March 28th, 2012
With no questions from the board or comments from the public, only the Wapakoneta City School Board of Education president addressed the decision to eliminate an elementary music teacher’s position.
Christina Riddle’s position was eliminated unanimously Tuesday through a reduction in force (RIF) program during a regular board meeting at Wapakoneta Elementary School.
A local woman who has a rare genetic deficiency will not let her condition get in the way of her goals.
Formerly of St. Marys, Jennifer Young was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) and will have to undergo treatments once a week for the rest of her life, with each treatment lasting 2 1/2 hours.
“It’s a hard thing to go through when you are 30,” Young said. “For me, it’s hard, because I hate being sick.”
ST. MARYS — An economic development official says he hopes a 400-acre site in Wapakoneta serves as a regional economic shift for Auglaize County.
NEW KNOXVILLE — Students at New Knoxville School were evacuated Tuesday afternoon and the building searched by an area bomb squad.
The Wapakoneta Redskins got some timely hitting and took advantage of Delphos St. John’s miscues to pull out a 6-3 win in a varsity baseball game Monday at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak erased an early 2-0 deficit with one run in the second and four in the third.
Junior Brandon Miller was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and scored twice. Junior Johnny Crawford’s double was the Redskins’ only extra-base hit.
Six different players drove in runs for Wapak.
SIDNEY — The Botkins Trojans opened their baseball campaign with a 9-5 win over the Fairlawn Jets on Monday at Fairlawn.
Botkins scored once in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. The Trojans added three more in the fifth and five in the sixth to take a 9-0 lead.
The Jets finally got on the board with three runs in the sixth. They scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before Botkins got out of the inning to secure the win.
WAYNESFIELD — The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity track teams swept the Early Bird Relays on Saturday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
The boys team scored 124 points to edge the host Tigers, who scored 93 points.
For the girls, Wapak scored 105 points, followed by Bluffton in second with 96.
W-G finished fourth with 88 points. Indian Lake was third at 90.
Ridgemont and Perry also competed.
Wapak’s Kevin Kraft long jumped 19-7.25 to lead the Redskins to a win in the long jump relay.
City administrators demoted a Wapakoneta Fire Department captain alleging “dishonesty” and a “failure to follow directives.”
The firefighter claims he is being disciplined for his inability to recall the exact comments, times and dates he made comments to Wapakoneta City Council members as a private citizen and the fact his memory is faulty should not be constituted as “lying.”
BOTKINS — Approximately 60 people turned for a special Botkins Local School Board of Education meeting Monday to discuss plans for the new school building.
Board members came to the meeting with a petition circulated and signed by 81 residents expressing concerns they had with the school.
Botkins Local School District residents approved a 7.99-mill property tax levy on Nov. 8 to build a new school and provide money to maintain those facilities for a maximum of 35 years.
A 5-year-old boy thought it was just a normal day at his preschool until he was pleasantly surprised by his older cousin — Kevin Creviston, who he has not seen in two years.
Creviston, who is a member of the U.S. Marines and who has been in training in Japan, California and Hawaii for the past two years, surprised his young cousin, Michael Brown, who attends preschool at New Beginnings Early Childhood Development Center, on Monday afternoon.