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After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-oldâs mind was to use the winnings to help needy families have a nice Christmas meal.
Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer took prize money she won for placing second at the Auglaize County District Public Library, for a gingerbread house she made for an annual holiday contest, and bought canned goods to donate to the schoolâs food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.
Concerned parents, grandparents and students at Wapakoneta City Schools approached the board of education during a meeting this week to ask about forming an anti-bullying committee.
Three mothers spoke about situations in which their sons had been involved and for which they felt they were punished unfairly after they stood up for themselves against alleged bullies.
âIâm here as a voice for my son and all children who have been bullied and harassed,â said Kim Wright.
At an invitation-only meeting, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained the school districtâs financial situation and an impasse with the teacherâs union on a new contract resulting in the school board offering its âlast, best and final offer.â
Approximately 50 business people and government officials attended the meeting at Wapakoneta High School ascertain information concerning what has been offered to the teachers through contract negotiations and the districtâs financial situation.
The directive â make payment to American Municipal Power (AMP) and be done with the project.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended Thursday paying $533,570 for its participation in an AMP power plant for costs associated with the unfinished coal-fired plant and end its obligation to the project.
From words like âcricketâ to âmuscular,â students at Waynesfield-Goshen Schools went head-to-head during the schoolâs annual spelling bee.
The last two standing, seventh-grader Jarrod Bly and eighth-grader Quintin Werner, went back and forth for a few dozens of rounds reciting the correct letters to spell words, until Bly was crowned champion.
Werner got stumped on the word âpristine,â and Bly had a chance to correct the spelling and spell another word to win, but he was unable to correct it, so the pair continued on.
Then the couple both struggled with the word âcompetently.â
The Auglaize County engineer is trying a new method to combat snow and ice on roads this winter â beet juice.
Starting with a truck equipped with one unit of a beet juice-salt brine mixture, which is to be applied to the limestone and salt mixture before it is laid on county roads, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said they are in the process of adding three additional units.
âThis time next year Iâll be able to tell you what weâre going to,â Reinhart said regarding whether more units for dispersing the beet juice would be added to county trucks.
Two area post offices scheduled for possible closure have been delayed â and now Congress holds the key to their fate.
Members of Congress and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials agreed Tuesday to a five-month moratorium on a plan that would potentially close post office facilities.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown acclaimed the moratorium for the 120 post offices and 10 processing facilities in Ohio that have been targeted by the Postal Service as part of the proposed closure review.
With petitions officially certified and accepted by the Auglaize County Elections Board, no changes are expected for the March primary.
âItâs a formality,â Auglaize County Elections Director Carolyn Campbell said.
Board members reviewed the petitions submitted for candidates in county races and then gave them their signatures of approval. All the petitions provided a sufficient number of valid signatures to be accepted.
With the March primary election field set, only one county official is expected to face competition this fall.
Auglaize County Health Department employees can expect pay raises in 2012, although those rates wonât be applied uniformly.
Auglaize County Health Board members voted Tuesday to revise the pay range schedule for the department and set new pay rates for its 29 employees in 2012.
Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said with the previous pay range schedule set in 2000 and last updated in 2005, salaries no longer fell in line with averages around the state so it was time to make a change.
With $13 million spent in the past few years to replace the cityâs electrical system, including three substations, Wapakoneta city officials want to rebuild the fund for possible expansion in the new industrial park.
In the past three years, three substations â Middle Street, Harrison Street and Defiance Street â along with poles and transformers throughout the city have been replaced as the city upgrades its electrical system.