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November 26th, 2012

Fire strikes Perry Street home

November 26, 2012

Fifteen firefighters from two fire departments responded to a blaze in Wapakoneta early Saturday morning.

Eight firefighters and two engines from the Wapakoneta Fire Department responded to 611 Perry St. at 12:17 a.m. Saturday with two EMTs in back-up. Seven firefighters from the Buckland Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aide on the fire.

Senior firefighter Eric Snapp reported the fire was confined to an upstairs bedroom. Capt. Jeff Orphal was in charge at the scene. No report on the amount of damage is known at this time.

Wapak Elementary student has passion for airplanes

November 26, 2012

A Wapakoneta Elementary School student says he is thankful for his family.

“I am thankful for my family,” kindergartener Henry Hoisington said.

His parents, Amber and Ryan, and his 3-year-old sister Brin got to eat “yummy” food on Thanksgiving Day.

The 6-year-old and his family recently moved to Wapakoneta from Kentucky.

“We moved here so we could be closer to family,” Henry said, as his grandparents are from the area. “I like this area.”

November 23rd

Black Friday, rosy outlook

November 24, 2012

If Black Friday is used as a measuring stick, local retailers will either meet or outdistance last year’s sales totals, according to reports from several stores.

Stores reported plenty of customers taking advantage of special deals on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which is largely viewed was the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Some reported normal traffic at minimum, while others thought shopping activity was up.

“We have had normal traffic with no spikes and no lows,” said a representative at Lowe’s.

Heart on sun power

November 24, 2012

One Wapakoneta city administrator pledges the city’s electric system will have a solar panel field providing power for the city’s power consumers in 2013.

“I believe in my heart we will have a 3 megawatt project on the Zink Farm providing the city’s electric system with green energy,” Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said.  “We are pretty close on finalizing our contract with Solar Planet and having it signed. This is the first time we have worked with them so we are making sure we are protected and they are protected.

Area man named to new post

November 24, 2012

An area man, who has a passion for farming and agriculture, has a new title in the field.

Ben Seibert was recently named regional credit officer of United Producers Inc. (UPI) Credit Services serving the northern and western Ohio regions. UPI Credit Services continues to offer a wide variety of livestock, crop input, operating expense, equipment, building and real estate loan products.

“I’m just excited to start a new position with a new company,” Seibert said. “I’ll be traveling and meeting new

Fellowship of the wing

November 23, 2012

For three hours Thursday, hundreds of people gathered inside the St. Joseph Parish Life Center for fellowship and traditional Thanksgiving Day fare.

This Thanksgiving Day, approximately 350 people took advantage of spending Thanksgiving Day together at the downtown Wapakoneta Catholic church — fulfilling the goal of the meal which is a community fellowship opportunity for area residents regardless of social status or income.

Trustee retires

November 23, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — Union Township Trustee Dale Miller officially announced his retirement and subsequent resignation Wednesday from the board during the Board of Trustees.

Miller submitted his retirement to the board, and the remaining two trustees, Kelly Knutzen and Steve Severt, accepted it.

Miller had been a mainstay in the township, currently finishing his 31st year on the board.

‘Coats for Kids’ begins

November 23, 2012

The seasonal barrels are back out.

They are not the orange barrels signifying the construction season, but the Coats for Kids barrels set out by the Wapakoneta High School Octagon Club to benefit the needy.

“The barrels are out and they have been out since Saturday and they will be out until Dec. 2,” Octagon co-adviser Dawn Stinebaugh said. “We will have the coats cleaned and then we will give them to Mercy Unlimited.”

November 21st

Contract awarded

November 21, 2012

A Forest city firm received the contract to clear log jams from the Auglaize River between now and April 1, 2014.    

The Joint Board of Commissioners from Allen, Auglaize and Shelby Counties unanimously awarded the contract to Rahrig Tree Co. to clear logjams and trees along a 62-mile stretch of the Auglaize River from Westminster in Allen County through Auglaize County and back through Allen County and ending at the Putnam County line.

Vote stays the same

November 21, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — The attempt to unincorporate the village of Uniopolis was officially stopped by voters as Auglaize County Election Board members certified the election results on Tuesday.

Overall, the measure was defeated by a 60-57 vote, with three undervotes. The measure failed by one vote unofficially on Election Day before provisional ballots were counted. The vote was 56-55 on Nov. 6.

However, the issue does not seem to be over yet.

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