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February 21st, 2012

Credit to be vetted: City needs source for additional income, leaders say

February 21, 2012

Despite receiving information about the difficulties in collecting income tax from people who live in Wapakoneta and work in other municipalities, city leaders still want to pursue a proposal to scale back or to end the city’s income tax credit.

Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst say the proposal must be fully vetted because the general fund needs an influx of money.

Councilors plan hits agenda

February 21, 2012

A proposal to lengthen the terms of Wapakoneta City Council members and council president is moving closer to the November general election ballot.

The proposal also gained the support of the city’s top administrator.

February 20th

Dress for a cause: Discounted dresses raise money for cancer research

February 20, 2012

Twirling around in the middle of the floor, silver sequins caught the reflection of sunlight streaming in from the large church windows as a Wapakoneta High School junior modeled a dress for her mom.

Salon Gegel sparkled from across the room in the second-hand dress as she waited not only for her mother’s opinion, but that of her boyfriend and friends that came along to a prom dress exchange held Saturday at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center.

Recycling concerns: Mayor: Refusing to trash recycling efforts

February 20, 2012

One Wapakoneta City Council member is concerned with the recycling of newspapers as refuse rates continue to increase.

Wapakoneta 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, who also is contracted to serve as the recycling educator for the Auglaize County Solid Waste District, said the rate of newspaper and paper recycling in the city and the county is one of the lowest of all the recycled products. City residents tend to do well in recycling aluminum, bottles and plastic, but not so well on tin and paper products.

Hoops dreams come true for Tigers

February 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Most junior high basketball players have dreams of one day getting to step on a National Basketball Association (NBA) court for the first time and playing a game.

The Waynesfield-Goshen basketball team fulfilled that dream several years early on Sunday. As part of the Indiana Pacers’ “Court of Dreams” program, the team played Northwest Central Conference (NWCC) foe the Lima Perry Commodores Sunday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

February 17th

Students paint downtown murals

February 17, 2012

A local organization is encouraging downtown visitors to “look up.”
Local students teamed up with the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership and a downtown building owner to create a second Victorian-style artwork.
Wapakoneta High School art students painted murals that are displayed in the windows above the Riverside Art Center and Custom Staffing Wapakoneta — on the upper level of the building.
The five murals create a scene with a painter and children set in the Victorian era in the building owned by Red Dog properties, at the intersection of Auglaize and Willipie streets.

Officials practice emergencies

February 17, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local school and county officials gathered at Memorial High School in St. Marys on Friday morning to practice their responses in the event of an emergency.
The Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held a tabletop exercise for first responders and school officials centered around a scenario of a vehicle crash into a substation along U.S. 33, near the high school. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson ran the various officials through a set of scenarios in real time and assessed their responses.

Cars challenge students

February 17, 2012

Imagine being given the task of making an operational moving vehicle using only index cards, tape and straws.
Sound pretty simple? Wapakoneta Middle School students found it is not quite as easy as it may seem.
“It took a lot longer than what you would expect,” student Wesley Temple said of the experiment. “There is always something you have to change.”
Temple’s group of five students is one of eight groups comprised of approximately 35 students that are participating in an education effort to enrich local gifted students.

Serving up chili

February 17, 2012

The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club held their 37th annual chili supper Thursday and a large turnout resulted from their efforts.

By 1:30 p.m., club workers had already put in a busy day as more than 400 people had come through for lunch. They expected to reach a minimum of 1,000 to 1,200 people by closing time 7 p.m. and hoped to match their annual crowd of approximately 1,300.

“The cooks were in at 5 p.m. (Wednesday) and they cooked until 9 p.m. getting ready for today,” club member Tom Hunter said.

Science takes center stage in Botkins

February 17, 2012

BOTKINS — How do different fertilizers affect plant growth?

How does popcorn pop?

Can lemons power a light bulb? (yes, by the way).

What do deer see?

How are fossils formed?

Why don’t ducks get wet?

If anyone’s asked these questions or questioned many of life’s other great mysteries, then the Botkins Middle School gymnasium was the place to be Thursday night as the school hosted its bi-annual science fair.

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