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December 10th

Cridersville to kick off holiday season

December 10, 2013

CRIDERSVILLE — ‘Tis the season for Christmas festivities, and the local events do not end with Children’s Hometown Holiday.
Christmas on Main Street in Cridersville will be held on Saturday, with activities beginning at 9 a.m.
The date has been set for the second week in December, due to a better turnout last year.
“I think it worked out fantastic — we had a great crowd, a lot of people participated,” Chair Stacey Cook said.
She said the date was previously the same date as the “Children’s Hometown Holiday” in Wapakoneta, and not as many people were able to attend both events.

New Bremen runs past banged up Botkins

December 10, 2013

Sports Correspondent

BOTKINS — With an 11-4 start, the New Bremen Cardinals team were able to run the floor and eventually defeat the Botkins Trojans, 60-33, Monday evening in a non-league varsity girls basketball game played at Botkins High School.

“Getting out to a fast start was one of the things we talked about,” Cardinals varsity coach Chris Burden said. “The last two road games we didn’t get off to very good starts, but especially on the road it is critical to get off to a good start and we did that tonight.”

December 9th

Santa makes stop

December 9, 2013

There was a line of children as long as the street to see the crowd favorite at Saturday’s Children’s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta. Santa Claus and his helpers from the Octagon Club sat outside the courthouse on Willipie Street, waiting to hear every boy and girl’s wish for Christmas. There were elaborate requests with many toys and simpler ones for just the children’s favorite treat.
Brooklyn Snyder, 8, and her older sister Morgan, 10, each wanted the exact same thing.
“I want a Monster High Doll,” Brooklyn said. “I want it to play with.”

Parents adore hometown holiday

December 9, 2013

Behind nearly every door downtown on Saturday was a free treat or goodie for children as part of the Children’s Hometown Holiday. From popcorn and hot chocolate, to hot dogs and candy, downtown Wapakoneta’s generosity came out in full force this weekend.
There were smiling faces everywhere Saturday, and not just from the children.
“It’s really great that they have all of this down here,” said Heidi Snyder, who brought her two daughters to the event downtown. “It’s great that everything is free and there is so much to do.”

Redskins win 31-team Columbus tournament

December 9, 2013

From staff reports

The Wapakoneta Redskins recorded a major accomplishment Saturday, winning the boys portion of the 10th Annual Ohio High School Invitational Kick-Off Classic Tournament in Columbus.

Wapak bested a field of 31 teams Saturday, including some fellow members of the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference.

With a score of 3,088, the Redskins finished tied for 11th in the standings after the qualifying round, which consisted of three games and two Baker games.

Wapak then joined a 16-team bracket, seeded 11th overall.

December 6th

Theater inspires WHS students

December 6, 2013

“Fall, Macbeth,” WHS senior Wyatt Harrison said as he drew his sword on the final scene of the Shakespearean play, Macbeth. Harrison was performing the part of antagonist Lord Macduff during the Wapakoneta High School’s Shakespearean acting classes last week.
Great Lakes Theater Festival Actors Chennelle Bryant-Harris and Michael Silverstein visited the high school every day of the week, introducing many students to the world of theater.
All Wapakoneta senior English classes got involved with acting week, acting out scenes from Macbeth.

Ice rink brings smiles

December 6, 2013

WAPAKONETA - Throughout the day Friday, those involved with the Children’s Hometown Holiday helped to construct the opening highlight of the event, the ice skating rink. Children were able to enjoy an evening on the rink Friday with the fun continuing today until 3 p.m.
Elaine Poppe, chair of Children’s Hometown Holiday, said that there used to be ice skating in and near Wapakoneta, but due to unsafe ice it hasn’t been possible in recent years.

Resident wins award for masonry work

December 6, 2013

Wapakoneta resident Mike Barbee has been doing construction his whole life. In high school he made money by working on patios and landscape and helping his dad work around the house. Barbee, who grew up in southeastern Ohio, said he has been using tools his whole life.
“We were one of those families that never hired anyone to fix things around the house,” he said. “We did it ourselves.”

Favorable ice fishing conditions coming

December 6, 2013

With any luck from Mother Nature, the waters on Indian Lake will soon be solid enough for ice fishers to go have their fun.
The first ice watch is in effect from Dec. 14 through Dec. 16 according to Scott Albrecht, owner of

Redskins survive Shawnee rally to win WBL opener

December 6, 2013

Sports Editor

SHAWNEE — The Wapakoneta Redskins twice had to survive after surrendering two large leads, once in each half, but they led virtually the entire game and prevailed in the end.

The Redskins managed a 65-60 win Thursday over the Shawnee Indians in varsity girls basketball action, in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams.

Wapak’s final points of the third period at 1:19 gave the team a game-high 19-point lead, 51-32.

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