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January 9th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A Wapakoneta man came in with a plan and with that plan he left with more than $200 in groceries and helped raise money for the Wapakoneta Kids Wrestling program.
Joe Metzger bought two tickets in a December fundraiser to help out the Wapakoneta Kids Wrestling program and won the chance to hit the aisles Saturday morning at Community Markets.
“I liked it,” Metzger said after his grocery dash. “I haven’t moved that fast in years.”
With the starting countdown winding down, Metzger decided to adhere to his pre-set plan.
A final budget of more than $14.3 million approved this week by the Auglaize County commissioners reflects a 2 percent decrease from 2012, they increased employees salaries by 2 percent.
It’s the second year in a row salary line items for departments in the general revenue fund and under the the commissioners have seen a 2 percent salary increase. It is up to department heads specifically how that 2 percent increase in their salary line items is divided among their employees.
NEW HAMPSHIRE — The heart of downtown in New Hampshire welcomes a new business — one that aims to serve others.
Reach Out Outreach Ministries had their grand opening of a new thrift store at 100 S. Main St., New Hampshire, and the founder of the ministries was pleased with how smoothly everything was going.
“It’s exceeded my expectations,” Reach Out Outreach Ministries founder Brian Paxton said. “People are coming in, and we’ve already received many donations. It’s great.”