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October 26th, 2011

Victim testifies at rape trial

October 26, 2011

WAPAKONETA — The rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist started on Tuesday with the victim recounting the events of an October night in 2009.
The victim, who was 69 years old at the time of the alleged crime, recounted how Douglas Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, St. Marys, allegedly engaged in unconsented sexual conduct with  her on the evening of Oct. 12, 2009. Wine owns Douglas Wine Family Optometry.

October 25th

Village tradition: Attendance high at C’ville parade, festival

October 25, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — A local village was filled with witches, superheroes and bumble bees, as they kicked off a community holiday tradition.
The village of Cridersville held their annual Halloween Parade and Festival on Monday evening down Main Street and in the fire station.
“It’s a community tradition,” Cridersville resident and costume contest emcee Stacey Myers Cook said.
Myers Cook said she was pleased with the overall turnout for the parade and festival.

State settlement reached: Harrison’s widow awarded $190,000 in police chief case

October 25, 2011

The state of Ohio and the widow of a former Wapakoneta police chief reached a settlement last month regarding the wrongful imprisonment of her husband, and a state judge approved the deal earlier this month.

Input sought on gas line

October 25, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield village residents will be offered a chance to chime in on whether or not they want Waynesfield Village Council members to continue in their attempt to work with providers to make natural gas available to villagers.
Village Administrator Fred Rowe told councilors Monday that months of gathering information is finished and the time is now to move ahead with the project.
Councilors must decide if they want to spend approximately $25,000 to do a feasibility study in order to determine if it is beneficial to move forward on a deal.

October 24th

HB136 hits agenda: Wapak Schools expected to oppose bill

October 24, 2011

Wapakoneta City Schools plan to join other districts from around the state in officially voicing its opposition to a bill which would transfer public money to support private education.
Wapakoneta Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said on their agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting is approval of a resolution opposing House Bill 136. St. Marys City Schools also recently approved a similar resolution. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Horner described the bill as “horrible,” with “problems written all over it.”

List pared to nine: Administrator possibles get 2nd interview

October 24, 2011

Nine people are on a short list from 43 applicants to fill the spot that will be left vacant by Joe Lenhart as Auglaize County administrator.
Kim Everman, Tim Klopfenstein, Chad Scott, Jarid Kohlreiser, Scott Frey, Tammy Bruns, Deb Zwez, Craig Knapke and Mike Hensley all were scheduled for a second round of interviews and were finalists for the position.
Everman, of Celina, is the clerk-administrator for the Mercer County commissioners.
Klopfenstein, of Wapakoneta, is president and general manager of an independent office for MCC Capital Corp.

Zombies to invade Wapakoneta again

October 24, 2011

Zombies are set to invade Wapakoneta for the second straight year this weekend.
The walking dead return for the second Wapakoneta Zombie Walk, sponsored by the KAPOW (Kids are Priority of Wapakoneta) Club, as they traverse Auglaize Street before dusk on Saturday.

October 21st

Animal Angst: Local authorities weigh in on tragedy

October 21, 2011

Managing Editor
The killing by Muskingam County law enforcement officers of 49 of 56 exotic animals let loose by their late owner stirred feelings of anger, disbelief and empathy by local authorities touched by the mid-week incident.
Wapakoneta native Mike Kohlreiser, who operates Understanding Wildlife, a company started with his wife, Marsha, in 1992 to educate people about wild animals, said he was struck with a range of emotions when news broke of Terry Thompson being found dead at his complex outside of Zanesville and his menagerie of exotic animals being freed.

Candidates passionate, dedicated to village

October 21, 2011

Both candidates vying to serve as Cridersville mayor have a dedication and passion to continue to make their village a better place to live.
Incumbent Lorali Myers, brings eight years of experience and a passion to see the projects started while she was mayor carried out. Her opponent, Tony Zuppardo, says his accessibility to residents and dedication to the village will benefit the residents of Cridersville.
In her first term, Myers, who was elected in 2007 to become the new Cridersville mayor, took over for former Mayor Robert Conner.

County airport to make lighting changes to conserve energy

October 21, 2011

Looking to the future, the manager of the county airport says they are working to improve energy conservation as a way to routinely save money.
Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said based on a recent analysis by an outside company they are planning to begin phasing in some of those changes during 2012. The energy conservation measures are focused on lighting at the facility outside of New Knoxville.
“It would reduce operating expenses,” Stroh said of savings expected to be achieved through the measures once they are in place.

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