The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-29T23:47:20-04:00 over gas cloud reported2014-08-29T23:47:20-04:002014-08-29T23:47:20-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsResidents in the surrounding area of South Pine St., west of Veteran's Park, contacted officials after a fast-moving gas cloud encompassed several house trailers, originating from the plant of manufacturer and transportation provider AIP Logistics in the industrial park."We did have a release come out of that facility," Auglaize EMA Director Troy Anderson said. "I'm doing the checks with what went on there.  I did talk with officials (from AIP Logistics). At that point they did have a release of two products from that plant."Anderson said AIP Logistics officials told him one of their pumps had quit, and they were using nitrogen to "thaw out the line" — the cause of the cloud. AIP Logistics Chief Operations Officer Charlie Ring said the company uses nitrogen as a safeguard to pressurize material for transportation purposes."We use it to move this material from one place to another, versus using air, which does cause friction and could create sparks," Ring said. "The problem with nitrogen is, when it reaches the atmosphere, it vaporizes, so that's the cloud."Wapakoneta, OHBrittany PowellConcerns over gas cloud reportedWapakoneta Daily truck raises project concerns2014-08-29T11:03:11-04:002014-08-29T11:01:48-04:00 <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">When the residents of the 800 block of West Auglaize Street look out into their backyards they’re privy to a large eyesore —  that is seemingly hidden to the public — due to the work being done with the city’s south interceptor sewer project.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For West Auglaize Street residents John and Doris Sheipline, the sight they saw Thursday morning left them with an uneasy feeling in their stomachs.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Thursday morning, a semi-truck came up along the Auglaize River to drop off materials to be used for the project. While making the drop off the truck made a loop in the backyard, and according to John Sheipline, the trailer on the left side went down.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It has been raining, and those tires, when they start digging in they just go down,” Sheipline said. “There he was. He was stuck.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The problem residents like the Sheipline’s are having is the possibility of their land not being restored to its proper condition.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Mayor Rodney Metz promised at previous council meetings that all properties of those who signed agreements to allow easements for the project would be returned to their previous condition or better.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Where the bad feeling came up is when the electric company went through, they got an easement from us and they said it (his property) would be just like it was before,” he said. “It’s rough. They never cleaned it up, and then we get letters the city wants the easement for down there, and we didn’t sign because we don’t like the way the city handled the electric company.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>No dateline availableMICHELLE MEUNIERStuck truck raises project concernsNo source Core under fire at board meeting2014-08-29T10:56:28-04:002014-08-29T10:56:28-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">As a bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio continues to hear testimony from supporters and opponents, several local residents took to the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday to express their opposition of Common Core and their desire to repeal it.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’m here today because my concerns regarding Common Core have not subsided, but actually have grown,” New Knoxville resident Darla Lee said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lee said she has spoken out against Common Core for over a year, and last July gave a presentation to the Auglaize County Patriots — a meeting which WCS Superintendent Keith Horner attended. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">After the meeting, Lee said she asked Horner if she should come to a board meeting to express her concern. She said she was told it would not do any good.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At Tuesday’s meeting, Horner said he didn’t deny saying that, but clarified what he meant by it.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“When I said it wouldn’t do any good, it’s because these guys (the board of education) don’t control the assessment,” he said. “We do control the curriculum and how it’s taught, but the tests tend to drive the curriculum.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Horner is referring to the fact that, under Common Core, the state will assess students’ college-and-career readiness through state mandated tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness, or PARCC.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lee then spoke about House Bill 597, a revised bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio that is currently pending in the Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee. Hearings regarding the bill have been held in Columbus for the past two weeks as concerned citizens on both sides have expressed their opinions on Common Core. Lee told the board she hopes they will take time to review these hearings.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCommon Core under fire at board meetingWapakoneta Daily retiring after 42 years2014-08-29T10:48:55-04:002014-08-29T10:48:55-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">After a 42-year career as an attorney at law, Doug Jauret is retiring.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With 40 years spent as a lawyer in Wapakoneta, Jauret’s final day at Jauret & Burton LLP is today as he said it is just time to retire.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s just time,” Jauret said. “I’ll be 69 in about three or four weeks. I’m ready. I’ve been doing this for 42 years and it’s time to move on.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Jauret’s road to retirement all began after he graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1963 and moved on to continue his studies at the University of Toledo.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I got drafted after my first year of law school, and then I spent a year in Vietnam,” Jauret said. “When I came back from the army I transferred back to Ohio State.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Jauret who practices in residential and commercial real estate, estate planning, probate and trust law, asset protection, tax return preparation for individuals, trusts and estates, said growing up he knew he wanted to enter a profession where he could be his own boss.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I just always wanted to be in a profession where I was going to be my own boss. I don’t know how I came up with that idea because my dad never even finished the ninth grade,” Jauret said. “I don’t ever remember thinking much about doing too many other things.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERJauret retiring after 42 yearsWapakoneta Daily native returns to school district2014-08-29T10:45:46-04:002014-08-29T10:45:46-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">BOTKINS — The new Botkins Local School 7-12th grade principal says he is happy to be returning to his hometown after working in Wapakoneta School District for eight years, and is anticipating what he expects to be an exciting school year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s always been a dream of mine. I’ve always wanted to someday come back and be the principal,” Ryan Loy, 34, said. “I loved growing up here. I loved being in the school district. I know what a great community this is.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Education is a tradition in the Loy family. Loy is the son of Mike and Ann Loy, of Botkins. Ann Loy taught second grade at Botkins Local School for approximately 30 years. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’ve been out of school for 15 years,” Loy said. “I think some people know me as Mrs. Loy’s son.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Loy is married to Krystal Loy, who is also a teacher. The couple has two children. Their daughter Madison, 5, is starting her first year of kindergarten. Their son Noah, 3, is starting preschool this year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLBotkins native returns to school districtWapakoneta Daily give park to city2014-08-28T10:44:13-04:002014-08-28T10:44:13-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News It took the Breakfast Optimist Club over two years, 1,500 hours of work, thousands of dollars for materials, equipment and land, not to mention all of the sweat, manpower and effort put forth, to complete its portion of Breakfast Optimist Park.</p><p> Located on South Water Street, members from the club met on Wednesday afternoon to officially hand over the park to the City of Wapakoneta, Mayor Rodney Metz and Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jack Hayzlett.</p><p> The club spent around $13,000 on materials to be used during the construction of the park, and additionally paid the city $20,000 to help purchase the land. The club’s soccer program paid the city $40,000 to complete the purchase, and future plans call for multiple soccer fields, restrooms and parking areas.</p><p> Tom Vehorn, a board member of the Breakfast Optimist Club, said the club had been looking for a project for a long time to give back to the community.</p><p> Vehorn, Dave Howe, the chairman for the park project and former Breakfast Optimist Club President Terry Blosser said all of the equipment was laying in a pile behind the city building. It had all been discarded from other locations in the city.</p><p> “It was quite a challenge to see it all laying there and say, ‘how are we going to make something out of this?’” Vehorn said. “It took a lot of time to separate and sort everything and figure it out.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIEROptimists give park to cityWapakoneta Daily dim for stoplight2014-08-28T10:40:29-04:002014-08-28T10:40:29-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Finding little evidence of a traffic problem and in fact finding praise for the stop signs at East Auglaize and North Wood streets, the City Council Streets and Alleys Committee took no action on a request to re-install a traffic signal at the intersection.</p><p> Judy Dubois, owner of Auglaize Embroidery, addressed council at the Aug. 18 meeting about having a stoplight re-installed at the intersection due to traffic issues.</p><p> Dubois stated at that meeting that, with the stop signs, it is very difficult to  get out into traffic, especially in the afternoon.</p><p> “It’s just stop and go, stop and go,” Dubois said.</p><p> At-Large Councilman Dan Graf said at that meeting that the Streets and Alleys Committee, which he chairs, had discussed the issue.</p><p> “There have been no police reports indicating any increase in accidents at that intersection,” Graf said.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNProspects dim for stoplightWapakoneta Daily discuss park land concerns2014-08-28T10:38:54-04:002014-08-28T10:38:54-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Representatives of Botkins Community Club addressed council members during a regular Botkins village council meeting Tuesday to discuss concerns over land ownership at Botkins Community Park and Cole Field in front of Botkins Local School.</p><p> Community Club Vice President Keith Buehler informed council that they were approached by the school board to put a shed on their land at Botkins Community Park.</p><p> According to the school board minutes, the Botkins Community Club agreed to allow the building on their land. This building, to store track items, will be moved after the harvest.</p><p> Former Village Administrator Jesse Kent said the issue was not as simple as a storage shed, noting that there is a need for permanent infrastructure at the park.</p><p> “The issue is a larger discussion,” Kent said, “and the larger discussion has been going on for over a year and a half of where at some point, is the Boosters, the track committee, the school — whoever, whenever, wherever — going to put up a permanent storage area, permanent bathrooms, permanent concessions, additional parking, etc., etc.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLCouncilors discuss park land concernsWapakoneta Daily Ohio State QB Braxton Miller -- Undergoes Shoulder Surgery ... LeBron Sends Well-Wishes2014-08-27T15:48:47-04:002014-08-27T15:48:47-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is out of shoulder surgery after a season-ending injury to his labrum last week and woke up to a get-well note from LeBron James . Miller, who was considered one of the top college QBs in the country hurt himself during football practice and scheduled a surgery with legendary orthopedic doc James Andrews who has famously worked on huge stars. As for LeBron, he went to Instagram to send some love to his fellow Ohioan writing, "Excited and Happy my lil bro @braxtonmiller92 surgery went great! Thanks to the best Dr. Andrews!" Bron continued, "You'll be better than ever. Have a speedy and full recovery bro. See you soon! #GoBucks #OH #IO"<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller -- Undergoes Shoulder Surgery ... LeBron Sends Well-WishesWapakoneta Daily honors retirees2014-08-27T11:08:50-04:002014-08-27T11:08:50-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored three retiring staff members at its regular board meeting Tuesday night.</p><p> Bus driver Lori Huebner and cafeteria workers Sue Latham and Barb Naylor were recognized by the board for their years of service to the district.</p><p> Huebner, who had worked as a bus driver in the district for 19 years, was thanked by WCS Superintendent Keith Horner for getting students home safely for all those years.</p><p> “When you think about a bus driver’s duty, it really is a tremendous responsibility,” Horner said. “It’s one of the most difficult jobs we have in the district — to be able to keep one eye on the road and one eye on the kids.</p><p> “For all your service to our kids, I want to say thank you.”</p><p> WCS Director of Operations Mike Watt said he spent a lot of time with Huebner over the years, including many “heartfelt discussions” behind closed doors. He said he has enjoyed the time he spent working with her.</p><p> “Working professionally with Lori was very much an honor for me and I’m gonna miss you,” he said.</p><p> Retiring after 15 years as a cafeteria worker is Sue Latham. Horner said the fact that she always had a smile on her face made an impression on the students she came in contact with.</p><p> “You certainly worked hard and influenced our kids and served them very well,” he said. “You are someone who, in my mind, epitomizes a really good employee who does the job and does it very well.”</p><p> After 30 years in the cafeteria, including the past 12 years as cafeteria manager, Barb Naylor is retiring.</p><p> “I’m gonna miss everybody, I really am,” Naylor said.</p><p> Horner said he appreciated the fact that Naylor was able to feed between 1,000 and 1,100 students in a two-hour span every school day.</p><p> “You think about the job in organizing that — that’s pretty tremendous,” he said. “You also had to do it with all the regulations the government put on you with respect to dietary restrictions.”</p><p> Horner went on to say Naylor was one of those people who kept everybody loose and always had fun at her job.</p><p> Watt said Naylor didn’t always have an easy job and that he respected her opinion when she shared any issue she had with him.</p><p> “Barb had a tough job — to keep that staff together — it wasn’t always easy,” he said. “She shared a lot of days with me and her opinions always mattered.”</p><p> Wapakoneta High School Principal Scott Minnig also thanked Naylor for her service in a written response read by board member Brent Schwartz. He said she will truly be missed.</p><p> “When Barb was in the cafeteria, you knew you were going to have good food and be entertained at the same time,” he said. “She was an extremely hard worker who cared about our students.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBoard honors retireesWapakoneta Daily