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October 19th, 2011

Retail concerns rise: Wapak councilor fights to fill downtown storefronts

October 19, 2011

With multiple commercial and retail businesses locating in the past year in Celina and St. Marys to the west and in Bellefontaine to east of Wapakoneta, a city councilor questioned if enough is being done here to attract new stores.
Wapakoneta 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf shared his concern with the work being done by the city on the commercial and retail front since most of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) staff’s energies seem to be devoted to filling the Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.

Trailer park poses problems for school levy

October 19, 2011

BOTKINS — With the Nov. 8 general election fast approaching, Botkins residents have discussed the different advantages and disadvantages of building a new school with state funds through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
For one small group in Botkins, the disadvantages hit home.
As part of the project, the school is discussing the purchase of small area of land surrounding Belle Circle Drive for the use of an access point to the proposed school building site. That site is currently home to a small trailer court.

Zehringer: Food safety remain No. 1 priority

October 19, 2011

The economic recession has forced cuts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, but they continue to focus on their No. 1 priority, the top agriculturalist in the state says.
Former Mercer County farmer and ODA Director Jim Zehringer said the ODA, similar to all governmental agencies, is looking at cuts to help with the down economy, but that they are maintaining their top priority — keeping food safe.

October 18th

Seeking concrete plan: Sidewalk issue spreads to curbs, gutters

October 18, 2011

The sidewalk issue is baaaaack.
And this time it has company — curbs and gutters.
Wapakoneta City Council 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who has voiced his opposition to the assessment process for curbs, gutters and sidewalks, objected to assessments being levied against property owners along the recently completed Hamilton Street project.
He also wanted an explanation regarding no assessments being levied on property owners along Mechanic Street from Park Street to South Blackhoof Street.

W-G list down to three possibles

October 18, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members interviewed three people during an executive session Monday to fill the seat of interim superintendent.
The position is being vacated because Superintendent Joanne Kerekes, who announced her intent to resign and take a position with the state’s Race to the Top program, plans to begin work with the state on Nov. 1.
The three chosen for interviews were from a list of eight candidates who submitted resumes for the position. J. Chris Pfister, Randy Earl, and Susan Miko were all given interviews during the executive session.

Wapak’s natural gas aggregate price set for ’11-’12 winter

October 18, 2011

Peddlers of natural gas deals should not be tolerated, a city administrator says.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains informed Wapakoneta City Council members at their meeting Monday that Police Chief Russ Hunlock did not issue any permits for door-to-door salesmen to offer natural gas contracts.
“They tend to get real aggressive,” Rains said, “and we still offer our natural gas aggregation program which is very affordable.”

October 17th

Peddling ‘happiness’: Craft show fun for buyers and sellers

October 17, 2011

People may have come for all different reasons but most of those attending and peddling their wares at the Wapakoneta Craft Show on Saturday left happy.
For a St. Marys woman, craft shows have allowed her family to maintain their level of living and stay in their home after her husband lost his job a year ago.
A mother of four, Stacey Stephens, has perfected the art of not just diaper cakes, but diaper creations including diaper four- wheelers.

W’field woman listed as serious

October 17, 2011

Alcohol use is suspected in a two-vehicle collision Saturday that left one person in critical condition and another in serious condition.
Austin Lloyd, 17, of Harrod, was driving south in a 1992 Nissan Sentra on Lawrence Road, east of the town of Harrod at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the Alger Road intersection and drove into the path of a vehicle driven by Carol Stiles, 46, of Waynesfield. Stiles was driving west in a 1997 Plymouth Neon.

Sisters, brother share commonalities and differences

October 17, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Sometimes the Craft siblings get along, but sometimes they don’t — just like they like to do a lot of the same things, but not always.
“I don’t like being in the middle, both of them are mean,” Bill, who celebrated his 8th birthday on Friday, said with a snicker.
After he said one thing and his older sister said another he said they like to argue with him.
His sisters, Rachel, 9, and Sara, 6, like to look on the sunny side of life and say they do not argue a lot.

October 14th

Silent auction benefits Mercy

October 14, 2011

A silent auction is to benefit Mercy Unlimited while also highlighting some of the donations the thrift store receives each year.
“We’ll be auctioning close to 75 items — housewares, glassware, furniture, lamps and artwork,” said Mercy volunteer Linda Johns, who is coordinating the project.
Everything to be auctioned has been donated.
“We receive some beautiful stuff,” Johns said. “We’ll be auctioning vintage items and antiques, plus some newer items, some of which have never been used or are still in the original box.”

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