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May 17th, 2012

Layer of protection: Mapping expected to lessen impact of spills

May 17, 2012

A new type of mapping by county officials adds another layer of preparation in case of a spill.

Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson pinpointed specific dots as they connect to county waterways, which should  help relief efforts should there be a chemical, manure or fuel spill.

Senior steps up to help family business

May 17, 2012

A local student received a prestigious scholarship from a nationwide organization, which recognized his efforts of helping out with his family’s business.

Wapakoneta High School senior Jeff Poeppelman recently learned that he has received a Coca Cola Scholarship for $3,000. This scholarship was given through the National Independent Concessioners Association (NICA).

Along with the $3,000 scholarship, four more $1,000 scholarships were given away, and Poeppelman says he was in awe of his achievement of receiving the top prize.

May 16th

McDonald's reopens after smoke causes evacuation

May 16, 2012

The McDonald's Restaurant on Bellefontaine Street had to be evacuated briefly over the lunch hour due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment.

The Wapakoneta Fire Department responded to the scene after light smoke filled the restaurant at 11:15 a.m. today. As a precautionary measure, city firefighters evacuated the restaurant until the cause of the smoke could be found.

Sealing the deal: Bids for road sealing materials increase

May 16, 2012

Bids for bituminous materials used for the county’s sealing program came in approximately 20 percent higher than last year.

Bids for RS2P, a polymer modified liquid asphalt and stone used for full and strip sealing, came in at $1.96 per gallon from low bidder Asphalt Technologies, of Edison, and ranged up to $2.27 for the high bid from Terry Asphalt Materials, of Hamilton. Other bidders included Asphalt Materials, of Oregon, and K-Tech Speciality Coatings, of Ashley, Ind.

Those prices ranged from a low bid of $1.79 and a high bid of $2.11 in 2011.

Scientific process

May 16, 2012

Wapakoneta City School fourth-graders will showcase their scientific talents Thursday with a science fair from 6 to 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

The students got a chance Tuesday to warm-up for their moment in the spotlight by presenting their projects to fellow classmates during school.

“It’s to help them learn the scientific method and be in the shoes of an actual scientist,” Wapakoneta Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Tim Duncan said.

Groups develop concept for park

May 16, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — A local village is working on creating a legacy for their residents — in the form of park.

Former Cridersville Village Council member Dorance Thompson proposed an idea to council at the end of 2011 to create a park on the site of the former Cridersville Elementary School on Main Street.

Cridersville Village Council, Cridersville Lion’s Club and the Cridersville Historical Society have all paired to work together on this project.

May 15th

Taking pride in school

May 15, 2012

Wapakoneta Middle School students came together on Monday afternoon to take pride in their school and help clean it up.

Students and staff celebrated the first-ever Pride Day, an idea that came about in a teacher-leadership team meeting whose focus is community pride.

“We want the kids to be proud of their school and take care of it and have some ownership,” Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne said.

Continuing talks: Cridersville discusses budget, overtime issues

May 15, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Officials with a local village continue to discuss employee salaries, focusing primarily on overtime pay.

On Monday, Cridersville Village Council members hit a road block when they struggled to make a motion to pay necessary bills for May.

“When we pay bills does this OK wages for employees?” Councilor Rick Walls said when Council President Eric West asked for a motion to pass this.

“The pay package ordinance was a done deal and approved at the beginning of the year,” Village Solicitor Jim Hearn said.

Tiger heads list of logos

May 15, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members officially accepted a submission from a long-time resident and made that design the official logo for the school.

Alice Carter, a familiar sight at athletic and other school-related events in the community, submitted the winner entry out of 28 submitted. Carter is a professional photographer and takes pictures at many school events.

Young farmer dreams of career in football

May 15, 2012

Living on a farm, a Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader helps feed the calves and pigs and even gets to drive a Ford tractor.
“It’s not fake, it’s real,” Tyler Houser says. “It’s like 10 feet in the air. I’ve been driving it for a year and a half and I’m pretty good at it.”
But he’s quick to note he doesn’t drive cars, just the tractor around his family’s rural Wapakoneta farm.
With it, he fills in holes, covers spots, picks up rocks and uses the forks to lift straw bales for bedding.
Tyler still rides with his dad in the sprayer and loves it when he drives fast.

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