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Wapakoneta city administrators moved three street projects closer to realization Monday when three ordinances received their first reading during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains can advertise for bids, negotiate a contract for design plans and develop specifications for repaving West Mechanic Street from South Blackhoof Street to West Auglaize Street as well as a section of Short Road from newly constructed Progress Drive to County Road 25A, if the two ordinances gain council approval on its third reading.
For deputies, police officers and troopers, they pursue a career in law enforcement to protect and to serve â€” those duties are not always isolated to stopping law breakers.
For a group of 55 members of law enforcement from police officers to dispatchers, from probation officers to victimâ€™s advocates, they felt it was important to help make Christmas for 103 families more enjoyable and to bring smiles to childrenâ€™s faces.
Cost-of-service studies on utility rates charged to Wapakoneta consumers should help city elected officials determine future increases to deal with higher costs of business and mandated projects.
Wapakoneta City Council Councilor-at-large Steve Walter, who also chairs the Utility Committee, told city administrators he would like to have rate studies completed on water, wastewater, electric and refuse to help his committee set future rates.
A local student unexpectedly broke a school record for a sport that he has competed in since his freshman year of high school.
Wapakoneta High School senior Ryan Kremer broke the schoolâ€™s record in the 200-meter individual medley this year during a swim meet â€” and said setting the record was one of his most memorable moments so far during his senior year.
â€śI wasnâ€™t really expecting it,â€ť Kremer said. â€śIt was sweet because everyone was cheering for me at the meet.â€ť
Kremer broke the record this season, at the beginning of December, in a swim meet against Marion Local and Bath.
The only increase expected in the Auglaize County coronerâ€™s budget for 2012 is an increase in autopsy fees.
Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag requested an increase of $3,000 to $28,000 in contract services for fees paid for autopsies which are sent elsewhere.
A contract with the Lucas County Coronerâ€™s Office for autopsy services during 2012 charges $1,200 per autopsy including routine toxicology, travel reimbursement at the current IRS standard mileage business rate, and responsibility for transportation to and from the Lucas County facility.
After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-oldâ€™s mind was to use the winnings to help needy families have a nice Christmas meal.
Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer took prize money she won for placing second at the Auglaize County District Public Library, for a gingerbread house she made for an annual holiday contest, and bought canned goods to donate to the schoolâ€™s food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.
Concerned parents, grandparents and students at Wapakoneta City Schools approached the board of education during a meeting this week to ask about forming an anti-bullying committee.
Three mothers spoke about situations in which their sons had been involved and for which they felt they were punished unfairly after they stood up for themselves against alleged bullies.
â€śIâ€™m here as a voice for my son and all children who have been bullied and harassed,â€ť said Kim Wright.
At an invitation-only meeting, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained the school districtâ€™s financial situation and an impasse with the teacherâ€™s union on a new contract resulting in the school board offering its â€ślast, best and final offer.â€ť
Approximately 50 business people and government officials attended the meeting at Wapakoneta High School ascertain information concerning what has been offered to the teachers through contract negotiations and the districtâ€™s financial situation.
The directive â€” make payment to American Municipal Power (AMP) and be done with the project.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended Thursday paying $533,570 for its participation in an AMP power plant for costs associated with the unfinished coal-fired plant and end its obligation to the project.
From words like â€ścricketâ€ť to â€śmuscular,â€ť students at Waynesfield-Goshen Schools went head-to-head during the schoolâ€™s annual spelling bee.
The last two standing, seventh-grader Jarrod Bly and eighth-grader Quintin Werner, went back and forth for a few dozens of rounds reciting the correct letters to spell words, until Bly was crowned champion.
Werner got stumped on the word â€śpristine,â€ť and Bly had a chance to correct the spelling and spell another word to win, but he was unable to correct it, so the pair continued on.
Then the couple both struggled with the word â€ścompetently.â€ť