October 14th, 2011
Keeping children safe as they ride their bicycles is the goal of an upcoming safety event hosted by an area police department.
The Cridersville Police Department is starting a new tradition and hosting a bike safety day to keep kids safe and they ride their bike to school.
Cridersville Police Chief John Drake and his officers will be hosting the first annual Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Cridersville Elementary School.
âWe want to teach kids how to ride bikes safely,â Drake said, regarding the purpose of the event.
A U.S. senator praised the passage of trade agreements with three nations earlier this week and noted it could lead to a growth in jobs.
âItâs been a busy week,â Sen. Rob Portman said during a teleconference with regional media Thursday afternoon. âYesterday (Wednesday) all three of the pending export agreements (with) South Korea, Colombia and Panama were passed. This is a milestone.â
Elrea C. Terflinger, 85, of Wapakoneta, died 4:20 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at her daughterâs residence in Wapakoneta.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
The U.S. Congress passed three trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, but not without objections and proposed legislation to âpromote fair tradeâ from a U.S. lawmaker from Ohio.
The White House says the trade agreements could boost exports by $13 billion and support thousands of American jobs.
A new hit television show âPan Amâ on ABC prompted a local resident to reflect on her experiences as a stewardess in the late 1960s.
In 1968, Deborah VanTilburg, who was 19 at the time and stationed in Washington, D.C., started as a flight attendant and ticket agent for National Airlines. The Middletown native said she learned much in the two years she worked as a stewardess and said the new TV show gives a fair depiction of life during that erea.
Approximately 85 community residents turned out for a public meeting concerning the proposed 7.99-mill property levy that will be on the November ballot in an attempt to build a new school in Botkins.
While most attending seemed to support the proposed levy, many residents posed questions following a short presentation delivered by Botkins Local Schools Board of Education President Jack Buschur at the meeting.
BUCKLAND â Buckland Village Council members learned Tuesday of the resignation of auxiliary police officer Michael Blankenship.
Blankenship, of Port Jefferson, was arrested for inducing panic, vandalism, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle after an incident in which charges were filed Sept. 29 in Shelby County. A warrant has been served on Blankenship on the charges but online records did not indicate if Blankenship had made an initial court appearance.
In another matter, a dog at a vacant home who persistently barks throughout the day may be resolved soon.
BOTKINS â During a home sporting event just short of a year ago, the Botkins community rallied around Becky Grillot to aid her in her battle with cancer.
On Tuesday, the community again rallied behind her one more time.
In honor of Grillotâs succumbing to the disease Oct. 5, the Botkins boyâs soccer team completely trampled Fairlawn, 9-0, in a game the team played in her memory.
Grillot served as a librarian and secretary at for the school district.
Two Wapakoneta Middle School teachers â one who chose technology, one who chose art â used grants from the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) to enhance the educational experience of their students.
Fifth-grade language arts teacher Kim Mullen used the $2,500 2010 Outstanding Educator grant to purchase a color printer, a digital camera, a photorgraph printer, a digital video camera and computer software for her classroom.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are heading into Friday nightâs Western Buckeye League varsity football matchup at Van Wert with a full head of steam.
The Cougars, well, arenât.
Itâs 7-0 vs. 0-7.
Wapak is coming off convincing wins over Ottawa-Glandorf and rival St. Marys and seems to be getting stronger every game.
Van Wert, meanwhile, is in a downward spiral that has only worsened since a 28-18 loss to the previously winless Celina Bulldogs in Week 6. Last week the Cougars were blanked 46-0 by the Defiance Bulldogs.