The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-16T11:32:12-04:00 school board to honor fallen soldier2014-04-16T11:22:31-04:002014-04-16T11:22:31-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education posthumously nominated U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award at a regular board meeting Monday night.<br /> Zimmerman was killed in action on July 16, 2013, in Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade. He was 25 years old.</p><p> “It still makes me emotional when I think about it,” W-G Superintendent Christ Pfister said. “He was just a wonderful person and an outstanding student who wanted to serve his country — unfortunately he lost his life.”</p><p> Zimmerman graduated from Waynesfield-Goshen High School in 2005, where he was involved with football and baseball. In the army, he was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, where he was an infantry squad leader. He received numerous awards while serving, including a Purple Heart.</p><p> W-G Board of Education member Tom Brookhart said selecting Zimmerman for this year’s award was an easy decision.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHW-G school board to honor fallen soldierWapakoneta Daily recognizes dispatchers2014-04-16T11:18:28-04:002014-04-16T11:18:28-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Whether a car accident, a burglary or an act of violence, the first to respond in any emergency situation is someone hidden from the public’s eye.</p><p> Auglaize County dispatchers were recognized by the county commissioners as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. A resolution stating that their work is “vital to the interest of the community” was signed at the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.</p><p> “It recognizes their services and their hours and things they deal with on an everyday basis and the stress that they’re involved with,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “We want to recognize their services to the community, and not just the local community, but the outside community, as well, because sometimes it goes across jurisdictional lines.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLCounty recognizes dispatchersWapakoneta Daily moon sculptures set to debut May 32014-04-16T11:16:24-04:002014-04-16T11:16:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The second installment in the Wink at the Moon sculpture series by Ohio artist Jay Risner will make its debut on Saturday, May 3, at the Casa Chic Derby Day Wine Tasting at Marley’s Downtown Ballroom.</p><p> According to Judie Presar, president of the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership, Casa Chic’s relationship with Risner began because some of his other sculptures were already being sold at the store.</p><p> “We were deliberating on something that could promote Wapakoneta and also raise funds for the Facade Improvement Program,” Presar said. “Laura Clementz suggested speaking with Jay about creating a Wink at the Moon sculpture to benefit the Wapakoneta Partnership’s Facade Improvement Program.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERNew moon sculptures set to debut May 3Wapakoneta Daily speaks at chamber forum2014-04-15T11:09:48-04:002014-04-15T10:54:53-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, discussed health care, education and working with Democrats during a roundtable discussion held for Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce members at the Eagles Ballroom on Monday.</p><p> During the discussion, Jordan spoke extensively about health care reform, saying the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the biggest impediment to growing businesses.</p><p> “With each passing day we find out more and more how bad this thing is,” Jordan said. “It’s a complete mess and we need a whole different approach on health care policy.”</p><p> Jordan said he hopes Republicans will bring an alternative health care bill to the House this summer. The bill will encourage health savings accounts, association health plans and maximizing freedom of choice by allowing individuals to choose state-based insurance, even if it is from another state.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, April 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHJordan speaks at chamber forumWapakoneta Daily cameras really sensors2014-04-15T10:53:16-04:002014-04-15T10:53:16-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News And now the truth is known.</p><p> Those alleged cameras atop the new traffic signals at the intersection of Bellefontaine, Wood and Pearl streets are really sensors.</p><p> Amid the controversy over red light cameras in Ohio and other states, it was originally thought that the new devices that appeared over the weekend we’re designed to catch and automatically ticket speeders and/or stoplight violators.</p><p> The devices, which could easily be mistaken for cameras, are far more high-tech than that it turns out.<br /> They monitor traffic flow.</p><p> “Once they’re active, Bellefontaine Street will have the green all the time,” Director of Public Safety and Service Bill Rains said. “When one of the sensors detects traffic on the other streets, the light will change.”</p><p> Prior to this new installation, the lights at the intersection changed on a rotational pattern.</p><p> The new lights will also feature upgrades for pedestrians.</p><p> The traditional button will be connected to a countdown screen to let pedestrians know how much time they have before the light changes against them. The system will also provide an audible “chirp” to assist the vision impaired.</p><p> Rains said the new system should be completed this week.</p><p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNAlleged cameras really sensorsWapakoneta Daily will back Issue 12014-04-15T10:50:51-04:002014-04-15T10:50:51-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News CRIDERSVILLE — New business at the Village of Cridersville’s monthly meeting was discussed regarding two resolutions Monday night.</p><p> Village Administrator Jarid Kohlrieser presented resolution 2234 pertaining to the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue 1 grant for the village.</p><p> “We were asked by the Auglaize County engineer to see if we could get support from council to get the word out a little bit,” Kohlrieser said. “This Issue 1 will be on the May ballot and what the resolution is is just an endorsement resolution to let the people know that we as a village support the OPWC Issue 1 funds.”</p><p> According to Kohlrieser since these funds have been made available the local governments in our county have received over $700,000 worth of project money.</p><p> “We have used OPWC funds in the past for many street projects, and this would just get the word out a little bit to the public and let them know that this money just used and appreciated,” he said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, April 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERVillage will back Issue 1Wapakoneta Daily’s fate up to city2014-04-14T11:03:39-04:002014-04-14T11:03:39-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The city of Wapakoneta is trying to decide what it wants to do with a brick structure that was constructed in the parking lot of Image Master’s Print and Copy Center on 126 E. Auglaize St. during the East Auglaize Street Project, which was completed in 2013.</p><p> The structure covers up the base of an old sign post that was taken down years ago after a company went out of business.</p><p> Superintendent of Engineering and Zoning Mary Ruck said the brick pedestal is currently serving its purpose, and it’s up to the city to decide if they want to rehabilitate it in any way.</p><p> “As far as I’m concerned, we’re finished there” Ruck said. “If city council or the city as a whole decides to further enhance it with a planter, statue or plaque, I think that would be wonderful.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, April 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBarricade’s fate up to cityWapakoneta Daily Acres hosts volunteer banquet2014-04-14T11:00:11-04:002014-04-14T11:00:11-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Auglaize Acres hosted its annual volunteer banquet last week in honor of the individuals who dedicate their time and effort to improving each resident’s quality of life.</p><p> “Volunteers Put Spring in Our Step” was the theme for the luncheon planned in time for National Volunteer Week.</p><p> Approximately 70 people volunteer at Auglaize Acres, whether that means coming in once a year for a large activity or visiting on a weekly basis, Activity Director Kristina Martin said.</p><p> “Some of them provided one on one attention, which is a big thing,” Martin said. “Some of the residents can’t get out of their room, or they just don’t care to come to the group activities as much. [The volunteers] don’t realize sometimes how much they really are appreciated. They help out tremendously.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, April 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLAuglaize Acres hosts volunteer banquetWapakoneta Daily in, rails in, studies done, ... Ready!2014-04-16T11:32:12-04:002014-04-11T18:44:41-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Under the tagline “Roads, Rail, Ready,” the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council has spent the last several years preparing a 476-acre parcel of land to become an Ohio Certified Job Ready Site that will allow companies to build factories on the property known as the West Central Ohio Industrial Center (WCOIC). </span></p><p class="p3"> To do this, the council needed to perform all the necessary analytics and create an infrastructure that was conducive to industrial capacity. </p><p class="p4"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Roads</span></p><p class="p3"> One requirement that most companies have before they agree to build on a property is that the location is within 10 miles of an interstate highway. In the case of the WCOIC, County Road 25A borders the property, allowing for non-stop access to Interstate 75. </p><p class="p3"> “The site is essentially on an interstate highway,”  Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Director Greg Myers said. “You can get to I-75 virtually within a half mile of the site, which is a very positive thing.” </p><p class="p3"> Myers said Wapakoneta’s number one asset is its location.</p><p class="p3"> “Where we are, there’s easy access to I-75,” he said. “This provides us with the ability to easily reach our markets in the Midwest and the South.”</p><p class="p3"> Wapakoneta is positioned so that a one-day drive allows companies to reach 50 percent of the U.S. and Canadian populations, as well as 60 percent of manufacturing companies, Myers said. </p><p class="p3"> From an automotive perspective, the fact that most auto plants are in the Midwest allows for business owners in Wapakoneta to easily reach these factories via I-75.</p><p class="p3"> “I-75 is referred to as the ‘auto corridor of the U.S.,’” Myers said. “The Midwest is saturated with auto plants, and our location in West Central Ohio puts us at the heart of that.”</p><p class="p4"> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, April 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHRoads in, rails in, studies done, ... Ready!Wapakoneta Daily as a region2014-04-12T11:11:09-04:002014-04-11T18:42:23-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">When it comes to attracting businesses to Western Ohio, local economic development leaders understand it is up to the  combined force of a like-minded region, not only individual cities and counties.</span></p><p class="p3"> “Major capital investors rarely say ‘I want to be in that city’ ... They typically say they want to be in a region,” Greg Myers, director of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council, said. “I started thinking, if we want to start marketing ourselves, we should be starting to identify as a region, instead of just as Wapakoneta or just as Auglaize County, because our chances of catching someone’s attention as just that are probably slim.”</p><p class="p3"> Myers said prospective companies first decide which country they want their businesses located in. After analysis, they they then choose the appropriate region of the country depending on resources needed, and then they choose the state. </p><p class="p3"> “And then it’s what region, what part of Ohio, is the best match for me?’’ Myers said.</p><p class="p3"> To attract the companies which decide to locate in Ohio, Myers said Auglaize County has teamed up with other counties to pull resources and work as a collective unit. </p><p class="p3"> Due to many local companies’ focus toward Dayton, Myers said Auglaize County is part of the Dayton Development Coalition as the “big picture” economic development agency. However, a smaller agency was created to focus on the unique characteristics Auglaize County shares with Miami, Shelby, Mercer, Darke and Champaign counties. </p><p class="p3"> “We’re smaller, rural communities. Our work demographic, our work ethic is a little bit different,” Myers said, noting how the counties share similar industry sectors. “So it made sense for us to partner together as kind of a subregion of the greater Dayton region.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, April 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLWorking as a regionWapakoneta Daily