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April 11th

Mercy honors volunteers

April 11, 2014

In honor of the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, Mercy Unlimited held an appreciation luncheon Thursday at R J’s Coffey Cup to give thanks to all its volunteers, and to hand out the 2014 volunteer of the year and runner-up volunteer of the year awards. 

Barb Fuller was chosen out of 18 people to be recognized as volunteer of the year and Donna Ellinger was runner-up.

Local program focuses on youth body image

April 11, 2014

“Free Being Me,” a program dedicated to educating girls about body image and self esteem will be hosted by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in the Cridersville and Waynesfield-Goshen areas starting next week.

“We focus on the 7-10 year olds. We talk to them about how it’s not about what’s on the outside that matters most, it’s what’s on the inside,” Girl Scouts recruitment manager Jessica Crawford said. “Self esteem and building each other up and having self value.”

Mayor allays fears over easements

April 11, 2014

Easements.

To some, they are a necessary evil.

To others they are just necessary.

The issue of easements reared its ugly head at a recent city council meeting, where concerns were raised about the city’s easements for the Auglaize Street sewer project.

Suggestions were made that the city administration changed the easements for the project and that residents were getting no answers from city hall.

Internet, phone lines open at WCS after outage

April 11, 2014

Phone lines and Internet are back up and running at Wapakoneta City Schools after a power source malfunctioned Wednesday night, leaving the district without access until 9:45 a.m. Friday. 

The lack of Internet and phone access reached all four of the district's school buildings, as well as the district board office. 

April 10th

Driver in stolen vehicle crashes into bridge rail

April 10, 2014

A driver operating a stolen vehicle lost control and crashed into the northbound guardrail of the bridge while traveling southbound across North Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, at 2:39 a.m. on Wednesday.

Wapakoneta police officers responded and discovered the vehicle at the intersection of North Blackhoof and West Auglaize St.

According to the report, Bradley Drexler, 31, of Wapakoneta, was operating a 2008 Mercedes-Benz owned by Mike Swaney Buick GMC. Drexler is employed by the car dealership. The vehicle sustained disabling damage.

County preps for election

April 10, 2014

Auglaize County is still in need of poll workers for the upcoming general election on May 6.

Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox said the staff as already had to move around and shuffle people in order to get the right amount of republicans and democrats at each polling site.

Deputy Director Peggy Matheny said this year she has seen more republican poll workers cancel out on her than democratic workers, which is a blessing in disguise because usually the democratic party is not as vast as the republican party is in Auglaize County.

Church plans inaugural Eggstravaganza

April 10, 2014

The Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene will hold its first ever Community Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, featuring a black light Easter egg hunt and several other activities for children up to grade five and their families.

The church is located on the corner of Benton and Court Streets, and the event will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Senior Pastor Stephen Ambrose said the event was planned as a way to engage with members of the community.

April 9th

City recognized as top public power provider

April 9, 2014

The City of Wapakoneta was recently recognized by a national organization for its reliable electric operations.
The American Public Power Association, based in Washington, D.C., awarded the city its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation on April 7. According to a news release, the designation is given to communities for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric services.

Board sees downhill trends

April 9, 2014

During Tuesday’s Auglaize County Health Department Board of Health meeting Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons provided board members with the county health rankings report for 2014. Parsons also gave out copies of the 2010 report to help compare the trends over the past five years.

“The thing that interests me most is the trend in our county over the past five years, did we go up, did we go down?” Parsons said. “And unfortunately we’re going down in most of the areas, sometimes it’s not much.”

Supplemental contracts approved

April 9, 2014

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved the supplemental contracts for two assistant coaches and accepted the retirement of a kindergarten teacher at a regular board meeting Tuesday night at the Gardenia Board Office.

Debra Shenk, a kindergarten teacher at Cridersville Elementary School, will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Her retirement will officially go into effect on June 30.

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