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November 17th, 2011

Jose takes the title of bee winner

November 17, 2011

A national spelling bee contestant took the crown once again at the Wapakoneta Middle School spelling bee.
Seventh-grader LeeAnn Jose competed against several students from the fifth, sixth and seventh grades on Wednesday afternoon at the Wapakoneta Middle School and again took home the first place title.
“It feels good, I guess,” LeeAnn Jose said after the competition in the auditorium. “Wait, no ‘I guess.’ It feels good.”
Jose did not win this without a fight, as sixth-grader Loren Hire met her word for word for several rounds.

Homestretch moves to new location

November 17, 2011

A downtown Wapakoneta business is moving to a Bellefontaine Street location to gain more room.
“We were out of room downtown,” Homestretch Inc. Manager Kim Baumer said this week as work began on the exterior of the former King Buffet location at 1030 Bellefontaine St. “We had been looking for quite a while.”
They inquired several years ago about the possibility of purchasing the building which they were able to purchase last week.

November 16th

Ohio's business renaissance

November 16, 2011

Ohio is on the verge of regaining its economic place in the nation and the world, a state economic development official says.

Addressing attendees of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council annual meeting, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer Mark Kvamme outlined three major areas that should key Ohio’s business renaissance in the 21st century.

OSHP focus on impaired driving enforcement

November 16, 2011

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are increasing their focus on impaired driving enforcement as part of an ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio.

Through the effort, known as Trooper Shield, troopers statewide are working on effective traffic enforcement, multi-agency partnerships and educational campaigns as well as appealing for cooperation from motorists in what they hope builds on a trend of declining fatalities and increased enforcement of OVI (operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol) offenses.

Cridersville Tree Commission attends meetings, brings back ideas to village

November 16, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Members of a local tree commission have been doing their homework and attending informational meetings to help beautify the village.

Cridersville Tree Commission and Cridersville village officials recently attended two informational meetings — an Ohio Division of Forestry meeting, held in Bluffton, and a tree trimming seminar, held in Defiance, to learn to apply skills to make the village landscape more attractive along Main Street.

November 15th

Council openings: Village looking to fill two vacant seats

November 15, 2011

Despite an economy struggling to gain footage, one place in Cridersville has two openings.
Two council seats are up for grabs in an area village.
Cridersville Village Council members have two seats they need to fill on council by the new year. They are currently accepting resumes.
“This is a great opportunity to get involved,” Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said.
Resumes can be submitted to the village office. Interested residents must have lived in the village for at least a year to be considered for a possible seat on the legislative body.

Florist’s ‘puppy’ missing

November 15, 2011

A local business just doesn’t seem the same lately, and store owners are asking anyone with any information to help.
Shelby, the loveable 17-year-old miniature schnauzer that has wandered Haehn Florist ever since she was a puppy, has come up missing.
“Shelby has been a permanent fixture since we were located at the Plaza (Grandview Plaza),” owner Mick Haehn said.
Shelby came up missing Nov. 10 shortly after she had got a bath. Shelby got out through an open door and her collar and tags had not been put back on yet when she got outside. The dog never returned.

High winds, rain cause localized flooding, little damage

November 15, 2011

No major problems have been reported to local officials due to the storm that passed through the area Monday afternoon and night, Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson says.
Wind gusts approached approximately 35 miles an hour during the storm that passed through at approximately 5:30 p.m. A tornado watch was in effect for the county until 8 p.m.
“There was some localized flooding and some power outages in the St. Marys area,” Anderson said. “For the most part we got through it pretty good.”

November 14th

Building block kids: A bridge toward a construction career

November 14, 2011

Approximately 25 children gathered Saturday morning into the Wapakoneta Elementary School cafeteria to construct with Legos any type of structure they wanted.
Appropriately, the overall winning entry was a bridge designed by Jacob Schreiner as the competition is designed to introduce and build a bridge between children and the construction industry. The competition was organized by members of the Lima Ohio Area Chapter 374 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Applications being taken for Shop with Cop

November 14, 2011

Families in need of assistance this holiday season are being asked to submit their information as soon as possible to the local “Shop with a Cop” program.
“We try to find those who are in most need and work with the other organizations so as not to duplicate services but to help as many as we can,” said Jerry Sawmiller, who serves as chair for the annual holiday assistance program.
Sawmiller is a detective sergeant with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

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