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May 30th

Alliance eyes link to business, education

May 30, 2014

The Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council hosted a meeting Thursday to promote the Auglaize/Mercer Business-Education (AMBE) Alliance, a new organization created to develop workforce connections between local companies and school districts.

The meeting took place at Marley’s Downtown and featured speakers with close ties to the organization.

After 40 years, it’s still about the little things

May 30, 2014

The smile and look of accomplishment on a child’s face is something of beauty anyone can appreciate.

For Dance Centre instructor Pam Houston after a 40-year career in the field of dance the small things continue to be what mean the most to her.

Pair named healthcare scholars

May 30, 2014

Two Wapakoneta High School graduating seniors were awarded the St. Rita’s Home Healthcare Scholarship Thursday morning for their essays describing their accomplishments and plans to study in the health care field in college.

Jennifer Spradlin and Bailey Hinegardner each received $500 in scholarship money, which will be sent directly to the school of their choice by the time they arrive in the fall.

“I felt really good about myself and I was really happy I was able to get it,” Spradlin said.

May 29th

Career choices discussed at WMS

May 29, 2014

A panel of two local students and three local professionals spoke about their school and job experiences Wednesday at a career forum for seventh-graders at Wapakoneta Middle School.

Morgan Dirr, a senior and soon-to-be graduate of Wapakoneta High School, talked to students about the transition from middle to high school. Megan Hayzlett, who recently finished her freshman year at Bowling Green State University, was able to discuss the transition from high school to college.

Wapak BOE recognizes retirees

May 29, 2014

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education recognized the retirements of six teachers and accepted the employment of six other regular staff members for the 2014-15 school year during a regular board meeting Tuesday night at Wapakoneta High School.

Linda Dailey, Mark Cook, Mary Ellen Fry, Jan Schlenker, Deb Shenk and Marlene Stedke will retire from WCS at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Botkins Carousel to celebrate 50th year

May 29, 2014

BOTKINS — The Botkins Carousel will be celebrating its 50th year next week opening at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8.

The first event of the weekend festivities will be the much anticipated Carousel Queen Pageant starting a 7 p.m. on Friday, June 6 in the Junior High School Gymnasium.

May 28th

Commissioners discuss cost of jail repairs

May 28, 2014

Continued repair and funding for the Auglaize County Jail was discussed at a commissioners meeting held at the law enforcement center on Tuesday.

“We’ve expended over $58,000 on this project so far,” Commissioner Doug Spencer said, noting that they have already exceeded the $50,000 threshold for the emergency repair after a bad cast iron pipe damaged the facility’s minimum security cell block plumbing in January.

County hears tug noise concerns

May 28, 2014

The Auglaize County Commissioners heard comments Tuesday concerning the recent Tug-A-Truck event at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

“We’ve been here for 12 years. We’ve done a two-day event for the last four years,” Tug-A-Truck Co-owner Julie Gossard said.

Commissioner Doug Spencer explained the recent complaints he has heard.

Cridersville fourth-graders moving on

May 28, 2014

CRIDERSVILLE — Sixty-six fourth graders are headed to middle school.

In a special recognition program last night, the fourth grade classes at Cridersville Elementary were honored for their work in safety patrol, academia and citizenship.

D.A.R.E Officer Sam Blank was on hand to lend his congratulations and advice on what to expect next year at Wapakoneta Middle School.

May 27th

W-G board honors class of 2014

May 27, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduated 37 seniors Sunday afternoon.

School principal T.J. Winkler introduced the class and welcomed family and friends to the ceremony.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation, Superintendent Chris Pfister announced the Distinguished Alumni award, which was given posthumously to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was killed in action on July 16, 2013, in Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade. He was 25 years old.

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