July 29th, 2011
Any school days to be made up during the next two school years will be tacked on at the end of the year.
A revision to Wapakoneta City Schools calendar for 2011-12 and 2012-13 was approved this week eliminating make-up days on both Presidentâ€™s Day and Martin Luther King Day and instead transferring those days, originally scheduled to be used as make-up days as needed, to the end of the school year.
For the 2011-12 school year, students are scheduled to start on Aug. 24 with the last day planned for May 25. The 2012-13 school year is to begin for students on Aug. 28 and end May 31.
NEW KNOXVILLE â€” The shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has halted construction projects across the nation, is having little impact on the local airport.
On Tuesday, the FAA shutdown forced the entity to furlough 4,000 workers and suspend $2.5 billion in airport construction linked to federal grants. While the Neil Armstrong Airport in New Knoxville receives federal grants from the FAA, the shutdown is not currently impacting the facility.
G.M. Alsbaugh, 85, of Celina, died July 19, 2011 at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Willshire, to Ruah (Clouse) and Arnold Alspaugh. On Jan. 11, 1948, he married Bonnie Burke and she preceded him in death.
Surviving are four sons, Albert (Dayle) Alspuagh, of Rockford, Terry (Beth) Alspaugh, of Decatur, Ind., Mark (Rhonda) Alsbaugh, of Celina, and Todd (Melissa) Alspaugh, of Greenville.
Services are at 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Village Community Center at Shaneâ€™s Park in Rockford, the Rev. David Burden officiating.
School fees for most elementary grades in the Wapakoneta City Schools are increasing this year.
For kindergarten, the $39 fee marks a $4 increase, for first grade the fee decreased by $10 to $59, the second grade fee increased $5 to $70, the third grade fee increased by $7 to $70, and the fourth-grade fee increased by $19 to $52.
â€śThey are changing,â€ť Superintendent Keith Horner said of the fees approved unanimously by members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
The firefighters in Uniopolis are gearing up for their annual festival this weekend.
The 68th annual Uniopolis Firemenâ€™s Jamboree is scheduled to start tonight and continue Saturday in downtown Uniopolis.
â€śThis is our main fundraiser for the year,â€ť Uniopolis Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Wenning said.
The proceeds from the festival fund the fire departmentâ€™s General Fund for the year, and Wenning said they will be looking at purchasing new equipment and updating fire and EMS equipment.
One 2011 Wapakoneta High School graduate did not grow up on a farm like many FFA students students do, but he did gain much from the program and proclaimed farming is a life style he loves.
While many inherit family farms or go adopt agrarian lifestyles based on their experiences on a farm, Dylan Regula said he is not sure exactly where along the line he decided it was the life for him.
â€śI did have an uncle that farmed,â€ť Regula said. â€śI remember riding on the tractor with my uncle, Don Regula. Other than that, I donâ€™t really know how I got into it. I just knew it would be a good idea.â€ť
Norman Henry Schrolucke, 90, formerly of 10472 Plattner Pike, New Knoxville, died Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Van Buren Township, Shelby County, the son of Louise (Henschen) and Henry Schrolucke. On July 4, 1943, he married LaRue Eversman on July and she preceded him in death Feb. 19, 1990.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Beth Thomas and Judy Grimes.
Eileen Marie Gierhart, 91, of Green Springs, and formerly of Lima and Bradenton, Fla., died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Elmwood Health Center in Green Springs.
She was born Feb. 21,1920, in Defiance, the daughter of Helen (Pocock) and John Diringer. Both parents are deceased. On June 29, 1942, she married Ralph Edward Gierhart, who died October 13, 2006.
Describing the House Speakerâ€™s plan and Republican behavior as â€śirresponsible,â€ť a U.S. senator from Ohio is calling for an end to the bipartisan budget bickering during this pivotal time in history.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called for Republicans to raise the debt ceiling to keep the United States from defaulting and accept a budget deal to cut the deficit by $2.2 trillion. Congress has until Tuesday to approve raising the debt ceiling to avoid default and a lowering of the nationâ€™s credit rating.
The Readmore Hallmark store was being packed up and cleaned out on their last day of business on Wednesday.
The Readmore Hallmarkâ€™s last day was Wednesday, as they had a 75 percent off sale on the remaining items throughout the store on Willipie Street in Wapakoneta.
Owner Steve Brunner, of Lima, announced in February that the Wapakoneta Readmore Hallmark would be closing.
After the Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in the city, business changed for the worse, Brunner claimed.
â€śWhen Wal-Mart came in, we lost a quarter of our business and it never came back,â€ť Brunner said.