September 27th, 2014
FORT LORAMIE — It’s hard to field a team with just 25 players on a roster, it’s even harder when injuries hit especially to your most important positions on the team. An undermanned team, combined with injuries and shoddy play can all accumulate to a bad season.
This is the case for the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football as the Tigers’ season is falling apart after falling to Fort Loramie Redskins, 49-6, Friday night in a Northwest Central Conference matchup.
Wapakoneta City School students banded together to provide for needy in the community, but also to honor a woman who is remembered as a “faithful volunteer” at God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta.
The students who participated in the Barb Norton district-wide canned food drive were awarded with a casual dress day on Friday, Sept. 26. God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said the efforts of the students and teachers were much appreciated, along with the canned foods provided to stock the food bank’s inventory.
For the first time ever, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, in collaboration with the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, will offer a program that will allow students to participate in a simulation of the democratic process.
The program is called Ohio YMCA Youth in Government, which began in 1952, and is offered in several states across the country. The YIG movement as a whole, however, began in 1936 in New York. Although it has existed in Ohio for more than 60 years, this is the first time students living in Wapakoneta will be able to participate.
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The sun shined brightly Thursday morning as a large crowd gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant.
“It’s hard to believe we started this on June 2 and here we are today,” co-owner Jeff Monfort said as he spoke about the construction process. “It’s been a team effort to put this thing together and I hope you can be proud of your local McDonald’s that you see here.”
A Wapakoneta native’s clothing line has received national attention, and the fashion designer is requesting her hometown’s support by casting votes her way.
Sara Oakley, 29, of Columbus, said she is a finalist in the Martha Stewart “American Made” competition.
Out of the 3,000 nominees, Oakley’s clothing line “Sweet Cottontail” is among the 1,000 chosen to move forward. Only 10 awards will be given out, Oakley said.
Richard (Rick) H. Bowersock, 62, of New Castle, Colo., died Sept. 18, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 28, 1952, the son of Harvey and Dorothy (Metzger) Bowersock. He married Amy Roediger, who survives in Wapakoneta, with whom they have three children. He then married Danita Lee, who survives in New Castle.
Ferrell Wayne Spencer, 75, of De Graff, Ohio, passed away Sunday Sept. 21, 2014, at the Kobacker Care Center Hospice in Columbus. He was born March 31, 1939, in Waynesfield, the son of Stanley and Mary Ann (Gossard) Spencer.
Mr. Spencer was a member of the Mt. Tabor Church of God, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, and retired from Superfoods/Nash Finch. He loved spending time with his family and friends for meals and fellowship.
Martha Christine Simmons, 97, of St. Marys, formerly of Princeton, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
Local school districts performed well in overall achievement on report cards released recently by the Ohio Department of Education despite tougher standards put forth by the state.
In order to receive a positive indicator, at least 80 percent of students must have scored proficient or higher on state tests, an increase from 75 percent in past years.