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May 7th, 2013
Wapakoneta’s mayor says he is encouraged by the latest city income tax revenue report, but he is aware those numbers fluctuate thro-ughout the year.
He also voiced concerned that employment numbers in the region may be causing problems for local industries to find qualified workers, which if they could reach full employment would help city income tax collections climb higher.
Through April, the city of Wapakoneta collected $940,490 in income taxes, compared to $903,260 in 2012 and $902,383 in 2011.
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members unanimously appointed Martin Leppla to fill an unexpired council seat at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Leppla, 59, who has been a resident of the village for about 25 years, said he thinks he can be a benefit to the community.
“I will be on the Street Committee, so I feel I can help out there,” Leppla said.
A federal arbitrator ruled last week to uphold a decision by Wapakoneta city administrators to demote a Wapakoneta Fire Department captain after determining the firefighter lied about talking to city councilors regarding the purchase of a new fire truck.
Former Capt. Tom Stinebaugh and his union representative claim his 1st Amendment right of free speech was violated and Stinebaugh has retained an attorney to file a federal civil suit against the city.
While one family lives in Wapakoneta, there were a few local historical sites the Hasting family had never visited.
The “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” event during the weekend encouraged them to do so.
“It sounded interesting and we get to see some local places we have never been to before,” said Susan Hasting, who visited seven of the 12 sites with her husband, Steve, and their children, Danielle, 11, and Trevor, 7.
The family made all their stops Saturday, although the sites could be visited Saturday or Sunday.
ST. MARYS — The finishing touches are being put on an event that will offer challenges for area anglers as well as a way to help improve the water quality in Grand Lake St. Marys.
The second-ever “Get the Carp Outta Here” tournament is scheduled to take place May 17-19 and will pit anglers against carp. Auglaize-Mercer County Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Donna Grube said the event is drawing interest from across the region.
While the impact seems to vary from store to store, business owners whose shops are located near the roadwork on East Auglaize Street reported their sales have been negatively affected.
The effect on business sales were described anywhere from mild to major, owners said, depending on the location of the shops in relation to the construction.
The Herb Ladies co-owner Treasa Vetrick said business has been cut as much as 50 percent since the road construction began.
WAYNESFIELD — A Waynesfield-Goshen student had an essay she wrote selected as the top in the state from among more than 200 students.
Linda-Carol Spencer, 15, a sophomore, had her essay named as the best among 15 students selected to attend the Ohio Statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest on April 25. The contest is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau’s Center for Character Ethics.
“I was so humbled to even be there,” Spencer said. “When I was named first place, well, I didn’t expect that at all.”
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.”
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.
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.