Archive - 2013
Firefighters from Wapakoneta and Cridersville fire departments responded to a reported fire at the Midwest Elastomers Inc. plant on Industrial Drive this morning.
Wapakoneta firefighters entered the building which was reported filled with smoke from a dust fire.
For more information, see Thursday's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
From staff reports
Two players on the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team now own three different school records, while the team set three new school records during the 2013 season.
Senior linebacker Zach Schmerge broke the school record for most fumble recoveries in a career by totaling eight upon the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Schmerge had six entering his senior year and recorded two in the playoff game against Shawnee to exceed the previous record of seven held by Brandon Miller.
A magician used a little magic to reinforce past safety lessons and provide new ones to Wapakoneta Elementary School students Monday morning.
Kerry Blair, known as Kerry Kazaam, was met with an enthusiastic response from students at the school, who laughed along at his silly antics and tried to figure out his magic tricks, while also shouting out the answers to dilemmas they may face. They also listened to what they can do to make themselves safer.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” Cridersville residents raised property concerns regarding village improvement and beautification projects in the village.Â
Cridersville resident Greg Joseph brought his concern about a recent tree planted near his property during Mondayâ€™s Cridersville Village Council meeting.Â
Joseph said two previous trees caused damage to the sidewalk in front of his house, among other issues, such as falling debris.Â
â€śIâ€™m not going to let this council decide whatâ€™s best for my property,â€ť Joseph told councilors.
The second phase of a sewer replacement project in downtown Wapakoneta should be able to start soon with the contractor purchasing materials and conducting pre-construction work, a city administrator says, as the city secures a second round of funding.
Anna J. Byrne (Kelly), 93, of Carlisle, formerly of Wapakoneta, passed away peacefully Sunday Nov. 17, 2013, surrounded by her children. She was born in Glenwood, the daughter of Cornelius and Sylvia (Sherman) Kelly.
Anna was the youngest of 12 children and was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Winfred; a daughter, Kay Forner; and all her brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her two sons, Patrick (Dianne) and Dana (Rita) Byrne; one daughter, Darla Wharton and Jan (Scott) Clarry; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a son-in-law, Jerome Forner.
David J. Schmerge, 48, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:49 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, Lima. He was born Jan. 13, 1965, in Lima, the son of Lawrence J. and Madeline (Klausing) Schmerge, who preceded him in death. He was married to Karen Fulton Schmerge, and she preceded him in death.
Survivors include, one brother, Thomas (Paula) Schmerge, of Wapakoneta; two nephews, David A. (MacKenzie) Schmerge, of Bellevue, and Nathan L. Schmerge, Yuma, Ariz; two nieces, Amanda J. Schmerge and Ashley M. Schmerge, both of Wapakoneta; a special cousin, Jane Williams.
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins notched a win in their first match of the 2013-14 high school bowling season Saturday.
Wapak managed a 2,485-1,905 win over the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks in West Ohio High School Bowling Conference boys action at Plaza Lanes in Celina.
Austin Krites had the team high for the day, with a 202 in the first game. He followed that up with a 169 in the second game for a 185.5 average.
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins recorded a season-opening win Saturday over the Marion Local Flyers.
Wapak tallied a 1,478-1,172 victory at Plaza Lanes in Celina to begin the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference girls season.
After a 763-552 win in the first game, Wapak's margin of victory was much closer in the second, 715-620.
Kylie Timmerman was the 'Skins top bowler in the first game with a 182, while Britni Hosterman rolled a 185 in the second game to lead the team.
With a necklace of large, black bear claws fashioned to top off an ensemble of animal hides, beads and furs, no one in the Wapakoneta Middle School social studies class asked how â€śBear Claw Jebâ€ť gained his nickname.Â
Also known as Jeff Hunlock, Bear Claw Jeb lectured to each fifth-grade social studies classes Friday and showed off his extensive collection on American Indian artifacts.Â
With his unique style and attitude, the historian said he prefers to be known as Bear Claw Jeb, at least while he is in his native dress clothes.Â