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Archive - Aug 2012

August 17th

Roadway safety: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

August 17, 2012

Law enforcement officers from throughout the county are joining together in an effort to encourage people to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and Wapakoneta Police Department plan to take part in the national campaign to reduce impaired driving and roadway fatalities beginning today and extending through the end of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3. The local agencies make a concentrated effort to work together to stop impaired drivers on county roads every year at this time.

City signs on with solar agency

August 17, 2012

At a combined Wapakoneta City Council Utility Committee and Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on Thursday, the committee informed Solar Planet that they would like to enter into contract with them.

Wapakoneta City Council Utility Committee Chair Steve Walter, along with members of the committee and city officials, agreed to ask for legislation to be prepared to authorize Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains to negotiate and execute a contract with Solar Planet.

Dead dogs found in home

August 17, 2012

A woman’s concern over her neighbor led Wapakoneta Police to discover several dead dogs in a Logan Street home Wednesday afternoon.

The woman called police at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday after having not seen her 55-year-old female neighbor outside in a couple months.

Wapakoneta Police Clerk Denise Kohler said the woman reported seeing swarms of flies around the front door and a foul odor coming from the home at 907 Logan St.

August 16th

Hands-on learning: German interns experience common law

August 16, 2012

Between cheering on the Olympics with their host families, trying fried pickles at the Auglaize County Fair, and learning about the common law system, three German interns have a lot to share with friends and family when they return home.

Three students from the University of Muenster, in Germany, came to Wapakoneta to study common law and complete a three-week internship with Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Fred Pepple.

School bus safety: Drivers and children urged to be cautious

August 16, 2012

Throughout the summer, crews from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been working on inspecting every school bus in the state to ensure they are safe to transport children when classes resume this month.

Across Ohio, the Highway Patrol has 23 teams of motor vehicle inspectors who check every bus in the state at least twice each year — once before the beginning of the school year and once during the year — equaling 138,231 inspections between 2009 and 2011.

Local Bobcat on alumni board

August 16, 2012

Just 30 years ago, Craig Brown was a resident of Lincoln Hall at Ohio University taking charge of raising money for a new Bobcat mascot by collecting donations at a football game. Now he is taking his passion for the university to a whole new level.

Craig Brown, a resident of Wapakoneta and a 1982 alumnus of Ohio University, was recently selected to join the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors, making him one of 22 representing the university.

August 15th

Myron ‘Sam’ Katterheinrich, 86

August 15, 2012

Myron “Sam” Katterheinrich, 86, of 216 W. Spring St., New Knoxville, died suddenly at 11:24 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima.
He was born Oct. 17, 1925, in New Knoxville, the son of Ida (Schultz) and Samuel Katterheinrich, who preceded him in death.
He married Joanne Koenig on August 23, 1947, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by his four children, Connie Schwabero, of Reading, Michigan, Nancy Selby, of New Knoxville, Martin Katterheinrich, of Defiance, and John Katterheinrich, of New Knoxville.

John I. Gander, 89

August 15, 2012

John I. Gander, 89, formerly of Perry Township, Allen County, died at 9:43 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Gardens of Celina, where he had resided for a year and a half.
He was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Columbus Grove, a son of Viola Pauline (Wilkerson) and Jesse Gander, who preceded him in death.
On June 25, 1949, he married Eunice M. Koenig, who died Feb. 22, 2005.
He is survived by three children, Gene A. Gander, of Durant, Okla., Margaret L. Wohlgamuth, of Cridersville, and Bruce W. Gander, of Celina.

Rodric J. ‘Rod’ Luedeke, 57

August 15, 2012

Rodric J. ‘Rod’ Luedeke, 57, of Fryburg, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 9, 1954, in St. Marys, the son Mary (Kailus) and Ferdinand Luedeke.
His mother survives in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and his father is deceased.
Other survivors include, siblings, Timothy (Anne) Luedeke, of Delphos, Kenneth (Vickie) Luedeke, Joseph Luedeke, and Andrew (Tonya) Luedeke, all of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Debra (Steven) McClintic, of Wheelersburg; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Luedeke, and a sister, Amy Palk.

Swine flu monitored

August 15, 2012

Although no cases of a flu virus being spread after exposure to sick hogs have been reported in Auglaize County, health officials continue surveillance.

“We became aware of cases from the Butler County Fair right at the end of July, beginning of August, when our fair was just starting,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Tuesday.

She said random samples of swine were taken here by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and a fair veterinarian and all came up negative.

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