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October 27th, 2011
Within days of the contract expiring, Wapakoneta Police Department law enforcement officers and Wapakoneta City Council members reached agreement on a new deal.
Councilors approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement during a special meeting Tuesday with the Ohio Patrolmenâ€™s Benevolent Association, which represents the departmentâ€™s officers and lieutenants. The agreement takes effect Nov. 1, a day after existing deal expires and runs through Oct. 31, 2014.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner says he just wants a level playing field when it comes to school funding, standards and mandates â€” and House Bill 136 tilts the field even further in favor of parochial and private schools.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield Mayor Michael Ridenour faces two challengers as he attempts to retain his position of mayor by gaining the majority of the vote during the Nov. 8 general election.
One-time candidate Jeff Sandoe and newcomer Kristina Hahn have thrown their hats in the ring.
Ridenour, 58 206 W. Mulberry St., Waynesfield, has served in the position since 2000. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Gene Barnes and has since been elected to two more terms. He previously served on the village council from 1998-2000.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” Faced with decreasing revenues from the state and increased costs at the local level, a report prepared for Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members indicates the district will likely face a budget deficit during the 2012-13 school year.
The Auglaize County commissioners have agreed to again contribute to the Grand Lake-Wabash Watershed Alliance should a grant be received to continue funding the more than 12-year project.
Commissioner John Bergman said they agreed to again commit $3,000 each of the next three years beginning in 2012, if the grant is received by the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District, which serves as the fiscal agent for the project. Contributions also would be made in 2013 and 2014.
WAPAKONETA â€” The rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist started on Tuesday with the victim recounting the events of an October night in 2009.
The victim, who was 69 years old at the time of the alleged crime, recounted how Douglas Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, St. Marys, allegedly engaged in unconsented sexual conduct withÂ her on the evening of Oct. 12, 2009. Wine owns Douglas Wine Family Optometry.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” A local village was filled with witches, superheroes and bumble bees, as they kicked off a community holiday tradition.
The village of Cridersville held their annual Halloween Parade and Festival on Monday evening down Main Street and in the fire station.
â€śItâ€™s a community tradition,â€ť Cridersville resident and costume contest emcee Stacey Myers Cook said.
Myers Cook said she was pleased with the overall turnout for the parade and festival.
The state of Ohio and the widow of a former Wapakoneta police chief reached a settlement last month regarding the wrongful imprisonment of her husband, and a state judge approved the deal earlier this month.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield village residents will be offered a chance to chime in on whether or not they want Waynesfield Village Council members to continue in their attempt to work with providers to make natural gas available to villagers.
Village Administrator Fred Rowe told councilors Monday that months of gathering information is finished and the time is now to move ahead with the project.
Councilors must decide if they want to spend approximately $25,000 to do a feasibility study in order to determine if it is beneficial to move forward on a deal.
Wapakoneta City Schools plan to join other districts from around the state in officially voicing its opposition to a bill which would transfer public money to support private education.
Wapakoneta Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said on their agenda for Tuesdayâ€™s board meeting is approval of a resolution opposing House Bill 136. St. Marys City Schools also recently approved a similar resolution. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Horner described the bill as â€śhorrible,â€ť with â€śproblems written all over it.â€ť