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May 3rd, 2013

EMAs plan for disasters at events

May 3, 2013

In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is asking that emergency responders statewide submit information on events planned in their jurisdictions.

“Everyone is kind of on edge again,” said Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee. “Everyone’s sense of awareness is highly elevated.”

Phone line problems *with updates*

May 3, 2013

The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office is having intermittent phone outages on regular and 911 lines. Administrators have no estimated time when the lines will be fixed.

Sheriff Al Solomon would like to apologize for any inconvenience and would like to request your patience during this problem.

A representative at TSC in Wapakoneta said problems with phone lines earlier today were due to a switch. The problem has since been corrected. Problem were experienced throughout the county at other businesses and residents as well as the sheriff's department.

Dress code enforcement raises issues with students and parents

May 3, 2013

The decision by Wapakoneta High School administrators to enforce the dress code now that warmer weather — and less clothing — has set in has been met with some students and parents saying they should have been better warned.

Summer Griner was sent home from school Wednesday by school administrators after telling the sophomore her athletic shorts were too short and did not have pockets. She changed and returned to class.

Locals gather for prayer

May 3, 2013

The community gathered Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta for one reason — to pray.

National Day of Prayer was celebrated nationwide Thursday afternoon, and the community of Wapakoneta joined in with their own prayer service that honored everyone in the community, from government officials to military and education personnel to families.

“I came because I believe in the cause,” said Darcy DeLeon, who is a minister at Wapakoneta Community Worship Center and the chaplain at Mercy Unlimited.

New man to serve

May 3, 2013

BOTKINS — A Botkins resident said the opening on village council was the perfect opportunity to do something he had always wanted to do.

“I wanted to be more active in the community,” Lance Symonds said. “This was something I was looking for.”

Botkins Village Council members unanimously elected Symonds to fill the opening on council at Tuesday’s meeting. The spot came open March 26 after Tammy Granger was hired as village treasurer.

May 2nd

EMA to develop plan for handling exotic animals

May 2, 2013

Emergency Management agencies throughout the state are being charged with creating plans to handle exotic animals.

Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said state officials are  requiring such plans be made after more than 50 exotic animals escaped from a farm near Zanesville in October 2011.

Forty-nine of the animals, including tigers, lions, black bears, mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves and a baboon, were killed when law enforcement responded. Six animals, a grizzly bear, leopards and monkeys, were captured alive.

Idea denied

May 2, 2013

Wapakoneta city officials rejected a proposal to convert the city’s fleet of vehicle to natural gas.

Wapakoneta City Council Utilities Committee members declined to give a favorable recommendation on a written proposal by Dennis Black with King Clean Energy LLC, of Tipp City, who provided documents showing the city would save thousands of dollars switching the city’s vehicles to natural gas from gasoline.

May 1st

Cultural lessons: Flat Stanleys’ adventures teach students

May 1, 2013

Gummy bears and Euro coins came back with one Flat Stanley after a trip to Germany.

Instead of returning with tourist photos, this Flat Stanley brought a PowerPoint of all the places he visited to share with the class. He also was dressed in a handmade traditional German outfit.

Other Flat Stanleys sent out by second-graders in Diane Sammons’ class at Wapakoneta Elementary School visited California, Florida, and other states, as well as cities throughout Ohio.

Time to talk: Arming school personnel should be discussed now

May 1, 2013

An Ohio school plan risk manager says now is the time for everyone involved to start a serious discussion on the topic of authorizing school employees to possess weapons on school property.

“Research shows that people that take a proactive approach survive more often,” Travis Thompson told approximately 30 people who attended a forum at Wapakoneta High School. “Nothing will get done if we have our head in the sand.”

Twice the heart: Girl surviving after heart transplants

May 1, 2013

CELINA — Students are raising money to help pay for a classmate’s heart transplant with a 5K called “Find the Beat Again” at Wright State University (WSU) Lake Campus at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Friends of WSU student Rachel Doseck planned the event to help her in some way after an extended illness caused her body to reject her initial heart transplant.

Doseck, who had a heart transplant 11 years ago, received a second heart on Jan.10.

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