Archive - 2013 - News Article
A downtown revitalization program proved to be very popular with downtown property owners hoping to take advantage of a joint city-private organization effort, a Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership member says.
FaĂ§ade Improvement Committee Chair Sue Siesel provided Wapakoneta City Council members during Mondayâ€™s meeting with an update of the program as its first year nears its conclusion.
One Wapakoneta native used her voice to take a stand for breast cancer awareness, in front of an audience of 63,207 football fans.
Jennifer Christiansen, 43, sang the national anthem prior to the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions NFL game Sunday afternoon at Ford Field in Detroit.
Christiansenâ€™s brother, Dave Christiansen, of Wapakoneta, said he attended the game and was proud of his sisterâ€™s performance on the field.
â€śIt was absolutely wonderful â€” very emotional,â€ť Dave Christiansen said.
Many families tune into the Disney Christmas parade as a Christmas morning tradition, but this year, a few local dancers will â€śDance the Magic.â€ť
Three dancers â€” Madison Sams, Dylan Snyder and Olivia Tregoning â€” from The Dance CentrĂ©, of Wapakoneta, will be performing at Walt Disney World in Florida in the Dance the Magic Parade onÂ Dec. 5-8.Â After submitting their auditions of a Disney-choreographed dance routine, the girls were chosen to participate in two major events in Disney World.Â
Four years ago, one Wapakoneta woman had yet to precision cut her first piece of wood with a scroll saw.
On Saturday Vickie Schaub manned a booth selling her creations at the Wapakoneta Noon Optimist Craft Show held in the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria and gymnasium.
â€śThis is my first time having a booth anywhere,â€ť Schaub said, sitting at the end of a table in the middle of gymnasium. â€śI think I am doing OK.â€ť
Within a 30-minute walk of downtown Wapakoneta, an Ohio professor says someone within that radius is involved in or has been affected by human trafficking.
With an extensive highway system, a high number of truck stops, close proximity to Canada and a high poverty rate, Ohio is one of the most vulnerable states in the United States for human trafficking, University of Dayton political science professor Anthony Talbott said Sunday during an hour-long presentation on human trafficking at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center.
Several recent cases of viral meningitis in the area have gotten the attention of local health officials.
â€śWe are looking for commonalities but havenâ€™t found any,â€ť Auglaize County Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said of the several cases reported in Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties. â€śIt is unusual to have this many.â€ť
She said many of the cases have been reported in young children and a majority have been in Mercer County.
The new kid in school typically has trouble getting their locker open or sometimes finding the right classroom. They often sit by themselves during lunch and talk little to others during the school day.
Three years ago, Wapakoneta Middle School students took full ownership of a program to break down those barriers â€” the Ambassadorâ€™s Club â€” which helps new students become acclimated with the school and intermingle with other students.
â€śYou get to show new students around the school,â€ť fifth-grader Gwen VanVorhees said, explaining they sit with them during lunch for a week to help.
Many students struggle to find help outside of the classroom for homework, tests and everyday studying. For Wapakoneta Middle School fifth-graders, they should look no further than their own school.
Seventh-grade tutor Brooke Mullen, 13, said she chose to help fifth-graders because she wants to use her gifts to help others.
She said school is easy for her, but she understands that many students do not learn as quickly. She said her favorite subject is math, which is the subject she enjoys tutoring the most.
â€śI get to help kids that donâ€™t exactly understand the concepts,â€ť Brooke said.
Citing a mid-year change in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) policy, Wapakoneta City Council Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks members voted to maintain the street width for a section of West Auglaize Street scheduled for reconstruction in 2015.
A 39-year-old Lima man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 near the Bellefontaine Street overpass in Wapakoneta.
John R. Austin was driving a dump truck south on I-75, approaching the Bellefontaine Street overpass at 1 p.m. when witnesses said his dump bed started to rise. The dump bed struck the overpass causing the truck to overturn and trap Austin in the cab.