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February 3rd, 2013

Frigid temps bring risks

February 3, 2013

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
With the temperatures making a sudden change from record highs to single-digit lows in a matter of days this time of year, a local safety official says it is imperative to be careful about being exposed to prolong cold temperatures.
Not only can the cold weather can cause hypothermia, but frostbite is something to be cautious about.
“I recommend, as a safety precaution, to go out in the cold with someone, so if you have some type of problem, you can call for help and get aid,” Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said.

Kids learning to teach

February 3, 2013

Assistant Managing Editor
Working with students as they complete a watercolor project, a senior at Wapakoneta High School learns what it would be like to teach in a multiple disabilities classroom.
Courtney Fisher began volunteering in classrooms at Wapakoneta Elementary School her sophomore year and has continued ever since, including during the senior instructional leadership class she is taking now.
While she typically spends her time in a first-grade classroom, part of the requirements of the class are volunteering in a special education classroom, too.

February 1st

Principal moves on

February 1, 2013

Surveying what remained in his office, Wapakoneta High School Principal Aaron Rex prepared for his last day today.

Some of the Wapakoneta items he had collected through his 16 years at the school he planned to leave with others, but some he would take with him when he left.

“Over the years I have accumulated a lot of Redskins stuff,” Rex said.

Jerseys, certain clothing items, a football helmet and a Redskins clay pot made by the art teacher all will find their way to Rex’s home in Archbold.

Zuppardo voted council president for 2013

February 1, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — The village of Cridersville has a new president taking over the helm of village council meetings this year.

Councilor Tony Zuppardo was nominated president for 2013 for the Cridersville Village Council, and councilors approved the appointment Thursday during a special council meeting.

Eric West served as the former council president.

Assistant principal named to finish year

February 1, 2013

By KAREN KANTNER

Assistant Managing Editor

An assistant principal has been named to join the Wapakoneta High School staff for the remainder of the school year.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner announced this week Will Snyder, a Wapakoneta Middle School math and science teacher with the district since 2007, is to serve in the position alongside new principal Scott Minnig, who Horner appointed upon Rex’s resignation.

2-hour delay

February 1, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools is delayed two hours today, Friday, Feb. 1 due to the cold temperatures.

January 31st

Director of instruction retires

January 31, 2013

Throughout her career, Julie Miars Golden says she always knew she would know when it was time to move on.

Her decision to retire from the position of director of instruction for Wapakoneta City Schools after 12 years is one of those times.

“I always knew when I was ready to make the move,” said Miars Golden, who until her last position had changed jobs approximately ever nine years.

She said it was her intent to wrap up her 30-year education career when her children graduated from college.

Water cost change

January 31, 2013

After reviewing a water rate study for the city, Wapakoneta’s utilities consultant advises altering the water bill structure to include a base cost fee — a move a Wapakoneta City Council councilor and committee chair favors.

Campaign kick-off

January 31, 2013

“Do it one person at a time,” were the inspirational words spoken by a campaign chair during a local facility’s annual fundraiser.

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA kicked off their annual campaign on Wednesday, and chair Van Wright spoke to a room full of supporters to help with this cause.

“Our goal is to make sure the YMCA doors are open to everyone,” Wright said.

The annual support campaign helps to raise funds, as more than 10 percent of the members of the YMCA are receiving some form of financial assistance.

January 30th

Survey sought: Salary, job duties would be revisited

January 30, 2013

By 2014, the Auglaize County commissioners plan to have a new salary and wage schedule in place to help guide pay for county employees — including a suggestion to move toward pay increases based on merit and away from across the board raises.

Commissioners met recently with representatives of Clemans & Nelson, a Lima management consulting service, to discuss possibilities for conducting a salary survey of county employees’ jobs in comparison to those in other similar counties. The last time such a survey was done was 2000.

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