Archive - Nov 2013
The federal government shutdown did not hinder one local middle school group from learning and experiencing the nationâ€™s capital.
Fifty-two Botkins Middle Schoolâ€™s eighth-grade students, who took a trip to Washington, D.C. in mid-October, still received a private tour of the capital city and other national landmarks, while lawmakers deliberated during the shutdown that ended on Oct. 16, one day after students returned from their trip.
Wapakoneta and eastern Auglaize County residents will be able to hit the voting booths Tuesday to elect local leaders.
The polls are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
In Wapakoneta, voters must decide between four candidates for three councilor-at-large seats on Wapakoneta City Council.
The candidates are Republicans Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and Dan Graf, Democrat Randy Fisher and non-partisan candidate Rachel Barber. (A question and answer with the candidates appears on Page 5A and Page 6A.)
Playoff tickets for the Wapakoneta Redskins football game Friday, Nov. 8 at Harmon Field will be sold in advance of the game at Wapakoneta High School.
Reserved seats will be honored for the playoff game.
Reserved seat holders can purchase the same number of tickets they hold from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
All reserved seat holders must purchase a ticket for this game and use their reserved seat card in order to get into the reserved seat section at game time.
SHAWNEE — A furious start allowed the Wapakoneta Redskins to finish their regular season on a high note Friday, and now they will move onto the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons.
The Redskins cruised to a 49-0 halftime lead against the Shawnee Indians, with seven touchdowns in the first 19 minutes of Friday’s game, in a 49-13 win in Western Buckeye League varsity football action.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers were shut out, 35-0, by the Troy Christian Eagles in a non-league varsity football game Friday in Troy, in the regular season finale for both teams.
W-G ended its season with a 2-8 record.
After an 0-5 start, the Tigers won two games before losing three to finish the season.
Troy Christian finished 4-4 for the year.
TC sophomore running back Luke Dillahunt rushed for 246 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns Friday.
Wapakoneta Middle School football fans received a surprise Thursday when NFL linebacker Devon McDonald gathered students for a DARE assembly.
The former Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Storm player visited the school with a message of hope. McDonald spoke about many youth-related issues, including bullying, goal-setting and good decision-making.
DARE Officer Samuel Blank organized the assembly with middle school guidance counselors as part of â€śRed Ribbon Week,â€ť a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Windy weather did not stop area facilities from hosting their trick or treat for the children.
At Auglaize Acres, residentâ€™s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others stopped in for a visit.
â€śThis is a time for them to socialize with the younger generation,â€ť Activities Coordinator Barb King said. â€śThe residentsâ€™ faces light up when they see the kids â€” itâ€™s an important thing for them.â€ť
King said the trick-or-treat event allowed residents and staff members to mingle with family members that they speak about every day.
For one U.S. legislator, he cannot believe a soldier who drives a truck in Iraq cannot transfer those skills automatically into a CDL in the United States.
He cannot believe a soldier who works on trucks and tanks cannot receive automatic certification to work on cars stateside.
He cannot believe a medic who worked to save a soldierâ€™s life during a military operation cannot easily transition into an EMT or paramedic certification in the country he devoted his life.
From staff reports
The state’s governing body of high school athletics is now publicly opposed to separating postseason tournaments between public and non-public schools, Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner Dan Ross wrote in a one-page memo dated Tuesday that was recently sent to member schools.