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January 22nd, 2013

C’ville council talks 2013

January 22, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — As an area village begins a new year, they enacted some changes along with addressing a few housekeeping items for the 2013 year.

Cridersville Village Council members met on Monday for their rescheduled regular meeting, and Council President Eric West lead the meeting, as Mayor Lorali Myers was absent, due to her being out while recovering from an illness.

Councilors voted to reappoint Choice One Engineering as their village engineer. Choice One has been working with the village for several years.

School delay

January 22, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools and Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools are on a two-hour delay due to the frigid cold temperatures. Remember to bundle up children and youth for the bus stop as temperatures are in singled digits and windchills are below zero.

What is the best clothing for cold weather?
Adults and children should wear:
• a hat
• a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
• sleeves that are snug at the wrist
• mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
• water-resistant coat and shoes
• several layers of loose-fitting clothing

January 21st

Tax collections up: Wapak, St. Marys to watch cash carryover usage

January 21, 2013

The cities of Wapakoneta and St. Marys finished 2012 with the highest income tax collections either city has had in the last four years.

The city of Wapakoneta collected $2.21 million in 2012, the highest total since the city collected $2.27 in 2008. The highest total came the previous year when collections totaled $2.29 million in 2007.

Rex to leave high school

January 21, 2013

Accepting the resignation of the Wapakoneta High School principal is expected to be among action taken by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education member when it meets Tuesday.

Aaron Rex, who has served at the helm of the district’s high school for six years, is taking a position as superintendent of Archbold Area Schools.

According to the Archbold Local Schools’s website, Rex is to begin his job there Feb. 4.

City earns AMP honor

January 21, 2013

The city of Wapakoneta received a System Improvement Award this year from American Municipal Power (AMP) for its work on substations in 2011 and 2012.

The city replaced the Harrison Street and Defiance Street substations “to improve the reliability and service to customers.” The Wapakoneta Electric Department was recognized with an AMP Safety Commendation for having less than 1 percent time loss due to reportable accidents in the distribution system.

January 18th

Gun control points

January 18, 2013

While Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock understands the political motivations behind President Barack Obama’s proposed executive orders to deal with guns, he says the issue really comes down to awareness and responsibility.

Motorists reminded to watch speed

January 18, 2013

Motorists are reminded to watch their speed to prevent serious crashes on Ohio roadways.

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) officials this week warned that excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of traffic crashes.

OSHP Lt. Anne Ralston said they are urging all motorists to obey posted speed limits and drive within their abilities.

Vet clinic donates pet masks

January 18, 2013

An area fire department received a generous donation this week — one that will help a four-legged member of the family during a time of emergency.

Baker Animal Hospital, in Cridersville, donated three pet oxygen masks to the Cridersville Fire Department to help assist them in calls involving a pet needing resuscitation.

“These masks will be a valuable tool, if needed, and will give our members the best chance in helping an animal in distress,” Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller said.

Acres march: Union expresses concern about contract

January 18, 2013

Four employees and a union representative met with Auglaize County commissioners John Bergman and Don Regula on Thursday afternoon about their concerns with contract negotiations, which began in early 2012. Two meetings were held in May with a fact finding meeting in July.

Local schools ahead of the curve

January 18, 2013

If awareness of head injuries had been as focused six years ago as it is now, parent and tennis coach Brice Brenneman says he might have worried more about the three sports concussions his son suffered while in high school.

“The first one was a routine heading in soccer,” Brenneman said. “He came home, got sick, fell asleep. The first one the doctors treated as a fluke.”

The second and third concussions were treated more seriously, leading physicians to recommend he wear a foam padded helmet to play sports.

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