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May 3rd, 2013

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.

April 30th

Seeking levy passage

April 30, 2013

For $2.56 per month per household, an Apollo Career Center administrator says the staff can better be able to fulfill the school’s mission of teaching students, young and adult, the skills they will need for the rest of their lives.

Day of Prayer goal to gather locals

April 30, 2013

The community will be gathering together this week to celebrate a national event locally.

The National Day of Prayer is set to start at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.

The Rev. Mark Bauer, of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said the national event is celebrated annual in Wapakoneta and the goal is to bring the community together in prayer.

Students to present Bully Busters program

April 30, 2013

BOTKINS — Three Botkins Elementary School students have decided to tackle the problem of bullying through a statewide program.

Sixth-graders Grace McCafferty, Nicholas Fischio, and Sarah Klaus have formed the Bully Busters as part of Ohio’s Youth For Justice, a program of the Ohio Center of Law-Related Education. The team was responsible to identify a problem in their community, investigate the problem and find possible solutions. They also had to develop a plan of action.

April 29th

Students ask dates in creative ways

April 29, 2013

Local high school students put their creativity to the test this year, as many dates were asked in a special fashion for prom.

Wapakoneta High School senior Josh Windle wanted to ask his date to prom in a unique way because she has never been to prom before — as her country does not practice the tradition.

Windle asked German exchange student Cathrine Thams during a class they have together at the school.

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