March 27th, 2012
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.
After rolling out to a 20-0 win in the first game, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity baseball team appeared poised to make quick work of the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in Game 2 of a season-opening doubleheader Saturday at Wapakoneta High School.
The Tigers would have none of it.
W-G fought valiantly and had the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning but fell just short in a 5-2 loss.
While they still have two more performances on the horizon as the school year draws to a close, the nine seniors, who are members of Singsation saw the Music & More competition hosted by the Wapakoneta High School as their their last hurrah and a culmination of four years of hard work.
TROY — Removing direct payments from the 2012 Farm Bill leaving farmers to rely more heavily on crop insurance grabbed the attention of farmers and others gathered Saturday at the 21st annual Farm Forum.
The event, held at Troy Christian Elementary School, is hosted by House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester.
While talk revolved mainly around the 2012 Farm Bill, many other topics both inside and outside the farming industry were touched on by Boehner and members of a select panel.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members again are turning to a reduction-in-force (RIF) process in an attempt to save money for the district.
During Tuesday’s meeting, board members will vote on the RIF of one employee, an elementary music teacher due to “financial reasons and changes in curriculum” as stated in the resolution.
By CARLA MEYER
A Wapakoneta City Schools faculty member comes from a long line of teachers.
Wapakoneta Middle School science teacher Bart Smith has graded his last test, taught his last lesson and has packed up his classroom, as he recently retired from the school district.
Smithâ€™s mother and grandmother also dedicated their careers to teaching.
â€śMy mom was a Spanish teacher here, and she taught Spanish at the high school,â€ť Smith said. â€śShe used to run the Pepsi stand for the Spanish Club at the (Auglaize County) fair, and I helped her do that when I was a kid.â€ť
COLUMBUS — Elida needed just four seconds to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Senior Reggie McAdams flicked the opening tip out to teammate Dakota Mathias, rolled to the basket, took Mathias’ 30-foot alley-oop pass and slammed it hard through the rim.
It was all downhill from there for St. Clairsville as the Western Buckeye League champion Bulldogs rolled to a dominating 61-27 win over the Red Devils in a Division II boys basketball state semifinal Friday at Value City Arena.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Six years ago a Wapakoneta womanâ€™s son was killed in an accidental shooting.
The pain hasnâ€™t lessened in that time, and with the passing this week of the sixth anniversary of 18-year-old Josh Martinâ€™s death, Brenda Martin again issued a plea to families everywhere.
â€śPlease talk to your loved ones about gun safety,â€ť Martin said as tears streamed down her face.
By LANCE MIHM
Twelve-year-old Seth Thuman has a thing or two to teach most people about what it is truly like to roll with the punches.
Seth suffers from a rare form of atypical meningioma, a type of brain cancer. Despite countless brain surgeries, Seth is proceeding through life with the typical youthful vigor a person expects to see out of children approaching their teens.