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May 9th, 2013

Mother inspires daughter

May 9, 2013

A Wapakoneta High School senior had a hard time narrowing down an essay nominating her mother for “Mother of the Year” — as she has done so much for her throughout her 18 years.

When Jocelyn Campbell nominated her mother, Tami Campbell, for “Mother of the Year,” a contest sponsored by the Wapakoneta Daily News, she never expected her essay to be chosen as the winner.

“I was really shocked,” Jocelyn said. “I just started thinking about things, and I had a hard time narrowing it down to the limit.”

Record first step

May 9, 2013

In an attempt to improve local government transparency, an effort is underway to investigate the feasibility to record Wapakoneta City Council meetings and to air them on local television outlets and computer websites.

Council’s Communications and Rules Committee members agreed improving transparency of government actions and decisions prompted the hour-long meeting to investigate possible options to video record meetings.

STOP Act seeks to halt drug abuse

May 9, 2013

With more Ohioans in recent years dying from accidental prescription drug overdoses than automobile mishaps, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown plans to re-introduce a bill Wednesday to combat prescription drug abuse and to target “doctor shopping and pharmacy hopping.”

The bill — Stop Trafficking of Pills (STOP) Act — would crack down on the fraudulent use of Medicaid cards to obtain and fill prescriptions for addictive pain medications.

May 8th

Fire levy fails

May 8, 2013

BUCKLAND — Buckland village residents let out a resounding “no,” as unofficial election results showed that a 4-mill fire and rescue levy was defeated by a 45-17 margin.

Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert said he was surprised and disappointed in the vote.

“I honestly thought the people would support it since it was for fire and rescue,” Lambert said. “I didn’t expect it to be defeated.”

The defeat marked the second consecutive election that a fire levy in the village went down in defeat.

Apollo bond, levy passes

May 8, 2013

The Apollo Career Center will have the funds to improve and expand the facility as voters passed a bond and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) money.

Voters in Allen and Auglaize counties provided the winning margins Tuesday to pass a 0.31-mill bond levy to raise $11.64 million to be repaid over the next 30 years to expand the school buildings and 0.19-mill property levy to improve, enlarge and rebuild existing classroom. The total cost is $2.56 per month on a $100,000 property.

The school will receive $23 million from OSFC.

Apollo bond, levy passes

May 8, 2013

The Apollo Career Center will have the funds to improve and expand the facility as voters passed a bond and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) money.

Voters in Allen and Auglaize counties provided the winning margins Tuesday to pass a 0.31-mill bond levy to raise $11.64 million to be repaid over the next 30 years to expand the school buildings and 0.19-mill property levy to improve, enlarge and rebuild existing classroom. The total cost is $2.56 per month on a $100,000 property.

The school will receive $23 million from OSFC.

W-G School levy approved

May 8, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen School District voters approved the renewal of a 4.9-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on Tuesday by a 248 to 136 vote.

“We really appreciate the community’s support,” Superintendent. Chris Pfister said. “The community has always been supportive of the school.”

May 7th

Silva cell street

May 7, 2013

At the request of a city resident, Wapakoneta city administrators plan to investigate the cost of planting larger trees the entire length of the East Auglaize Street reconstruction project.

City revenue on the rise

May 7, 2013

Wapakoneta’s mayor says he is encouraged by the latest city income tax revenue report, but he is aware those numbers fluctuate thro-ughout the year.

He also voiced concerned that employment numbers in the region may be causing problems for local industries to find qualified workers, which if they could reach full employment would help city income tax collections climb higher.

Through April, the city of Wapakoneta collected $940,490 in income taxes, compared to $903,260 in 2012 and $902,383 in 2011.

Uniopolis appoints Leppla to council

May 7, 2013

UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members unanimously appointed Martin Leppla to fill an unexpired council seat at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Leppla, 59, who has been a resident of the village for about 25 years, said he thinks he can be a benefit to the community.

“I will be on the Street Committee, so I feel I can help out there,” Leppla said.

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