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June 13th, 2012

OT hours under review

June 13, 2012

BOTKINS — After discussing employees’ pay and hours for more than 60 minutes Thursday, Botkins Village Council members tabled closing a loophole in the way employees can claim work hours.

Councilors spent a large amount of time trying to come up with a solution to the way employee vacation and sick time can be used in conjunction with overtime hours that are received every three weeks. Currently, three village workers work a regular 40-hour week plus must work a mandatory two hours of overtime every third weekend.

June 12th

Former sheriff dies

June 12, 2012

One Auglaize County official described the loss of a former sheriff quite simply and succinctly — “We’ve lost a really great man.”

Former Auglaize County Sheriff Larry R. Longsworth, 62, died early Monday morning at a Columbus hospital from esophageal cancer after battling the disease during the past few months of his life.

C’ville hires 2 new officers

June 12, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Two new officers have joined the rolls of the Crid-ersville Police Department this week.

The hiring of Brian Parker, of St. Marys, and Cory Miller, of Wapakoneta, gained approval by Cridersville Village Council members as they join the village police force to serve as part-time officers.

Cridersville Police Chief John Drake and councilors recently held a Safety Committee meeting where they interviewed five people. They selected Parker and Miller to fill the open positions.

BOE hears system to assess teachers

June 12, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members heard an hour-long presentation Monday on a new system that may be used to assess teacher’s ability to teach.

Ohio will soon become a member of the national assessment consortium, which is making broad changes to how teachers are assessed across the state. Student improvement in core subjects will be a large part of teacher assessments with the new system.

June 11th

Graduation days: Friends graduate together 3 times

June 11, 2012

Two longtime Wapakoneta friends have donned caps and gowns together for three different graduations.

Twenty-two-year-olds Laura Koch and Sheri Garman first graduated together from Small World Preschool in 1995. They attended the Wapakoneta preschool together for two years and remember playing together in the gym at the church where it was held.

Troopers needed

June 11, 2012

For those interested in a career in law enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for troopers to fill its ranks.

The statewide law enforcement agency is responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws on public roadways and state-owned property. Troopers provide service to the public 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a week, 365-days-a-year.

Run to the Moon

June 11, 2012

In the past a man dressed in an astronaut’s suit would meet runners as they finished the “Run to the Moon” 5K race, this year a real NASA astronaut will greet the participants.

“Definitely the biggest change this year is something that has been in the works for about a year-and-a-half now is getting an astronaut to not only come to the race but come to museum itself,” race organizer Amy Kentner said. “Gregory Johnson is coming July 20 and July 21 to really support the museum, but we are very excited to have him be part of the run.

June 8th

Grad earns perfect 4.0

June 8, 2012

Many who know Nathan Turner would say when he wanted to accomplish something, he did it in fours.
The new Waynesfield-Goshen graduate had a perfect 4.0 grade point average through high school, and to complement his academic achievements he lettered all four years in both football and track.
“Waynesfield did a good job of preparing me for college,” Turner said. “I had to learn to balance a pretty busy schedule. I think one of the biggest things I learned here was to balance my time wisely.”

Kimpel case ends

June 8, 2012

A charge of sexual battery against former Shelby County Sheriff Dean Kimpel was formally dismissed Friday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court for crimes committed in Auglaize County along with three of four felony charges he was facing in Shelby County.
Acting Judge Sumner Walters, who is retired from Van Wert County, affirmed the case be dismissed. The case alleged Kimpel engaged in sex with a former Shelby County deputy, Jodi Van Fossen, at her rural Wapakoneta home when he knew she was drinking and had recently taken a dose of medication.

Relay for love

June 8, 2012

Looking up at a blue sunshine-filled sky, a mother contemplated the white puffy clouds.
“I look for any sign from the boys that they are OK,” said Judy Strauser, who a year ago lost her son after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
Frequently, she will discover a random rubber band here or there that her son used to flip at will across rooms of their house. She leaves them where they are or flips them somewhere else to find them again later.
“They always make me think of him,” Judy said.

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