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June 14th, 2012
Young artists have the opportunity this week to express themselves at a local art camp.
The Riverside Art Center, in Wapakoneta, is hosting an art camp at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ this week where the students can work with clay, paints and oils.
“The whole focus is to give them inspiration and to let them use their own imagination,” Riverside Art Center Gallery Director and art camp co-instructor Anna Fisher said. “We want them to make it their own piece.”
A plan to sell the rights to 40 beds could give Auglaize Acres the money needed to pay back the county for money borrowed several years ago.
That’s the hope, said Acres Administrator Connie Pierce, who would at least like to pay a portion of the money owed if proceeds from the sale are not enough to pay it all.
As contracts for a family planning pharmacist and school nursing services were renewed, plans were made to replace an administrative position with the Auglaize County Health Department.
During a regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Auglaize County Health Board accepted the retirement of Kelli Roettger, accounts clerk III, effective Sept. 1.
Roettger, who has been employed with the Health Department for 33 1/2 years, said the decision to retire was a tough one.
BOTKINS — After discussing employees’ pay and hours for more than 60 minutes Thursday, Botkins Village Council members tabled closing a loophole in the way employees can claim work hours.
Councilors spent a large amount of time trying to come up with a solution to the way employee vacation and sick time can be used in conjunction with overtime hours that are received every three weeks. Currently, three village workers work a regular 40-hour week plus must work a mandatory two hours of overtime every third weekend.
One Auglaize County official described the loss of a former sheriff quite simply and succinctly — “We’ve lost a really great man.”
Former Auglaize County Sheriff Larry R. Longsworth, 62, died early Monday morning at a Columbus hospital from esophageal cancer after battling the disease during the past few months of his life.
CRIDERSVILLE — Two new officers have joined the rolls of the Crid-ersville Police Department this week.
The hiring of Brian Parker, of St. Marys, and Cory Miller, of Wapakoneta, gained approval by Cridersville Village Council members as they join the village police force to serve as part-time officers.
Cridersville Police Chief John Drake and councilors recently held a Safety Committee meeting where they interviewed five people. They selected Parker and Miller to fill the open positions.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members heard an hour-long presentation Monday on a new system that may be used to assess teacher’s ability to teach.
Ohio will soon become a member of the national assessment consortium, which is making broad changes to how teachers are assessed across the state. Student improvement in core subjects will be a large part of teacher assessments with the new system.
Two longtime Wapakoneta friends have donned caps and gowns together for three different graduations.
Twenty-two-year-olds Laura Koch and Sheri Garman first graduated together from Small World Preschool in 1995. They attended the Wapakoneta preschool together for two years and remember playing together in the gym at the church where it was held.
For those interested in a career in law enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for troopers to fill its ranks.
The statewide law enforcement agency is responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws on public roadways and state-owned property. Troopers provide service to the public 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a week, 365-days-a-year.
In the past a man dressed in an astronaut’s suit would meet runners as they finished the “Run to the Moon” 5K race, this year a real NASA astronaut will greet the participants.
“Definitely the biggest change this year is something that has been in the works for about a year-and-a-half now is getting an astronaut to not only come to the race but come to museum itself,” race organizer Amy Kentner said. “Gregory Johnson is coming July 20 and July 21 to really support the museum, but we are very excited to have him be part of the run.