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November 4th, 2011

Knotty, nice: Pretzel-making takes some twists

November 4, 2011

(MCT) - The other day I was sitting at a local bar catching a game of football with a friend. The bartender handed us a bowl of pretzels. Noshing on a few over a beer, I got to thinking.
I can't remember the last time I had a really great pretzel. Freshly puffed and temptingly aromatic, they're the ones with the deep brown sheen that _ if you're lucky _ you get still warm, the large specks of salt catching the light just so as they're slid out of the oven.

Teen from early morning gun incident located in cornfield

November 4, 2011

ST. MARYS — A 15-year-old male was taken into custody Friday morning after allegedly making threats involving a firearm.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said deputies took the teen into custody following a two-hour search for him.
Deputies arrived at a residence along Glynwood Road after receiving a telephone call at 7 a.m. indicating the boy told his mother he was going to harm himself or her with a handgun.
"He left the house, reportedly with a handgun," Solomon said. "A perimeter was set up and contact was made with the family to make sure they were OK."

Informing the public: C’ville Lions Club host election forum

November 4, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — A large crowd gathered for an election forum — an event that has not been held in the village for many years.
The Cridersville Lions Club held their first-ever Election Forum on Thursday at Otterbein Cridersville, and the civic organization’s president says she was pleased with the event.
“It was much better than I had expected,” Lions Club President Stacey Myers Cook said. “I feel like it was very well received and it seemed like everyone was happy with the format.”
The Lions Club held the event as a service to the community.

Three vie for one open seat in Union Township

November 4, 2011

Three people are vying for one open seat on the Union Township Board of Trustees at the Nov. 8 election.
Two incumbents and a newcomer are fighting for one position on the board after a mistake was made in filing forcing two incumbents to square off against each other. The one person elected, along with current board member Dale Miller, will have to appoint the third trustee after the election is completed.
Kelly Knutzen, 53, 20694 Fairmount Road, Wapak-oneta, is retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and is the current fire chief in Uniopolis.

Two seniors receive merit award

November 4, 2011

Two Wapakoneta High School seniors recently received top honors and are being recognized for their academic achievements.
Chris Schwartz and Joey Jose have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for this honor.
Schwartz and Jose placed in the top 5 percent among more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

November 3rd

Deal critical: City working on agreement with AEP

November 3, 2011

Reaching an agreement and developing a plan with an electric company to bring a large line to help power a potential end-user in Wapakoneta’s Jobs Ready Sites is critical, several Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) board members say.
WAEDC Executive Director Greg Myers said it is vital for the city to have an agreement or at least a plan in place with American Electric Power (AEP) to provide additional electricity to the 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center site, if a company decides to locate there and requires a large electrical load.

New school for Botkins on the ballot

November 3, 2011

BOTKINS — Botkins Local School District residents will cast their votes on a 7.99-mill property tax levy on Nov. 8 to build a new school and provide money to maintain those facilities for a maximum of 35 years.
The bond levy will raise the approximate $6.9 million local share of the $24.4 million total project. The school district has done several presentations to the public during the last several months so voters can make an educated vote during the election.
School Superintendent Connie Schneider said district residents are being presented with an opportunity of a lifetime.

Annual Holiday Open Houses set for weekend

November 3, 2011

With Christmas less than two months away, local shops are preparing for holiday shoppers this weekend.
Wapakoneta’s annual Holiday Open Houses will be held this weekend throughout different shops, businesses and churches in Wapakoneta.
“We would like everyone to get their holiday shopping starting in Wapakoneta,” Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) President Jamie Goudy said. “This is a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

November 2nd

Issue 2 stirs debate: Opponents, proponents argue their sides on issue

November 2, 2011

Few people will argue Ohio Gov. John Kasich is attempting anything to reduce government spending and balance the state budget, but one piece of legislation in particular is stirring up plenty of attention regarding his methods to reach that goal.
State Issue 2, placed on the ballot as a referendum, would ban public worker strikes and restrict collective bargaining rights for public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police officers. Public employee unions will still be able to negotiate on wages but not on their pension or their health care benefits.

Student wins national FFA award

November 2, 2011

A local high school student has gained national recognition through a small business she runs.
Wapakoneta High School senior Mallory McDevitt received top honors as she earned national recognition during the National FFA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis in October.
The 18-year-old, who owns and operates her own organic produce business, farms a one-acre plot of land at her parent’s residence and has a clientele of approximately 30 people when she sells her fresh produce to each week.

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