Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
NEW KNOXVILLE — State mandates to address teacher evaluations and to change standardized testing requirements are inflating the staff budgets of districts already surviving budget cuts.
New Knoxville Superintendent Kim Waterman said she doesn’t expect a larger budget for 2013, despite the school spending more than its projected revenue. The school has looked at bus routes, staff and other costs for areas to cut, but staff hours are increasing because teachers need continued training to keep up with state mandates.
ST. MARYS — Strengthening the city’s General Fund, being proactive on the economic development front and maintaining services for the residents of St. Marys are among the goals St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan unveiled to councilors during Monday night’s St. Marys City Council meeting.
McGowan gave his annual report to councilors, an action required each year under the Ohio Revised Code. In his report, McGowan touched upon some highlights of 2012 as well as his major goals for 2013.
ST. MARYS — A member of Auglaize County Junior Fair royalty now has a new crown to add to her collection.
University of Dayton freshman Sarah Wilker, the daughter of Gene and Cindy Wilker of St. Marys, took home the title of Ohio Fairs Queen for 2013 following a competition during the first week of January in Columbus. Wilker qualified for the event when she was named the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen in July.
ST. MARYS — Clean-up crews are in the process of determining the cause — and exact location — of a crude oil leak east of St. Marys.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson received a phone call Friday night regarding a strong odor. When he arrived on the scene — near the area of Plattner Pike and Ohio 29 — he said he knew the source of the odor.
ST. MARYS — For senior Roughrider Mitchell Slemmons, the focus of Christmas vacation was band, band and more band.
Slemmons was a part of the group of students who went to Florida with the St. Marys All Brass Band.
“That was a lot of fun,” Slemmons said. “Both the performances went really well, even though it ended up raining at the Citrus Bowl Parade.”
The rain did not put a hitch in the band’s experience, Slemmons said.
ST. MARYS — A warm spell coupled with recent steady rains have local officials keeping an eye on county waterways.
The remnants of the late December snowstorm melted — and washed — away as a warm front moved into the region and with it unseasonable temperatures. The melting snow and rain have caused water levels rivers and tributaries to begin climb.
MINSTER — Faster than a speeding football, peppier than the most powerful opponent, inside the Wildcat suit is Nick Kemper, Super Fan, someone who could easily be called the most-spirited Wildcat represented at sports games.
In his day-to-day life, the mascot of Minster High School is an unassuming, bubbly band member who could easily be called the Clark Kent of the high school world.
ST. MARYS — Visitors to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park will once again be able to take advantage of deep discounts this year.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced it plans to continue to offer a 50 percent discount on camping and dock fees for 2013. Getaway rentals will be discounted 25 percent and the special prices will be in effect from April 1 to Oct. 31 — excluding May 24-26, June 30 to July 6, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, Sept. 20-22 and Oct. 4-6.
WAPAKONETA — A sixth-grade Wapakoneta City Schools student confessed to writing a note on a school desk which led to the evacuation Thursday of Wapakoneta Middle School.
Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said through an officer’s investigation a student of interest was identified and interviewed. During the interview, an 11-year-old girl confessed to leaving the note.
NEW BREMEN — In response to the Newtown, Conn. shootings, New Bremen school board members approved significant safety measures Wednesday night.
Members approved a measure to bid out an approximately $45,000 renovation project to move the high school office into the current community room as a way to check visitors who would attempt to enter the building during school hours.
“Some teachers were really shook up ... some still are,” New Bremen Superintendent Howard Overman said.