November 3rd, 2011
On more than one occasion and by more than one pundit, the Western Buckeye League was described as a â€śgauntletâ€ť in 2011.
Four WBL teams â€” Wapakoneta, Elida, Ottawa-Glandorf and Kenton â€” qualified for the playoffs, and three others â€” Bath, Shawnee and Defiance were still mathematically alive going into Week 10.
But now the second season begins.
Wapak will face the Franklin Wildcats in a Division II regional quarterfinal at 7:30 Friday night at Franklin High School.
Reaching an agreement and developing a plan with an electric company to bring a large line to help power a potential end-user in Wapakonetaâ€™s Jobs Ready Sites is critical, several Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) board members say.
WAEDC Executive Director Greg Myers said it is vital for the city to have an agreement or at least a plan in place with American Electric Power (AEP) to provide additional electricity to the 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center site, if a company decides to locate there and requires a large electrical load.
BOTKINS â€” Botkins Local School District residents will cast their votes on a 7.99-mill property tax levy on Nov. 8 to build a new school and provide money to maintain those facilities for a maximum of 35 years.
The bond levy will raise the approximate $6.9 million local share of the $24.4 million total project. The school district has done several presentations to the public during the last several months so voters can make an educated vote during the election.
School Superintendent Connie Schneider said district residents are being presented with an opportunity of a lifetime.
With Christmas less than two months away, local shops are preparing for holiday shoppers this weekend.
Wapakonetaâ€™s annual Holiday Open Houses will be held this weekend throughout different shops, businesses and churches in Wapakoneta.
â€śWe would like everyone to get their holiday shopping starting in Wapakoneta,â€ť Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) President Jamie Goudy said. â€śThis is a great way to kick off the holiday season.â€ť
Ivan C. Klopfenstein, 76, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:58 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Ruth L. (Wollam) Casanova, 84, Douglassville, Pa., formerly of Norton, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.
She was born in Hood River, Ore., the daughter of Gail (Hamilton) and Harry Wollam. She married Albert J. Casanova, who is deceased.
She was preceded in death by a son.
Private service will be held and a date was not released. Burial will follow at Hamilton Bethel Cemetery near Mendon.
Arrangements are being handled by Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Few people will argue Ohio Gov. John Kasich is attempting anything to reduce government spending and balance the state budget, but one piece of legislation in particular is stirring up plenty of attention regarding his methods to reach that goal.
State Issue 2, placed on the ballot as a referendum, would ban public worker strikes and restrict collective bargaining rights for public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police officers. Public employee unions will still be able to negotiate on wages but not on their pension or their health care benefits.
A local high school student has gained national recognition through a small business she runs.
Wapakoneta High School senior Mallory McDevitt received top honors as she earned national recognition during the National FFA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis in October.
The 18-year-old, who owns and operates her own organic produce business, farms a one-acre plot of land at her parentâ€™s residence and has a clientele of approximately 30 people when she sells her fresh produce to each week.
Waynefield-Goshen Schools studentsâ€™ biggest fanâ€™s legacy will live on, first with a fundraiser and then as an annual scholarship in her name.
The Deb Boday Memorial fundraiser is planned for 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Waynesfield-Goshen School auditeria. All the money raised is to benefit the schoolâ€™s band and choir trip to New York City in the spring.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with a quarter auction beginning at 3 p.m. Childrenâ€™s games, a cake wheel, minihorse program, and a craft show featuring both local and more distant vendors are to take place throughout the afternoon.