 8 p.m. through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“It gets people in the Christmas mood,” Community Health Professionals of Tri-County Marketing Coordinator Nike Duvall said. “It is an event that a lot of people look forward to and come to every year.”

November 18th

Queen of England honors former Wapak resident

November 18, 2012

Earlier this year, a Wapakoneta High School graduate and one of the earliest members of the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame earned one of the highest honors bestowed by the Queen of England to the new resident of New Zealand.

Susan (Smith) Stevens, who graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1980 and was elected to the Wapakoneta High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010, earned the Queens Service Medal for her volunteer work in the country since 1999.

Fire departments gear up for holiday program

November 18, 2012

Area fire departments are coming together for an annual program that aims to bring Christmas cheer to every family in the Wapakoneta area.

The 30th annual Christmas Cheer Program will be taking place in Wapakoneta, and is hosted by the Wapakoneta, Uniopolis, St. Johns and Buckland fire departments.

“The Christmas Cheer Program continues to be a program to collect toys and food items to provide at least enough food for a meal and gifts for Christmas,” Christmas Cheer Program Chair and Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said.

Burglary at Clark gasoline, convenience store

November 18, 2012

Approximately 20 cartons of cigarettes were stolen early Friday morning from the Clark gasoline station on Apollo Drive.

Wapakoneta Police Department officers responded to an alarm at the gasoline station and convenience store at 2:13 a.m. Friday at the Clark gasoline station, known as H&F Food Mart.

November 16th

Fiscal cliff dangers

November 16, 2012

Congress and newly re-elected President Barack Obama must place a priority on finding common ground to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the Republican U.S. senator from Ohio says, and just as important is to build the framework for the future to deal with the nation’s underlying budget problems.

His Democratic counter-part agrees with Portman that this is the time Congress needs to find common ground to develop a budget in an effort to deal with United States’ fiscal crisis and to stimulate the economy.

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