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April 11th, 2014
Under the tagline “Roads, Rail, Ready,” the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council has spent the last several years preparing a 476-acre parcel of land to become an Ohio Certified Job Ready Site that will allow companies to build factories on the property known as the West Central Ohio Industrial Center (WCOIC).
To do this, the council needed to perform all the necessary analytics and create an infrastructure that was conducive to industrial capacity.
When it comes to attracting businesses to Western Ohio, local economic development leaders understand it is up to the combined force of a like-minded region, not only individual cities and counties.
Along I-75 and County Road 25A sits a 476-acre parcel of land which can be subdivided into shovel ready sites ranging from 40 to 400 acre plots.
This large piece of land is a Ohio Certified Job Ready Site (JRS), which means the land is ready to be built on by any interested industrial companies. The area is known as the West Central Ohio Industrial Center (WCOIC).
In honor of the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, Mercy Unlimited held an appreciation luncheon Thursday at R J’s Coffey Cup to give thanks to all its volunteers, and to hand out the 2014 volunteer of the year and runner-up volunteer of the year awards.
Barb Fuller was chosen out of 18 people to be recognized as volunteer of the year and Donna Ellinger was runner-up.
“Free Being Me,” a program dedicated to educating girls about body image and self esteem will be hosted by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in the Cridersville and Waynesfield-Goshen areas starting next week.
“We focus on the 7-10 year olds. We talk to them about how it’s not about what’s on the outside that matters most, it’s what’s on the inside,” Girl Scouts recruitment manager Jessica Crawford said. “Self esteem and building each other up and having self value.”
To some, they are a necessary evil.
To others they are just necessary.
The issue of easements reared its ugly head at a recent city council meeting, where concerns were raised about the city’s easements for the Auglaize Street sewer project.
Suggestions were made that the city administration changed the easements for the project and that residents were getting no answers from city hall.
Phone lines and Internet are back up and running at Wapakoneta City Schools after a power source malfunctioned Wednesday night, leaving the district without access until 9:45 a.m. Friday.
The lack of Internet and phone access reached all four of the district's school buildings, as well as the district board office.
A driver operating a stolen vehicle lost control and crashed into the northbound guardrail of the bridge while traveling southbound across North Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, at 2:39 a.m. on Wednesday.
Wapakoneta police officers responded and discovered the vehicle at the intersection of North Blackhoof and West Auglaize St.
According to the report, Bradley Drexler, 31, of Wapakoneta, was operating a 2008 Mercedes-Benz owned by Mike Swaney Buick GMC. Drexler is employed by the car dealership. The vehicle sustained disabling damage.
Auglaize County is still in need of poll workers for the upcoming general election on May 6.
Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox said the staff as already had to move around and shuffle people in order to get the right amount of republicans and democrats at each polling site.
Deputy Director Peggy Matheny said this year she has seen more republican poll workers cancel out on her than democratic workers, which is a blessing in disguise because usually the democratic party is not as vast as the republican party is in Auglaize County.
The Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene will hold its first ever Community Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, featuring a black light Easter egg hunt and several other activities for children up to grade five and their families.
The church is located on the corner of Benton and Court Streets, and the event will run from 1 to 3 p.m.
Senior Pastor Stephen Ambrose said the event was planned as a way to engage with members of the community.