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October 14th, 2011

Portman backs trade pacts passage

October 14, 2011

A U.S. senator praised the passage of trade agreements with three nations earlier this week and noted it could lead to a growth in jobs.
“It’s been a busy week,” Sen. Rob Portman said during a teleconference with regional media Thursday afternoon. “Yesterday (Wednesday) all three of the pending export agreements (with) South Korea, Colombia and Panama were passed. This is a milestone.”

October 13th

Congress passes pacts with Panama, Columbia, SK

October 13, 2011

The U.S. Congress passed three trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, but not without objections and proposed legislation to “promote fair trade” from a U.S. lawmaker from Ohio.
The White House says the trade agreements could boost exports by $13 billion and support thousands of American jobs.

Local relates to hit show ‘Pan Am’

October 13, 2011

A new hit television show “Pan Am” on ABC prompted a local resident to reflect on her experiences as a stewardess in the late 1960s.
In 1968, Deborah VanTilburg, who was 19 at the time and stationed in Washington, D.C., started as a flight attendant and ticket agent for National Airlines. The Middletown native said she learned much in the two years she worked as a stewardess and said the new TV show gives a fair depiction of life during that erea.

Botkins board reviews levy

October 13, 2011

Approximately 85 community residents turned out for a public meeting concerning the proposed 7.99-mill property levy that will be on the November ballot in an attempt to build a new school in Botkins.
While most attending seemed to support the proposed levy, many residents posed questions following a short presentation delivered by Botkins Local Schools Board of Education President Jack Buschur at the meeting.

Buckland Council learns loss to auxiliary

October 13, 2011

BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council members learned Tuesday of the resignation of auxiliary police officer Michael Blankenship.
Blankenship, of Port Jefferson, was arrested for inducing panic, vandalism, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle after an incident in which charges were filed Sept. 29 in Shelby County. A warrant has been served on Blankenship on the charges but online records did not indicate if Blankenship had made an initial court appearance.
In another matter, a dog at a vacant home who persistently barks throughout the day may be resolved soon.

Botkins rallies for Grillot

October 13, 2011

BOTKINS — During a home sporting event just short of a year ago, the Botkins community rallied around Becky Grillot to aid her in her battle with cancer.
On Tuesday, the community again rallied behind her one more time.
In honor of Grillot’s succumbing to the disease Oct. 5, the Botkins boy’s soccer team completely trampled Fairlawn, 9-0, in a game the team played in her memory.
Grillot served as a librarian and secretary at for the school district.

Grants provide color to art of teaching

October 13, 2011

Two Wapakoneta Middle School teachers — one who chose technology, one who chose art — used grants from the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) to enhance the educational experience of their students.
Fifth-grade language arts teacher Kim Mullen used the $2,500 2010 Outstanding Educator grant to purchase a color printer, a digital camera, a photorgraph printer, a digital video camera and computer software for her classroom.

October 11th

Council member resigns: C’ville councilor ends years of service by local family

October 11, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — A village councilor with a family history of serving and helping a local village has submitted her resignation.
Long-time Criderville Village Council member Beverly Wood submitted her letter of resignation and will no longer be serving as a member of the village council, Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers announced during Monday’s council meeting.

Students join in International Walk to School Day

October 11, 2011

Walking to school safely as well as getting some physical activity each day were lessons Wapakoneta Elementary School students took time out to learn Monday morning as they participated in the International Walk to School Day.
The school’s 875 kindergarten through fourth-grade students all walked a lap before heading to the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center for a brief presentation on the importance of being safe when walking as well as getting some kind of physical activity each day.

BOE reduces tuition fee for preschool

October 11, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — During Monday’s meeting, Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members voted to waive tuition for qualifying children for the school’s preschool program.
Board members approved the move after it was recommended by Elementary Principal Tim Pence. Pence told the board members that the current $100 per month was proving to be too steep for some low-income families.

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