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WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield Board of Education members officially recognized Colin Maxwell as he made his last appearance as a school board member at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Maxwell, who served 14 years (1997-2011) on the board, decided not to run again this year. His position will be filled by Mark Chiles, who previously served on the board.
â€śIâ€™ve been on the board a long time and I feel we have accomplished a lot,â€ť Maxwell said after the meeting.
Dressed in their black military outfits and wearing garrison caps, nine members of the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars post stand waiting at attention along the sidewalk to the home one returning Iraqi veteran grew up.
His siblings and friends crowd the porch at 213 E. Benton St. as his mother stands on the bottom step fidgeting first with her hands cupping her face and then at her side â€” all watching as U.S. Army Private 1st Class Than Bowersock walks down the sidewalk. He spent the last year in Iraq.
As the bitter cold December wind whipped through Greenlawn Cemetery, a group of people held a moment of silence for local soldiers killed in action.
â€śMay we continue to honor our veterans and their sacrifices for years to come,â€ť said Ralph Reynolds, a member of the local veterans organization Freedomâ€™s Colors, as he led the group gathered to lay the wreaths in remembrance of seven Wapakoneta soldiers killed in action.
â€śThis is one way of paying respect and saying thank you,â€ť he said as each wreath was laid.
For one six-year-old at the Wapakoneta Elementary School, settling into the school routine was scary at first. However the kindergarten student of Abby Truesdale is settling into the dayâ€™s routine just fine, the young girl says.
â€śIt was really hard getting used to it,â€ť Avery Hudt said. â€śIt took a while getting used to it.â€ť
However, she said she may have had a little bit of an advantage getting used to school. The daughter of Karen and Josh Hudt said her mother works as a first grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary School and her grandmother works in the office.
BOTKINS — Maybe the Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team was just off to too hot of a start this season.
School personnel canceled Friday’s meeting with the Houston Wildcats after a fire alarm went off just before 7 p.m. as the junior varsity was approaching half time. Approximately 700 people had to be evacuated from the gymnasium, taking refuge outside the building.
JACKSON CENTER — A rural Auglaize County beekeeper says people need to take beekeeping and the importance of honey in people’s diets more seriously.
Donald Steinke recently explained many problems happening in the industry, citing a report by the Food Safety News that reported more than three-fourths of what grocery stores and other retailers are selling as honey doesn’t fit the legal designation of honey.
Two churches are joining forces to bring in a family of musicians for a holiday event.
“Christmas with the Bowmans: God’s Idea of a Good Time” is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Plum Street Bible Church, 618 W. Plum St.
Blaine Bowman and His Good Time Band, which consists of Blaine Bowman, his wife, Christine, and their children, Luke and Tiffany, travel more than 50,000 miles a year to present the gospel.
One thing was quite evident from the Wapakoneta High School academic competition team. Confidence will never be a problem.
The team is made up of the same members for the second year in a row. Seniors Chris Schwartz, Joey Jose and Cole Thrush, junior Ross Kohler, and sophomores George Jose and Austin Klingler are making a name for themselves. After many years of lukewarm results, the group is making Wapakoneta a force on the academic competition trail.
A new cruiser topped the list of budget requests for the Auglaize County sheriff in 2012.
In presenting his requests Thursday to the Auglaize County commissioners, Sheriff Al Solomonâ€™s proposed budget of more than $4.3 million is $56,000, or a 1 percent increase, from 2011.
Included in the budget was a $5,000 increase to $95,000 for law enforcement supplies, a $5,000 increase to $200,000 for jail supplies, and a $6,500 increase to $16,500 for jail equipment.
With the cityâ€™s debt accounts funded for the final two years of payments, the Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee chair intends the general fund money paid into those accounts in the past can finally pay for other needed equipment.
Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells and his fellow Finance Committee members reviewed debt funds and various other city accounts during Thursdayâ€™s budget meeting held at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.