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December 16th

Cost analysis: City schools explain position on negotiations

December 16, 2011

At an invitation-only meeting, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained the school district’s financial situation and an impasse with the teacher’s union on a new contract resulting in the school board offering its “last, best and final offer.”
Approximately 50 business people and government officials attended the meeting at Wapakoneta High School ascertain information concerning what has been offered to the teachers through contract negotiations and the district’s financial situation.

One and done: Committee recommends lump sum payment

December 16, 2011

The directive — make payment to American Municipal Power (AMP) and be done with the project.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended Thursday paying $533,570 for its participation in an AMP power plant for costs associated with the unfinished coal-fired plant and end its obligation to the project.

King bee: Males go head to head during bee

December 16, 2011

From words like “cricket” to “muscular,” students at Waynesfield-Goshen Schools went head-to-head during the school’s annual spelling bee.
The last two standing, seventh-grader Jarrod Bly and eighth-grader Quintin Werner, went back and forth for a few dozens of rounds reciting the correct letters to spell words, until Bly was crowned champion.
Werner got stumped on the word “pristine,” and Bly had a chance to correct the spelling and spell another word to win, but he was unable to correct it, so the pair continued on.
Then the couple both struggled with the word “competently.”

Larry Snider, 72

December 16, 2011

Larry W. Snider, 72, of Lima, died of an apparent heart attack at his residence Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.
He was born Nov. 21, 1939, in Waynesfield, to Vaila Mae (DeCamp) and Harold L. Snider. On Feb. 17, 1962, he married Sharron C. Stahler Feb. 17, 1962 and she survives in Lima.
Surviving is a son, Brad A. Snider, of New Haven, Ind.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. David Ross officiating. Burial with full military rites by VFW Post 8445 will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta.

Pamela Fink, 61

December 16, 2011

Pamela Sue Fink, 61, 607 Beech Street, St. Marys, died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at her residence.
She was born April 11, 1950 in Mercer County, to Ruth (Kelley) and Donald Fink. Her mother survives in St. Marys.
Also surviving are a brother, Daniel (Lisa) Fink, of Glen Carbon, Ill.; five sisters, Patricia (William) Shafer, of Wapakoneta, Jean (Joe) Kinninger, of Wapakoneta, Jody (Fred Gonzalez) Coil, of Union City, Calif., Becca Hawkey, of St. Marys, and Peg (Tony) Lowry, of St. Marys.

December 15th

Beet goes on: Engineer tries beet juice to treat roads

December 15, 2011

The Auglaize County engineer is trying a new method to combat snow and ice on roads this winter — beet juice.
Starting with a truck equipped with one unit of a beet juice-salt brine mixture, which is to be applied to the limestone and salt mixture before it is laid on county roads, Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said they are in the process of adding three additional units.
“This time next year I’ll be able to tell you what we’re going to,” Reinhart said regarding whether more units for dispersing the beet juice would be added to county trucks.

Closure moratorium: The fate of two local posts to be determined by spring

December 15, 2011

Two area post offices scheduled for possible closure have been delayed — and now Congress holds the key to their fate.
Members of Congress and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials agreed Tuesday to a five-month moratorium on a plan that would potentially close post office facilities.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown acclaimed the moratorium for the 120 post offices and 10 processing facilities in Ohio that have been targeted by the Postal Service as part of the proposed closure review.

Petitions certified, no changes expected

December 15, 2011

With petitions officially certified and accepted by the Auglaize County Elections Board, no changes are expected for the March primary.
“It’s a formality,” Auglaize County Elections Director Carolyn Campbell said.
Board members reviewed the petitions submitted for candidates in county races and then gave them their signatures of approval. All the petitions provided a sufficient number of valid signatures to be accepted.
With the March primary election field set, only one county official is expected to face competition this fall.

BASKETBALL: Wapak faces early test in Elida

December 15, 2011

By all appearances, the Western Buckeye League is going to the dogs in 2011-2012.

The Bulldogs.

Namesakes Elida, Defiance and Celina are the preseason favorites in the league, with Elida at the top of the list by most estimates.

The Wapakoneta Redskins will find out where they fit into the mix when they travel to the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night to tip off the WBL season.

Elida added Shawnee transfer Cory Royster to an attack that already featured the league’s top player in University of Akron-bound Reggie McAdams and arguably the league’s best point guard in Dakota Mathias.

December 14th

BASKETBALL: 'Skins stop 'Stangs

December 14, 2011

HARROD — Wapakoneta’s Courtney Knippen may be sporting a black eye but there is definitely nothing wrong with her shooting eye as she pumped in a game-high 33 points to propel the Redskins past Allen East, 72-40, in a non-league confrontation Tuesday night at Allen East High School.

The Redskins improve to 3-1 overall and Allen East evens its record at 3-3.

Knippen was a scintillating 12-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.

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