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July 29th, 2011
School fees for most elementary grades in the Wapakoneta City Schools are increasing this year.
For kindergarten, the $39 fee marks a $4 increase, for first grade the fee decreased by $10 to $59, the second grade fee increased $5 to $70, the third grade fee increased by $7 to $70, and the fourth-grade fee increased by $19 to $52.
â€śThey are changing,â€ť Superintendent Keith Horner said of the fees approved unanimously by members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
The firefighters in Uniopolis are gearing up for their annual festival this weekend.
The 68th annual Uniopolis Firemenâ€™s Jamboree is scheduled to start tonight and continue Saturday in downtown Uniopolis.
â€śThis is our main fundraiser for the year,â€ť Uniopolis Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Wenning said.
The proceeds from the festival fund the fire departmentâ€™s General Fund for the year, and Wenning said they will be looking at purchasing new equipment and updating fire and EMS equipment.
One 2011 Wapakoneta High School graduate did not grow up on a farm like many FFA students students do, but he did gain much from the program and proclaimed farming is a life style he loves.
While many inherit family farms or go adopt agrarian lifestyles based on their experiences on a farm, Dylan Regula said he is not sure exactly where along the line he decided it was the life for him.
â€śI did have an uncle that farmed,â€ť Regula said. â€śI remember riding on the tractor with my uncle, Don Regula. Other than that, I donâ€™t really know how I got into it. I just knew it would be a good idea.â€ť
Describing the House Speakerâ€™s plan and Republican behavior as â€śirresponsible,â€ť a U.S. senator from Ohio is calling for an end to the bipartisan budget bickering during this pivotal time in history.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called for Republicans to raise the debt ceiling to keep the United States from defaulting and accept a budget deal to cut the deficit by $2.2 trillion. Congress has until Tuesday to approve raising the debt ceiling to avoid default and a lowering of the nationâ€™s credit rating.
The Readmore Hallmark store was being packed up and cleaned out on their last day of business on Wednesday.
The Readmore Hallmarkâ€™s last day was Wednesday, as they had a 75 percent off sale on the remaining items throughout the store on Willipie Street in Wapakoneta.
Owner Steve Brunner, of Lima, announced in February that the Wapakoneta Readmore Hallmark would be closing.
After the Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in the city, business changed for the worse, Brunner claimed.
â€śWhen Wal-Mart came in, we lost a quarter of our business and it never came back,â€ť Brunner said.
The gifted coordinator, gifted intervention specialist and literacy coach for Wapakoneta City Schools has a new job title.
During a meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education Tuesday, Carrie Knoch was unanimously approved for the position as assistant principal at Wapakoneta Elementary School.
The employment in the position for the 2011-12 school year is at a salary of more than $59,000 for 192 days.
â€śShe has very good experience from an instructional standpoint and a good skill set for what the needs are,â€ť Horner said. â€śShe will be an excellent fit.â€ť
ST. MARYS â€” A St. Marys optometrist who already faces a rape charge was indicted on six more sex crimes, including two rape charges.
Douglas J. Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, was arrested Wednesday after he was indicted on six counts, two counts each of rape, first-degree felonies, gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies, and sexual battery, third-degree felonies. Wine was booked into the Auglaize County Jail Wednesday and was released on an own recognizance bond.
Faced with an opportunity to increase the number of acres in the cityâ€™s park system, a Wapakoneta City Council member unveiled a proposal to purchase the former Centennial Elementary School property.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier presented the proposal, which requires borrowing money from the Electric Expansion Fund, to purchase the Centennial Elementary School property and the land from the Harmon Park gazebo east to the football practice field.
Since 2004, Wapakoneta Police Department officials have been inviting members of the public to attend the National Night Out.
Scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Harmon Park Gazebo, this yearâ€™s event offers free refreshments â€”Â hot dogs, chips and cookiesâ€”Â child identification kits, bike helmets, pool passes and giveaways, including two bikes.
Salaries for Wapakoneta City Schools administrators are being frozen.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members unanimously approved the salary freeze for the 2011-12 school year during Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
The freeze would apply to the superintendent, operations director, director of instruction, treasurer and athletic director, as well as principals and assistant principals of the elementary schools, the middle and high school.