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November 28th, 2011

Third-grade student wants to be famous

November 28, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Dressed in pink lace, sequins and glittery shoes, a third-grader who writes her own songs admits that some day she wants to be famous.
Even as Jaci Glass struggled with the heels, she said she needed to practice walking in them because they were making her trip and this was an outfit she wanted to wear for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The 9-year-old loves fashion, singing and dancing and says someday she hopes to be like her idols, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus, not only up on stage or on TV, but in magazines girls her age read.

November 25th

Black(eye) Friday — No incidents locally, but fights in other cities

November 25, 2011

A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the United States as bargain-hunters crowded malls and big-box stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday.
For the first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohl’s opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Toys R Us opened for the second straight year on Thanksgiving itself. And some shoppers arrived with sharp elbows.

Holiday show coming to Performing Arts Center

November 25, 2011

Local residents can join Charles Dickens in his study as history, humor and holiday come to life as he tells the story of “A Christmas Carol.”
Scrooge and all the characters of Charles Dickens’ holiday story will take the stage for the final show of the season at Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in “The Night Before Christmas Carol,” a special take on the classic Christmas story written by Dickens in 1843.

Schools raising money with cards

November 25, 2011

For those wanting to support Wapakoneta City Schools, they need only to purchase groceries at Kroger with a special card.
To start, those interested purchase a gift card from the school district for $1. Money can be continuously reloaded onto the card.

Final tallies official: Two votes separate Uniopolis mayor’s race

November 25, 2011

Two votes ended up being the difference in the race for Uniopolis mayor.
By two votes, the incumbent Uniopolis mayor was re-elected to his fifth term, according to official results of the Nov. 8 general election released Wednesday by the Auglaize County Elections Board.
No final outcomes of other countywide races changed based on official election results after provisional ballots were added into totals.

Solid Waste District updates rules

November 25, 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.
“When we submitted a plan to the EPA we said we would review some of the rules we have and update them,” Reichelderfer said. “We have finally done that. It’s something we should have done quite a while ago.”

Two purchasing agents approved for district

November 25, 2011

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.

November 23rd

Building for sale: District to market Pine St. building

November 23, 2011

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.

Saxophonist ushers in Santa at NYC Parade

November 23, 2011

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 Macy’s 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.

Local students share what they are most thankful for

November 23, 2011

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.
“I said I was thankful for
extra buttery popcorn,” Sharp said.

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