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October 28th, 2011

Courthouse renovations taking shape

October 28, 2011

Several county officials walked throughout the Auglaize County Courthouse to evaluate the progress of renovations and agreed the inside of the building is taking shape.
The Auglaize County administrator, commissioners and representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates met Thursday with with contractors.
“We are still on schedule,” Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said.
The courthouse, which is slated to re-open on June 1 smelled of freshly coated paint as much of the building’s dry wall has been installed and painting has taken place.

October 27th

Semitrailer overturns on Interstate 75

October 27, 2011

Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol continue to investigate a semitrailer crash at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 75 in the southbound lanes just beyond the on ramp from U.S. 33.
The semitrailer came to rest on its side and blocked off an entire lane of traffic. A report was not yet available from the OHSP as details of the crash are not yet available. Another service truck was on the highway with several cables hooked to the semitrailer in what appeared to be an attempt to pull the truck back up to an upright position.

FOOTBALL: Kenton-Wapak pits top offense vs. top defense

October 27, 2011

When the 2011 Western Buckeye League football schedule was released, eyes were instantly drawn to Week 10.
Kenton vs. Wapakoneta.
The buzz was immediate.
All the two teams had to do was survive the toughest WBL gauntlet in recent memory.
Each had their too-close-for-comfort moment — the Redskins’ 14-13 win over Bath in Week 3 and the Wildcats’ 30-28 win over Elida in Week 6.
But they came out on top. And now, here it is, Week 10.
9-0 vs. 9-0.
Wapak is ranked seventh in Division II in the latest AP state poll. The Wildcats are No. 1 in Division IV.

VOLLEYBALL: Wapak headed to district final

October 27, 2011

FINDLAY — Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball coach Keith Rambin was flying blind.
No match film? No scouting report? No stats? No idea what to expect?
No problem.
The Redskins may not have known much about the Napoleon Wildcats, but they figured it out early enough to roll to a three-game sweep in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday at Liberty-Benton High School.
Wapak rallied for a narrow 25-23 win in the first game, then pulled away to win 25-20 in the second and 25-16 in the third.

Police deal done: Police, city reach contract

October 27, 2011

Within days of the contract expiring, Wapakoneta Police Department law enforcement officers and Wapakoneta City Council members reached agreement on a new deal.
Councilors approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement during a special meeting Tuesday with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents the department’s officers and lieutenants. The agreement takes effect Nov. 1, a day after existing deal expires and runs through Oct. 31, 2014.

BOE opposes voucher House bill

October 27, 2011

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner says he just wants a level playing field when it comes to school funding, standards and mandates — and House Bill 136 tilts the field even further in favor of parochial and private schools.

Three vie for W’field mayor

October 27, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Mayor Michael Ridenour faces two challengers as he attempts to retain his position of mayor by gaining the majority of the vote during the Nov. 8 general election.
One-time candidate Jeff Sandoe and newcomer Kristina Hahn have thrown their hats in the ring.
Ridenour, 58 206 W. Mulberry St., Waynesfield, has served in the position since 2000. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Gene Barnes and has since been elected to two more terms. He previously served on the village council from 1998-2000.

Janice Seibert, 74

October 27, 2011

Janice “Janet” Elaine Seibert, 74, 106 N. Main Street, Mendon, died at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 9, 1937 in St.Marys, the daughter of Golda (Goodwin) and William Rupert.
She was married to Larry Seibert, who is deceased.
She is survived by a daughter, Pam Lawson of Mendon.
She was preceded in death three daughters: Christine Gilliland, Darlene Seitz and Cheryl Caudill.
Services are sat 4 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Steve Coburn officiating.
Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

October 26th

Budget forecast bleak: Wapak Schools projected to operate with a deficit in ’13

October 26, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Faced with decreasing revenues from the state and increased costs at the local level, a report prepared for Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members indicates the district will likely face a budget deficit during the 2012-13 school year.

County commit to lake project

October 26, 2011

The Auglaize County commissioners have agreed to again contribute to the Grand Lake-Wabash Watershed Alliance should a grant be received to continue funding the more than 12-year project.
Commissioner John Bergman said they agreed to again commit $3,000 each of the next three years beginning in 2012, if the grant is received by the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District, which serves as the fiscal agent for the project. Contributions also would be made in 2013 and 2014.

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