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February 5th, 2013

Pay raise reasons

February 5, 2013

Shifting a city employee from hourly to salary does not bother a city elected official, but the raise without an explanation does.

Wapakoneta City Council members heard the second reading of an ordinance Monday to amend job titles and salary ranges for city employees — primarily to shift the Wapakoneta WaterPark general manager from hourly to salary.

Essay helps students discover themselves

February 5, 2013

Two high school students earned the top two spots in an essay contest — a contest that helped them to find themselves.

Wapakoneta High School seniors Salon Gegel and Makenna Salsbury each wrote an essay for the “Laws of Life” contest, and won first and second place at their school, respectively.

“I wrote about smiling,” Gegel said. “Just smiling at someone can change someone’s day. It can make their day a bit brighter.”

City paid for storm costs

February 5, 2013

The city received three payments recently — all dealing with reimbursements for clean-up costs for the June 29 wind storm that caused millions of dollars in damage.

While the money is welcomed, city administrators say the money puts only a dent into the total amount spent on cleaning up the streets, fixing electrical lines and grinding up limbs and debris at the Wapakoneta Compost Facility.

February 4th

Seven arrested for trafficking in county

February 4, 2013

A Wapakoneta man was among six  Auglaize County residents as well as one Celina man arrested for trafficking in drugs, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office officials announced this morning.

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the arrests were the result of a recent investigation by the Auglaize-Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the St. Marys, Wapakoneta and Minster police departments.

‘Disaster’ forms popular band

February 4, 2013

“We Ended In Disaster” indeed sounds like a cool name for a band that straddles pop, punk and metal sounds and fits in perfectly with a genre of music known for its other nefarious group names, such as Against All Authority, the Dead Milkmen, and Gorilla Biscuits. However, in contrast to some of those famous names, the name of the local band based out of Wapakoneta came from true happenings amongst its members.

“It has inspirational meaning to us,” said Ben Gardner, 20, the lead guitarist of the band.

Seventh-grader has love for racing cars

February 4, 2013

A local seventh-grader has a passion for cars.

In his spare time, Wapakoneta Middle School student Jerry Wright can be driving his RC cars.

“I do competitions with them,” Wright said of the remote control cars. “Dad’s Toy Shop holds a ‘Fun Run’ and I go there every summer.”

Wright said at these competitions, the hobbyists drive their cars around and see whose car can jump the highest.

Wright, who has a total of five RC cars, races them outside.

February 3rd

Kasich pushes equal funding for schools

February 3, 2013

By LANCE MIHM
Staff Writer
Area superintendents, who attended a meeting Thursday in Columbus, learned of a pleasant surprise regarding school funding as the basics of a Gov. John Kasich’s overhaul plan started to be revealed.
With most area school districts administrators waiting for the state budget plan to come out in early February, attendees at the meeting for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) learned the plan will narrow tax-based disparities between richer and poorer school districts, reward innovation and expand access to vouchers.

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.

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