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February 6th, 2012

Land for buffer zone: City to purchase property to protect wells, expand plant

February 6, 2012

Knowing a state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirement is imminent, Wapakoneta city administrators have negotiated a land deal to increase its holdings to protect the city’s water supply.

Wapakoneta City Council members are to hear the first reading of an ordinance granting authority to Mayor Rodney Metz to consummate a deal for 17.72 acres for $225,000 from Vernita Mould.

Third-grader hopes to play sports in future

February 6, 2012

Basketball and golf run in the Hefner family and 9-year-old Jonathan Hefner is following suit.

The third-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School lists his favorite hobbies as sports, specifically basketball and golf, but also football.

“I started playing golf when I was 3 with my grandpa,” said Jonathan, who says they continue to play together in the summer and are sometimes joined by his dad.

The son of Jennie and Jason Hefner said it was his father who taught him to play basketball.

BASKETBALL: L-B tops Wapak

February 6, 2012

FINDLAY — Twenty-four hours after a tip-to-buzzer win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team found itself on the other end of the scoreboard.

The Liberty-Benton Eagles jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 55-33 win over the Redskins on Saturday night at Liberty-Benton High School.

Coached by 500-game winner Steve Williman, Liberty-Benton took a 15-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

BASKETBALL: Cards clip Trojans

February 6, 2012

BOTKINS — A strong team effort for the New Bremen Cardinals allowed them to travel into Botkins Saturday night and defeat the Trojans 67-48 in a non-league game played at Botkins.

“Our kids really responded tonight,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “It was nice to see the energy they used after the heartbreaking loss we suffered Friday night. I thought we really responded well.”

“Their pressure hurt us a little bit tonight,” Trojans head coach Brent Meyer said. “We also didn’t shoot very well from the floor shooting 29 percent.”

February 3rd

BASKETBALL: Wapak whips St. Marys

February 4, 2012

ST. MARYS — For 16 seconds, the score was tied.
From there on out, it was all Wapak.
The Wapakoneta Redskins rolled to a convincing 60-40 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at St. Marys High School.
Jake Buzzard’s 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Redskins a 3-0 lead. It was the closest St. Marys would get the rest of the way.
“Any time you can beat your rival on their home floor, in a conference game, good crowd, it feels really good,” Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said.

Fending for felines

February 3, 2012

ST. MARYS — One-year-old Nala seemed oblivious of the new adventure her life was about to take on. She rolled around on the ground, fetched sticks, and greeted everyone, who would lend a petting hand, with a healthy purr. But one thing was certain. A connection was made.
Lori Moon, of Newport, R.I., learned about her new kitten Nala through Sue’s Animal Rescue Team’s (SART) Web site. Since she was coming to the area for business, she called and set an adoption appointment this week. The two hit it off instantly, and Nala is now resting comfortably in her new Rhode Island home.

Design work: Local airport utility project 'stays ahead of the game'

February 3, 2012

Preliminary design work is underway to extend New Knoxville utilities to the county airport outside village limits.
A meeting held this week introduced key parties involved in the utility and drainage redesign project at Neil Armstrong Airport.
“We set preliminary timelines,” Airport Manager Sean Stroh said.
He anticipated early site survey work, including topographic surveying, beginning next week. Design work should be done by the end of summer and the project bid out by August.
“A lot depends on the bids,” Stroh said of costs.

EMA notifying residents quicker online

February 3, 2012

Weather alerts, road closures and other emergency information is getting out to Auglaize County residents more quickly through posts to Facebook and tweets on Twitter.
Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said he decided to broadcast his information through the new social mediums in an effort to disseminate information faster.
The idea came about while Anderson, who is working on his meteorology degree, began talking to residents and fielded repeated questions about how information could be broadcast to the public in a more timely manner.

Talon Scott Lee, 3

February 3, 2012

Talon Scott Lee, 3, of Cridersville, died at 3:27 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima. He was born April 16, 2008, in Lima, the son of Rebecca Lee and Scott Flynn, who survive in Cridersville.

General concerns: Line-by-line review by councilors, tax credit talk

February 3, 2012

Looking at a proposed budget with a diminishing general fund cash carryover, the new Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee chair intends to examine the city’s budget line-by-line during the next week.

She also is open to a proposal made Thursday to reduce the income tax credit for people working outside the city.

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