February 9th, 2012
BOTKINS — Botkins Board of Education members voted to approve the final plan for a project agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new school. The board made the move at its regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday.
“The project is still in the design phase and this doesn’t really change that,” Superintendent Connie Schneider said. “This just formalizes the agreement for both the school board and the OSFC. It allows funding to start flowing in for the project.”
Juanita E. Cockerell Robinson Turner, 91, of Rochester Hills, Mich. and formerly of Cridersville, died at 6:07 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Waltonwood Assisted Living in Rochester Hills, Mich.
She was born April 5, 1920, in Springfield. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Fannie Rich Cockerell. On May 11, 1957 she married Cyrus Arthur Turner who died March 26, 2003.
Mrs. Turner was retired from the Ex-Cello Corporation/Textron where she worked with in quality control for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Frederick J. Cook, 79, of 1023 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1932, in Auglaize County, to Gertrude (Schneider) Hugh Cook, and they preceded him in death. On July 3, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Patricia Ann Wurster, and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons, Mark Cook, of Springboro, Dennis Cook, of St. Marys, and Dan Cook, of St. Marys.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.
Larry Fledderjohann, 68, 12093 Plattner Pike, St. Marys, died 9:46 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Oct. 5, 1943, in Lima, the son of Gladys (Stroh) and Vernon Fledderjohann. He married Paula Bubp on June 27, 1964, and she survives at the residence.
COLDWATER â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins tried to claw their way out of the hole.
Unfortunately, the hole was just a little too deep â€” two points too deep, in fact.
Wapak rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points but came up just short of a comeback win, falling to the Coldwater Cavaliers 52-50 in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Tuesday night at Coldwater High School.
The loss dropped the Redskins to 10-7 on the season.
In a game of momentum swings, the final Cavsâ€™ swing was too much to overcome.
A mild winter has left the Auglaize County engineer in a unique predicament of what to do with extra salt.
To date this winter, the county has dispatched snowplow trucks 12 times and spread 923 tons of a stone and salt mixture. At this same time last season, county trucks had been sent out 41 different times and applied 4,132 tons of grit mix.
“We were in the middle of an icing event at this time last year where we experienced heavily packed snow and ice compounded with lower than average temperatures,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.
If an international corporation builds the wind farm north of Wapa-koneta, the towers and blades will stretch more than 40 stories into the sky — visible to people as far away as three miles, members of a new local group say — and they believe local people should have input regarding if the project should proceed or stop.
The group — Auglaize Neighbors United — recently formed to disseminate information to the public about the advantages and disadvantages of wind farms in the area, especially those planned north of Wapakoneta.
A hardworking man, who gave his all no matter what he did will be remembered for that, those who knew Larry Fledderjohann and worked alongside him for years say.
“I met Larry as a board member and he became a very good friend,” Auglaize County Elections Board Chairman Fran Engle said of Fledderjohann who at age 68 died Monday evening at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He had been battling several types of cancer, including spine and brain cancer, for the past nine months.
Discussions regarding the scaling back of an income tax credit to people living in Wapakoneta but working outside the corporation limits are to continue — in committee and before the entire council.
After Wapakoneta City Council members heard a Finance Committee report where the topic was introduced, councilors started to voice their thoughts on the issue in light of general fund expenditures outpacing revenues — and the path the city should take.
Residents and commercial business owners can finally take advantage of a tax advantage pursued by the city for the past three years.
Mayor Rodney Metz announced state officials informed him in a letter received Monday the city’s request for a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) tax incentive area was approved. Residents and businesses can now take advantage of the tax credit which was approved by the state on Jan. 24.