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March 30th, 2012

Local wins award

March 30, 2012

For one local woman attending the Lima Jefferson Awards banquet earlier this week as one of eight finalists served as a recognition for her work beyond her belief.

As she sat in the audience Tuesday reflecting on the accomplishments of the other seven people, Wapakoneta’s Marlene Froning says she was just so honored to be mentioned with an esteemed group where any of the others work could earn them the privilege of attending the national Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. ­— and then they called her name.

Audio for a cause

March 30, 2012

As owners and operators of JCS Audio, Jean and John Slone looked forward to providing sound for the Auglaize County Relay For Life each year.

For 12 years, the Slones offered their sound services at a substantially reduced rate for the relay.

“We would do all of the sound from start until the end,” Jean Slone said. “We played music while people were walking. We would provide sound for the opening and closing ceremony. Some years we had bands or choirs or other acts. We would set up the sound for everything.”

‘Movin ‘Groovin Chocolate Company

March 30, 2012

Dipping salty pretzel rods in warm, melted milk chocolate, a group of fourth-grade girls carefully twisted the pretzels around to make the perfect treat.

The key — not to get too much chocolate on the pretzels — the girls said in unison after some time spent making the confections they plan to sell next week to other Wapakoneta Elementary School students.

Also important are speed and neatness, which don’t always go hand-in-hand in the candy-making business.

Zoning revision: Cridersville to evaluate, change zoning codes

March 30, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Officials with a local village are reviewing their zoning ordinances and building codes, which has not been changed much since the 1990s.

“First we need to get an active committee,” Cridersville Village Administrator John McDonald said, advising council create a Planning Committee.

McDonald, along with the councilors, agreed on Thursday at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting that they want to have the Planning Commission involved with the decisions of the updating of the zoning, since they will be the ones hearing zoning issues.

River project moves ahead

March 30, 2012

The Auglaize County commissioners voted this week to approve the Auglaize River and Two-Mile Creek enhancement project, a project which has been met with much criticism.

Commissioners from each participating county had 60 days from March 6 to vote on the measure.  Also on March 6, a joint board made up of officials from Shelby, Allen and Auglaize counties submitted plans for the project.

March 29th

Park plans proceed: Groups meet with city admins regarding park ground

March 29, 2012

With the former Centennial Elementary School property now under city control, initial discussions started Wednesday regarding the layout and improvements to the land as the ground enters the Wapakoneta parks system.

Grace can be cheap, costly

March 29, 2012

The Rev. Adrian F. Sunday, of Buckland United Church of Christ,  spoke at Wednesday’s Lenten Luncheon on “Save Yourself and Us,” which is one of the seven words to the cross — the theme to this year’s luncheons.

“We have to use our imagination to understand what the two men hanging on a cross beside Jesus were like,” Sunday said, as he started out his meditation in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Board renews deals

March 29, 2012

Additional retirements were accepted and six administrator contracts renewed during a regular meeting of Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.

Administrators who were extended three-year contracts beginning with the 2012-2013 school year were Wapakoneta Elementary School Assistant Principal Carrie Knoch, Wapakoneta Middle School Assistant Principal Wes Newland, Wapakoneta High School Principal Aaron Rex, Wapakoneta Athletic Director Brad Rex and Cridersville Elementary School Principal Dave Tester.

March 28th

Teacher reduction: Teaching position eliminated by board, 12 through attrition

March 28, 2012

With no questions from the board or comments from the public, only the Wapakoneta City School Board of Education president addressed the decision to eliminate an elementary music teacher’s position.

Christina Riddle’s position was eliminated unanimously Tuesday through a reduction in force (RIF) program during a regular board meeting at Wapakoneta Elementary School.

One day at a time

March 28, 2012

A local woman who has a rare genetic deficiency will not let her condition get in the way of her goals.

Formerly of St. Marys, Jennifer Young was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) and will have to undergo treatments once a week for the rest of her life, with each treatment lasting 2 1/2 hours.

“It’s a hard thing to go through when you are 30,” Young said. “For me, it’s hard, because I hate being sick.”

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