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March 18th, 2013

School delay

March 18, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools is operating on a 2-hour delay today (March 18) due to icy road conditions.

Botkins Local Schools, Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools and St. Marys City Schools also are operating on a 2-hour delay this morning.

March 15th

FFA ‘exceptional year’

March 15, 2013

On Thursday, Wapakoneta FFA members and parents, numbering more than 400, honored Wapakoneta High School students  involved in the agricultural program at the high school during the organization’s annual banquet.

Wapakoneta FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner handed out awards in a number of different categories.

“This was an exceptional year,” Brown said. “I can remember when I first started, we had 32 people in FFA. This year, we are graduating 34 seniors alone. It shows the program is growing.”

Buckland back-up

March 15, 2013

BUCKLAND — A back-up generator for the proposed wastewater treatment plant is likely to come to the village of Buckland free of charge, courtesy of the U.S. military.

Buckland Police Chief Randy Trayer informed Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert that he is permitted to use the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a government agency used for the procurement of extra military equipment including guns and equipment.  Military operations primarily use the agency, but state and local governments also are permitted to use the DLA for safety services.

Fourth-grader ‘erupts’ to top of W-G spelling bee

March 15, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Winning the school spelling bee once during an academic career would be quite an accomplishment.

Graham Knerr, 9, of Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools, says he would like to go for a clean sweep.

Knerr, a fourth-grader, knocked out 19 other students to win the Waynesfield-Goshen School spelling bee and to qualify for the regional competition to be held in Lima March 23.

He won the competition by first spelling “humility,” and then following it up by spelling “eruption” to take home the title.

March 14th

County responds to local TB case

March 14, 2013

A rare case of tuberculosis (TB) in Auglaize County is being investigated by local health officials to prevent its spread.

A man working at a Wapakoneta business was found to have contracted the disease and tests are being conducted on his co-workers and close personal contacts, Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.

She said earlier this week nurses tested 90 percent of the man’s co-workers.

“We have no results yet,” Parsons said.  “All of his family contacts have been tested, also.”

Polling locations limited to one ballot box

March 14, 2013

Each polling location in the county is expected to have just one ballot box for the May primary.

Auglaize County Elections Board members discussed the option Wednesday during their regularly scheduled board meeting.

Auglaize County Elections Director Carolyn Campbell suggested they take one ballot box to each polling place except St. Marys.

March 13th

The smoke was white!

March 13, 2013

Pope Francis hails from Argentina.

Challengers experience Zumba at YMCAs

March 13, 2013

MINSTER — After participants in the Grand Health Challenge learned about healthy food choices last month at Pantry Pride, they went on location again this month to learn about healthy fitness choices.

On Tuesday, people visited the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, Auglaize-Mercer YMCA North, in Celina, and Auglaize-Mercer YMCA South, in Minster, and participated in tours of the facilities, including the weight room, cardio room, aerobic track and the pool area, along with a YMCA employee explaining each portion of the tour in depth.

Health Commissioner’s contract renewed

March 13, 2013

The Auglaize County health commissioner’s contract was renewed for another two years during Tuesday’s meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.

“It’s virtually the same contract I have had for 10 to 12 years,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said after the meeting.

Health Board members approved the renewal after an executive session Tuesday morning.

The contract, for an approximate $85,425 annual salary, has no changes, Parsons said.

W-G BOE to refinance school bonds

March 13, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members decided to refinance several school bonds to save district taxpayers thousands of dollars and take advantage of current lending rates.

Board members decided during Monday’s meeting to begin the process to refinance several bonds from 2006 based upon the recommendation of the board’s Finance Committee, which met at 6 p.m. just prior to the board meeting. Preliminary figures are showing the district could save as much as $268,000 by taking advantage of current rates.

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