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October 9th

Refuse to lose

October 9, 2013

With a piece of legislation introduced Monday calling for hikes in refuse fees, one Wapakoneta City Council member inquired about taking it a step further — investigating the costs of contracting for refuse and recycling collection.
After the ordinance’s first reading, Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier questioned the wisdom of legislation calling for a 50 cent increase each year in refuse fees on resident’s utility bills for perpetuity and requested city administrators seek rates from refuse and recycling haulers for the sake of comparison.

New stance on "Stand Your Ground"

October 9, 2013

ADA — During the year-long controversy and eventual acquittal of George Zimmerman, many citizens found themselves questioning their legal rights of self-defense.
Dr. C. Antoinette Clarke, Ohio Northern University (ONU) criminal law and juvenile justice professor, presented “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: Self Defense, Stand Your Ground, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy” at the university’s College of Law Tuesday afternoon.

Lessons in skating

October 9, 2013

Cautiously making their way along the gym floor, two Wapakoneta Elementary School second-graders roll past the cones and turn a corner with small smiles marking their success.
Avery Hutt, 8, remembers what it was like when she didn’t want to get off the mats where they sit to lace up their roller skates and fasten their wrist guards.
“The first time, I don’t think I went off the mats, now I am not scared at all,” Avery said. “In kindergarten, everyone kept falling.”
Hannah Elling, 7, said skating is fun and each year they get better.

October 8th

Courthouse recognized by state

October 8, 2013

Renovation work to the Auglaize County Courthouse was recently recognized with a state award for historic preservation.

The Auglaize County commissioners and Garmann-Miller & Associates architectural firm, of Minster, received a preservation merit award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for their efforts in preserving and rehabilitating the county’s courthouse built in 1894. 

Is wider street better? ODOT permits 37-foot width, Wapak City Council to make final decision

October 8, 2013

With Wapakoneta city administrators officially receiving word Thursday from Ohio Department of Transportation officials, Wapakoneta City Council now has the power to decide if a section of West Auglaize Street to be reconstructed in 2014 will be 37 feet or 39 feet wide.

During his report to councilors, Mayor Rodney Metz announced he received a letter Thursday permitting the shorter width. City officials designed the street to be 39 feet wide, meeting requirements councilors cited as being imposed by ODOT engineers.

Traffic issue raises local concern

October 8, 2013

A local businesswoman requested Monday that a three-way stop be installed or a traffic signal be replaced at the intersection of East Auglaize and Wood streets.

Auglaize Embroidery owner Judy Dubois testified to Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s council meeting that the removal of even a two-way stop sign installed during construction has created a hazardous situation at the intersection of East Auglaize Street and Wood Street, which also serves as Ohio 67.

October 7th

Second grader loves recess, goats and snacks

October 7, 2013

A Wapakoneta Elementary School second grader doesn’t hesitate a second when asked what her favorite part of school is — recess.
Typically 7-year-old Jaden Gerstner said she plays games of chase.
Lunch comes in a close second.
“Mmmmm,” Jaden says as she thinks about the school cafeteria’s pizza.
It doesn’t matter what kind, because they are both good, she said.
Living just outside of Wapakoneta, the daughter of Dawn and Chris Gerstner has “goats, cats, rabbits, kittens and a dog,” she said, “and enough room to play.” Jaden’s favorite thing to do outside is race her dog, LJ, to the barn.

Walk for hunger

October 7, 2013

Draped around the necks of approximately 50 people walking in the 9th annual CROP Walk in Wapakoneta was the picture of a person and on the back was the story of their life.
“It is the person who will benefit from my walking in the CROP Walk for the Church World Service,” the Rev. Adrian Sunday said as he walks along the newly reconstructed East Auglaize Street.
For more information about the CROP Walk, see the Monday, Oct. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

Deal reached

October 7, 2013

A recent contract offer for natural gas to the city is acceptable, but Mayor Rodney Metz says he would like to see a better price as the city of Wapakoneta continues to negotiate 6-month deals instead of annual contracts for its natural gas aggregation program.
“We have information regarding the rate, but it has changed a couple of times as we got closer to a deal for the next six months,” Metz told the Wapakoneta Daily News Sunday.
For more information about the gas rates and deal, see the Monday, Oct. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

October 5th

Local shares history of facial pain disease, relief

October 5, 2013

Tormented with a disease interfering with her everyday life, one local woman says most people quite literally do not understand her pain.

Pamela Elliot, of Wapakoneta, suffers from a disease that causes constant and “excruciating burning and throbbing” facial pain.

“I was an outgoing person,” Elliot said about her life before the disease. “Trigeminal neuralgia made me a prisoner in my own body.” 

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