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March 9th, 2012

Active members shape FFA

March 9, 2012

Members garner national, state awards, honors
The number of awards achieved is not always the true measure of a good year, a Wapakoneta FFA adviser told FFA members and parents Thursday night.

With approximately 4,000 people attending Thursday’s banquet, Wapakoneta FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner discussed the fact so many FFA students had done so well throughout the year.

Stone up, concrete down for projects

March 9, 2012

While specific project plans are still being discussed for 2012, Auglaize County Engineer’s Office administrators know what kind of prices they are looking at for stone and concrete materials to complete some of the projects.

Bids for the rock and gravel aggregate recently were received by the Engineer’s Office and the two products are to be used as needed throughout the year. All bids were accepted and a company will be selected for each project to the best advantage of the county.

March 8th

WPD investigate WMS threat

March 8, 2012

A school and police investigation into an incident at the Wapakoneta Middle School revealed a student acted out of frustration when he made a comment about the shooting at Columbine High School.

Parents of Wapakoneta Middle School students received a letter Thursday about school administrators being informed “a student made reference to there being a ‘Columbine issue at Wapakoneta Middle School’ ” and taking action.

Otway truck gift

March 8, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — The small village of Otway in southwestern Ohio was fortunate to not have any deaths in its community during the March 2 tornado outbreak that ravaged the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys as well as much of the south. However, fate wasn’t as kind to much of the equipment at the volunteer Otway Fire Department.

LEPC discusses funding

March 8, 2012

St. MARYS — With less federal and state funding and fewer grants available, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members are making financial plans for the future.

“We’re having discussions,” Wapak-oneta Fire Chief and LEPC Chair Kendall Krites told the group during a regular meeting Wednesday in St. Marys. “I have concerns looking down the road.”

Pastor uses baseball for Lenten meditation

March 8, 2012

After leading the congregation in an opening prayer, the Rev. Steve Nelson, of First English Lutheran Church, went back to his seat, picked up a baseball bat with his right hand and put a baseball cap on his head.

He then returned to the podium to give his meditation at the weekly Lenten Luncheon, sponsored by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association.

Nelson spoke Wednesday on the topic of “He saved others, he cannot save himself” during the Lenten Luncheon at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

March 7th

Double homicide investigation continues

March 7, 2012

CELINA — The investigation into a double homicide and home invasion in Mercer County continues.

In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the investigation into the homicides of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube on Nov. 29 and 30, near Fort Recovery, and the home invasion of Kathy and William Fair, near Mendon, are still being investigated. The two cases have not been linked although there are several similarities to the crimes.

Local mother recognized

March 7, 2012

A local mother, who is working toward a degree in occupational therapy, is a recipient of an award given by a local club — not only at the local level but on the district level.

Heather Kohler, of Wapakoneta, was presented the 2012 Women’s Opportunity Award by Soroptimist International of Wapakoneta at their 2012 awards banquet held Tuesday evening.

The goal of the local Soroptimist club is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

County agency moves to YMCA

March 7, 2012

A country agency has recently moved to a larger site in Wapakoneta to accommodate the people they serve.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) moved their Wapakoneta satellite office from a downtown building to the community room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.

“It was so small, we were bursting at the seams,” ACCA Director of the Wapakoneta Satellite site Sandy Stanfield said of the reason for a new location.

Ohioans split vote: Wapak votes down liquor permit, supports Santorum

March 7, 2012

A bond issue for a new school in New Bremen failed, while voters split on local options regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages as the polls closed Tuesday across the state.

New Bremen Local School District voters defeated a bond issue and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission money to build a new school building. Residents cast 921 votes, or 61 percent, against the taxes while 587 votes, or 39 percent, supported the measures.

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