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March 18th, 2013

Man named in St. Marys shooting

March 18, 2013

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man shot by law enforcement officers Wednesday night on Derrick Street reportedly raised what later was determined to be a pellet rifle or BB gun at the officers as they responded to his residence.

Troopers continue OVI enforcement

March 18, 2013

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are continuing an ongoing effort to contribute to safer roadways with an increased focus on impaired driver enforcement.

The effort is part of the OSHP’s mantra — Trooper Shield — and the focus seems to be paying off, said a state spokeswoman for the agency.

OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said statewide in 2012, arrests of motorists operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI) increased by 3 percent and OVI-related crashes decreased by 14 percent.

Skills for a lifetime

March 18, 2013

A young Wapakoneta woman has had the opportunity to work at different types of jobs, and through this, she has learned she enjoys working with animals.

Her involvement in a county transition program helped her to discover this passion.

Sharon Temple is a student in the Auglaize County Transition MD (Multiple Disabilities) program and she started the program after she graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2011. This transition unit is through the Auglaize County Educational Services Center (ACESC).

Patriots group host screening on fracking

March 18, 2013

Approximately 40 people Saturday watched a screening of “FrackNation,” a movie aimed at investigating documented problems with fracking, a way to extract natural gas from shale rock.

The Auglaize County Patriots hosted a screening of “FrackNation” at the Wapa Theatre to provide information on the fracking process, which is being used in northeast Ohio to extract natural gas.

Singsation Showdown

March 18, 2013

Assistant Managing Editor
Show choirs coming from as far away as Indiana, West Virginia and Alabama are taking to the stage of the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center as part of an annual competition.
Eleven schools plan to attend the event with several bringing multiple groups. Performances are scheduled every half hour beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 23. Wapakoneta’s Singsation, which is hosting the event, is slated to close out the day with a performance at 11:30 p.m., following the six finalists at the end of the night in the Performing Arts Center.
Everyone is invited to attend.

Living by the rules

March 18, 2013

Staff Writer
CRIDERSVILLE — The Cridersville police chief recently addressed Cridersville Village Council members about possibly moving outside the village, but councilors have yet to issue a formal decision on the request.
Some say they may not be able to issue any restrictions since an Ohio Supreme Court interpreted the law and declared municipalities cannot restrict police officers and firefighters from living anywhere less than in the county where the municipality exists or in an adjacent county.

Road work to start

March 18, 2013

Managing Editor
Preliminary construction work is slated to start Monday on East Auglaize Street, a city administrator says, with work crews scheduled to start on the full-depth street reconstruction of the city roadway on March 25.
Wapakoneta Engineering Department Superintendent Mary Ruck released a detour map for motorists to follow as the $2.33 million project is divided into two phases.

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.

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