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April 1st, 2013

Local girls’ artwork selected for state honor

April 1, 2013

A love for art and creativity in completing projects, led two Cridersville Elementary girls to have their artwork selected for a state exhibit.
Kindergartener Nevaeh White and fourth-grader Sierra Sutton both had artwork chosen to be exhibited in the 2013 Ohio Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Exhibition. The exhibit represents Ohio art students in kindergarten through eighth grades and was on display at the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) building, at 275 E. Broad St., Columbus, throughout March.

Planet walker

April 1, 2013

A group of college students spent time in Wapakoneta this past week — hoping to visit a few local landmarks as they walked from Russell’s Point to the Indiana state line.

Their plans were interrupted Monday by a spring snowstorm which blanketed the area with more than half-foot of snow. With the day off, they walked from their cabins at the KOA to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and a local restaurant before returning to their cabins.

March 29th

Talks continue

March 29, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — Discussions continue among an area village’s elected officials as they talk about possibly raising water and sewer rates — but one thing is for sure, something needs to be done.

Cridersville Village Council members and Mayor Lorali Myers met during a special Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Thursday to discuss the inevitability of increasing water and sewer rates on village residents and businesses.

“Unfortunately, we are in a position that we will have to do something,” Councilor Stacey Cook said.

Wapak schools plan waiver day for safety training

March 29, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools administrators elected to use a special waiver day granted by the state to train staff on school safety.

Students are not to attend school on Friday, May 17, so staff throughout the district may receive updated training with the Wapakoneta Police Department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the waiver day was approved by the Ohio Department of Education, it counts as a day students are in session. They were originally scheduled to attend class that day.

Jobless rate for February has decreased in county

March 29, 2013

After edging up to start the year, the unemployment rate for Auglaize County in February decreased.

In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, a decrease from 6.2 percent in January. Last year, the unemployment rate sat at 6.8 percent.

March 28th

One principal to retire, one renewed

March 28, 2013

One elementary principal publicly announced his retirement, while another’s contract was extended three years during a meeting this week of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education.

Cridersville Elementary School Principal Dave Tester’s retirement, scheduled for June 30, was approved Tuesday by board members.

Tester said after 32 years teaching and serving as principal, he felt it was time to move on to something else.

Local named to state board

March 28, 2013

A professional from Wapakoneta will help set the standard for the skills of professionals who help make people look more beautiful.

Apollo Career Center senior cosmetology instructor Tasha Sheipline, who also serves as the managing cosmetologist at the school, received an appointment this March by Gov. John Kasich to serve a 5-year term on the State Board of Cosmetology. She is a representative for career technical instructors.

2 arrested in Grube homicides

March 28, 2013

CELINA — Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced two arrests Wednesday morning in the double homicide of Robert Grube, 70, and his daughter Colleen Grube, 47, of east Fort Recovery, after a 16-month investigation.

The victims were found bound with duct tape and dead from gun shot wounds on Nov. 30, 2011 in their home by a family member.

March 27th

Congressman visits WHS

March 27, 2013

With a group of local high school students in the midst of learning about investing and the stock market, they received a lesson on the free market from a person who is a college graduate with an economics degree and a U.S. representative.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, discussed federal budget issues and other challenges on Capitol Hill with students in Bill Dellinger’s economics class Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.

Treasurer hired

March 27, 2013

The new treasurer for Wapakoneta City Schools says she is looking forward to the position and ready for the challenges it will bring.

Angie Sparks, 36, of Wapakoneta, was unanimously hired Tuesday by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members for the position of treasurer with a starting salary of $71,000 beginning June 1. Her three-year contract ends July 31, 2016.

Until she takes over the role, Sparks is working with treasurer Susan Rinehart, who is retiring at the end of May. During Sparks’ training, she is to be paid $250 per day.

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