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November 23rd, 2011

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.

November 22nd

Local grad named OSHP Post ‘Trooper of the Year’

November 22, 2011

A six-year veteran of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was selected as the 2011 “Trooper of the Year” 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.

Transfer sparks concerns

November 22, 2011

A line item in a supplemental appropriation drew the attention of two Wapakoneta City Council members and the city’s administration.
To balance the Wapakoneta City Recreation Department’s budget for the end of the year, a shift of $7,000 from the Wapakoneta WaterPark Fund to the city’s 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.

High school senior dives into driving herself toward excellence

November 22, 2011

BOTKINS — 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.
“If you want to try something, now is the time to do it,” Christman said. “This is the time when you can try everything and see if you like it. Don’t wait until you are a senior to try something. I’ve 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.”

Five arrested by Grand Lake Drug Task Force

November 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — 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. 
Those arrested were:
• Gloria J. Steinke, 61, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
• Ralph D. Biederman, 49, of St. Marys, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.
• Paul A. Ryan, 62, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.

November 21st

Mayor seeks report to determine where work is needed

November 21, 2011

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 city’s main revenue source soon.
Mayor Rodney Metz said he intends to request a report today from the city’s Tax Information Office regarding a breakdown of income tax collections.

Putting on a show: Local WHS students show off talent

November 21, 2011

Singing, piano solos and guitar ballads filled the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center as local youth showcased their talent to the public on Saturday.
Wapakoneta High School freshmen through seniors performed this weekend during the Redskin Revue, a high school talent show, held at the Wapakoneta High School. The performers could perform any act they wanted.
Approximately 20 performances were given, including singing songs by Adele, playing the piano to a Kelly Clarkson hit song and strumming the guitar to a Christina Perri tune.

Event brings holiday cheer to area

November 21, 2011

Trees adorned with tinsel, garland and lights lit up the hallways and common rooms of The Gardens at Wapakoneta this past week as residents and community members flocked to check out the Christmas scene.
The 13th annual Festival of Trees was held during this past week and weekend, and included more than 80 donated items, which were all auctioned off to festival bidders.
A silent auction was held to bid on the trees and specialty items decorated with Ohio State ornaments, Hawaiian colors, snowflakes and tractors — just a few of the attractions at the event.

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