Archive - Apr 6, 2012 - News Article
“Truly this man was God’s son.”
These words were spoken to Jesus right after he took his last breath on the cross.
At the last installment of the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association Lenten Luncheons, the Rev. Ward Lewis, of the Church of the Nazarene, dug deeper into these words.
“I believe that is why you are all here because you believe he surely was the son of God,” Lewis said at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta on Friday afternoon.
Twelve years ago, a local resident who did not have any symptoms learned she was diagnosed with cancer.
Sixty-nine-year-old Dianna Johnson spent her career working as a nurse, so she often had labor intensive tasks, such as lifting people in and out of their beds.
“I had hurt my back lifting my dad,” the 1960 Wapakoneta High School graduate said. “I’m a nurse, so I have lifted patients for close to 50 years.”
With a rail line in place for the industrial park, Wapakoneta city leaders have been spurred to develop a local rail authority.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Executive Director Greg Myers say they believe the establishment of a rail authority for Wapakoneta’s newest industrial park is inevitable and its existence should prove to be advantageous for the city.
A number of minor changes have added up to some big savings for Wapakoneta City Schools, the district’s superintendent says.
Through the first eight months of the school’s fiscal year, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators have managed to save a million dollars from what the district spent a year ago this time, Superintendent Keith Horner said.
The information was made public during a recent school Finance Committee meeting.
“It’s due to multiple things we’ve done,” Horner said of the savings.
A Wapakoneta resident recently earned an African-American in History Award at the ninth annual Power of Unity Luncheon held at the Bradfield Community Center in Lima late February.
The man says the award is more for his hometown than for his work.
The award is given annually to a black achiever. Jim Bowsher is white, although the influence of Native American ancestry is also noticeable in his appearance. While Bowsher is not particularly impressed with awards or notoriety, this time around he felt the recognition was quite significant.
With local residents cleaning in and around the house this spring, a Wapakoneta administrator warns against disposing of yard waste and other debris in a fire and provided tips when enjoying an outdoor flame.
The Wapakoneta Fire Department has received a few calls this spring regarding open burning, Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. He noted most fire departments receive more calls in the spring and fall regarding people sitting out in front of a fire or burning things on their property in the city.