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May 4th, 2012

Alfrieda Wessel, 103

May 4, 2012

Alfrieda Wessel, 103, St. Marys’ oldest living resident, died Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.

Gathering for prayer

May 4, 2012

Community members, representatives from local organizations and area pastors came together Thursday afternoon to pray for the nation.

“It is important to be a  part of the National Day of Prayer,” St. Mark’s Lutheran Church pastor the Rev. Mark Bauer said at noon at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta as part of a nation celebration where American communities pray for their local leaders and the country. “We’re thinking about our community in partnership with other communities and the leaders and supporters of these communities.”

Schools axe teacher choice

May 4, 2012

Parents of students at Wapakoneta City Schools no longer have the choice in what teacher their children get in the fall.

A letter sent home with students at Wapakoneta and Cridersville elementary schools this week informed parents of the change to be implemented with the 2012-2013 school year.

“It was a tough decision to make, but I hope parents trust us to continue to do the best to place children in the appropriate classrooms and they can always call teachers to work out concerns,” Wapakoneta Elementary School Principal Mark Selvaggio said.

Mandel prepared to stand up, willing to battle

May 4, 2012

Ohio’s state treasurer spoke to an audience swelling to more than 100 people Thursday at The Grand Plaza ballroom about his run for the U.S. Senate.

Republican Josh Mandel, 34, of Beachwood, is seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is seeking his second semester. The event was hosted by the Auglaize and Allen County Patriots.

Mandel, who was elected to the state treasurer position in November 2010, said he has made common sense changes while in office effectively reducing the budget by $1.2 million by the end of his first fiscal year.

May 3rd

C’ville heats up: Council heard the residents, will resolve the overtime issues

May 3, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — In a room with a capacity of 38, approximately 60 village residents sat and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the council chambers during a Cridersville Village Council Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Wednesday as councilors focused on overtime concerns of the village’s police chief.

A recent news article about overtime hours of area police chiefs caused the stir in this village of approximately 1,850 people, and the mayor along with councilors addressed this issue.

Local students learn creatively

May 3, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — A group of local students recently took a creative approach to learning and did some good in their community at the same time.

Lori Dyer, animal science teacher at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, inserted a national program called, “Service Learning  into the Curriculum” for the class. The projects students came up with were nothing short of amazing.

Member approved for LEPC

May 3, 2012

A new member and the need for more American Red Cross volunteers were discussed during Wednesday’s regular bimonthly meeting of the Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

With several key members of the group absent so they could attend another meeting, LEPC business discussion was brief.

May 2nd

Vet director resigns

May 2, 2012

After four months on the job, the new director for the Auglaize County Veterans Services Commission has submitted his resignation.

Pat Krendl, who officially took over the post the first week of January, submitted his resignation letter April 23 informing Veterans Services Commission Board members of his decision, effective the same day.

Servants Day seeks clients

May 2, 2012

Area residents in need of help for home projects can call the The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) — as the organization’s members recently announced they  will participate in the third annual Servants Day.

Servants Day is set for Sept. 22, the fourth Saturday in September, with a rain date set for the next Saturday, Sept. 29.

Jobless rate drops, sign of growth

May 2, 2012

Unemployment rates tumbled by 0.5 percent in March, placing Auglaize County among the lowest in the state.

In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, down from 6.9 percent in February. That figure placed Auglaize County as one of eight counties statewide to have an unemployment rate of less than 6.5 percent. Last year in March, the unemployment rate sat at 7.8 percent.

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