April 26th, 2013
Rules are changing for how cell phones are handled at the high school.
“In the past, as educators, we fought the idea of cell phones, thinking they might go away,” Wapakoneta High School Principal Scott Minnig said. “They are not.
“They are ingrained in our society,” he said told Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members as they shook their heads in agreeance.
Changes approved this week by board members would affect how cell phones are used at the school beginning next school year.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity softball team hosted the Fort Loramie Redskins Thursday afternoon, in a game that turned out to be a defensive struggle featuring solid pitchers from both sides.
Wapakoneta defeated the Fort Loramie Redskins, 2-0, behind the arms of Carli Sammons and Renee Lovett.
“Carli started us off, she did a nice job with location,” Wapakoneta varsity coach Bill Sammons said. “Hit her spots well. Kept them to zero runs. “
Larry L. Leffel, 70, of New Knoxville, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 25, 1942, the son of Violet (Truesdale) and Walter Leffel. He married Sharon Henkener on Aug. 26, 1960, and she survives at the residence.
Decorations for what may be one of the biggest nights of the year for a high school student are being switched up this year.
Wapakoneta High School teacher and junior class adviser Aaron Stiger said as a way to cut costs this year he hand-crafted the decorations instead of purchasing them from a prom company.
“We were paying thousands of dollars for cardboard, so Mr. (Principal Scott) Minnig and I looked at it and asked ‘how can we save money and be something we can use year after year,’” Stiger said.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week voiced their support of the Apollo Career Center, which serves the district.
Apollo administrators are asking for support in the communities the school serves with a levy on the May 7 ballot.
The money the levy is expected to raise would be combined with $23 million in matching funds from the state to improve, expand and renovate buildings and facilities, acquire career and technical equipment, and upgrade the 36-year-old school site to meet the needs of 21st century learning.
Economic development directors in two counties touted a new website designed to match employment opportunities with the skilled labor force for those jobs.
Mercer County Economic Development Director Jared Ebbing and Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Executive Director Greg Myers explained the new website they spearheaded to “connect the dots” of local workers, or workers with local ties, with area companies.
The quest for perfection continues for the Wapakoneta Redskins junior varsity squad.
After two victories last week, the Redskins improved to 9-0 with wins against the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds and the Sidney Yellow Jackets.
Junior pitcher Jake Bruns shut down the T-birds with three innings of relief, striking out three and keeping unblemished mark in hits and walks as the Redskins came back for a 9-6 win.
Cleola Miller, 86, of Pleasant Hill, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Versailles Health Care Center.
She was born June 24, 1926, to the late Dora (Ross) and William Agne. Cleola is survived by her husband of 70 years, Paul E. Miller.
Life would be a little easier if people just laughed a little and took a little bit better care of themselves, an expert and humorist says.
Humorist Kay Frances presented a humorous look at relieving stress and being healthy during the Administrative Professionals Luncheon held Wednesday in observance of Administrative Professionals Day.
After spending nearly 75 minutes debating aspects of the proposed $2.1 million West Auglaize Street reconstruction project, a Wapakoneta city official stresses the key is striking a balance between the interests of neighborhood and city residents for the betterment of the entire community.