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December 19th

Student breaks school record, to become engineer after HS

December 19, 2011

A local student unexpectedly broke a school record for a sport that he has competed in since his freshman year of high school.
Wapakoneta High School senior Ryan Kremer broke the school’s record in the 200-meter individual medley this year during a swim meet — and said setting the record was one of his most memorable moments so far during his senior year.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” Kremer said. “It was sweet because everyone was cheering for me at the meet.”
Kremer broke the record this season, at the beginning of December, in a swim meet against Marion Local and Bath.

December 16th

Fees jump in 2012

December 16, 2011

The only increase expected in the Auglaize County coroner’s budget for 2012 is an increase in autopsy fees.
Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag requested an increase of $3,000 to $28,000 in contract services for fees paid for autopsies which are sent elsewhere.
A contract with the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for autopsy services during 2012 charges $1,200 per autopsy including routine toxicology, travel reimbursement at the current IRS standard mileage business rate, and responsibility for transportation to and from the Lucas County facility.

Student gives food to feed families

December 16, 2011

After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-old’s 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 school’s food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.

Fighting bullies

December 16, 2011

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.
“I’m here as a voice for my son and all children who have been bullied and harassed,” said Kim Wright.

Cost analysis: City schools explain position on negotiations

December 16, 2011

At an invitation-only meeting, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained the school district’s financial situation and an impasse with the teacher’s union on a new contract resulting in the school board offering its “last, best and final offer.”
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 district’s financial situation.

One and done: Committee recommends lump sum payment

December 16, 2011

The directive — 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.

King bee: Males go head to head during bee

December 16, 2011

From words like “cricket” to “muscular,” students at Waynesfield-Goshen Schools went head-to-head during the school’s 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 “pristine,” 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 “competently.”

December 15th

Beet goes on: Engineer tries beet juice to treat roads

December 15, 2011

The Auglaize County engineer is trying a new method to combat snow and ice on roads this winter — 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.
“This time next year I’ll be able to tell you what we’re going to,” Reinhart said regarding whether more units for dispersing the beet juice would be added to county trucks.

Closure moratorium: The fate of two local posts to be determined by spring

December 15, 2011

Two area post offices scheduled for possible closure have been delayed — 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.

Petitions certified, no changes expected

December 15, 2011

With petitions officially certified and accepted by the Auglaize County Elections Board, no changes are expected for the March primary.
“It’s a formality,” 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.

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