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September 1st, 2011
Wapakoneta Middle and High schools both received designations of excellent on their schoolsâ state report cards recently released by the Ohio Department of Education.
Administrators at the schools said they are pleased with their successes, but, of course, have areas upon which they continue to work.
âWe had some very good areas and some areas of concern,â Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne said.
With the deadline for write-in candidates to file to run for office in Auglaize County passing Monday, no one has filed.
Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said the passing of the deadline to file as a write-in finalizes the list of candidates for the Nov. 8 general election.
One of the oldest festivals in the area will celebrate its 121st year where they plan to sell their famous recipe soup along with bringing the community together to celebrate.
The Fryburg Homecoming Festival is set for this Sunday and includes raffles, games and, of course, their popular mock turtle soup.
âThe mock turtle soup has been a tradition for years,â Fryburg Homecoming Festival co-organizer Connie Butcher said. âThis is a special recipe that has been in Fryburg for a long time.â
BOTKINS â Botkins village employees will pay more of their premium this year than in the past and the percentage of the premium is going to rise.
Botkins Village Council members voted Tuesday to raise village employee health cost to 10 percent of their premium and phased in future hikes.
To help overcome ever-increasing health costs, village employees now will pay a portion of their insurance costs.
The latest culprit in a lingering smell in the new Cridersville Elementary School seems to be an adhesive used on the carpet.
Last spring Wapakoneta City Schools administrators believed they had found the source of the odor, but by June they realized the smell was still there even after that potential cause had been fixed.
The odor first appeared in the elementary school on Reichelderfer Road in early April, when the building was evacuated for a day.
Eight area residents were arrested Tuesday, including a Wapakoneta man and a St. Marys mother and daughter, on a variety of drug charges as the result of an investigation conducted by the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
The arrests came Tuesday morning and afternoon as investigations continue into drug sales in the area and resulted in indictment warrants being returned by the Auglaize County grand jury.
Those arrested include:
â¢ Joey L. Richardson, 30, of Wapakoneta, on six counts of trafficking in drugs involving suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
A fee hike for filing an appeal regarding the cityâs zoning code now rests with Wapakoneta City Council.
Unable to reach an agreement on a fee hike, Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members agreed the issue would best be decided by city councilors. A notification change, from adjacent homeowners to those within 250 feet of the property, this year has increased costs to the city by as much as four times. Notifications are sent out regarding a filing for a variance or a non-conforming use.
Two parcels of land located along Short Road should soon be part of the city of Wapakoneta, if a recommendation by the Wapakoneta City Planning Commission is approved.
The recommendation is being forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for official approval. The land, owned by the city, would be part of the 471-acre Job Ready Sites manufacturing site south of Wapakoneta.
NEW KNOXVILLE âAn area school district and college has acquired new technology to aide students that have difficulty taking notes.
The New Knoxville School District purchased two Echo Smartpens, which record a lecture while the student is taking notes. Principal Linda Tebbe said she saw a demonstration for the smartpen at a workshop.
âI had just gone to a day-long workshop, and you can select different activities and break-put sessions to go to, and there was one on new technology in the classroom so I went to it and it was a lady that was demonstrating this (the smartpen),â Tebbe said.
The dark green Mercury draws the inspection of one couple and then favorable comments from some older teens.
The 1972 Cougar is one Wapakoneta nativeâs dream come true and now his dream car brings on-lookers such as those on Saturday at the second-ever KAPOW (Kids: A Priority of Wapakoneta) car show on the grounds of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
In 1981, Charles Drexler bought the car from one of his friends. While the car was in nice shape, he started fixing it up every once in a while but more so after graduating in 1982.