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March 26th, 2012
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members again are turning to a reduction-in-force (RIF) process in an attempt to save money for the district.
During Tuesday’s meeting, board members will vote on the RIF of one employee, an elementary music teacher due to “financial reasons and changes in curriculum” as stated in the resolution.
By CARLA MEYER
A Wapakoneta City Schools faculty member comes from a long line of teachers.
Wapakoneta Middle School science teacher Bart Smith has graded his last test, taught his last lesson and has packed up his classroom, as he recently retired from the school district.
Smithâs mother and grandmother also dedicated their careers to teaching.
âMy mom was a Spanish teacher here, and she taught Spanish at the high school,â Smith said. âShe used to run the Pepsi stand for the Spanish Club at the (Auglaize County) fair, and I helped her do that when I was a kid.â
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Six years ago a Wapakoneta womanâs son was killed in an accidental shooting.
The pain hasnât lessened in that time, and with the passing this week of the sixth anniversary of 18-year-old Josh Martinâs death, Brenda Martin again issued a plea to families everywhere.
âPlease talk to your loved ones about gun safety,â Martin said as tears streamed down her face.
By LANCE MIHM
Twelve-year-old Seth Thuman has a thing or two to teach most people about what it is truly like to roll with the punches.
Seth suffers from a rare form of atypical meningioma, a type of brain cancer. Despite countless brain surgeries, Seth is proceeding through life with the typical youthful vigor a person expects to see out of children approaching their teens.
A Wapakoneta native, who has a passion for traveling and teaching, has found a way to do both.
Paula Davies, a 2000 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, teaches at an international school in the country of Tunisia, which is in northern Africa along the Mediterranean Sea, where she has spent the last school year living and teaching.
Grant money originally slated for a shooting range to train local law enforcement is being reallocated for other emergency planning needs of the county.
“We tried four times,” Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said.
The state failed to approve plans for a tactical shooting range and training facility, he said, even after they made tweaks each time to try to meet their criteria.
The U.S. energy problems are multi-faceted but it is primarily based on the basic principle of supply and demand, a U.S. legislator says.
Having two emergency operation centers in the county is a likely possibility as Auglaize County officials look into future planning.
“We’re looking at having one in both places,” Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said, referring to Wapakoneta and St. Marys. “We would be unique in that we would be one of the only counties to have two.”
The Rev. R.J. Davis, of First United Methodist Church, spoke to the congregation at the latest installment of Lenten Lunch about understanding.
His meditation was on “He is calling Elijah,” which is one of the words spoken to Jesus as he died on the cross.
After reading Mark 15:33-36, Davis said that the words spoken by Jesus had great emotion, especially when Jesus cried out in a loud voice “EliEli, EliEi, lemalema sabachthanisabachthani?” which is translated to “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”
With the success of last year’s contest, the local library staff will be hosting another Rice Krispy Art contest for area residents.
The director Auglaize County Public District Library says she is excited for the second ever Rice Krispy Art Contest and believes the event should be fun for all ages again.
“It’s a fun activity for everyone to do,” Director Beth Steiner said. “It’s a creative thing to do as a family.”