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September 2nd, 2011

Local attends seminary, receives support

September 2, 2011

A Wapakoneta native will soon be traveling to the East Coast to dig deeper in her studies at a theological seminary school, and she will have the support of her home church, St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Twenty three-year-old Kendra Short has made the decision to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary School, in South Hamilton, Mass. — which is outside of Boston.
Short, who graduated from Hope College, in Mich., with degrees in philosophy and psychology in the spring, talked with a seminarian, who helped her to discover a career path after college.

Traveling group starts its 40-day voyage

September 2, 2011

A traveling recreational group is starting its 40-day voyage across four states at the KOA Campgrounds in Wapakoneta.
The Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) converged at the campgrounds Wednesday to begin its voyage. The recreational club travels in only Airstream trailers. With a traveling theme if “Watch It Made in the U.S.A.,” participants said it was only natural that the club begin its journey near Jackson Center, where Airstreams are made.
Sharon and George Hilton, of New Mexico, are wagon masters for the journey.

September 1st

WMS and WHS rate ‘excellent’ on state reports, still concerns

September 1, 2011

Wapakoneta Middle and High schools both received designations of excellent on their schools’ state report cards recently released by the Ohio Department of Education.
Administrators at the schools said they are pleased with their successes, but, of course, have areas upon which they continue to work.
“We had some very good areas and some areas of concern,” Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne said.

No write-ins filed in county

September 1, 2011

With the deadline for write-in candidates to file to run for office in Auglaize County passing Monday, no one has filed.
Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said the passing of the deadline to file as a write-in finalizes the list of candidates for the Nov. 8 general election.

Fryburg to kick off 121st festival

September 1, 2011

One of the oldest festivals in the area will celebrate its 121st year where they plan to sell their famous recipe soup along with bringing the community together to celebrate.
The Fryburg Homecoming Festival is set for this Sunday and includes raffles, games and, of course, their popular mock turtle soup.
“The mock turtle soup has been a tradition for years,” Fryburg Homecoming Festival co-organizer Connie Butcher said. “This is a special recipe that has been in Fryburg for a long time.”

August 31st

Botkins councilors address health costs

August 31, 2011

BOTKINS — Botkins village employees will pay more of their premium this year than in the past and the percentage of the premium is going to rise.
Botkins Village Council members voted Tuesday to raise village employee health cost to 10 percent of their premium and phased in future hikes.
To help overcome ever-increasing health costs, village employees now will pay a portion of their insurance costs.

Smell still present at C’ville

August 31, 2011

The latest culprit in a lingering smell in the new Cridersville Elementary School seems to be an adhesive used on the carpet.
Last spring Wapakoneta City Schools administrators believed they had found the source of the odor, but by June they realized the smell was still there even after that potential cause had been fixed.
The odor first appeared in the elementary school on Reichelderfer Road in early April, when the building was evacuated for a day.

8 arrested for drug sales

August 31, 2011

Eight area residents were arrested Tuesday, including a Wapakoneta man and a St. Marys mother and daughter, on a variety of drug charges as the result of an investigation conducted by the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
The arrests came Tuesday morning and afternoon as investigations continue into drug sales in the area and resulted in indictment warrants being returned by the Auglaize County grand jury.
Those arrested include:
• Joey L. Richardson, 30, of Wapakoneta, on six counts of trafficking in drugs involving suspected methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

August 30th

Zoning Board prefers new fee hike schedule

August 30, 2011

A fee hike for filing an appeal regarding the city’s zoning code now rests with Wapakoneta City Council.
Unable to reach an agreement on a fee hike, Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members agreed the issue would best be decided by city councilors. A notification change, from adjacent homeowners to those within 250 feet of the property, this year has increased costs to the city by as much as four times. Notifications are sent out regarding a filing for a variance or a non-conforming use.

JRS land to be annexed

August 30, 2011

Two parcels of land located along Short Road should soon be part of the city of Wapakoneta, if a recommendation by the Wapakoneta City Planning Commission is approved.
The recommendation is being forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for official approval. The land, owned by the city, would be part of the 471-acre Job Ready Sites manufacturing site south of Wapakoneta.

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