Archive - 2013 - News Article
With all Christmas items marked down 50 percent at Wal-Mart, many shoppers were out hunting for deals.
Carts were filled with wrapping paper, ornaments, Christmas cards, candy and gift sets, all of which were marked down or on the clearance shelves.
Terry Stahler of Wapakoneta said she typically does some shopping after Christmas because she has a large family and everyone has places to be on Christmas day. She also likes the Christmas items on sale.
Law enforcement officials from across Auglaize County visited Wapakoneta for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program,which is dedicated to providing for children during the holidays.
Children and their parents accompanied the officials in the Wapakoneta Walmart during the month of December, walking around the store and pointing at the toys, clothes and other goods they both want and need for the holidays.
Instead of a heavy snow storm, Auglaize County and the surrounding area will be receiving heavy rain from Mother Nature. Due to the heavy rainfall predicted in addition to the snowmelt, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Auglaize County starting late tonight through Sunday morning. The snowmelt has elevated streams and the additional water will increase the flood threat.
The NWS is predicting between 1.5 inches and 4 inches of rain to fall between tonight and Saturday night.
While many Ohio homeowners received mortgage assistance through federal and state relief programs in 2013, they may owe taxes on the assistance they receive if the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act is not extended before the first of the year.
â€śAddressing the housing crisis is, we know, critical to our economy,â€ť said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). â€śWhat pulls us out of a recession is housing and manufacturing.â€ť
Local students who qualified for this year’s spelling bee at the Wapakoneta Middle School found the courage to show their study efforts this past year while spelling out words in the spotlight.
Tyler Shroyer, 12, won first place in the spelling bee, despite the nerves he faced while competing with his peers. His winning word, “bountiful” is now his favorite word, he said. “I’ve never been up there before,” Shroyer said. “I didn’t think I would win because of all the 7th graders.”
Wapakoneta students helped the community get into the holiday spirit with their annual holiday choral performance.
“Singing in a Winter Wonderland” was performed by the Wapakoneta Middle School and Wapakoneta High School choirs Tuesday evening.
A Wapakoneta High School student’s project on roadway safety for tractor and farming equipment has caught the attention of Wapakoneta Police Chief Russel Hunlock, who said he wants the public to be aware of this issue.
WHS senior, Michael Spees, chose to do his 12th grade English project on this topic because he said that most people aren’t being careful enough when they encounter tractors and other farming equipment on the road.
Many local runners faced the snowy weather to participate in the first annual â€śHot Chocolate 5Kâ€ť on Saturday, and they were rewarded after they made it to the finish line.
â€śThe Y has done other versions of 5Ks and runs,â€ť Wapakoneta YMCA Director Josh Little said. â€śItâ€™s a unique event â€” itâ€™s exciting for Sertoma Club to partner with the Y.â€ť
The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club is dedicated to community service for hearing and vision.
Little said the two organizations came
together to think of a fun, unique way for locals to enjoy a run in the winter.
The inability to take action topped the action of Mondayâ€™s Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
Council faced two money ordinances tagged as emergencies â€“ a temporary appropriations ordinance to start fiscal year 2014, totaling more than $10 million through more than three dozen funds; and a supplemental appropriations ordinance totaling $177,000 to adjust seven different funds.
The 18th annual Miracle Meal took place at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds Monday night. Hundreds gathered in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds for a free Christmas dinner complete with gifts for children, music and fellowship.
Miracle Meal Board President Rollie Kent says the event started 18 years ago when a handful of Christians got together to give back to the community.
â€śWe decicded to do this and it started small,â€ť Kent said. â€śThen it grew each year into what it is now.â€ť