January 7th, 2013
Local seventh-graders recently took the top spots in a challenge that helped them build skills for the future.
Joan Wade’s seventh-grade math class at Wapakoneta Middle School split into five teams, and three of the teams took the top three spots in the Ohio Stock Market Challenge, a regional program offered through Wright State University.
“This is a good learning tool,” Wade said of the program. “The kids really got into it.”
A Wapakoneta man came in with a plan and with that plan he left with more than $200 in groceries and helped raise money for the Wapakoneta Kids Wrestling program.
Joe Metzger bought two tickets in a December fundraiser to help out the Wapakoneta Kids Wrestling program and won the chance to hit the aisles Saturday morning at Community Markets.
“I liked it,” Metzger said after his grocery dash. “I haven’t moved that fast in years.”
With the starting countdown winding down, Metzger decided to adhere to his pre-set plan.
KALIDA — Hitting free throws in late games is key to pulling out close victories, and the Wapakoneta girls basketball team fell victim to bad shooting down the stretch.
The Redskins missed the front end of three 1-and-1 opportunities and several more free throws in a 46-45 loss to the Kalida Wildcats.
Other than the early moments of the game, the closest the Wapakoneta Redskins could have gotten to the Bath Wildcats was trailing by six points at half-time.
With Bath leading 23-15, senior guard Alex Greve drained a shot from the foul line as the buzzer sounded but the referee waved off the shot and the gap remained at eight.
A final budget of more than $14.3 million approved this week by the Auglaize County commissioners reflects a 2 percent decrease from 2012, they increased employees salaries by 2 percent.
It’s the second year in a row salary line items for departments in the general revenue fund and under the the commissioners have seen a 2 percent salary increase. It is up to department heads specifically how that 2 percent increase in their salary line items is divided among their employees.
NEW HAMPSHIRE — The heart of downtown in New Hampshire welcomes a new business — one that aims to serve others.
Reach Out Outreach Ministries had their grand opening of a new thrift store at 100 S. Main St., New Hampshire, and the founder of the ministries was pleased with how smoothly everything was going.
“It’s exceeded my expectations,” Reach Out Outreach Ministries founder Brian Paxton said. “People are coming in, and we’ve already received many donations. It’s great.”
Inspections, mapping and submitted reports of hazardous chemicals in the county provide more safety in the event of an emergency.
Any business in the county with hazardous materials over certain thresholds is required by the county and the state to register them and file plans to help emergency responders know what they face if there is a release, fire or other type of emergency at the site.
Auglaize County followed the trend reported across the state, with the number of traffic crashes reported down during the New Year’s holiday weekend.
Weather is expected to have played a role in the decrease in crashes.
Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) made 115 vehicle contacts this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day compared to 119 last year. Forty-one citations were issued both years. Crashes were down to one from six reported in 2011.
A member of an area police department is retiring after many years of dedicated service to the village.
The Cridersville Police Department K-9, Max, began his career with the village in April 2005, and his official retirement day was Jan. 1.
Max is a German shepherd from the Czech Republic and is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension.
“He’s been like a family member to us,” Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said of Max.
Bids were accepted Thursday by the Auglaize County commissioners for leasing county-owned farmland.
The approximately 72 acres is located near Neil Armstrong Airport, the county airport, east of New Knoxville.
It’s the second parcel of farmland the county owns to be leased for 2013. The other, is approximately 233 acres close to Auglaize Acres, the county’s nursing home, north of Wapakoneta.
Andy Kuck, at $405 per acre, was awarded the lease for the farmland near the Acres. He was one of seven bidders.