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September 2nd, 2011

Wapak Color Guard wins first at fair

September 2, 2011

A group of girls from the Wapakoneta area screamed and jumped for joy as it was announced that the Wapakoneta Color Guard placed first at the Allen County Fair.
The Wapakoneta High School Color Guard competed against three teams at the Allen County Fair Flag and Baton Competition, which was held at the Allen County Fairgrounds in August.
“It was amazing,” Wapakoneta High School senior Shelby Gonterman said, as they announced her squad receiving the top spot.
Gonterman said that each member on the team was squeezing each others hands as tight as they could as they waited to hear results.

List of homes to be razed released

September 2, 2011

After a review of engineering studies and reports, Wapakoneta city administrators approved five buildings to be demolished this fall using Community Development Block (CDBG) money.
Mayor Rodney Metz released a 75-page report Thursday to the Wapakoneta Daily News detailing the buildings to be torn down including homes at 311 E. Auglaize St., 701 Wheeler Lane and 902 Bellefontaine St. The list also includes the residence at 202 E. Mechanic St., which was part of a civil lawsuit more than a decade ago, and the residence attached to an ice cream store at 901 Bellefontaine St.

Post offices may face closure

September 2, 2011

Two Auglaize County post offices are among many under review for possible closure by the United States Postal Service (USPC).
The two Auglaize County post offices among those in review are outlets in St. Johns and New Hampshire. Overall, 42 post offices with a 45- prefix are under review including others in nearby McGuffey, in Hardin County, and Pemberton, in Shelby County.
Victor Dubina, a USPS corporate communications representative stationed in Cleveland, said the review are necessary for the postal service to be efficient.

Elementary principals use results to work to improve

September 2, 2011

Results for Wapakoneta City Schools’ two elementaries on state report cards were a bit different but the focus of administrators — improving — remains the same.
Wapakoneta Elementary School was designated an excellent school while Cridersville Elementary School was designated an effective school, based on the results of the 2010-11 school report card.

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.

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