Archive - 2013
Presents under the tree and a full stomach on Christmas Eve may be customary for some, but, for others, even basic necessities can be difficult to come by throughout the holidays.
One local organization is dedicated to bringing â€śChristmas Cheerâ€ť to those those families who need extra assistance this season.
Personnel from fire departments from Wapakoneta, Buckland, St. Johns and Uniopolis are asking their communities to donate toys and non-perishable food items through the â€śChristmas Cheerâ€ť program, which is celebrating its 31st year collecting and distributing donations.
Students took turns petting and cuddling puppies and kittens while learning about their care during a special event at Cridersville Elementary School on Monday.
Paraeducator Laura Hadding organized the event as a fun activity on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. All of the schoolâ€™s kindergarten through fourth-grade students got a turn visiting the activity housed in the gym. While there they learned about pet care from an employee and volunteer of the Humane Society of Auglaize County, got their faces painted to look like
A white tree decorated with Wapakoneta Redskin logos attracts a large bid right from the beginning and the members of Girl Scout Troop 20721 could not be more excited.
The bids does not excite them, it is the fact their tree entitled â€” â€śWeâ€™ve Got Spiritâ€ť â€” will help people.
â€śWe decorated it with hair bows, necklaces and bobby pins all in Redskin colors,â€ť Elizabeth Sidener said. â€śWe did it to support the Wapakoneta Redskins and to help raise money for the Tri-County Visiting Nurses program.â€ť
With a little more than a month left in the United Way of Auglaize Countyâ€™s 2014 campaign, pledges received total approximately 75 percent of the $325,000 goal.
That goal is in reach, United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director Randy Fisher said, if anticipated pledges are received and if members of the local community also consider making a donation.
The Wapakoneta-Lima South KOA Campgrounds has been awarded a top honor from the company.
The local KOA campground was awarded the 2014 KOA Presidentâ€™s and Founderâ€™s Award by Kampgrounds of America Inc., the worldâ€™s largest system of family-friendly campgrounds, on Thursday during KOAâ€™s Annual International Convention in Austin, Texas.
The KOA Presidentâ€™s and Founderâ€™s Award is presented annually to campgrounds receiving the highest scores in customer service from their campers and top scores in KOAâ€™s annual quality review, said Mike Gast, vice president of communications for KOA.
From staff reports
Harmon Field in Wapakoneta will host two more playoff games this weekend, making it six total for the fall of 2013.
The site will feature a Division VI state semifinal between Mechanicsburg (11-2) and Haviland Wayne Trace (12-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Friday’s game will be Mechanicsburg second straight playoff game at Harmon Field.
Sara Warner and the rest of the Wapakoneta Redskins just kept shooting Friday, and those shots just kept going in.
The Redskins used a torrid start in the first period Friday to establish a comfortable lead the rest of the game, as Wapak recorded a 67-40 non-league win over the Bellefontaine Cheiftains in the first regular contest of the varsity girls basketball season for both teams.
The Botkins Trojans played Friday’s game on a roller coaster, starting at the top in the first half before falling briefly in the third period only to get back to the top.
The Trojans eventually regained their focus and sealed a 49-30 win over the Riverside Pirates in a non-league varsity girls basketball contest in DeGraff.
Botkins opened Friday’s game with a 12-1 first period lead and extended its margin to 19 with a 13-5 advantage in the second period, to lead 25-6 at halftime.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers, with two freshmen making huge impacts, ran past the Shawnee Indians on Friday to notch a win in their season opener.
W-G operated a solid transition offense throughout its 78-57 win Friday in the first day of varsity girls basketball action.
In their high school hoops debuts, point guard Emily Patton had 35 points while center Alicia Kessler recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Patton’s performance included two 3-pointers, five assists and three steals.
Results of the Nov. 5 general election stayed the same after they were certified Thursday by Auglaize County Elections Board members.
â€śThere were no major changes other than we no longer need to have a recount in New Bremen,â€ť Auglaize County Elections Board Director Michelle Wilcox said after the meeting.
When board members began certifying the election on Wednesday, Wilcox anticipated the need for two recounts in the county due to close results.
While the Duchouquet Township trustee race still