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May 7th, 2013

City revenue on the rise

May 7, 2013

Wapakoneta’s mayor says he is encouraged by the latest city income tax revenue report, but he is aware those numbers fluctuate thro-ughout the year.

He also voiced concerned that employment numbers in the region may be causing problems for local industries to find qualified workers, which if they could reach full employment would help city income tax collections climb higher.

Through April, the city of Wapakoneta collected $940,490 in income taxes, compared to $903,260 in 2012 and $902,383 in 2011.

Uniopolis appoints Leppla to council

May 7, 2013

UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members unanimously appointed Martin Leppla to fill an unexpired council seat at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Leppla, 59, who has been a resident of the village for about 25 years, said he thinks he can be a benefit to the community.

“I will be on the Street Committee, so I feel I can help out there,” Leppla said.

May 6th

Herbert Leugers, 90

May 6, 2013

Herbert L. “Herb” Leugers, 90, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:05 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima.
He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Osgood, the son of Frances (Uhlenhake) and Herman Leugers, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 3, 1956, he married Ruth E. Roby, and she survives.
Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Wilfred and Katie Leugers, of Botkins; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Krites, of Wapakoneta, Dorothy Leugers, of Wapakoneta, and Lois Leugers, of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruling favors city

May 6, 2013

A federal arbitrator ruled last week to uphold a decision by Wapakoneta city administrators to demote a Wapakoneta Fire Department captain after determining the firefighter lied about talking to city councilors regarding the purchase of a new fire truck.

Former Capt. Tom Stinebaugh and his union representative claim his 1st Amendment right of free speech was violated and Stinebaugh has retained an attorney to file a federal civil suit against the city.

Tourists in their own hometown

May 6, 2013

While one family lives in Wapakoneta, there were a few local historical sites the Hasting family had never visited.

The “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” event during the weekend encouraged them to do so.

“It sounded interesting and we get to see some local places we have never been to before,” said Susan Hasting, who visited seven of the 12 sites with her husband, Steve, and their children, Danielle, 11, and Trevor, 7.

The family made all their stops Saturday, although the sites could be visited Saturday or Sunday.

Carp event set for May

May 6, 2013

ST. MARYS —  The finishing touches are being put on an event that will offer challenges for area anglers as well as a way to help improve the water quality in Grand Lake St. Marys.

The second-ever “Get the Carp Outta Here” tournament is scheduled to take place May 17-19 and will pit anglers against carp. Auglaize-Mercer County Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Donna Grube said the event is drawing interest from across the region.

Charlene Waterman, 80

May 6, 2013

Charlene A. Waterman, 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Shawnee Manor.
She was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Lima, the daughter of Georgiana and Guy Walker, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 24, 1953, she married Thomas H. “Tom” Waterman, who preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2008.
Surviving are four children, Jay Waterman, of Lima, Jill (Tom) Clarke, of Leonardtown, Md., Jeff Waterman, of Spencerville, and Jon (Jamie) Waterman, of Wapakoneta; and three grandchildren, Travis Clarke, Jackson Waterman, and Justine Waterman.

Paul Brown, 80

May 6, 2013

Paul B. Brown, 80, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Auglaize County, the son of Alodia (Oen) and Roy J. Brown, who preceded him in death. On June 14, 1961, he married Ruth E. Poeppelman, and she survives.

May 3rd

Redskins score early to knock off Roughriders

May 3, 2013

 

The Wapakoneta varsity softball team used a seven-run first inning to take care of business against the St. Marys Roughriders Friday afternoon.

Behind 13 strikeouts from Wapakoneta pitcher Renee Lovett, the Redskins cruised to victory 11-2.

Road to Recovery

May 3, 2013

While the impact seems to vary from store to store, business owners whose shops are located near the roadwork on East Auglaize Street reported their sales have been negatively affected.

The effect on business sales were described anywhere from mild to major, owners said, depending on the location of the shops in relation to the construction.

The Herb Ladies co-owner Treasa Vetrick said business has been cut as much as 50 percent since the road construction began.

 

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