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October 5th, 2012

Holiday triple time pay to be reviewed

October 5, 2012

The Auglaize County commissioners plan to review a policy for pager pay for Auglaize County Department of Jobs and Family Services (ACDJFS) workers after a discrepancy was pointed out and discussed Thursday  during a meeting between county officials.

Currently, the commissioners allow for the ACDJFS to set their own policy in regards to defining holiday pay. The policy defines overtime pay as being “at a rate of one and a half times the amount worked or on a holiday two times the hours worked.”

Flipping flap jacks

October 5, 2012

The Wapakoneta Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day again was a big success, a club officer says, as the club served approximately 1,800 people between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.

The club presold approximately 600 tickets, and many more at the door as the day went on, Rotary Club Past President and Event Chair Sheena Behr said.

“We had a lot of walk-ins,” Behr said. “We also delivered to many businesses who called and ordered.”

Veteran returns home

October 5, 2012

A Wapakoneta resident serving his country in the Middle East says he has a strong feeling of accomplishment after returning last week from northern Afghanistan.

“We were given a job and we did it,” 1st Lt. Lyle Williams said. “Personally I felt we did a good job serving our country. It felt good to do the job we were given. It gives you a strong sense of accomplishment.”

October 4th

Alleged threat prompts rumors, minor concern at school

October 4, 2012

Wapakoneta Police Department officers are investigating a call reporting a a threatening comment made by a 15-year-old student to another student while being transported home Wednesday on a school bus.

A call came in at 4:10 p.m. reporting the student had harassed another student According to the report, High School Principal Aaron Rex had already made contact with the student and his parents and had addressed the situation.

Legislators want all on same page

October 4, 2012

Needing a universal interpretation of one clause in a proposed amendment to the city curfew law is desired before a Wapakoneta City Council committee will place its stamp of approval on the necessary changes.

Wapakoneta Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and his committee members, 2nd Ward Councilor Dan Lee and Councilor-at-large Steve Walter, want the city administrators, police officers and the juveniles judges to interpret “having care and custody” of a non-adult to have the same meaning to each of the respective parties.

Students learn about safety, health of activity

October 4, 2012

A midday rain Wednesday did not stop local student from learning valuable lessons during the International Walk to School Day — which are keeping safe and staying healthy.

The Wapakoneta Middle School students participated in a International Walk to School Day in the gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon. The students were supposed to take a lap around Harmon Field, but the rain moved them inside. Despite the move, the students still listened to an array of speakers.

October 3rd

Election primer

October 3, 2012

Several candidates explained their stances Tuesday on local and state issues for the upcoming election at a Meet the Candidates Luncheon hosted by the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ohio Board of Education District 1 candidate Ann Jacobs and Ohio 82nd District state representative candidates, Pete Schlegel and Tony Burkley, made abbreviated remarks about their plans if they are elected and their qualifications for the posts.

Two local officials also addressed issues area residents will have the opportunity to vote on.

Board trims expenses to meet income

October 3, 2012

BOTKINS — Botkins Board of Education members reviewed a detailed list of materials for building the new school and items and furnishings that will be housed in the building.

The report was detailed to the point of listing every staple, screw and other materials that will be used and their cost to the school district.

Botkins Board of Education President Jack Koenig  called for Tuesday’s special board meeting to for a detailed review of the list as the deadline for specifications approaches.

Dracula fright

October 3, 2012

With Halloween comes scary creatures. Perhaps there is not one that is more scary than or more popular as a Halloween costume than Count Dracula.

Count Dracula is the central character in Irish novelist Bram Stoker’s horror story, “Dracula,” published in 1897.

October 2nd

Budget push: Councilors want to craft 2013 budget

October 2, 2012

With a tight city budget already in 2012, Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members and the mayor favor an earlier start on the budget process for 2013.

Wapakoneta 3rd Ward Councilor and Finance Committee Chair Bonnie Wurst says she intends to contact City Auditor Gail Walter about having spreadsheets showing expenses for the first nine months this year so they can extrapolate year-end totals and start the budget process for next year.

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