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March 2nd, 2012

Combatting bullies: High school holds Anti-bullying Day

March 2, 2012

Verbal threats, name calling, rumors and tags on Facebook are all forms of bullying Wapakoneta High School students say they have experienced from other classmates.

“It’s a pretty big problem,” junior Kiesha Simpson said.

Megan Steinke, also a junior, said the biggest way students are bullied at the school is online, typically on Facebook.

“The same people do it, they just change who they do it to,” Megan said.

While the girls said for the most part they try to ignore it, name calling and gossip still hurts.

Cuts hit FSA: Services, programs to feel hit

March 2, 2012

Federal budget cuts the past two years and additional cuts expected for 2013 is forcing a local farm executive to trim services for area farmers.

Auglaize County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Anita Green said the U.S. Farm Service Agency (FSA) experienced 12 percent budget cuts in 2011 and 2012, with additional cuts forthcoming in 2013. To help with the budget crisis, all federal employees experienced a wage freeze the past two years.

Could be for real: Aim is for safety training, pamphlet

March 2, 2012

If a law enforcement officer believes a gun is for real, then the law enforcement officer will likely treat that weapon as being real, city leaders say.

The best way to avoid an incident, they advise, is to practice safety measures as if the airsoft toy weapon is a real gun.

Tornado Watch

March 2, 2012

A PDS tornado watch has been issued for most of Auglaize and Shelby County until 9 p.m. tonight.
Weather maps showed a particularly strong area of storms in the area of Indianapolis at about 3 p.m. that were causing several tornado warnings in that area.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said a severe thunderstorm warning is likely to be issued for the area soon. The weather forecast includes strong thunderstorms during the evening that will give way to partly cloudy skies after midnight. Damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a tornado with some of the storms are possible.

Mapping the future: County GIS map website made more user friendly

March 2, 2012

Beginning today, a new application should make navigating Auglaize County geographic information system (GIS) mapping easier.

“We tried to keep it similar to what we already had and make it simpler to use,” Auglaize County GIS Director Joe Collin said as he clicked through the site, noting changes, many of which make it more user friendly. “There are no real changes to the map application put in place in 2005 other than a few layers added over the years. It’s a lot of the same tools, we’ve just made them easier to use.”

Ship sails in

March 2, 2012

Most parents know their children can be ornery, no matter their age.

Under the circumstances, Annette Hensley is likely to forgive that tendency in her son.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jordan Hensley surprised his mother Thursday at the Wapakoneta Elementary School Thursday with a visit. Annette Hensley works in the cafeteria at the school.

C’ville designs new site

March 2, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — An area village’s website will soon get a makeover, as village officials are looking into different avenues for a redesign.

Cridersville Village Administrator John McDonald and Village Operator Jarid Kohlrieser have been researching companies and individuals to hire to create a new website for the village of Cridersville.

“(Mayor) Lorali Myers asked us to check on web design options suggested by (council president) Eric West and  (former councilor) Jeff Bassitt,” McDonald said.

March 1st

Small business boost: Brown backs business incubator bill

March 1, 2012

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed business incubator legislation he says would create business incubators that would ultimately lead to more jobs in Ohio.

The bill, deemed the Business Incubator Promotion Act (BIPA)  is aimed at creating high-skill, high wage jobs across the state. Brown said that an independent report completed by the Economic Development Council (EDA) has indicated that every $10,000 in EDA funds invested in business incubators has led to the creation of 47 to 69 jobs in the state.

Retirees named

March 1, 2012

As several retirees received recognition for their work by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members, board members approved several other upcoming retirements.

Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne, Technology Coordinator Steve Schuler, third-grade teacher Yvonne Cook, high school social studies teacher Dennis Cosart, middle school science and social studies teacher Edna Elisha Smith, Title I reading teachers Jean Turner and Melanie Webb, bus driver Sheryl Beers, and Wapakoneta Elementary School para-educator Nancy Hunter are retiring this year.

New board member sworn in

March 1, 2012

A new member of the Auglaize County Elections Board was sworn into office Wednesday.

Brent Henschen, of New Knoxville, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Democratic Executive Committee, was the only nominee for the position left vacant after Larry Fledderjohann’s recent death. Fledderjohann served on the board since 2003.

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