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January 20th, 2012
ST. MARYS — As of Thursday morning, the United Way of Auglaize County raised $285,000 for its 2011 campaign, just $15,000 shy of its $300,000 goal — and a few phone calls to two Wapakoneta businesses made a big difference.
“This morning, (United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director) Randy (Fisher) and I were on the telephone, and at one point, I thought he was going to come through the telephone line to get a high five,” Campaign Chair Rex Katterheinrich said at the fourth annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon.
Three middle school students came together, voiced their opinion in a professional manner and instituted a change on behalf of their fellow peers.
Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grade students Adam and Alex Walter and Nolan Benny became the spokesmen for their school as they voiced their concerns over their school lunch menu — involving sweet potato fries.
“When we first had the sweet potato fries, we saw no one was eating them,” Benny said. “People were throwing them away and it was wasted.”
Changes made this week to contracts offered to Wapakoneta City Schools teachers by the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education negotiating team were enough for the two sides to reach an agreement.
Wapakoneta Education Associaiton (WEA) members voted Thursday night to accept a conceptual agreement reached between the teachers union and school board representatives on Wednesday during a three-hour meeting in Dayton with Steve Anderson, the federal mediator overseeing the case.
BUCKLAND — A possible wind farm project, which would generate nearly five times the electricity used by the city of Wapakoneta, should be less intrusive than people might believe, a representative of an international renewable power company says.
While the project may not create a lot of jobs, he says it could create some windfall for townships and schools.
A disagreement over the Auglaize County Treasurer’s Office salary line item will be revisited again as no resolution was made Thursday when the treasurer and commissioners met to discuss the issue.
Auglaize County Sheriffâs Office law enforcement officers are investigating a burglary that took place at about 3:03 a.m. this morning in Buckland after law enforcement officers were alerted to a possible crime by a passer-by.
Information available at press time said that a suspect had broken into Trupointe Cooperative Inc., 101 N. Main St..
Deputies responded to the agricultural complex along with Wapakoneta police Lt. Joe Welker and the K-9 and troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA) and the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education may be closer to reaching a contract agreement after a non-binding meeting Wednesday with the federal mediator overseeing their case.
“Informal discussion has led to a conceptual agreement that may lead to a resolution,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner told the Wapakoneta Daily News this morning.
On the last two Saturdays of January the Auglaize County dog warden is hosting last chance dog tag sale events.
The first is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wapakoneta Police Department, and the second is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at Dogs-R-Us Styling Boutique and Barkery, in St. Marys.
State law requires that all dogs, 3-months-old and older, have a dog tag from the county where they reside.
Four Wapakoneta teenagers had the opportunity to showcase their talent on the big stage and took it.
Four Wapakoneta High School band members participated in the 2012 Ohio Music Educators Association’s District 3 High School Honors Festival at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, in Van Wert, on Sunday.
Wapakoneta High School students Mutsuo Sasaki, Kimberly Kohler, Antonio Anderson and Julia Pepple were among a large number of area high school musicians who were selected to perform at this prestigious event.
The “Finkelmeier Plan” remained intact.
The plan now faces the scrutiny of Wapakoneta Law Director Dennis Faller and of Wapakoneta City Council ad hoc committee members comparing the plan to other municipalities who have enacted similar legislation.
During a meeting held Tuesday at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building, Term of Office Ad Hoc Committee members started vetting the “Finkelmeier plan” regarding staggering and extending terms of city elected officials.