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October 25th, 2012

School guarantee

October 25, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — A state mandate passed this summer requires all third-grade students in 2014 to have passed a state reading and comprehensive test before they can advance to the fourth grade in that subject area.

Snow plow deal OK’d

October 25, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — The Union Township trustees approved a contract with the village of Uniopolis to do snow removal in the village on a temporary basis as a vote to unincorporate the village approaches in November.

Zombies to roam Wapak this weekend

October 25, 2012

Zombies will soon be lurking through the streets of downtown Wapakoneta.

The third annual KAPOW Club’s “DARE to be a Zombie Walk” is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Wapakoneta. The walk is set to begin at Heritage Park, behind Auglaize Street shops, near the gazebo.

All are invited to dress up in their best zombie attire for the walk, which will be up and down Auglaize Street.

An organizer this year said there are new attractions added in an effort to grow the event each year.

October 24th

WCS budget crunch

October 24, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Reviewing the school district’s finances, Wapakoneta City Schools top administrator told school board members they will have to make some “tough choices” in the next couple of years or the district will be in debt.

County looks into dog shelter

October 24, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Auglaize County Commissioners and county Dog Warden Russ Bailey traveled to Greenville Tuesday to check out the Darke County Dog Shelter facility as they explore options to construct a building in Auglaize County.

Darke County Dog Warden Duane Sanning took the group on a tour of the 8,200-square foot facility that includes approximately 1,000 foot of office space.

Troopers promote National School Bus Safety

October 24, 2012

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are in the midst of promoting school bus safety this week — which is a national effort.

OSHP Wapakoneta Post troopers are currently participating in the National School Bus Safety week, which runs until Friday.

The theme for this year is, “I see the driver. The driver sees me.” This theme reminds children to look both ways and wait for the go ahead from the bus driver before crossing the roadway.

October 23rd

Natural gas on the way?

October 23, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Natural gas is coming to Waynesfield.

Waynesfield Village Council members approved an ordinance Monday allowing the mayor to enter an agreement with Fanning/Howey & Associates to move forward with design plans to bring natural gas to the community.

The ordinance did not pass unanimously, as councilor Bill Motter voted against the natural gas initiative. When a resident questioned his vote, Motter sited financial reasons.

“I am for natural gas,” Motter said, “if it is affordable.”

Experiencing homelessness

October 23, 2012

Natural disasters left approximately 42 million people homeless last year.

This past weekend, local high school seniors had the opportunity to face homelessness themselves, and now understand what it is like to live outside the comfort of their homes.

A dozen Wapakoneta High School seniors, who are taking a senior art class, studio portfolio, with teacher Suzanne Temple, designed and hand-crafted temporary shelters, which were made of cardboard, tarp, tape, paint, etc.

Pepple denies Wine request

October 23, 2012

Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Fred Pepple decided to deny a request to sentence Douglas Wine during a bond hearing on Monday, but he did open the door to consider interstate and international travel for employment purposes.

Lorin Zaner, Wine’s attorney, requested the court sentence Wine on his third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition charge, since he had served more than the maximum penalty on the charge.

October 22nd

Wapak case in BSA file

October 22, 2012

Of the 57 case files of disallowed volunteers in Ohio, one focuses on an incident in Wapakoneta by a man who later moved to Cambridge, Ohio.

By order of the Oregon Supreme Court, the Boy Scouts of America released Thursday 14,500 pages of “perversion files” complled between 1959 and 1985. The files were shown to a jury in a 2010 Oregon civil suit that the Scouts lost, and the Oregon Supreme Court ruled the files should be made public. After months of objections and redactions, the Scouts and Clark released them.

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