October 28th, 2011
Two years of road reconstruction factored into a decision by one business owner to relocate, while other business owners along East Auglaize Street have decided to stay the course.
Deb Kiser, who started New Beginnings Decorating with her sisters, Jennifer Hixenbaugh and Darlene McElroy, and then purchased D. Lynn Moon Florist, said several issued factored into their decision to relocate the combined business from the intersection of Auglaize and Water streets to downtown Wapakoneta.
A coordinator for a local non-profit agency recently received an award for his hard work.
Anthony Wells, employment and training coordinator for Experience Works, in Wapakoneta, earned national recognition for service to older workers.
Wells recently received the organizationâ€™s 2011 Changing Lives Awards, which brings recognition to his efforts to help low income older workers obtain training they need to find jobs in their communities.
â€śIt made me feel really good,â€ť Wells said. â€śI never expected it. Itâ€™s good to be recognized as someone helping to change lives.â€ť
The majority of East Auglaize Street residents interviewed by the Wapakoneta Daily News backed the massive road reconstruction and beautification project scheduled for 2013.
While some residents did express some reluctance about losing some of the trees as part of the overall street project, all but one of the 10 residents contacted between the 300 and 600 blocks on East Auglaize declared their approval of the project.
â€śIt stinks to lose the trees for shade,â€ť said Paul Keith, who lives at 601 E. Auglaize St, â€śbut every thing needs updated from time to time.â€ť
A Wapakoneta Redskin football player is not being permitted to play in tonight's game against the Kenton Wildcats after school officials were notified by Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) of an investigation regarding the player, the Wapakoneta Daily News learned Thursday night.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner confirmed the information this morning, noting school officials were informed Thursday of the investigation and of a possible violation.
Varsity football coach Doug Frye informed the team of the alleged infraction during a team meeting on Thursday.
The Auglaize County commissioners hired Timothy Klopfenstein as the new county administrator.
Commissioners John Bergman and Doug Spencer confirmed that Klopfenstein had agreed Thursday to take the position in a telephone call.
â€śWe are very happy with the choice,â€ť Bergman said. â€śWe were very pleased with the number of applicants we received. We had some very good applicants.â€ť
Klopfenstein, of Wapakoneta, will begin in his new position on Nov. 28. His initial salary is set at $60,000 annually.
Bergman said a formal announcement for Klopfensteinâ€™s hiring will be released next week.
Several county officials walked throughout the Auglaize County Courthouse to evaluate the progress of renovations and agreed the inside of the building is taking shape.
The Auglaize County administrator, commissioners and representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates met Thursday with with contractors.
â€śWe are still on schedule,â€ť Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said.
The courthouse, which is slated to re-open on June 1 smelled of freshly coated paint as much of the buildingâ€™s dry wall has been installed and painting has taken place.
Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol continue to investigate a semitrailer crash at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 75 in the southbound lanes just beyond the on ramp from U.S. 33.
The semitrailer came to rest on its side and blocked off an entire lane of traffic. A report was not yet available from the OHSP as details of the crash are not yet available. Another service truck was on the highway with several cables hooked to the semitrailer in what appeared to be an attempt to pull the truck back up to an upright position.
When the 2011 Western Buckeye League football schedule was released, eyes were instantly drawn to Week 10.
Kenton vs. Wapakoneta.
The buzz was immediate.
All the two teams had to do was survive the toughest WBL gauntlet in recent memory.
Each had their too-close-for-comfort moment â€” the Redskinsâ€™ 14-13 win over Bath in Week 3 and the Wildcatsâ€™ 30-28 win over Elida in Week 6.
But they came out on top. And now, here it is, Week 10.
9-0 vs. 9-0.
Wapak is ranked seventh in Division II in the latest AP state poll. The Wildcats are No. 1 in Division IV.
FINDLAY â€” Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball coach Keith Rambin was flying blind.
No match film? No scouting report? No stats? No idea what to expect?
The Redskins may not have known much about the Napoleon Wildcats, but they figured it out early enough to roll to a three-game sweep in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday at Liberty-Benton High School.
Wapak rallied for a narrow 25-23 win in the first game, then pulled away to win 25-20 in the second and 25-16 in the third.
Within days of the contract expiring, Wapakoneta Police Department law enforcement officers and Wapakoneta City Council members reached agreement on a new deal.
Councilors approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement during a special meeting Tuesday with the Ohio Patrolmenâ€™s Benevolent Association, which represents the departmentâ€™s officers and lieutenants. The agreement takes effect Nov. 1, a day after existing deal expires and runs through Oct. 31, 2014.