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November 1st, 2011
The thought of entering public service as an elected official crossed his mind years ago when a Wapakoneta man was in high school and again in college when he was studying political science.
Earlier this year he decided to act on it.
On Nov. 8, Chad Doll should be elected the cityâ€™s 4th Ward representative on Wapakoneta City Council. He, like the other six members of council, is running unopposed for the council seat. His post was vacated by Dan Graf, who is running for an at-large seat.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Incumbent Jodi Hennon is facing opposition from Tim Doty for her seat for Goshen Township fiscal officer in the Nov. 8 general election.
Efficiency with duties and with tax dollars was the key for both candidates as the township faces state cuts to its already tiny budget.
Doty, 57, 13245 McBeth Road, Wapakoneta, has lived in the township for 22 years. He and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children. He has not held any elected offices, but
Doty said he has volunteered for township for five years and said that helped him decide to run.
The Cridersville Village Council president says it is crucial that a renewal levy passes since local government funding from the state is being cut in 2012 for the village.
A 2-mill property tax levy appears on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. This renewal levy helps fund operating expenses paid from the villageâ€™s General Fund.
â€śThe local government funding is being cut for the upcoming year,â€ť Cridersville Village Council President Eric West said. â€śPassing of this levy is quite crucial. It is critical for the village that the levy is passed.â€ť
By staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins football team is in the state playoffs.
Wapakoneta City Schools administrators met today with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officials, who decided the football team is still eligible to play. The student-athlete found in violation of the rule is still ineligible.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said school officials met with OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross and his assistant commissioners at their office in Columbus.
Zombies once again invaded downtown Wapakoneta this past weekend.
The KAPOW (Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta) Club hosted their second â€śDARE To Be A Zombie Walkâ€ť on Saturday, with all the proceeds benefitting the Auglaize County DARE Program.
Approximately 70 creatively dressed zombies of all ages roamed around downtown Wapakoneta to haunted music, playing on the downtown sound system, as spectators watched and took pictures.
Three thefts â€” two at Bellefontaine Street businesses and one on Lima Street â€” were reported last week.
Gretchen Hager, who works for Radio Shack, reported to Wapakoneta Police Department officers the theft of a PlayStation game controller valued at $29.99 from the business. The theft occurred between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the store located at 1252 Bellefontaine St.
The theft would be a first-degree misdemeanor.
Two suspects are believed to be involved in the theft.
A Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grader says she enjoys all aspects of schools.
Thirteen-year-old Cassidy Hughes enjoys the social time with her friends and also the academic part and being challenged in her classes.
â€śI like everything about school,â€ť Cassidy said. â€śI like hanging out with my friends and Iâ€™m interested in learning.â€ť
Cassidy said she enjoys many subjects, including language arts, science and social studies.
â€śI like to read and writing,â€ť the student said. â€śI read a lot.â€ť
When asked what her favorite book was, Cassidy could not pin-point just one.
Two years of road reconstruction factored into a decision by one business owner to relocate, while other business owners along East Auglaize Street have decided to stay the course.
Deb Kiser, who started New Beginnings Decorating with her sisters, Jennifer Hixenbaugh and Darlene McElroy, and then purchased D. Lynn Moon Florist, said several issued factored into their decision to relocate the combined business from the intersection of Auglaize and Water streets to downtown Wapakoneta.
A coordinator for a local non-profit agency recently received an award for his hard work.
Anthony Wells, employment and training coordinator for Experience Works, in Wapakoneta, earned national recognition for service to older workers.
Wells recently received the organizationâ€™s 2011 Changing Lives Awards, which brings recognition to his efforts to help low income older workers obtain training they need to find jobs in their communities.
â€śIt made me feel really good,â€ť Wells said. â€śI never expected it. Itâ€™s good to be recognized as someone helping to change lives.â€ť
The majority of East Auglaize Street residents interviewed by the Wapakoneta Daily News backed the massive road reconstruction and beautification project scheduled for 2013.
While some residents did express some reluctance about losing some of the trees as part of the overall street project, all but one of the 10 residents contacted between the 300 and 600 blocks on East Auglaize declared their approval of the project.
â€śIt stinks to lose the trees for shade,â€ť said Paul Keith, who lives at 601 E. Auglaize St, â€śbut every thing needs updated from time to time.â€ť