Archive - Feb 2014
Criminal justice and safety forces were the focus for February’s Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity, a class designed to enhance knowledge of the county for local business leaders.
Members of the class toured county law enforcement and safety facilities located in Wapakoneta, including the Wapakoneta Fire Department.
Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites gave VALU members a tour of the fire house and spoke about daily operations of the firefighters, including downtime, regular maintanence, cleaning, training and squad and EMS runs.
The Wapakoneta Fire Department participated in a frigid, annual training session Thursday at the pond located behind the Wapakoneta Light and Power building on 251 Industrial Drive.
Fire Chief Kendall Krites said the training is important in case an ice rescue needs to be done during the cold, winter months.
In the fall of 2013, Wapakoneta City Schools did what many other schools across the U.S. are attempting to do nowadays — establish a way to curtail bullying in the district.
Part of this initiative came in the form of a new texting service that allows people to anonymously report any incident involving bullying among students.
The idea sprang from various meetings of the bullying committee, an organization made up of parents, teachers and administrators that formed in the spring of 2012.
Josie Miller and Charlie Sutton will each represent the Wapakoneta Redskins in two individual events at the state meet later this week, while three Wapak girls relay teams will also compete at state.
Miller qualified for state in the 50-yard freestyle for the third straight year.
The Redskins junior had a top-24 time statewide among all district swimming meets by the conclusion of the weekend.
She also qualified for the 100 butterfly and was on two state-qualifying relay teams.
Miller placed fifth in the 50 free last season.
Mary A. Long, 63, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:54 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at her residence.
She was born in Wapakoneta on July 28, 1950, to Theodore and Wanda (Stotts) Kohler.Â Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Wapakoneta.
Survivors also include three sisters, Joanne Kohler, Elizabeth (Jeff) Arnold and Margaret (Mike) Schwartz; a sister-in-law, Annie Kohler; six nieces and three nephews; 11 great-nieces and eight great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Kohler, and a sister, Theresa Anderson.
With the Wapakoneta Redskins trailing the Van Wert Cougars 22-16 with 3:32 left in the first half, junior guard Kodi Morgan drove to the hole and drew the foul. He sank the free throw.
After converting the traditional 3-point play, he sank two long-range jumpers and catapulted the Redskins to a 27-22 lead, one they would not relinquish the rest of the game as they won their fourth game in their last five by a 53-46 margin.
Morgan ended the game with 17 points to lead all scorers, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor. He also grabbed four rebounds on the night.
Many shop owners downtown need to make sure their storefronts are cleared of snow and ice to insure the safety of themselves and customers they will have, and according to Gild the Lily owner, Glenna McCormick it is an important factor to consider during the winter months.
"I know that in order to have customers and things you do have to have the ways open and clear for them to get in," McCormick said. "Of course, I think there is a city ordinance that you have to have your sidewalks clean and keep your insurance and everything adjusted."
Since the beginning of January, there haven't been many days where the streets of Wapakoneta were completely cleared of snow and ice.
Employees of the Wapakoneta Public Works department have been working overtime to make sure the streets are all treated with salt, beet juice and sand. These materials can only do so much, and the streets won't be completely cleared until the sun starts to melt the snow and ice.
In order to enhance safety during significant amounts of snowfall, city officials advise residents to keep snow removal as a top priority — drivers and property owners are also reminded that it is required by law.
"We do have an ordinance that says a car cannot be parked on a public street for longer than 48 hours at a time without being moved — that's year round," Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. "The reason that comes to the forefront in winter time is because the snow plows are plowing around cars that are just setting."
VAN WERT — The Wapakoneta Redskins faced a deficit even more dire Thursday against the Van Wert Cougars than the one they faced in their 10-point comeback Tuesday against Minster.
Right about the time the Redskins assumed the lead for good in Tuesday’s game, they had chances to do the same Thursday but ultimately could not pull off another comeback.
Van Wert prevailed for a 48-40 win Thursday over Wapakoneta on the final night of the regular season for both teams in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game at Van Wert High School.