The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-27T15:39:57-05:00 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsWapakoneta, OHtestTestWapakoneta Daily tag deadline extended2015-01-27T10:47:24-05:002015-01-27T10:47:24-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsWapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHDog tag deadline extendedWapakoneta Daily chief issues warning to those parked on street2015-01-27T08:29:11-05:002015-01-27T08:29:11-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta Police Chief Russel Hunlock is advising residents who have been parked on a city street for 48 hours or more to move their vehicles by this evening, Jan. 27. </p><p class="p1"> Due to Sunday's snowfall, several vehicles have remained on public streets without being moved, Hunlock said.</p><p class="p1"> If they are not moved by tonight, drivers may be issued a parking ticket.</p><p class="p1"> The 48-hour parking law is part of a city ordinance.</p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHPolice chief issues warning to those parked on streetWapakoneta Daily Village Council update2015-01-26T20:27:24-05:002015-01-26T20:22:18-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsNew president elected on council.Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWaynesfield Village Council updateWapakoneta Daily's on tap for this week2015-01-26T22:11:30-05:002015-01-26T14:55:16-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsMonday:Waynesfield Village Council meeting at 7:30 p.m., look for the story in Tuesday's paper.Snow pictures in Tuesday's paper!Tuesday:Botkins Village Council meeting at 7 p.m., look for the story in Wednesday's paper.Story Time at the Auglaize County Public Library, look for pictures in Wednesday's paper.Wednesday: Court cases, look for the story in Thursday's paper.Preview of upcoming events at the Auglaize County Library in Wednesday's paper.Thursday:Wapakoneta City Finance Committee, 7 p.m. look the story in Friday's paper.Friday: Jump rope assembly at Cridersville Elementary school at 8:45 a.m., look for pictures in Saturday's paper.Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWhat's on tap for this weekWapakoneta Daily owner seeks loan from city2015-01-23T17:41:58-05:002015-01-23T17:41:58-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsWapakoneta, OHJake DowlingHotel owner seeks loan from cityWapakoneta Daily will not seek re-election2015-01-22T10:52:10-05:002015-01-22T10:52:10-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">CRIDERSVILLE — After almost eight years under the leadership of Mayor Lorali Myers, the village of Cridersville will be looking for a new a mayor come 2017 as Myers announced during Monday’s village council meeting that she will not be seeking re-election as mayor of Cridersville.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I want you all to know that I am announcing tonight to my fellow council members, to the residents and to the community that I will not be running for re-election,” she said at the end of Monday’s meeting. “I have decided that it is for personal reasons that I don’t feel that I can commit the way I want to commit to this community.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Myers was elected mayor of Cridersville in 2008, taking over for Bob Conner, who is now the chairman of the Planning Committee for the village council. She defeated Andrew Wahlie in the November 2008 election with 57 percent of the votes.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">She retained her title as mayor in 2011 after defeating then-council member Tony Zuppardo, garnering 55 percent of the votes. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Prior to becoming mayor of the roughly 1,852 village residents, Myers served as president of the village council from 2005 to her first year as mayor in 2008. She was also a member of the council starting in 2003 as well as serving as chair of the Planning Committee and Finance Committee during her time as a council member.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I have served for almost 13 years on the table and I felt it was important to me to announce it in the beginning of the year because I truly hope that we find an individual or individuals who would like to run for mayor,” Myers said. “I hope there is a person or people who would like to run for mayor that they truly do this for the reason why I have done it for the last 13 years and the last eight for mayor because of the passion and commitment I have for this community and the residents.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Aside from being mayor and a council member of Cridersville, Myers, 51, is employed as a human resources manager at Lima Memorial Hospital. She formerly served as a benefits administrator at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney as well before going to Lima.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time that I feel I can give to this community,” she said. “It’s not that I don’t want to, it just feels very tight at times.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">A 1981 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio and enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration program there in 2007.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">She also served as the former treasurer of the Cridersville Athletic Association and has been a resident of the village since 1994. Even though she grew up outside of Cridersville, Myers has always considered herself a part of the community.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I am honored to be able to work for this community, and I truly think it’s a title for me,” said Myers. “The people that run this community are the employees and the administrators, they are the ones who are here day in and day out. To be able to sit here with all the council members on a regular basis, they really are the ones making the decisions.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I felt this was the time to announce it.” </span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on Myers' future as mayor of Cridersville, see the Thursday, Jan. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGMayor will not seek re-electionWapakoneta Daily levy up for renewal2015-01-22T10:45:25-05:002015-01-22T10:45:25-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Auglaize County Health Department will be seeking the public’s support in May. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It may be hard to believe it’s been 10 years since voters first renewed the 1995 health levy. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to an article published in the Wapakoneta Daily News in 2005, the 10-year, 1-mill levy provides more than one-third of the Auglaize County Health Department’s annual budget. That estimate is still pretty close.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’d say it provides about 30 percent of our revenue,” Health Commissioner Oliver Fisher said Wednesday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The department wants to keep that going.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The board approved the resolution on the renewal at the October meeting,” Fisher said, adding that it is simply a renewal; there will be no additional expense to voters.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The levy helps keep costs down, which is part of the department’s mission. In fact, the mission statement on the department’s website reads, “Provide the residents of Auglaize County with superior public services at the most reasonable cost. This is a continuing obligation to which all other obligations are secondary.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The calendar for the County Commissioners indicated they were scheduled to discuss the levy process Thursday morning with Michelle Wilcox and Peggy Matheny of the county election board, but that meeting was cancelled. According to Esther Leffel at the commissioner’s office, the meeting was intended to discuss the election process and costs. However, Wilcox and Matheny were able to get the information they needed elsewhere.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">More information on the levy will be published as the campaign progresses.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNHealth levy up for renewalWapakoneta Daily head to march2015-01-22T10:43:37-05:002015-01-22T10:43:37-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Members of the St. Joseph Youth Community on Wednesday boarded a charter bus and set off for Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life, an anti-abortion rally that takes place in the nation’s capital each year. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">A group of 28 middle and high school students, chaperons and parents began their journey at 9 p.m., loading up the bus and saying their goodbyes to loved ones before they embark on the nine-hour drive.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The group traveled all night, arriving in D.C. around 6 a.m. Before the march, a youth rally and mass was held at the D.C. Armory. The march begins at 1 p.m. near the National Mall and ends at the United States Capitol building. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“The march itself is two miles, but because there are so many people it takes a bit of time to do that,” St. Joseph Youth Ministry Coordinator Michelle Jacobs said. “Typically the walk ends around 4:30.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Leading up to the march, a group of speakers will talk about the right to life and why it is important in our society. Jacobs said there will be music playing “to get people excited,” with various groups from all over the country singing and holding up signs.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“There’s a lot of energy and a lot of young people there which is really cool,” she said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Jacobs, who took over as youth ministry coordinator in July, has been to her fair share of marches. While this is her first time going with the St. Joseph Youth Community, she has participated in the March for Life four times in her high school and college days.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">For many of the students in her group, however, this will be their first March for Life. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“A lot of people we have going, it’s their first time,” Jacobs said. “This year we have a younger group – a lot of seventh and eighth-graders – but I’m pretty excited because it will be their first time on the march, or even their first time away from home without their parents.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Jacobs said the march will be an eye-opening experience for the first-timers because they will get to see just how many people feel the same way as they do about abortion. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“To see that many people in the March for Life, especially young people who are excited to stand for life, it gives that sense of a larger community and it helps resonate with them,” she said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">At the conclusion of the march, the group will head back to the hotel where they will order pizza, relax and “enjoy each other’s company,” Jacobs said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Friday will be dedicated to sightseeing, with trips to the Smithsonian and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In the evening, they will go to mass before making the journey back to Wapakoneta. Jacobs said they should arrive home around 4 a.m. Saturday. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Look for a recap of the trip in Monday’s edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHYouth head to marchWapakoneta Daily to undergo ‘rebuilding’2015-01-21T11:42:50-05:002015-01-21T11:42:50-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Heritage Trails Park District is going in a different direction for the time being and there will not be any campaigning for a levy anytime soon.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">That was the sentiment in the room during Tuesday night’s meeting in the Chamber of Commerce office in Wapakoneta. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Park Commissioner David Stilwell proposed an idea to rebuild HTPD from the ground up starting with a board of trustees. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Stilwell said he had talked to Courtney Burton, an attorney from Wiesenmayer Law Office, about the establishment of a Friends of the Park District Foundation.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“She had suggestions and she is in the process of working toward this goal for us,” he said. “What we have to have in place is we need a board of trustees or some kind of board and we need to have some kind of bylaws.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Burton also suggested HTPD pay a federal fee from the IRS to gain tax exempt status, which would be $400, as well as filling out a form to the Ohio attorney general in order to solicit tax donations, which is a $175 fee. Burton also suggested that the district have a physical address and be able to pay attorney fees. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“She is anticipating a rough guess of $1,500 to $2,000 to get started,” Stilwell said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Stilwell said he would see if the district could use park district funds to set up the foundation. A discussion took place regarding the possibility of taking all donations that HTPD had and lending it to starting the foundation. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">However, nothing was finalized during the discussion.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Probably the most important suggestion Burton made to Stilwell leading up to the meeting was to come up with a small board, between five to seven people. The district can discuss the possibility of joining a board with its representatives from various locations in the county. That board would then govern the foundation, set the bylaws and have quarterly meetings. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“But within that, you have members of the friends with different support levels,” Stilwell said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Several people on the district’s election committee have expressed interest in the idea of joining HTPD’s new board.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I think, being without funding like we are, this is going to be a critical thing that we need to get up and running,” HTPD Park Commissioner Jim Heinrich said. “I think one of the keys, whenever we do decide to go back on the ballot, to pass this levy is to have that organization in place and to have a breath of support in place that we didn’t really have the last two times,”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on the Heritage Trails Park District, see the Wednesday, Jan. 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGDistrict to undergo ‘rebuilding’Wapakoneta Daily