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June 14th, 2012

‘Land’ing dream job: Teacher known for rockets, tree plantings retires

June 14, 2012

A recently retired Wapakoneta Elementary School third-grade teacher knew back in the sixth grade that she wanted to teach.

“I had the same teacher for fifth and sixth grades (a looping class) and I guess she impressed me enough to want to go into education,” said Yvonne Cook, who began teaching fifth grade in 1977 at Centennial Elementary School.

Brown favors Senate Farm Bill

June 14, 2012

With one in seven Ohio jobs and more than 16 million American jobs tied to farming, a U.S. lawmaker favors passage of the Senate’s 2012 Farm Bill which calls for only $23 billion in cuts — not as drastic as two House proposals — and should help with job creation and economic relief.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown outlined provisions in the legislation — the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 — that would replace direct payments with a market-based system and would boost local food production for sale directly to consumers.

Art camp inspires children

June 14, 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.”

June 13th

Bedding on loans: Sale of beds at Acres could pay back loan

June 13, 2012

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.

Health Board renews contracts

June 13, 2012

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.

OT hours under review

June 13, 2012

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.

June 12th

Former sheriff dies

June 12, 2012

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.

C’ville hires 2 new officers

June 12, 2012

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.

BOE hears system to assess teachers

June 12, 2012

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.

June 11th

Graduation days: Friends graduate together 3 times

June 11, 2012

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.

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