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January 23rd, 2013

W’field band tops local charts

January 23, 2013

Three Waynesfield-Goshen High School students, along with the help of some graduates, have turned a family’s musical background into a band.

A year later they can claim they are even No. 1, according to one poll’s ranking.

Last winter, Joliffe Huber, 17, a junior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, was jamming with his brother-in-law, Devin Shobe, 24, in the top of the barn at Huber’s home.

Within 45 minutes, the pair had written its first song, “I’m Keeping Me.” Immediately they decided it was time to form a band.

January 22nd

Senior plan OK’d

January 22, 2013

Residents from a Wapakoneta subdivision greeted senior housing developers from Columbus with concerns regarding water running off the property and trees being cut down.

John Stock and Walt Whitmyer, developers of the proposed senior housing project, approached Wapakoneta City Council members during their meeting Monday seeking a resolution of support to gain points in an application process with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

Study to impact airport funding

January 22, 2013

A statewide survey could impact how funding is dispersed to airports throughout Ohio.

The Ohio Airports Focus Study, being conducted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), is expected to help ODOT and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) make “informed decisions” for Ohio’s 97 publicly-owned general aviation airports.

The study, which began in the fall, is being used to optimize investment in Ohio’s airport system with an eye toward safety, efficiency and economic growth, according to ODOT.

C’ville council talks 2013

January 22, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — As an area village begins a new year, they enacted some changes along with addressing a few housekeeping items for the 2013 year.

Cridersville Village Council members met on Monday for their rescheduled regular meeting, and Council President Eric West lead the meeting, as Mayor Lorali Myers was absent, due to her being out while recovering from an illness.

Councilors voted to reappoint Choice One Engineering as their village engineer. Choice One has been working with the village for several years.

School delay

January 22, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools and Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools are on a two-hour delay due to the frigid cold temperatures. Remember to bundle up children and youth for the bus stop as temperatures are in singled digits and windchills are below zero.

What is the best clothing for cold weather?
Adults and children should wear:
• a hat
• a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
• sleeves that are snug at the wrist
• mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
• water-resistant coat and shoes
• several layers of loose-fitting clothing

January 21st

Tax collections up: Wapak, St. Marys to watch cash carryover usage

January 21, 2013

The cities of Wapakoneta and St. Marys finished 2012 with the highest income tax collections either city has had in the last four years.

The city of Wapakoneta collected $2.21 million in 2012, the highest total since the city collected $2.27 in 2008. The highest total came the previous year when collections totaled $2.29 million in 2007.

Rex to leave high school

January 21, 2013

Accepting the resignation of the Wapakoneta High School principal is expected to be among action taken by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education member when it meets Tuesday.

Aaron Rex, who has served at the helm of the district’s high school for six years, is taking a position as superintendent of Archbold Area Schools.

According to the Archbold Local Schools’s website, Rex is to begin his job there Feb. 4.

City earns AMP honor

January 21, 2013

The city of Wapakoneta received a System Improvement Award this year from American Municipal Power (AMP) for its work on substations in 2011 and 2012.

The city replaced the Harrison Street and Defiance Street substations “to improve the reliability and service to customers.” The Wapakoneta Electric Department was recognized with an AMP Safety Commendation for having less than 1 percent time loss due to reportable accidents in the distribution system.

January 18th

Gun control points

January 18, 2013

While Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock understands the political motivations behind President Barack Obama’s proposed executive orders to deal with guns, he says the issue really comes down to awareness and responsibility.

Motorists reminded to watch speed

January 18, 2013

Motorists are reminded to watch their speed to prevent serious crashes on Ohio roadways.

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) officials this week warned that excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of traffic crashes.

OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said they are urging all motorists to obey posted speed limits and drive within their abilities.

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