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March 8th, 2012

Otway truck gift

March 8, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — The small village of Otway in southwestern Ohio was fortunate to not have any deaths in its community during the March 2 tornado outbreak that ravaged the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys as well as much of the south. However, fate wasn’t as kind to much of the equipment at the volunteer Otway Fire Department.

LEPC discusses funding

March 8, 2012

St. MARYS — With less federal and state funding and fewer grants available, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members are making financial plans for the future.

“We’re having discussions,” Wapak-oneta Fire Chief and LEPC Chair Kendall Krites told the group during a regular meeting Wednesday in St. Marys. “I have concerns looking down the road.”

Pastor uses baseball for Lenten meditation

March 8, 2012

After leading the congregation in an opening prayer, the Rev. Steve Nelson, of First English Lutheran Church, went back to his seat, picked up a baseball bat with his right hand and put a baseball cap on his head.

He then returned to the podium to give his meditation at the weekly Lenten Luncheon, sponsored by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association.

Nelson spoke Wednesday on the topic of “He saved others, he cannot save himself” during the Lenten Luncheon at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

March 7th

Double homicide investigation continues

March 7, 2012

CELINA — The investigation into a double homicide and home invasion in Mercer County continues.

In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the investigation into the homicides of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube on Nov. 29 and 30, near Fort Recovery, and the home invasion of Kathy and William Fair, near Mendon, are still being investigated. The two cases have not been linked although there are several similarities to the crimes.

Local mother recognized

March 7, 2012

A local mother, who is working toward a degree in occupational therapy, is a recipient of an award given by a local club — not only at the local level but on the district level.

Heather Kohler, of Wapakoneta, was presented the 2012 Women’s Opportunity Award by Soroptimist International of Wapakoneta at their 2012 awards banquet held Tuesday evening.

The goal of the local Soroptimist club is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

County agency moves to YMCA

March 7, 2012

A country agency has recently moved to a larger site in Wapakoneta to accommodate the people they serve.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) moved their Wapakoneta satellite office from a downtown building to the community room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.

“It was so small, we were bursting at the seams,” ACCA Director of the Wapakoneta Satellite site Sandy Stanfield said of the reason for a new location.

Ohioans split vote: Wapak votes down liquor permit, supports Santorum

March 7, 2012

A bond issue for a new school in New Bremen failed, while voters split on local options regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages as the polls closed Tuesday across the state.

New Bremen Local School District voters defeated a bond issue and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission money to build a new school building. Residents cast 921 votes, or 61 percent, against the taxes while 587 votes, or 39 percent, supported the measures.

March 6th

4-H banquet hits 50

March 6, 2012

The annual 4-H Adviser and Junior Leader Recognition Banquet not only hit a 50-year milestone, but members also recognized a mother and daughter with two major achievements for all their hard work and involvement in the 4-H program.

The 50th annual 4-H recognition banquet recognized two outstanding 4-H youth on Monday night — Bridget Wessel and Paige Klopfenstein. Wessel’s mother, Chris Wessel, also was recognized as Outstanding 4-H Adviser and Todd Schaub was recognized as Friend of 4-H Award.

Talk hits gutters: Wapak councilor wants project savings to help assessed residents

March 6, 2012

Estimated cost savings on a city road project prompted one Wapakoneta City Council member to request the money be set aside to help defray some costs  to be paid by residents along the project’s route.

1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier inquired if the estimated savings from a bid under the engineer’s estimate for the East Benton Street reconstruction project could be used to help pay for the curbs and gutters, a cost assessed to affected property owners.

Gallery to host first photography exhibit

March 6, 2012

A local gallery is incorporating a new exhibit — one of which has sparked many local artists to display their talent.

The Wapakoneta Riverside Art Center is currently setting up their first-ever photography exhibit, which starts with an opening reception to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“In September, we had our annual juried art show,” Riverside Art Center Gallery Director Anna Fisher said.

This show includes all mediums of art, from painting to sculpture to photography.

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