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August 30th, 2011
A fee hike for filing an appeal regarding the cityâ€™s zoning code now rests with Wapakoneta City Council.
Unable to reach an agreement on a fee hike, Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members agreed the issue would best be decided by city councilors. A notification change, from adjacent homeowners to those within 250 feet of the property, this year has increased costs to the city by as much as four times. Notifications are sent out regarding a filing for a variance or a non-conforming use.
Two parcels of land located along Short Road should soon be part of the city of Wapakoneta, if a recommendation by the Wapakoneta City Planning Commission is approved.
The recommendation is being forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for official approval. The land, owned by the city, would be part of the 471-acre Job Ready Sites manufacturing site south of Wapakoneta.
NEW KNOXVILLE â€”An area school district and college has acquired new technology to aide students that have difficulty taking notes.
The New Knoxville School District purchased two Echo Smartpens, which record a lecture while the student is taking notes. Principal Linda Tebbe said she saw a demonstration for the smartpen at a workshop.
â€śI had just gone to a day-long workshop, and you can select different activities and break-put sessions to go to, and there was one on new technology in the classroom so I went to it and it was a lady that was demonstrating this (the smartpen),â€ť Tebbe said.
The dark green Mercury draws the inspection of one couple and then favorable comments from some older teens.
The 1972 Cougar is one Wapakoneta nativeâ€™s dream come true and now his dream car brings on-lookers such as those on Saturday at the second-ever KAPOW (Kids: A Priority of Wapakoneta) car show on the grounds of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
In 1981, Charles Drexler bought the car from one of his friends. While the car was in nice shape, he started fixing it up every once in a while but more so after graduating in 1982.
A first-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School says she is glad she lives here now rather than Texas.
â€śI like Ohio a lot better,â€ť said 6-year-old Lydia Brigham. â€śFirst, there are not killer bees here.â€ť
But, in addition to that, she said it also cools down in west-central Ohio.
â€śI donâ€™t want to stay indoors all my life,â€ť Lydia said. â€śEvery day in Texas was about 300 degrees.â€ť
And she does not like getting hot or sweating!
CELINA â€” The 2011 Governorâ€™s Cup Regatta capped off a summer of successful events held at Grand Lake St. Marys, adding to the recovery of tourism at Grand Lake St. Marys.
The annual event, which was canceled last year because of water quality issues at the lake, was a success this year, bringing excited racers and spectators alike to the area. Co-chair Allen Baskett said the success of the event showed the enthusiasm of the committee and the community for the race.
The sheriff at the Auglaize County Jail said goodbye to a long-time employee this week, and he filled his shoes with another familiar face.
Mark Fuerstenau, administrative captain of the 72-bed facility, took over Monday as executive director of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center in Lima. On Thursday, Lisa Wright was hired to fill his former position.
A student from Germany traveled all the way to the United States to dig deeper and learn more about law with a local judge.
Twenty-five-year-old Sven Renker, of Frohburg, Germany, just completed a three-week internship at the Auglaize County Common Pleas Court with Judge Fred Pepple.
Renker, who earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in law from the University of Dresden in Germany, interned here before continuing his studies in the field at the University of Munster â€” where he will soon start back up with fall classes.
A 1999 graduate of Wapakoneta High School and former homecoming king has made it a long way from home.
Todd Brown, who has been living in Hollywood, Calif., since 2001, is returning home in September with his band, Sons of Jack, to share what he has been up to with family and friends.
Wapakoneta City Schools continue to be labeled â€śeffectiveâ€ť based on results of state report cards released this week by the Ohio Department of Education, but its performance index improved.
â€śIn general, weâ€™re pretty darn proud of the progress weâ€™ve done,â€ť Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.. â€śWe havenâ€™t made leaps, but weâ€™ve certainly moved a couple of steps forward. There are some reasons for celebration.â€ť