Archive - 2014
Everyone has their own opinion about what Thanksgiving means to them. They invite family over, or travel miles away to see them, prepare the turkey and enjoy a day off from working the long eight-hour workday.
But what does Thanksgiving mean to a few kindergartners at Wapakoneta Elementary School?
For Lizzie Childress, Thanksgiving is just as awesome as Christmas, mainly because Thanksgiving is her birthday.
MINSTER — Life can throw you all sorts of audibles.
One minute you have your mind set on what you want to do with your life and then comes a 6-foot-3 safety blitzing right up the middle, bearing down as you drop back to launch a deep pass to the end zone.
This is the life of Wapakoneta native and Minster varsity football assistant coach Dustin Dobie, minus the pain of being whacked by that incoming safety.
Still, the metaphor holds its similarities to Dobie’s life.
BOTKINS — Enjoy games, food and music on Saturday at the Palazzo, 309 S. Main St., in Botkins, all while supporting a good cause.
From noon until midnight, a benefit will be held for Corinne Woodruff, a Botkins High School senior with melanoma, and Kevin Orndorff, a cook for the Palazzo who has pancreatic cancer. All are welcome.
There will be a donation at the door. It’s $5 for individuals and $20 for families.
Two of the girls who guided the Wapakoneta Redskins tennis program through its best stretch in program history are moving on to the next level of competition.
Chelsea Myers and Kaitlin Snider have each signed National Letters of Intent to play women’s tennis for the Eagles of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
The duo guided Wapakoneta to back-to-back Western Buckeye League titles as well as consecutive undefeated regular seasons the past two years.
The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored two local women for their dedication to the district’s academic and athletic endeavors at a regular board meeting Tuesday night.
Marsha Lotridge and Tammy Arel were presented with the Wapakoneta City Schools Service Recognition Award by Superintendent Keith Horner, who said the district was lucky to have their support.
Wapakoneta resident Patricia Beale has seen it all when it comes to receiving money scams. She has received a scam over the phone, through email and even through the mail.
Oh, and she receives scams where she works too.
BOTKINS — The discussion over the implementation of new fire department guidelines continued during Tuesday night’s Botkins Village Council meeting.
It was discovered that the standard operating guidelines, or SOGs have not been updated since 1982. The new SOGs would replace a 30-year-old operating procedure guide, council member Lance Symonds said.
Four local students were recognized by the Wapakoneta VFW Monday evening for their efforts in a national essay contest.
Wapakoneta High School sophomore Emma Walker won first place in the “Voice of Democracy” contest, an audio-essay competition where high school students write and record a speech tailored around a specific theme.
WAYNESFIELD — Plans to give the Village of Waynesfield natural gas has taken another step closer to reality as a date with the gas company to see what it has to offer residents was disclosed during Monday’s Waynesfield Village Council meeting.
Mayor Mike Ridenour said the gas company the village is in contact with, which was not named, is having a presentation on Monday, Dec. 15, at Waynesfield-Goshen High School in front of council and village residents.
This year, 11 Wapakoneta High School students earned spots in the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 3 honors band and jazz band.
Auditions were held on Nov. 15 at Van Wert High School. High school students from an eight-county area in west central Ohio competed for spots in the organization’s jazz band, honors band and choir. Each instrument had its own judge.