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November 25th, 2011
Through an agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Auglaize County Solid Waste District recently made changes and updates to its rules and regulations.
Auglaize County Solid Waste Coordinator Dave Reichelderfer said the update is part of a normal process but was something that was long overdue.
âWhen we submitted a plan to the EPA we said we would review some of the rules we have and update them,â Reichelderfer said. âWe have finally done that. Itâs something we should have done quite a while ago.â
In another move meant to help watch spending, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members appointed two administrators as purchasing agents and change order authorizers for the district.
Superintendent Keith Horner and Operations Director Mike Watt were approved this week to give the authorization for change orders up to 10 percent of the original contract award amount, not to exceed $25,000, with a follow-up report made to board members at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Preparations to sell a building which houses transportation, food services and maintenance personnel for Wapakoneta City Schools are to move forward.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members voted unanimously to proceed in preparing the building at 3 North Pine St. for sale during a regular meeting Tuesday.
Wapakoneta City Schools Operations Director Mike Watt said part of those preparations include marketing the property, getting people to see it and making adjustments to locations where the offices are to move.
For years, the Engle family would get up early on Thanksgiving Day, pop cinnamon rolls in the oven and enjoy them as they watched the Macyâs Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.
This year, an absence will be felt at the Engle household. Wapakoneta High School 2011 graduate Justin Engle will not be making the trip home from Oxford where he is a student at Miami University.
This year, the 19-year-old Miami Uni-
versity Marching Band member will be playing the tenor saxophone and actually marching in the holiday parade in New York City, as he and his band mates usher in Santa Claus.
From their family and extra buttery popcorn to Wii games, a group of elementary students shared what they are most thankful for this holiday season.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, students at Wapakoneta Elementary School shared their Thanksgiving plans and for what they are most thankful.
Ten-year-old David Sharp recounted that during his music class, all of the classmates went around the room and shared what they were thankful for this year.
âI said I was thankful for
extra buttery popcorn,â Sharp said.
A six-year veteran of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was selected as the 2011 âTrooper of the Yearâ at the Wapakoneta Post.
Joshua J. Carter was selected for the honor in recognition of his outstanding service throughout the year, Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said.
Fellow troopers and supervisors assigned to the post chose Carter based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, and enthusiastic work attitude, along with his cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.
A line item in a supplemental appropriation drew the attention of two Wapakoneta City Council members and the cityâs administration.
To balance the Wapakoneta City Recreation Departmentâs budget for the end of the year, a shift of $7,000 from the Wapakoneta WaterPark Fund to the cityâs Recreation Fund had to be made to cover outstanding expenses.
While the transfer is necessary this year, Mayor Rodney Metz said he does not want this to happen again in the future.
BOTKINS â Botkins High School senior Jenna Christman has approached high school with a solid philosophy. A philosophy, she says, she hopes more students will apply to themselves before they graduate.
âIf you want to try something, now is the time to do it,â Christman said. âThis is the time when you can try everything and see if you like it. Donât wait until you are a senior to try something. Iâve seen a lot of people wait until they were seniors and then they try something and find out they enjoyed it. They lose out on a lot.â
ST. MARYS â Five area residents were arrested on Monday as a result of investigations by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the suspects were arrested following a six-month drug investigation by the task force.Â
Those arrested were:
â¢ Gloria J. Steinke, 61, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
â¢ Ralph D. Biederman, 49, of St. Marys, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.
â¢ Paul A. Ryan, 62, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
A decline in income tax collections this year powers the concerns of city administrators, but a city leader says he expects a rebound in the cityâs main revenue source soon.
Mayor Rodney Metz said he intends to request a report today from the cityâs Tax Information Office regarding a breakdown of income tax collections.