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January 26th, 2012

Cruiser chasers: WPD offers simulator training

January 26, 2012

Wapakoneta police officer Pat Green called in and learned the motorcyclist in front of his cruiser was a suspect in a felony crime. He started his pursuit.

In a short time, the chase reached high speeds — some eclipsing triple digits. Green managed to stay with the motorcyclist for a period of time before he started weaving through traffic. Green decided to stop his pursuit to ensure the safety of other motorists and himself.

In two more blocks, the motorcyclist crashed.

AASM to bring in exhibits

January 26, 2012

Staff at a local museum are working on new exhibits — which will help update what has happened in space and aviation history since the last renovation of the building.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is undergoing changes for the upcoming year, and will be incorporating a new type of exhibit, a museum executive says.

“We are working on two new exhibits that highlight things since the museum was last renovated,” Armstrong Air & Space Museum Director Chris Burton said.

School board recognized

January 26, 2012

Members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education were recognized Tuesday for their service during a regular their  monthly meeting.

The recognition of the five board members — Willie Sammetinger, Ron Mertz, Brent Schwartz, Pat Gibson and Eric McKinniss — is done annually during school board recognition month, which falls in January.

Wapak, W'field delayed

January 26, 2012

Wapakoneta City Schools and Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools are delayed two hours.

January 25th

New deal finalized

January 25, 2012

A new contract became official between Wapakoneta Education Association teachers and the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education when board members approved the deal during Tuesday’s meeting.

Ohio reaction mixed on speech

January 25, 2012

Jobs.

Jobs are the elixir for the economic ills ailing this country. Jobs are key to close the gap between the rich and the poor, the key to the middle class hanging onto to their homes. Jobs are the key to education and making sure the free market rules, President Barack Obama said Tuesday during his State of the Union address.

Bringing back the history of courthouse

January 25, 2012

Auglaize County maintenance workers have spent many of their spare hours cleaning the heavy duty metal door knobs and brass plates for 36 doors inside and outside the Auglaize County Courthouse.

“We started about four weeks ago,” county maintenance man Dave Masonbrink said. “We are spending time whenever we have it cleaning them.”

January 24th

Clouded solar vision: Financing delays start of 20-acre, 3.5-megawatt solar project in Wapak

January 24, 2012

Trouble attracting financiers is delaying a project to provide solar energy to the city of Wapakoneta, but city leaders remain optimistic progress will be made this year.

SolarVision Inc. Vice President Michael Dickman, who appeared before Wapakoneta City Council during Monday’s meeting, updated councilors on the solar energy project expected to have been started by the end of 2011. He shared the company’s difficulties in contracting with financiers to fund the project is delaying its start.

Councilor: City parks hit marks

January 24, 2012

Walking and exercise should continue to be the primary focus of the park systems in Auglaize County and the city of Wapakoneta, according to a report released to Wapakoneta City Council members — an emphasis city administrators have placed on existing and future parks.

Local gallery recognizes young artists

January 24, 2012

A local gallery has plans to recognize young artists with an exhibit dedicated just for their work.

The third annual Riverside Art Center Youth Show is set to begin Saturday with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We are trying to promote art in schools and for the students,” Gallery Director Anna Fisher said. “This (subject) is where a lot of kids shine and they need an outlet that makes them feel good about themselves.”

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