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November 2nd, 2011
Few people will argue Ohio Gov. John Kasich is attempting anything to reduce government spending and balance the state budget, but one piece of legislation in particular is stirring up plenty of attention regarding his methods to reach that goal.
State Issue 2, placed on the ballot as a referendum, would ban public worker strikes and restrict collective bargaining rights for public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police officers. Public employee unions will still be able to negotiate on wages but not on their pension or their health care benefits.
A local high school student has gained national recognition through a small business she runs.
Wapakoneta High School senior Mallory McDevitt received top honors as she earned national recognition during the National FFA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis in October.
The 18-year-old, who owns and operates her own organic produce business, farms a one-acre plot of land at her parentâ€™s residence and has a clientele of approximately 30 people when she sells her fresh produce to each week.
Waynefield-Goshen Schools studentsâ€™ biggest fanâ€™s legacy will live on, first with a fundraiser and then as an annual scholarship in her name.
The Deb Boday Memorial fundraiser is planned for 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Waynesfield-Goshen School auditeria. All the money raised is to benefit the schoolâ€™s band and choir trip to New York City in the spring.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with a quarter auction beginning at 3 p.m. Childrenâ€™s games, a cake wheel, minihorse program, and a craft show featuring both local and more distant vendors are to take place throughout the afternoon.
The thought of entering public service as an elected official crossed his mind years ago when a Wapakoneta man was in high school and again in college when he was studying political science.
Earlier this year he decided to act on it.
On Nov. 8, Chad Doll should be elected the cityâ€™s 4th Ward representative on Wapakoneta City Council. He, like the other six members of council, is running unopposed for the council seat. His post was vacated by Dan Graf, who is running for an at-large seat.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Incumbent Jodi Hennon is facing opposition from Tim Doty for her seat for Goshen Township fiscal officer in the Nov. 8 general election.
Efficiency with duties and with tax dollars was the key for both candidates as the township faces state cuts to its already tiny budget.
Doty, 57, 13245 McBeth Road, Wapakoneta, has lived in the township for 22 years. He and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children. He has not held any elected offices, but
Doty said he has volunteered for township for five years and said that helped him decide to run.
The Cridersville Village Council president says it is crucial that a renewal levy passes since local government funding from the state is being cut in 2012 for the village.
A 2-mill property tax levy appears on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. This renewal levy helps fund operating expenses paid from the villageâ€™s General Fund.
â€śThe local government funding is being cut for the upcoming year,â€ť Cridersville Village Council President Eric West said. â€śPassing of this levy is quite crucial. It is critical for the village that the levy is passed.â€ť
By staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins football team is in the state playoffs.
Wapakoneta City Schools administrators met today with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officials, who decided the football team is still eligible to play. The student-athlete found in violation of the rule is still ineligible.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said school officials met with OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross and his assistant commissioners at their office in Columbus.
Zombies once again invaded downtown Wapakoneta this past weekend.
The KAPOW (Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta) Club hosted their second â€śDARE To Be A Zombie Walkâ€ť on Saturday, with all the proceeds benefitting the Auglaize County DARE Program.
Approximately 70 creatively dressed zombies of all ages roamed around downtown Wapakoneta to haunted music, playing on the downtown sound system, as spectators watched and took pictures.
Three thefts â€” two at Bellefontaine Street businesses and one on Lima Street â€” were reported last week.
Gretchen Hager, who works for Radio Shack, reported to Wapakoneta Police Department officers the theft of a PlayStation game controller valued at $29.99 from the business. The theft occurred between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the store located at 1252 Bellefontaine St.
The theft would be a first-degree misdemeanor.
Two suspects are believed to be involved in the theft.
A Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grader says she enjoys all aspects of schools.
Thirteen-year-old Cassidy Hughes enjoys the social time with her friends and also the academic part and being challenged in her classes.
â€śI like everything about school,â€ť Cassidy said. â€śI like hanging out with my friends and Iâ€™m interested in learning.â€ť
Cassidy said she enjoys many subjects, including language arts, science and social studies.
â€śI like to read and writing,â€ť the student said. â€śI read a lot.â€ť
When asked what her favorite book was, Cassidy could not pin-point just one.