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February 23rd, 2012

All's Well with Heather

February 23, 2012

For a 2009 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, the decision to return to her hometown will be based primarily on opportunity and less on allegiance.

Heather Wells, who was a member of the school’s top five students, is studying biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and intends to study veterinary medicine after college graduation.

February 22nd

SWIMMING: Kremer, Miller headed to state meet

February 22, 2012

The photographer asked Ryan Kremer for a “game-face” pose.

Kremer clenched his face, looking as tough as he could, for all of three frames before a smile burst onto his face.

He was having too much fun.

And who could blame him?  Prior to his freshman year he spent his winters as a benchwarmer on the basketball team.  

His cousins swam at Delaware High School and suggested he take up the sport.  So he did.  

Boy, did he.

BASKETBALL: Mechanicsburg ousts Botkins

February 22, 2012

SIDNEY — By controlling the paint both offensively and defensively, Mechanicsburg ousted Botkins, 61-41, in the second round of the Division IV Southwest District Tournament Tuesday night.

With the loss, Botkins ends its season with an 8-12 mark. The Indians, now 17-4, advances to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Fort Loramie contest.

Trojans varsity coach Don Mack said the Indians’ defense proved to be the difference in the game.

Down with wind: Group outlines problems with proposed wind farm

February 22, 2012

Nearly 170 people turned out for a public meeting held Tuesday by Auglaize Neighbors United (ANU) to gather information about the proposed wind turbine project in the county.

ANU member Mike Burton used a PowerPoint presentation to provide a different outlook on how the proposed wind turbine project will affect Auglaize County residents when compared to statistics being put forward by representatives of Mainstream Renewable Power Inc., the private company investigating the possibility of putting a wind farm in the county.

Taking the stock market to Capitol Hill

February 22, 2012

Giving high school seniors a realistic, hands-on experience, an economics teacher is teaching students in his class by having them play the stock market.

Wapakoneta High School economics teacher Bill Dellinger has been teaching his students financial investment lessons this way for 20 years, but for the first time this year, he is making the experience more competitive as the 30 high school seniors battle it out for 14 weeks against students across the country in the Capitol Hill Challenge.

Botkins’ Baumer Beef Queen

February 22, 2012

For the next year, a Botkins High School graduate plans to do her best to promote the work of area livestock producers and the benefits of beef.

Jamie Baumer, who is attending the University of Findlay, blushed as 2011 Auglaize County Beef Queen Kaylee Fisher placed the sash around her neck and the tiara upon her head. Baumer smiled as she was named the 2012 queen during the Auglaize County Cattlemen’s Association banquet held Tuesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

Prescription for success

February 22, 2012

By CARLA MEYER

Staff Writer

From high school to college, a past honor student has always been involved in many organizations as well as athletics, all while maintaining a high academic standard.

Corey Lotridge, who was fourth in his high school graduating class of 2010 at Wapakoneta High School, had a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), and earned a 34 on his ACT in high school.

February 21st

Helping to save lives

February 21, 2012

A 2008 graduate of Wapakoneta High School has been more places by the age of 21 than many people go in their whole lives.

As she sees it, however, she is just getting started.

Brianna Burns, a fourth-year student at Indiana Wesleyan University, is studying for a degree in biology for a pre-med requirement. She will graduate this April. She has been accepted to several graduate schools to seek her master’s degree in public health and has put Emery University, the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh University near the top of her list.

Credit to be vetted: City needs source for additional income, leaders say

February 21, 2012

Despite receiving information about the difficulties in collecting income tax from people who live in Wapakoneta and work in other municipalities, city leaders still want to pursue a proposal to scale back or to end the city’s income tax credit.

Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst say the proposal must be fully vetted because the general fund needs an influx of money.

Councilors plan hits agenda

February 21, 2012

A proposal to lengthen the terms of Wapakoneta City Council members and council president is moving closer to the November general election ballot.

The proposal also gained the support of the city’s top administrator.

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