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September 2nd, 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.
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.
Results for Wapakoneta City Schoolsâ two elementaries on state report cards were a bit different but the focus of administrators â improving â 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.
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. â 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.
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 âWatch It Made in the U.S.A.,â 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.
Wapakoneta Middle and High schools both received designations of excellent on their schoolsâ 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.
âWe had some very good areas and some areas of concern,â Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne said.
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.
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.
âThe mock turtle soup has been a tradition for years,â Fryburg Homecoming Festival co-organizer Connie Butcher said. âThis is a special recipe that has been in Fryburg for a long time.â
BOTKINS â 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.
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.