Archive - 2012 - News Article
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After a successful two years, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators are discussing ways they can continue to grow the district’s virtual academy.
During a presentation this week, Wapakoneta High School Principal Aaron Rex said they are considering adding classes for adults and elementary students looking into the future.
“We have talked about the opportunity of opening it up to them as well,” Rex said. “We see it as a possibility for growth.”
A promise was made, but no guarantee could be given.
In the shadow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults at the school, Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner promised school administrators and board members would continue to work to improve the safety measures and plans at the school, but he said he could not make a guarantee it could not happen here.
A 90-year-old Wapakoneta woman died Thursday morning crossing Glynwood Road to collect her morning newspaper.
Carolyn Blackburn, 803 Glynwood Road, apparently walked directly into the path a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Zachary Myers, of Wapakoneta, as he was driving east on Glynwood Road at approximately 7 a.m., according to a news release from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). Blackburn received life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Auglaize County Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag.
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Auglaize County and Wapakoneta city officials are ready for the possibility of adverse weather conditions beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday night as area residents head into the final weekend before Christmas.
The current weather forecast is calling for a winter weather mix of rain and snow coupled with high winds beginning Thursday evening and extending into Friday morning.
School board policies were updated and compensation for members approved Tuesday by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members.
Compensation for the board’s five members for 2013 was set at $125 per meeting, up to a limit of 12 meetings annually.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said the rate has not increased since 2005.
An increase is actually a decrease.
Wapakoneta residents participating in the city’s natural gas aggregation may notice an increase in the cost per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas from their summer bills, but in reality they are paying less for natural gas than they did last winter heating season.
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains contacted American Municipal Power (AMP) officials Tuesday to determine how the natural gas costs in the city’s aggregation policy increased without city administrators receiving written notification.
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After a Wapakoneta resident talked with his granddaughter about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he decided to replace some of his Christmas display this season with a memorial to the 20 children and six adults who perished at the school.
Larry Shaffer, a retired pastor, placed a cross with a white bow, an angel blowing a horn and a harp, all in white lights, in his front yard as a memorial. He said his 6-year-old granddaughter, Ella, wanted a way to show the families she was sorry for what had happened to the children Friday in the deadly shooting incident.