July 14th, 2011
Wapakoneta union workers and city administrators recently reached a three-year contract agreement, which became official earlier this week with the adoption of an ordinance by Wapakoneta City Council.
The contract with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 565 provides wage increases of 1.5 percent for each of the next two years and a 2 percent increase in the third and final year. The contract covers approximately 50 workers with the Public Works, Refuse and Recycling, Water and Wastewater departments as well as some office staff at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.
A Wapakoneta High School student showed off her temporary tattoo-drawing skills, talked about the confidence needed to make the move to a small community and answered a question about parental influence.
Wapakoneta High School senior Janki Patel, 16, the daughter of Renuka and Prakash Patel, earned the honor of being Miss Summer Moon Festival Queen following the pagaent held Wednesday.
Patel said her her speech on confidence symbolized her journey during her first pagaent.
COLUMBUS (AP) ‚ÄĒ Ohio¬†State‚Äôs players say they are resigned to make the best of the school‚Äôs self-imposed penalties, no matter how hurt or angry some may feel.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs nothing we can really do about that,‚ÄĚ offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts said after a conditioning workout this week. ‚ÄúThe university decided to make that call. We‚Äôve got to accept it.‚ÄĚ
ST. HENRY ‚ÄĒ For four innings Tuesday night, Wapakoneta pitcher Brandon Miller was virtually flawless.
Unfortunately for Wapak, Minster ended that in a big way in the fifth inning.
Minster pounded out five straight hits to erase a 2-0 deficit and pull out a 3-2 win in the ACME baseball Auglaize County district final at the Wally Post Athletic Complex in St. Henry.
Wapak ended its season with a 20-4 record.
Miller had held Minster to just one hit and one walk through the first four innings.
But Minster had him figured out in the fifth.
‚ÄúBath salts‚ÄĚ are now a banned substance in the city of Wapakoneta.
With passage of an ordinance regarding an epidemic of the designer drugs, ‚Äúbath salts‚ÄĚ and other synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic drugs can no longer be sold, purchased or used in the city of Wapakoneta. Wapakoneta City Council members suspended the rule of three readings and passed the ordinance as an emergency to permit the legislation to take affect immediately.
Auglaize County Health Department officials plan to use the last of its H1N1 funding from the state to further develop emergency preparedness efforts both of its staff and the local community.
Auglaize County Health Board members approved two contracts during their meeting Tuesday to move forward with a survey of the community on its emergency preparedness within the home and with a professional in the public sector of the emergency
preparedness field for training of the health department‚Äôs staff and emergency responders.
BUCKLAND ‚ÄĒ In the only major action taken Tuesday, Buckland Village Council members voted to accept a loan in anticipation of building a new sewer system for the village at its council meeting.
The village has been in talks with Rural Community Assistance Program consultant Julie Ward after learning that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was mandating them to begin plans to update the sewer system. Currently, each resident has independently-operated septic tanks.
The village will build a centrally-tied sewer system once final plans are made.
Ron Stienecker, 59, 506 Oil St., St. Marys, was found dead Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at his residence.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Alan F. Kah 84, of Wapakoneta died at 3:53 P.M. Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at St. Rita‚Äôs Medical Center, Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
Mary Rose Krites, 86, of Wapakoneta, died 10:15 a.m., Tuesday July 12, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Maria Stein, the daughter of Priscilla (Bertke) and Joseph Huelskamp, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 31, 1946, she married Kenneth K. Krites, and he died March 9, 1971.