March 2nd, 2012
A PDS tornado watch has been issued for most of Auglaize and Shelby County until 9 p.m. tonight.â€¨Weather maps showed a particularly strong area of storms in the area of Indianapolis at about 3 p.m. that were causing several tornado warnings in that area.â€¨Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said a severe thunderstorm warning is likely to be issued for the area soon. The weather forecast includes strong thunderstorms during the evening that will give way to partly cloudy skies after midnight. Damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a tornado with some of the storms are possible.
Beginning today, a new application should make navigating Auglaize County geographic information system (GIS) mapping easier.
“We tried to keep it similar to what we already had and make it simpler to use,” Auglaize County GIS Director Joe Collin said as he clicked through the site, noting changes, many of which make it more user friendly. “There are no real changes to the map application put in place in 2005 other than a few layers added over the years. It’s a lot of the same tools, we’ve just made them easier to use.”
Most parents know their children can be ornery, no matter their age.
Under the circumstances, Annette Hensley is likely to forgive that tendency in her son.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jordan Hensley surprised his mother Thursday at the Wapakoneta Elementary School Thursday with a visit. Annette Hensley works in the cafeteria at the school.
CRIDERSVILLE — An area village’s website will soon get a makeover, as village officials are looking into different avenues for a redesign.
Cridersville Village Administrator John McDonald and Village Operator Jarid Kohlrieser have been researching companies and individuals to hire to create a new website for the village of Cridersville.
“(Mayor) Lorali Myers asked us to check on web design options suggested by (council president) Eric West and (former councilor) Jeff Bassitt,” McDonald said.
Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin (106 pounds) was pinned by Eaton freshman Michael May at the 5:40 mark of their first-round match at the Division II state wrestling meet Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus.
Martin bounced back with a 5-1 win over Whitehall-Yearling sophomore Noah Jay in the consolation opener to advance to the second day of competition today.
The best Martin can place now is third.
See http://www.baumspage.com/ohsaa/brackets/2012/bracket2.pdf for live updated brackets.
COLDWATER — St. Henry’s large size and deep bench was too much for Waynesfield-Goshen to handle.
“We were intimidated going into the game,” Tigers varsity coach Ryan Taylor said.
The Redskins rolled to a 67-31 win over W-G in a Division IV sectional semifinal Wednesday at the Palace in Coldwater. St. Henry improved its record to 17-4. Waynesfield-Goshen finished the season 6-15.
Wapakoneta senior Courtney Knippen headlined the Redskinsâ€™ selections on the All-Western Buckeye League basketball teams released Thursday morning.
Knippen was the only Redskins player â€” boys or girls â€” to be named to the First Team.
The 5-foot-9 post player led Wapak to an 11-11 record in a season filled with injuries and roster shake-ups.
Classmate Tasha Helmstetter earned Second-Team honors.
Junior guard Nicole Brown was named to the Third Team.
Bath Wildkittens post Emily Ruhe was selected as the WBL Player of the Year. Bath coach Greg Mauk was named Coach of the Year.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed business incubator legislation he says would create business incubators that would ultimately lead to more jobs in Ohio.
The bill, deemed the Business Incubator Promotion Act (BIPA) is aimed at creating high-skill, high wage jobs across the state. Brown said that an independent report completed by the Economic Development Council (EDA) has indicated that every $10,000 in EDA funds invested in business incubators has led to the creation of 47 to 69 jobs in the state.
As several retirees received recognition for their work by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members, board members approved several other upcoming retirements.
Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne, Technology Coordinator Steve Schuler, third-grade teacher Yvonne Cook, high school social studies teacher Dennis Cosart, middle school science and social studies teacher Edna Elisha Smith, Title I reading teachers Jean Turner and Melanie Webb, bus driver Sheryl Beers, and Wapakoneta Elementary School para-educator Nancy Hunter are retiring this year.
A new member of the Auglaize County Elections Board was sworn into office Wednesday.
Brent Henschen, of New Knoxville, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Democratic Executive Committee, was the only nominee for the position left vacant after Larry Fledderjohann’s recent death. Fledderjohann served on the board since 2003.