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January 10th, 2013

Part-time teachers hired

January 10, 2013

Two part-time teachers were hired by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during an organizational meeting this week.

Nikki Barger was hired for 2.75 hours per day to teach computer literacy at Wapakoneta Middle School. Barger, who has a master’s degree, is to be paid approximately $6,690, step zero on the salary schedule.

Finance balks at wish lists for now

January 10, 2013

A wish list for additional personnel in the city fire and police departments likely will not be approved this year because of a tight budget, a Wapakoneta City Council member says, but she is willing to listen to the department chiefs’ justifications.

Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members reviewed several funds Wednesday including the Wapakoneta Police Department. Committee members discussed the Wapakoneta Fire Department budget earlier in the process during a December meeting.

January 9th

County plans training exercise

January 9, 2013

A year after a powerful wind storm hit Auglaize County, local officials are making plans for a full-scale training exercise to become better prepared should such an event strike again.

The June 29 windstorm left sections of Auglaize County without power for days and caused substantial damage, but the focus for emergency responders taking part in the training is to improve communications

Mayor gives annual address

January 9, 2013

BOTKINS — Botkins Mayor Steve Woodruff delivered a brief “State of the Village” address during Tuesday’s Botkins Village Council meeting.

Woodruff focused on three issues currently facing the village during his speech.

Germany adult trip planned

January 9, 2013

Adults will have the opportunity to visit a foreign country — a country that the roots of residents in the area may be connected.

The Wapakoneta Sister Cities program is hosting an adult trip to Germany this summer, and all who are interested in traveling may attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the small group room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.

January 8th

TSC buys MPH

January 8, 2013

Telephone Service Co. (TSC) and Middle Point Home Telephone Co. (MPH) officials announced a merger Monday as TSC purchased the stock of the Van Wert-based telephone company.

TSC acquired the company and will pay MPH shareholders cash for their shares. The deal is subject to customary terms and conditions and is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2013.    

Chairs shift at council

January 8, 2013

Matching skills and experience of Wapakoneta City Council members to the issues facing the city, the council president made minor adjustments to his committee assignments for 2013.

Wapakoneta Council President Steve Henderson, who typically does not change assignments in the middle of his term, announced he will have Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. chair the Utilities Committee and appointed new Councilor-at-large Randy Fisher as chair of the Health and Safety Committee.

Ritchie assumes mayor post

January 8, 2013

UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council President Greg Ritchie will officially serve as acting mayor, and village councilors collectively selected Dave Kohlreiser to serve as the new council president during Monday’s council meeting.

However, the council seat left vacant by Ritchie’s move to the new position will be left open to save money.

January 7th

United Way official takes over for Walter

January 7, 2013

From the time this Wapakoneta area native sought an elected position to represent his sixth grade class, he knew he wanted to serve others in political office.

Starting later today, Randy Fisher will get his chance on a larger scale as he becomes the newest member of Wapakoneta City Council.

Students earn big in stock contest

January 7, 2013

Local seventh-graders recently took the top spots in a challenge that helped them build skills for the future.

Joan Wade’s seventh-grade math class at Wapakoneta Middle School split into five teams, and three of the teams took the top three spots in the Ohio Stock Market Challenge, a regional program offered through Wright State University.

“This is a good learning tool,” Wade said of the program. “The kids really got into it.”

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