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January 12th, 2012
BOTKINS — Botkins Local Schools Board of Education members elected to accept a $3,960 donation to start a scholarship in memory of a former school district employee.
Becky Grillot, who worked for the district as a librarian and media specialist, also worked as a secretary for the district. She fought cancer for a year before finally losing her battle with the disease Oct. 5 of last year. The money came from contributions in memory of Grillot at services held in Botkins Oct. 10.
LIMA — The Soil and Water District Joint Board of Supervisors chose unanimously to move ahead with an expansive logjam removal project despite opposition from those in a large crowd at a public hearing held before the vote.
In excess of 300 people turned out for the meeting, many voicing opposition to the project citing a variety of reasons.
Fewer than a dozen people stopped by the Wapakoneta City Administration Building Tuesday to review engineer’s drawings for another phase of the East Benton Street reconstruction project.
The 2012 reconstruction project, which includes replacing water, sanitary and storm water sewer lines as well as lateral lines, is a full-depth reconstruction of the street from Water Street to the CSX railroad tracks. The natural gas company is to replace the main line and laterals, too.
ST. MARYS — The United States is the most overweight country in the world, Joe Piscatella says, and the weight can be attributed to the unhealthy lifestyle many Americans lead.
“Unfortunately, in the United States, our lifestyle is out of whack,” Piscatella said. “The result is we have numbers of diseases and debilitating conditions that have a lot less to do with our genetic make-up and a lot more to do with the way we choose to live.”
MINSTER — Members of the Minster fire and rescue squad responded to Minster Machine this morning for an accident which resulted in the death of an employee.
Minster Fire Chief Dale Dues said crews received a telephone call shortly after 5 a.m. today reporting a male at Minster Machine was trapped under a plate of steel. By the time emergency responders arrived, Dues said employees at the foundry freed the male. The male was brought to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys via a Minster squad.
To avoid a potential political pitfall, a Wapakoneta City Council member suggested lengthening the terms of office for councilors and council president and staggering the terms of all city elected officials.
Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. proposed a plan to extend the terms of councilors and council president to four-year terms from two-year terms. He also proposed having the council president elected the same year as councilors representing the wards and the mayor, auditor, treasurer, law director elected the same year as councilors-at-large.
CRIDERSVILLE — A local legislative body is seeing new faces this year to help lead the village.
A former Criders-ville Fire Department assistant chief and the current Lion’s Club president took their new seats on Monday evening as they attended their first village council meeting as councilors.
Rick Walls and Stacey Myers Cook were sworn in at the meeting.
WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen School District will soon expand its policy on accepting open-enrollment students.
Superintendent Chris Pfister recommended Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Educationmembers accept open-enrollment students statewide. Board members seemed to be unanimous with the recommendation.
Pfister, who formerly had been superintendent at Apollo in Lima, told the board members while there the school managed to attract finances to the district without experiencing any increased costs.
For the first time in nearly 15 years, Wapakoneta City Council Clerk Carlene Koch will not read Wilbur Wells name during roll call at the beginning of tonight’s council meeting.
He no longer is a public servant after deciding early last year that 2011 would be the last of his 14 years serving as a councilor-at-large, the last decade as chair of council’s Finance Committee.
With one shared educator position already in the works for the Auglaize County OSU Extension Office, the possibility of others in the future are being discussed.
“Looking down the road, there is the possibility of sharing an ag agent,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said.