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April 26th

Board backs levy

April 26, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week voiced their support of the Apollo Career Center, which serves the district.

Apollo administrators are asking for support in the communities the school  serves with a levy on the May 7 ballot.

The money the levy is expected to raise would be combined with $23 million in matching funds from the state to improve, expand and renovate buildings and facilities, acquire career and technical equipment, and upgrade the 36-year-old school site to meet the needs of 21st century learning.

Area job website ‘connecting the dots’

April 26, 2013

Economic development directors in two counties touted a new website designed to match employment opportunities with the skilled labor force for those jobs.

Mercer County Economic Development Director Jared Ebbing and Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Executive Director Greg Myers explained the new website they spearheaded to “connect the dots” of local workers, or workers with local ties, with area companies.

April 25th

Find fun in life

April 25, 2013

Life would be a little easier if people just laughed a little and took a little bit better care of themselves, an expert and humorist says.

Humorist Kay Frances presented a humorous look at relieving stress and being healthy during the Administrative Professionals Luncheon held Wednesday in observance of Administrative Professionals Day.

Balanced approach

April 25, 2013

After spending nearly 75 minutes debating aspects of the proposed $2.1 million West Auglaize Street reconstruction project, a Wapakoneta city official stresses the key is striking a balance between the interests of neighborhood and city residents for the betterment of the entire community.

Senator pushes bill for worker training

April 25, 2013

If a bipartisan bill passes, one of the co-sponsors says he believes the legislation will connect employers with the workers they need and workers with the training they need to secure a better employment future.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio, discussed Wednesday the benefits “The Careers through Responsive, Efficient, and Effective Retraining Act” would have on job seekers and employers. The CAREER Act is legislation he co-sponsored with Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett, of Colorado.

April 24th

Mock crash provides glimpse into accident

April 24, 2013

A parent’s worst nightmare.

Flashing emergency vehicles lights greeted the onrushing mother, who soon saw the carnage. Two vehicles badly damaged. Twisted metal. Blood and broken bones. Now broken lives.

Band site concerns addressed

April 24, 2013

Parent concerns about bed bugs, heat exhaustion and not enough meals during band camp last year were brought up Tuesday during the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Band Director Klayton Hilleary addressed the concerns as he discussed this year’s band camp, planned for the end of July. A parent had written a letter to board members about her concerns and Hilleary said he had the same concerns and began addressing them late last year.

Crew helps check car seats for safety

April 24, 2013

A representative from the Dayton Children’s says 75 to 90 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly — and a check of a local parking lot backed her claim.

As Jessica Saunders, community relations manager and Safe Kids Greater Dayton Coalition Coordinator for Dayton Children’s, helped check more than a dozen car seats at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA on Tuesday, she found something wrong with nearly every car seat they checked.

April 23rd

Suspect found, no bomb found at Cridersville Elementary

April 23, 2013

No bomb was found and a suspect located as Cridersville Elementary School students returned to the building shortly before 10 a.m. Monday.

“We have a student who did it, we know who did it and are now going through the disciplinary process,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.

A fourth-grade student at the school wrote the bomb threat on a note that staff members were alerted to by a student at 7:45 a.m., Horner said. The building was immediately evacuated and students arriving were rerouted.

Knox named to post

April 23, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — A Waynesfield resident who barely lost in her quest for a fourth term to village council has been reinstated to her post.

Ronda Knox, 68, 305 N. Westminster St., was the lone applicant after councilor Cheryl Jerew officially resigned her seat on April 5 after she moved out of the village.

“I am just happy to be of service to my community again,” Knox said.

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