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October 5th, 2012
WAYNESFIELD â€” Soccer may be known as the international sport, but football done American style also has an international attraction.
Enough of a draw, in fact, that it was the single-most determining factor in what persuaded Ular Tiitma to come to the United States as a foreign exchange student from the small European nation of Estonia.
â€śWe had two clubs in Estonia,â€ť Tiitma said. â€śI played for one of them. That is the main reason I came here. To play football.â€ť
A local, who was born and raised in Wapakoneta, has been honored to join a special committee â€” one of which only a select few from across the country are apart of.
Chad Metzger, financial adviser for Edward Jones, in Wapakoneta, is the newest board member of the Alumni Advisory Council at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
â€śI canâ€™t wait,â€ť Metzger said this week as he prepares for his first board meeting this month. â€śThis is an exciting opportunity. An opportunity that I never thought Iâ€™d get. I want to make the most of it.â€ť
A local business partnered with local artists to spruce up their dining room.
Lucky Steer owner Stefanie Holtz recently renovated her restaurant and wanted to add a local, artistic touch, so she called Wapakonetaâ€™s Riverside Art Center for their guidance.
â€śI like to do business with local merchants,â€ť Holtz said.
So she talked to Riverside Arts Center Gallery Director Anna Fisher and presented her and her husband, Ron, with the idea of incorporating stained glass windows inside the restaurant to separate the staff from the dining area.
The Auglaize County commissioners plan to review a policy for pager pay for Auglaize County Department of Jobs and Family Services (ACDJFS) workers after a discrepancy was pointed out and discussed Thursday during a meeting between county officials.
Currently, the commissioners allow for the ACDJFS to set their own policy in regards to defining holiday pay. The policy defines overtime pay as being “at a rate of one and a half times the amount worked or on a holiday two times the hours worked.”
The Wapakoneta Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day again was a big success, a club officer says, as the club served approximately 1,800 people between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.
The club presold approximately 600 tickets, and many more at the door as the day went on, Rotary Club Past President and Event Chair Sheena Behr said.
“We had a lot of walk-ins,” Behr said. “We also delivered to many businesses who called and ordered.”
A Wapakoneta resident serving his country in the Middle East says he has a strong feeling of accomplishment after returning last week from northern Afghanistan.
“We were given a job and we did it,” 1st Lt. Lyle Williams said. “Personally I felt we did a good job serving our country. It felt good to do the job we were given. It gives you a strong sense of accomplishment.”
Wapakoneta Police Department officers are investigating a call reporting a a threatening comment made by a 15-year-old student to another student while being transported home Wednesday on a school bus.
A call came in at 4:10 p.m. reporting the student had harassed another student According to the report, High School Principal Aaron Rex had already made contact with the student and his parents and had addressed the situation.
Needing a universal interpretation of one clause in a proposed amendment to the city curfew law is desired before a Wapakoneta City Council committee will place its stamp of approval on the necessary changes.
Wapakoneta Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and his committee members, 2nd Ward Councilor Dan Lee and Councilor-at-large Steve Walter, want the city administrators, police officers and the juveniles judges to interpret “having care and custody” of a non-adult to have the same meaning to each of the respective parties.
A midday rain Wednesday did not stop local student from learning valuable lessons during the International Walk to School Day — which are keeping safe and staying healthy.
The Wapakoneta Middle School students participated in a International Walk to School Day in the gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon. The students were supposed to take a lap around Harmon Field, but the rain moved them inside. Despite the move, the students still listened to an array of speakers.
Several candidates explained their stances Tuesday on local and state issues for the upcoming election at a Meet the Candidates Luncheon hosted by the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ohio Board of Education District 1 candidate Ann Jacobs and Ohio 82nd District state representative candidates, Pete Schlegel and Tony Burkley, made abbreviated remarks about their plans if they are elected and their qualifications for the posts.
Two local officials also addressed issues area residents will have the opportunity to vote on.