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February 11th, 2013

Tea time for youth

February 11, 2013

Dressed in a white blouse and a purple sweater, a 7-year-old blond-haired girl shares “tea time” with her American Girl Doll, which has blond hair and blue eyes resembling her own.

Ava Gibson spent time Saturday morning drinking fruit punch, eating chocolate-covered strawberries and other small treats during an early afternoon tea with her American Girl Doll named Emma. She had already designed a charm for Charm It! bracelets and had her photograph taken before sitting down for refreshments and snacks at Casa Chic in downtown Wapakoneta.

WHS students help with homework

February 11, 2013

Leaning in closer to hear the third-grader to help the youngster ask a question, a Wapakoneta High School sophomore says he takes this role seriously.

Not so seriously that he can’t have fun with the students he is helping, though, as Morgan Howard remembers what it was like when he was the younger student receiving the help.

“I went through the program and it was fun,” Howard said. “Learning from another kid was a lot easier. I could connect with them.”

Hoel brothers are best friends

February 11, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — Looking up with the same ornery grin, brothers Jack, 7, and Joseph, 8, Hoel admit they have a lot in common.

“We both like Legos,” Joseph starts out. “And baseball,” Jack says, before Joseph continues, “and football.”

And the list goes on.

They have the same favorite video game and say it in unison, without any prior discussion — “Call of Duty Black Ops II.”

February 8th

Acres to conduct facility analysis

February 8, 2013

The findings of a facility assessment of the Auglaize Acres are expected soon to offer ideas for operational improvements.
The Plante & Moran firm was hired to conduct the assessment in January at a cost of between $12,000 and $15,000, plus reimbursable expenses.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said they have been talking about doing such a study for quite a while, with some ideas spurred on by the use of the facilities by other county offices during courthouse renovations.

Centered on weatherman

February 8, 2013

With Hurricane Sandy striking the East Coast last fall, and a blizzard slamming the East Coast Friday night and today, local students have been taking a closer look at weather in their classroom.
Fourth-grade students in Jill Briem’s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School have been studying a weather unit, and were recently visited by a local meteorologist.
Chief Meteorologist Kyle Adams, of Your Hometown Lima Stations, talked with the students about weather topics ranging from tornadoes to radars and everything in between.
Classmates John Kohler and Jewel Barber

Hite eyes budget process

February 8, 2013

An area state senator says he plans to keep a close eye on the budget process before Gov. John Kasich’s biennial budget ends up in the Senate’s chamber.
On Monday, Kasich unveiled his $63.3 billion budget with state House members getting the first crack at the measure before it is passed and sent to the Senate. Until that time, state Sen. Cliff Hite said he plans to pay close attention to the testimony and proceedings that come out of the House regarding the budget.

Choco Mania: Fourth-graders in business

February 8, 2013

What better way for fourth-graders to learn about business than getting their hands a little chocolatey?

Letting out a deep sigh as she paused just a second to push her hair back off her forehead, Olivia Woten says candy making is “way harder” than she thought it would be.

Only an hour into the morning long activity, Olivia said she had already burnt herself seven times. The rubber gloves they had to wear while they were working with confectionary treats made her hands sweaty and the melted chocolate stuck to them and was hard to get off.

Churches gear up for Lent

February 8, 2013

A local organization is gearing up for a weekly Lenten tradition.

The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) Lenten worships and lunches will begin next week on Ash Wednesday and will follow the theme, “He was … for our sins,” which is found in Isaiah 52-53.

Portman fights trafficking

February 8, 2013

To help battle the scourge of sex trafficking of children, a U.S. legislator proposed an amendment which has bipartisan support to make these victims eligible for grants to receive counseling, medical attention, legal representation and other services.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio,

February 7th

Saturday mail delivery halted

February 7, 2013

While the broader effects of an announcement by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have yet to made public, USPS officials issued a news release Wednesday stating that Saturday would be eliminated from the mail delivery schedule beginning the week of Aug. 5 to help control costs.

The move should save the USPS approximately $2 billion annually.

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