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April 1st, 2013

Hunting for eggs

April 1, 2013

ST. JOHNS — Twenty lucky kids spent the afternoon picking up Easter eggs at St. Johns United Methodist Church.

With only 20 children showing up to scamper around the grounds to pick up 1,000 eggs, the numbers divided out for each children collecting many eggs,  looking for extra bags, baskets, or whatever else they could find to fit them all in when their initial container quickly filled.

Grant programs crowd agenda

April 1, 2013

While Wapakoneta City Council members are preparing to hear the second reading of an ordinance applying for $500,000 for a third round of federal grant money for Safe Routes to Schools, councilors will hear the first reading of an ordinance to proceed with plans for the second round of Safe Routes to Schools funds.

‘No Roof’ to be left behind

April 1, 2013

Frost Roofing Inc. in Wapakoneta will give a completely new roof to a lucky winner.

Frost Roofing Inc. owners J.J. and Sarah Smithey recently announced they will participate in the No Roof Left Behind program, in which a homeowner will be selected to have their roof done for free.

“We had been searching for a way to give back to the community,” Sarah Smithey said. “This way, we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Jesus’ life cut too short

April 1, 2013

Before the Rev. Becky Sunday spoke on the topic, “He was cut off…” she read a few words from the Passion.
This chapter in the book of John talks about the events leading up to Christ’s death and resurrection.
“Jesus said ‘I am thirsty,’” Sunday read during the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association Good Friday Lenten worship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. “So sour wine was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it up to Jesus’ lips.”

Local girls’ artwork selected for state honor

April 1, 2013

A love for art and creativity in completing projects, led two Cridersville Elementary girls to have their artwork selected for a state exhibit.
Kindergartener Nevaeh White and fourth-grader Sierra Sutton both had artwork chosen to be exhibited in the 2013 Ohio Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Exhibition. The exhibit represents Ohio art students in kindergarten through eighth grades and was on display at the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) building, at 275 E. Broad St., Columbus, throughout March.

Planet walker

April 1, 2013

A group of college students spent time in Wapakoneta this past week — hoping to visit a few local landmarks as they walked from Russell’s Point to the Indiana state line.

Their plans were interrupted Monday by a spring snowstorm which blanketed the area with more than half-foot of snow. With the day off, they walked from their cabins at the KOA to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and a local restaurant before returning to their cabins.

March 29th

Talks continue

March 29, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — Discussions continue among an area village’s elected officials as they talk about possibly raising water and sewer rates — but one thing is for sure, something needs to be done.

Cridersville Village Council members and Mayor Lorali Myers met during a special Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Thursday to discuss the inevitability of increasing water and sewer rates on village residents and businesses.

“Unfortunately, we are in a position that we will have to do something,” Councilor Stacey Cook said.

Wapak schools plan waiver day for safety training

March 29, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools administrators elected to use a special waiver day granted by the state to train staff on school safety.

Students are not to attend school on Friday, May 17, so staff throughout the district may receive updated training with the Wapakoneta Police Department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the waiver day was approved by the Ohio Department of Education, it counts as a day students are in session. They were originally scheduled to attend class that day.

Jobless rate for February has decreased in county

March 29, 2013

After edging up to start the year, the unemployment rate for Auglaize County in February decreased.

In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, a decrease from 6.2 percent in January. Last year, the unemployment rate sat at 6.8 percent.

March 28th

One principal to retire, one renewed

March 28, 2013

One elementary principal publicly announced his retirement, while another’s contract was extended three years during a meeting this week of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education.

Cridersville Elementary School Principal Dave Tester’s retirement, scheduled for June 30, was approved Tuesday by board members.

Tester said after 32 years teaching and serving as principal, he felt it was time to move on to something else.

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