Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
A number of minor changes have added up to some big savings for Wapakoneta City Schools, the district’s superintendent says.
Through the first eight months of the school’s fiscal year, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators have managed to save a million dollars from what the district spent a year ago this time, Superintendent Keith Horner said.
The information was made public during a recent school Finance Committee meeting.
“It’s due to multiple things we’ve done,” Horner said of the savings.
A Wapakoneta resident recently earned an African-American in History Award at the ninth annual Power of Unity Luncheon held at the Bradfield Community Center in Lima late February.
The man says the award is more for his hometown than for his work.
The award is given annually to a black achiever. Jim Bowsher is white, although the influence of Native American ancestry is also noticeable in his appearance. While Bowsher is not particularly impressed with awards or notoriety, this time around he felt the recognition was quite significant.
With local residents cleaning in and around the house this spring, a Wapakoneta administrator warns against disposing of yard waste and other debris in a fire and provided tips when enjoying an outdoor flame.
The Wapakoneta Fire Department has received a few calls this spring regarding open burning, Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. He noted most fire departments receive more calls in the spring and fall regarding people sitting out in front of a fire or burning things on their property in the city.
A Wapakoneta High School senior describes himself as competitive and a person who thrives in a disciplined environment.
This description helped lead to Chris Schwartz being named Auglaize County’s Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Achievement Award winner Wednesday at the annual banquet at Wapakoneta High School Wednesday.
The former shows he is wise beyond his age at making career choices.
Updates to the dispatch center, which handles all 911 calls for Auglaize County, are expected to be complete by May 1.
“This is something that has been needed for a few years but we needed to be in the position where we could get it done within our budget,” Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Wednesday.
With preparing for Easter, the Rev. Becky Sunday, of St. Paul United Church of Christ, says people at the foot of Jesus’ cross wanted the Savior to prove He was a king.
Sunday addressed worshippers Wednesday at the last Lenten Luncheon on “If You are the King of the Jews, Save Yourself.”
The Auglaize County Mustangs went to New Philadelphia Saturday morning with high hopes.
They returned as state champions.
The Mustangs won the state Special Olympics Division III basketball tournament championship with an 81-61 win over the Fayette County Dragons.
A team can be comprised of players between the ages of 13 and 40 who have some form of disability.
Preliminary work for The Neil Armstrong Airport terminal building continues to move in anticipation of final construction drawings and plans, an airport official says.
County Airport Manager Sean Stroh said they are continuing site survey work to extend drainage and utilities from the village of New Knoxville.
Mote and Associates, of Greenville, is completing a topographic survey of a square area of land between the village, Kuck Road, the airport runway and Ohio 219. The survey is of drainage, electrical and telephone lines.
The Auglaize County Public District Library has a new face.
Karie Maurer-Enneking joined the staff taking over as the new youth services coordinator. She assumes the position left by Beth Steiner, who is the new library director. Steiner took over as director after Jo Derryberry retired earlier this year.
Maurer-Enneking brings more than 14 years of experience working with children and management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors in the library system.
Wapakoneta city officials plan to continue to refine rules regarding wind turbines and solar panels within the city limits in the next few months, but they have no plans to take a new stance on a proposed wind farm north of the city.