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March 4th, 2013
The mayor of Wapakoneta intends to review rules for seating members on two commissions to expand the net from which to entice members as well as to take advantage of the expertise of individuals in the region.
Mayor Rodney Metz said he needs to fill one position each on two commissions — one on Wapakoneta City Waste Minimization Commission and one on the Wapakoneta City Tree Commission — but he wants to do some research before he submits names to serve.
A local school employee is retiring from a place where she not only spent her career, but where she also spent her high school years.
Diane Schlosser retired from her duties as a cafeteria monitor and food service employee from the Wapakoneta Middle School at the end of February, but she will still be coming back to the building as she continues her duties as the administrative assistant for the Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA).
The reigning spelling bee champion is gearing up for a regional competition this month, but in the meantime she has been studying.
Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grader Loren Hire, who napped the top spot at the school’s annual spelling bee, moves on to compete in the regional contest on March 23 in Lima.
“The school gave me a spelling packet, and it tells of different origins of words,” Hire said of a list of words she has been studying to prepare for the competition.
The Goodwill store in Wapakoneta officially opened its doors this week.
The Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami County had been working on the store opening since mid-2012.
District Manager Gene Motycka said the company was more than happy to locate in Wapakoneta, and that feedback has been extremely positive the first week.
“As you can see, it is a large store,” Motycka said. “We have a showroom that is about 6,700-square foot and a back room where we do processing that is about 4,200-square foot.
One young woman spent her 21st birthday — not celebrating with friends and family — in a hospital waiting on a heart transplant.
Botkins resident Rachel Doseck recently underwent a second heart transplant in January — and is now on the road to recovery.
Doseck had to be rushed to the Cleveland Clinic at the beginning of January after she became ill, and then she had to stay there more than a month after she received a heart transplant.
ST. MARYS — Local volunteer, attorney and community advocate Jack Kuffner died Thursday, leaving behind family, fellow parishoners, Kiwanis and colleagues with memories of the ways he impacted the community.
As a lawyer, local attorney Kraig Noble said that Kuffner was highly respected in the local law community. As an assistant prosecutor, prosecutor and judge in the county court, Noble said he had high standards.
“Everyone knew you could trust Jack’s word,” Noble said. “If he said he’d do something, he’d do it.”
Fourteen bridges, costing an estimated $829,921, are slated for replacement this year in Auglaize County.
The projects are to be completed based on when easements can be maintained and utilities cleared, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.
This year’s schedule includes more smaller projects, because it is what they can afford with less revenue, the county engineer said. The investment for most of this year’s projects is just concrete and steel.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle Paul Eisert will have to face as he starts his new venture will be the jokes about law enforcement and donuts.
All jokes aside, the long-time Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his wife, Kathy Eisert, have purchased the building at 20 W. Auglaize St., that houses City Bakery. Eisert said he and his wife plan the donut shop much like area customers have grown accustomed to through the years.
Eisert said they plan to keep all of the old favorites that people have grown accustomed to at the bakery.
Historians from across the state will soon be gathering in Wapakoneta.
The Auglaize County Historical Society is hosting a regional conference, aimed at bringing together historians from across Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 16 at St. Joseph Church Parish Life Center.
The theme for the conference is “Connecting Treasured Pasts & Bright Futures.”
A nearly 3 1/2-hour standoff at the Western Suite Inn in Wapakoneta ended peacefully at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday when two men wanted on warrants out of Logan County surrendered to local law enforcement.
Officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) and Hostage Negotiation Team managed to talk the two men — one wanted on a charge of burglary and the second on a charge of domestic violence — to surrender without incident.