May 10th, 2012
The Wapakoneta Area of Commerce is planning a trip to China for its members and other community residents in April of next year.
The opportunity allows travelers to visit the tour highlights of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, as well as visiting historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.
“This is the first time we have done this,” Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said. “We wanted to give the community a chance to travel at an affordable price.
A collaborative effort between state troopers in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana focused on Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 recently in an ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and impaired driving.
The multi-agency enforcement effort, which extended from Thursday through Saturday, was part of the 6 State Trooper Project, aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
A long-time employee of the Auglaize County Health Department announced her plans to retire, while the medical director saw his contract renewed for another year.
After 27 years, Janet Bassitt, who has served as health educator since she was hired in July 1985, announced her plans to retire as of July 1, during a monthly meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.
“She will be missed,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.
BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council is looking for two new members as two were removed from their posts during Tuesday’s council meeting.
Councilor Rusty Jones submitted a letter of resignation, effective May 7, citing an “inability to be able to attend all council meetings because of meeting time change, my work schedule, and my family.”
Later in the meeting, Councilor Matt A. Pleiman was removed from his council seat for failing to attend meetings.
Wapakoneta is the place to be Saturday morning for area residents spending time doing some spring cleaning or scavengers seeking unappreciated treasures.
The city’s annual Drop and Swap event and Auglaize County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day is this weekend at the Wapakoneta Public Works Building, 110 Harrison St.
Cynthia S. Warnecke, 53, formerly of Spencerville, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
She was the daughter of Janice and Hubert Warnecke.
Arrangements are incomplete at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville.
ELIDA — Elida varsity coach Todd Grapner frankly has seen enough of Johnny Crawford.
The Wapakoneta Redskins left-hander threw 12 innings of shutout baseball in two games against the Bulldogs this season.
Tuesday night, he tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead Wapak to a 2-0 win on a Division II sectional final at Ed Sandy Field in Elida.
It was his sixth straight shutout.
BATH TOWNSHIP — The momentum was gone but the lead wasn’t.
In the end, that was all that mattered.
The Wapakoneta Redskins completed their Division II softball sectional semifinal game Tuesday by blanking the Van Wert Cougars 3-0.
Wapakoneta scored two quick runs in the first inning Monday before lightning and rain ended play in the second inning.
The Redskins wouldn’t score again until the top of the seventh on Tuesday.
BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans came up just short in their Division IV baseball first-round tournament game, falling by a 4-3 score to the Fairlawn Jets on Tuesday at Botkins Community Park.
Fairlawn took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning and never trailed. The Jets made it a 3-0 game in the second before Botkins scored once in the bottom half of the second and once more in the third to close the gap to 3-2.
An attempt to build a 125-foot wind turbine last year in the city prompted Wapakoneta City Council members to review city ordinances and building codes to best deal with renewable energy sources, or green energy.
Now more than a year’s worth of work by council’s Lands and Buildings Committee members is before councilors for their approval. During Monday’s council meeting, councilors heard the first of three readings of two pieces of legislation aimed to help residents know what is acceptable and what is not.