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November 23rd, 2012

‘Coats for Kids’ begins

November 23, 2012

The seasonal barrels are back out.

They are not the orange barrels signifying the construction season, but the Coats for Kids barrels set out by the Wapakoneta High School Octagon Club to benefit the needy.

“The barrels are out and they have been out since Saturday and they will be out until Dec. 2,” Octagon co-adviser Dawn Stinebaugh said. “We will have the coats cleaned and then we will give them to Mercy Unlimited.”

November 21st

Contract awarded

November 21, 2012

A Forest city firm received the contract to clear log jams from the Auglaize River between now and April 1, 2014.    

The Joint Board of Commissioners from Allen, Auglaize and Shelby Counties unanimously awarded the contract to Rahrig Tree Co. to clear logjams and trees along a 62-mile stretch of the Auglaize River from Westminster in Allen County through Auglaize County and back through Allen County and ending at the Putnam County line.

Vote stays the same

November 21, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — The attempt to unincorporate the village of Uniopolis was officially stopped by voters as Auglaize County Election Board members certified the election results on Tuesday.

Overall, the measure was defeated by a 60-57 vote, with three undervotes. The measure failed by one vote unofficially on Election Day before provisional ballots were counted. The vote was 56-55 on Nov. 6.

However, the issue does not seem to be over yet.

History calendars currently on sale

November 21, 2012

A local organization once again put together a compilation of historic photos together for their annual fundraiser.

The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) is currently selling their fourth annual calendars, and the 2013 Wapakoneta History Calendar is currently available.

“It’s a good gift for someone who has Wapak roots,” DWP President Dianne Knipp said. “It’s a small gift for people who enjoy history and for people who have ties to Wapak. It brings back a lot of memories.”

November 20th

Park plan protected

November 20, 2012

Two Wapakoneta City Council members adamantly object to spending the remaining Hauss-Helms funds for city park improvements, while the mayor does not want to have a closed mind about leveraging a portion the approximately $700,000 in reserve for the city’s park district.

Tiger coach resigns

November 20, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger varsity football coach — the most successful coach in the school’s history — resigned Monday, simply saying “it was time.”

Waynesfield-Goshen Schools Board of Education members unanimously elected to accept Gary Spencer’s resignation at Monday’s board meeting.

City storm ready

November 20, 2012

Wapakoneta Public Works Departments crews have the trucks and equipment primed for the city’s first snowfall this winter as they continue to work on leaf pick-up this fall and they finish other projects this week.

At Monday’s Wapakoneta City Council meeting, Safety-Service Director Bill Rains announced that leaf pick-up is suspended this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but they will be back out cleaning leaves raked to the curb next week.

November 19th

Local youth set up Superstorm Sandy relief food drive

November 19, 2012

With Superstorm Sandy recently taking lives and homes when it recently hit the East Coast, a Wapakoneta Middle School student has been doing all she can — she even got her classmates involved.

Aliya Patterson, 11, organized a school-wide food drive, with students bringing in canned good food items and non-perishable goods to school to donate to Hurricane Sandy efforts.

Aliya, who is a member of Teens for Christ Ministries, was at a youth group meeting two weeks ago when the idea hit her.

City braces for possible cuts

November 19, 2012

Despite the re-election of President Barack Obama and Gov. John Kasich being in the middle of his term, Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz says he has heard little regarding financial help for cities and villages from the state and federal government except that Local Government Funds will continue to decrease.

With the federal deficit and federal debt likely to be addressed, he said fewer dollars are likely to flow to the states and local governments in the form of grants and the number of unfunded mandates are likely to grow.

Festival of Trees: A doll of an event

November 19, 2012

The 14th annual Festival of Trees closed Sunday and was deemed a success by both organizers and attendees alike at The Gardens at Wapakoneta.

The event, which began Wednesday, was held 1 to 8 p.m. through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“It gets people in the Christmas mood,” Community Health Professionals of Tri-County Marketing Coordinator Nike Duvall said. “It is an event that a lot of people look forward to and come to every year.”

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