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February 4th, 2013

‘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.

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.

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