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February 17th

Students paint downtown murals

February 17, 2012

A local organization is encouraging downtown visitors to “look up.”
Local students teamed up with the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership and a downtown building owner to create a second Victorian-style artwork.
Wapakoneta High School art students painted murals that are displayed in the windows above the Riverside Art Center and Custom Staffing Wapakoneta — on the upper level of the building.
The five murals create a scene with a painter and children set in the Victorian era in the building owned by Red Dog properties, at the intersection of Auglaize and Willipie streets.

Officials practice emergencies

February 17, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local school and county officials gathered at Memorial High School in St. Marys on Friday morning to practice their responses in the event of an emergency.
The Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held a tabletop exercise for first responders and school officials centered around a scenario of a vehicle crash into a substation along U.S. 33, near the high school. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson ran the various officials through a set of scenarios in real time and assessed their responses.

Cars challenge students

February 17, 2012

Imagine being given the task of making an operational moving vehicle using only index cards, tape and straws.
Sound pretty simple? Wapakoneta Middle School students found it is not quite as easy as it may seem.
“It took a lot longer than what you would expect,” student Wesley Temple said of the experiment. “There is always something you have to change.”
Temple’s group of five students is one of eight groups comprised of approximately 35 students that are participating in an education effort to enrich local gifted students.

Serving up chili

February 17, 2012

The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club held their 37th annual chili supper Thursday and a large turnout resulted from their efforts.

By 1:30 p.m., club workers had already put in a busy day as more than 400 people had come through for lunch. They expected to reach a minimum of 1,000 to 1,200 people by closing time 7 p.m. and hoped to match their annual crowd of approximately 1,300.

“The cooks were in at 5 p.m. (Wednesday) and they cooked until 9 p.m. getting ready for today,” club member Tom Hunter said.

Science takes center stage in Botkins

February 17, 2012

BOTKINS — How do different fertilizers affect plant growth?

How does popcorn pop?

Can lemons power a light bulb? (yes, by the way).

What do deer see?

How are fossils formed?

Why don’t ducks get wet?

If anyone’s asked these questions or questioned many of life’s other great mysteries, then the Botkins Middle School gymnasium was the place to be Thursday night as the school hosted its bi-annual science fair.

ACHD best shot: School-sponsored clinics offered to students

February 17, 2012

In an effort to reach out to sixth-graders, who will be required to get the Tdap vaccine before entering seventh grade, the Auglaize County Health Department is providing school-sponsored clinics throughout the county.

State-provided vaccinations are administered to students through the clinics, which are held at the convenience of students and parents at a variety of locations offsite in each community.

Through the clinics students can receive the Tdap vaccine, which is a combined formula for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, for $10.

February 16th

Plan moves on: Council to debate extending councilors time in office

February 16, 2012

Extending and staggering the terms of office for future city councilors now goes before full council for debate.

Wapakoneta City Council Term of Office Ad Hoc Committee members recommended Wednesday sending the proposal to full council for its consideration regarding extending the terms of the council president and all councilors to four years from two years and staggering the terms of council ward seats with councilors-at-large seats.

Union weighs village move

February 16, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — Union Township trustees briefly discussed Wednesday the possibility of acquiring the village of Uniopolis should councilors decide to unincorporate, or dissolve, the village.

The move could create budgetary problems for the township, which, while currently more monetarily solvent, faces financial problems of their own as they also face significant cuts.

Mercy Unlimited pushes ‘sock it to me’

February 16, 2012

A conversation between a grandmother and her grandchildren sparked an idea for Mercy Unlimited.

Mercy Unlimited is hosting a sock drive during the month of February. Individuals can bring in packs of sock for infants and children and place then in a barrel at the store.

Mercy Unlimited Store Manager Angie Combs came up with this idea after talking with two of her grandchildren, who are in kindergarten and second grade.

“My grandkids would tell me that ‘so and so’ didn’t have socks on at school today,” Combs said.

February 15th

Sewer grant possible: Village awarded $1.3M but action required

February 15, 2012

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council members learned the village received a $1.3 million, 50 percent principal forgiveness grant for design and construction of a new sanitary system in the village, but they will have to move up the  construction timetable in order to get the money.

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