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February 6th

Essays written from the heart

February 6, 2013

While pouring their hearts into words and putting the words onto paper, three seniors were named top winners of an essay contest.

Wapakoneta High School seniors Ross Kohler, Nicole Brown and Joe Schneider were named third, fourth and fifth place winners in the “Laws of Life” contest at the high school.

This essay is an writing project their teacher, Linda Temple, assigned, and the object was to write about something near and dear to them, and that is exactly what Kohler did.

Auglaize Acres union holds vigil

February 6, 2013

Union workers from Auglaize Acres, joined by family members of residents and friends, held a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening outside the Auglaize County Administration Building praying for a resolution to contract talks.

Battling a breeze to keep their candles lit, Susan Elliott, who serves on the executive board for the Auglaize Acres bargaining unit, led the group as they gathered along South Blackhoof Street.

February 5th

Rotary donates to YMCA Support Campaign

February 5, 2013

The Wapakoneta Rotary Club, represented by Randy Fisher (left), presented the Wapakoneta YMCA with $1,000 to help kick-start its annual support campaign. Van Wright, and Josh Little, accept the donation.

Pay raise reasons

February 5, 2013

Shifting a city employee from hourly to salary does not bother a city elected official, but the raise without an explanation does.

Wapakoneta City Council members heard the second reading of an ordinance Monday to amend job titles and salary ranges for city employees — primarily to shift the Wapakoneta WaterPark general manager from hourly to salary.

Essay helps students discover themselves

February 5, 2013

Two high school students earned the top two spots in an essay contest — a contest that helped them to find themselves.

Wapakoneta High School seniors Salon Gegel and Makenna Salsbury each wrote an essay for the “Laws of Life” contest, and won first and second place at their school, respectively.

“I wrote about smiling,” Gegel said. “Just smiling at someone can change someone’s day. It can make their day a bit brighter.”

City paid for storm costs

February 5, 2013

The city received three payments recently — all dealing with reimbursements for clean-up costs for the June 29 wind storm that caused millions of dollars in damage.

While the money is welcomed, city administrators say the money puts only a dent into the total amount spent on cleaning up the streets, fixing electrical lines and grinding up limbs and debris at the Wapakoneta Compost Facility.

February 4th

Seven arrested for trafficking in county

February 4, 2013

A Wapakoneta man was among six  Auglaize County residents as well as one Celina man arrested for trafficking in drugs, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office officials announced this morning.

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the arrests were the result of a recent investigation by the Auglaize-Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the St. Marys, Wapakoneta and Minster police departments.

‘Disaster’ forms popular band

February 4, 2013

“We Ended In Disaster” indeed sounds like a cool name for a band that straddles pop, punk and metal sounds and fits in perfectly with a genre of music known for its other nefarious group names, such as Against All Authority, the Dead Milkmen, and Gorilla Biscuits. However, in contrast to some of those famous names, the name of the local band based out of Wapakoneta came from true happenings amongst its members.

“It has inspirational meaning to us,” said Ben Gardner, 20, the lead guitarist of the band.

Seventh-grader has love for racing cars

February 4, 2013

A local seventh-grader has a passion for cars.

In his spare time, Wapakoneta Middle School student Jerry Wright can be driving his RC cars.

“I do competitions with them,” Wright said of the remote control cars. “Dad’s Toy Shop holds a ‘Fun Run’ and I go there every summer.”

Wright said at these competitions, the hobbyists drive their cars around and see whose car can jump the highest.

Wright, who has a total of five RC cars, races them outside.

February 3rd

Kasich pushes equal funding for schools

February 3, 2013

By LANCE MIHM
Staff Writer
Area superintendents, who attended a meeting Thursday in Columbus, learned of a pleasant surprise regarding school funding as the basics of a Gov. John Kasich’s overhaul plan started to be revealed.
With most area school districts administrators waiting for the state budget plan to come out in early February, attendees at the meeting for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) learned the plan will narrow tax-based disparities between richer and poorer school districts, reward innovation and expand access to vouchers.

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