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March 6th, 2012

YMCA introduces TRX

March 6, 2012

A personal trainer’s interest in a new exercise system has sparked the attention of fellow employees and area residents — and is now offered at a local fitness facility.

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is now offering TRX Suspension Training and have on-staff personal trainers, including Lisa Barrett, working with clients. Barrett brought the idea to the facility last year.

March 5th

Cuts affect programs: FSA program sign-ups change with cuts

March 5, 2012

With cuts in the federal budget affecting administration of the U.S. Farm Service Agency, the cuts have also delayed several federal programs for farmers and producers.

The delay in programming makes it imperative for farmers to meet with local FSA personnel as soon as possible, the local FSA executive director says.

Wind energy education: Organization shows wind farm movie in Wapak

March 5, 2012

Area residents filled the Wapa Theatre this weekend to watch an informative documentary on wind farms.

“Windfall” documented the lives of residents of Meredith, N.Y., a rural farming community, and the impact the installation of 40 400-foot tall wind turbines had on their community.

Senior to become teacher or study journalism

March 5, 2012

A local high school senior is currently undecided what to study in college, but he knows his passion for basketball may help guide him along the way.

Wapakoneta High School student Kaleb Page plans to attend Bowling Green State University this fall and is contemplating positions in education or journalism.

“I have a few ideas,” Page said of a career choice. “I’m thinking about possibly becoming an elementary or high school teacher or get into sports journalism or broadcasting.”

March 2nd

Combatting bullies: High school holds Anti-bullying Day

March 2, 2012

Verbal threats, name calling, rumors and tags on Facebook are all forms of bullying Wapakoneta High School students say they have experienced from other classmates.

“It’s a pretty big problem,” junior Kiesha Simpson said.

Megan Steinke, also a junior, said the biggest way students are bullied at the school is online, typically on Facebook.

“The same people do it, they just change who they do it to,” Megan said.

While the girls said for the most part they try to ignore it, name calling and gossip still hurts.

Cuts hit FSA: Services, programs to feel hit

March 2, 2012

Federal budget cuts the past two years and additional cuts expected for 2013 is forcing a local farm executive to trim services for area farmers.

Auglaize County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Anita Green said the U.S. Farm Service Agency (FSA) experienced 12 percent budget cuts in 2011 and 2012, with additional cuts forthcoming in 2013. To help with the budget crisis, all federal employees experienced a wage freeze the past two years.

Could be for real: Aim is for safety training, pamphlet

March 2, 2012

If a law enforcement officer believes a gun is for real, then the law enforcement officer will likely treat that weapon as being real, city leaders say.

The best way to avoid an incident, they advise, is to practice safety measures as if the airsoft toy weapon is a real gun.

Tornado Watch

March 2, 2012

A PDS tornado watch has been issued for most of Auglaize and Shelby County until 9 p.m. tonight.
Weather maps showed a particularly strong area of storms in the area of Indianapolis at about 3 p.m. that were causing several tornado warnings in that area.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said a severe thunderstorm warning is likely to be issued for the area soon. The weather forecast includes strong thunderstorms during the evening that will give way to partly cloudy skies after midnight. Damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a tornado with some of the storms are possible.

Mapping the future: County GIS map website made more user friendly

March 2, 2012

Beginning today, a new application should make navigating Auglaize County geographic information system (GIS) mapping easier.

“We tried to keep it similar to what we already had and make it simpler to use,” Auglaize County GIS Director Joe Collin said as he clicked through the site, noting changes, many of which make it more user friendly. “There are no real changes to the map application put in place in 2005 other than a few layers added over the years. It’s a lot of the same tools, we’ve just made them easier to use.”

Ship sails in

March 2, 2012

Most parents know their children can be ornery, no matter their age.

Under the circumstances, Annette Hensley is likely to forgive that tendency in her son.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jordan Hensley surprised his mother Thursday at the Wapakoneta Elementary School Thursday with a visit. Annette Hensley works in the cafeteria at the school.

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