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March 1st, 2012

Small business boost: Brown backs business incubator bill

March 1, 2012

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed business incubator legislation he says would create business incubators that would ultimately lead to more jobs in Ohio.

The bill, deemed the Business Incubator Promotion Act (BIPA)  is aimed at creating high-skill, high wage jobs across the state. Brown said that an independent report completed by the Economic Development Council (EDA) has indicated that every $10,000 in EDA funds invested in business incubators has led to the creation of 47 to 69 jobs in the state.

Retirees named

March 1, 2012

As several retirees received recognition for their work by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members, board members approved several other upcoming retirements.

Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne, Technology Coordinator Steve Schuler, third-grade teacher Yvonne Cook, high school social studies teacher Dennis Cosart, middle school science and social studies teacher Edna Elisha Smith, Title I reading teachers Jean Turner and Melanie Webb, bus driver Sheryl Beers, and Wapakoneta Elementary School para-educator Nancy Hunter are retiring this year.

New board member sworn in

March 1, 2012

A new member of the Auglaize County Elections Board was sworn into office Wednesday.

Brent Henschen, of New Knoxville, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Democratic Executive Committee, was the only nominee for the position left vacant after Larry Fledderjohann’s recent death. Fledderjohann served on the board since 2003.

February 29th

Wapak JRS: CSX Select: Wapak industrial land earns rail site certification

February 29, 2012

CSX Corp. announced this week Wapakoneta’s West Central Ohio Industrial Center earned certification under its new CSX Select Sites program.

Wapakoneta city leaders received notification Tuesday that the 471-acre site — developed using state Job Ready Sites (JRS) funds and certified by the Ohio Department of Development in October 2010 as one of the first JRS site in the state — received CSX certification as one of the first CSX Select Site.

Time to leap a day

February 29, 2012

Today is Leap Day.

As most people understand Leap Day, they fall on Feb. 29 every four years on the Gregorian calendar, which is the standard calendar for most of the world. The entire year in which a Leap Day falls is known as a Leap Year.

Common knowledge says that the reason for Leap Day is to compensate for the fact that a period of 365 days is shorter than a solar day by six hours. Hence

Time for school to move on

February 29, 2012

After a moment of silence marking the tragic shooting at Chardon High School on Monday, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members heard from a community member and a teacher about local concerns on unrelated matters.

“It’s so refreshing to walk in here tonight,” said Francine Slife, a community member who has several family members who teach in the district.

“The air is so much thinner,” she said, thanking board members for their recent ratification of a contract with teachers.

February 28th

Prepare for the worst: Motter says village school should be ready for shooting

February 28, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter told Waynesfield Village Council members it was time to develop a contingency plan in case of a violent school event.

Motter said he contacted Waynesfield-Goshen High School Principal T.J. Winkler Monday after a gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria in Chardon at the start of the school day, wounding three students, two of whom later died. A suspect, now reported as being a 17-year old student, was arrested a short distance away. The school is approximately 30 miles east of Cleveland.

Wind turbine movie set

February 28, 2012

Three showings of the film, “Windfall,” have been scheduled for the next month with the first viewing possible this weekend.

“Windfall,” a film directed by Laura Israel, documents how the development of a wind farm outside of Meredith, N.Y. divides the residents of the city and the surrounding area.

The film mirrors Wapakoneta with Auglaize Neighbors United against the wind turbines being built so close to residences and the city of Wapakoneta and surrounding villages.

Churches to host lenten luncheons

February 28, 2012

Local churches are coming together this Lenten season to offer prayer and fellowship.

The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association has been hosting Lenten Lunches, which are held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday during lent, for numerous years during Lent.

“It’s a good Lenten practice to add prayer to our daily routine,” the Rev. Patrick Sloneker, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, said. “This is a good way to add prayer and fellowship.”

February 27th

Fire takes NB building

February 27, 2012

NEW BREMEN — Groups of New Bremen residents gathered on West Monroe Street Monday night watching as firefighters fought a blaze that engulfed a historic downtown building.

Fire crews were dispatched to the Fireside Pub, 115 W. Monroe St., at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday. The pub shares the building with Que’s Barbershop. No one was injured in the fire, as the pub closes at 2 p.m. Mondays.

Upon arriving on the scene, fire crews began working to extinguish the fire.

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