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October 28th, 2011

Administrator named: Wapak man hired for position

October 28, 2011

The Auglaize County commissioners hired Timothy Klopfenstein as the new county administrator.
Commissioners John Bergman and Doug Spencer confirmed that Klopfenstein had agreed Thursday to take the position in a telephone call.
“We are very happy with the choice,” Bergman said. “We were very pleased with the number of applicants we received. We had some very good applicants.”
Klopfenstein, of Wapakoneta, will begin in his new position on Nov. 28. His initial salary is set at $60,000 annually.
Bergman said a formal announcement for Klopfenstein’s hiring will be released next week.

Courthouse renovations taking shape

October 28, 2011

Several county officials walked throughout the Auglaize County Courthouse to evaluate the progress of renovations and agreed the inside of the building is taking shape.
The Auglaize County administrator, commissioners and representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates met Thursday with with contractors.
“We are still on schedule,” Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said.
The courthouse, which is slated to re-open on June 1 smelled of freshly coated paint as much of the building’s dry wall has been installed and painting has taken place.

October 27th

Semitrailer overturns on Interstate 75

October 27, 2011

Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol continue to investigate a semitrailer crash at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 75 in the southbound lanes just beyond the on ramp from U.S. 33.
The semitrailer came to rest on its side and blocked off an entire lane of traffic. A report was not yet available from the OHSP as details of the crash are not yet available. Another service truck was on the highway with several cables hooked to the semitrailer in what appeared to be an attempt to pull the truck back up to an upright position.

Police deal done: Police, city reach contract

October 27, 2011

Within days of the contract expiring, Wapakoneta Police Department law enforcement officers and Wapakoneta City Council members reached agreement on a new deal.
Councilors approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement during a special meeting Tuesday with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents the department’s officers and lieutenants. The agreement takes effect Nov. 1, a day after existing deal expires and runs through Oct. 31, 2014.

BOE opposes voucher House bill

October 27, 2011

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner says he just wants a level playing field when it comes to school funding, standards and mandates — and House Bill 136 tilts the field even further in favor of parochial and private schools.

Three vie for W’field mayor

October 27, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Mayor Michael Ridenour faces two challengers as he attempts to retain his position of mayor by gaining the majority of the vote during the Nov. 8 general election.
One-time candidate Jeff Sandoe and newcomer Kristina Hahn have thrown their hats in the ring.
Ridenour, 58 206 W. Mulberry St., Waynesfield, has served in the position since 2000. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Gene Barnes and has since been elected to two more terms. He previously served on the village council from 1998-2000.

October 26th

Budget forecast bleak: Wapak Schools projected to operate with a deficit in ’13

October 26, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Faced with decreasing revenues from the state and increased costs at the local level, a report prepared for Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members indicates the district will likely face a budget deficit during the 2012-13 school year.

County commit to lake project

October 26, 2011

The Auglaize County commissioners have agreed to again contribute to the Grand Lake-Wabash Watershed Alliance should a grant be received to continue funding the more than 12-year project.
Commissioner John Bergman said they agreed to again commit $3,000 each of the next three years beginning in 2012, if the grant is received by the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District, which serves as the fiscal agent for the project. Contributions also would be made in 2013 and 2014.

Victim testifies at rape trial

October 26, 2011

WAPAKONETA — The rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist started on Tuesday with the victim recounting the events of an October night in 2009.
The victim, who was 69 years old at the time of the alleged crime, recounted how Douglas Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, St. Marys, allegedly engaged in unconsented sexual conduct with  her on the evening of Oct. 12, 2009. Wine owns Douglas Wine Family Optometry.

October 25th

Village tradition: Attendance high at C’ville parade, festival

October 25, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — A local village was filled with witches, superheroes and bumble bees, as they kicked off a community holiday tradition.
The village of Cridersville held their annual Halloween Parade and Festival on Monday evening down Main Street and in the fire station.
“It’s a community tradition,” Cridersville resident and costume contest emcee Stacey Myers Cook said.
Myers Cook said she was pleased with the overall turnout for the parade and festival.

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