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March 26th, 2012

Direct payments could be cut in bill

March 26, 2012

TROY — Removing direct payments from the 2012 Farm Bill leaving farmers to rely more heavily on crop insurance grabbed the attention of farmers and others gathered Saturday at the 21st annual Farm Forum.

The event, held at Troy Christian Elementary School, is hosted by House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester.

While talk revolved mainly around the 2012 Farm Bill, many other topics both inside and outside the farming industry were touched on by  Boehner and members of a select panel.

Wapak Schools to reduce staff

March 26, 2012

Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members again are turning to a reduction-in-force (RIF) process in an attempt to save money for the district.

During Tuesday’s meeting, board members will vote on the RIF of one employee, an elementary music teacher due to “financial reasons and changes in curriculum” as stated in the resolution.    

March 23rd

Retiring teacher says he will miss job

March 23, 2012

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
A Wapakoneta City Schools faculty member comes from a long line of teachers.
Wapakoneta Middle School science teacher Bart Smith has graded his last test, taught his last lesson and has packed up his classroom, as he recently retired from the school district.
Smith’s mother and grandmother also dedicated their careers to teaching.
“My mom was a Spanish teacher here, and she taught Spanish at the high school,” Smith said. “She used to run the Pepsi stand for the Spanish Club at the (Auglaize County) fair, and I helped her do that when I was a kid.”

Mother urges gun safety

March 23, 2012

By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Six years ago a Wapakoneta woman’s son was killed in an accidental shooting.
The pain hasn’t lessened in that time, and with the passing this week of the sixth anniversary of 18-year-old Josh Martin’s death, Brenda Martin again issued a plea to families everywhere.
“Please talk to your loved ones about gun safety,” Martin said as tears streamed down her face.

Living to the fullest

March 23, 2012

By LANCE MIHM
Staff Writer
Twelve-year-old Seth Thuman has a thing or two to teach most people about what it is truly like to roll with the punches.
Seth suffers from a rare form of atypical meningioma, a type of brain cancer. Despite countless brain surgeries, Seth is proceeding through life with the typical youthful vigor a person expects to see out of children approaching their teens.

Exploring the world: Wapak grad travels across the world to teach

March 23, 2012

A Wapakoneta native, who has a passion for traveling and teaching, has found a way to do both.

Paula Davies, a 2000 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, teaches at an international school in the country of Tunisia, which is in northern Africa along the Mediterranean Sea, where she has spent the last school year living and teaching.

LEPC considers projects to fund

March 23, 2012

Grant money originally slated for a shooting range to train local law enforcement is being reallocated for other emergency planning needs of the county.

“We tried four times,” Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said.

The state failed to approve plans for a tactical shooting range and training facility, he said, even after they made tweaks each time to try to meet their criteria.

Safe oil supply key to policy

March 23, 2012

The U.S. energy problems are multi-faceted but it is primarily based on the basic principle of supply and demand, a U.S. legislator says.

March 22nd

Dual EOCs planned: Future of county emergency operations centers considered

March 22, 2012

Having two emergency operation centers in the county is a likely possibility as Auglaize County officials look into future planning.

“We’re looking at having one in both places,” Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said, referring to Wapakoneta and St. Marys. “We would be unique in that we would be one of the only counties to have two.”

Understanding Jesus: The Rev. Davis talks on ‘He is calling Elijah’ at lenten lunch

March 22, 2012

The Rev. R.J. Davis, of First United Methodist Church, spoke to the congregation at the latest installment of Lenten Lunch about understanding.

His meditation was on “He is calling Elijah,” which is one of the words spoken to Jesus as he died on the cross.

After reading Mark 15:33-36, Davis said that the words spoken by Jesus had great emotion, especially when Jesus cried out in a loud voice “EliEli, EliEi, lemalema sabachthanisabachthani?” which is translated to “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”

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