October 19th, 2011
With multiple commercial and retail businesses locating in the past year in Celina and St. Marys to the west and in Bellefontaine to east of Wapakoneta, a city councilor questioned if enough is being done here to attract new stores.
Wapakoneta 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf shared his concern with the work being done by the city on the commercial and retail front since most of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) staffâ€™s energies seem to be devoted to filling the Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.
BOTKINS â€” With the Nov. 8 general election fast approaching, Botkins residents have discussed the different advantages and disadvantages of building a new school with state funds through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
For one small group in Botkins, the disadvantages hit home.
As part of the project, the school is discussing the purchase of small area of land surrounding Belle Circle Drive for the use of an access point to the proposed school building site. That site is currently home to a small trailer court.
The economic recession has forced cuts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, but they continue to focus on their No. 1 priority, the top agriculturalist in the state says.
Former Mercer County farmer and ODA Director Jim Zehringer said the ODA, similar to all governmental agencies, is looking at cuts to help with the down economy, but that they are maintaining their top priority â€” keeping food safe.
ELIDA â€” The Waynefield-Goshen Tigers hung tough, but could not overcome a strong Ottoville Big Green squad in a Division IV volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday at Elida High School.
The Big Green (9-11) were taller and deeper and fed a relentless line of power hitters to the front row in a 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 sweep of W-G.
â€śI think my girls faced up to that rather well,â€ť Tigers coach Karen Dunson said. â€śThey talked and they moved. We got some plays on the net that I think were really nice. Once they got used to the game, we were picking more stuff in the back.
The Wapakoneta Redskins remain fourth in the latest high school football computer ranking released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Tuesday afternoon.
Wapak (8-0) trails Trotwood-Madison (8-0), Kings Mills Kings (8-0) and Tipp City Tippecanoe in the Division II, Region 8 points.
Only the top eight teams in points in each region qualify for the playoffs. The top four teams will have a home game for their playoff opener.
Rick Thomes, 55, of Wapakoneta, OH was found dead Monday Oct. 17, 2011 at his residence.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of his death.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Eva Marie Briggs, 92, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:42 p.m., Sunday Oct. 16, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born July 8, 1919, in Sidney, the daughter of Eva Marie (Fogt) and Charles Evans Hughes. She was raised by Ida Mabel (Knittle) and Henry Edwin Wise of Islandview, Lakeview. On Nov. 9, 1940, she married Clinton Franklin Briggs, and he died May 18, 1981.
The sidewalk issue is baaaaack.
And this time it has company â€” curbs and gutters.
Wapakoneta City Council 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who has voiced his opposition to the assessment process for curbs, gutters and sidewalks, objected to assessments being levied against property owners along the recently completed Hamilton Street project.
He also wanted an explanation regarding no assessments being levied on property owners along Mechanic Street from Park Street to South Blackhoof Street.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members interviewed three people during an executive session Monday to fill the seat of interim superintendent.
The position is being vacated because Superintendent Joanne Kerekes, who announced her intent to resign and take a position with the stateâ€™s Race to the Top program, plans to begin work with the state on Nov. 1.
The three chosen for interviews were from a list of eight candidates who submitted resumes for the position. J. Chris Pfister, Randy Earl, and Susan Miko were all given interviews during the executive session.
Peddlers of natural gas deals should not be tolerated, a city administrator says.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains informed Wapakoneta City Council members at their meeting Monday that Police Chief Russ Hunlock did not issue any permits for door-to-door salesmen to offer natural gas contracts.
â€śThey tend to get real aggressive,â€ť Rains said, â€śand we still offer our natural gas aggregation program which is very affordable.â€ť