Archive - 2013 - News Article
ST. MARYS â By 10 a.m. Friday, retailers in St. Marys were seeing the second wave of shoppers, a mix of people finishing up their early morning forays for deals along with the more casual shoppers who didnât consider themselves Black Friday shoppers so much as people who hadnât woken up early or stood in lines.
Those whoâd been out the night before, however, said it was âchaos.â
Eric Goodwin browsed Sears Friday morning, saying it was the first year heâd had off Black Friday, and had decided to brave crowds the night before and in the morning out of curiosity. He had yet to buy anything.
The Auglaize County Board of Elections held official recounts from the Nov. 5 general election for both the Botkins School District Board of Education and the Duchouquet Township Trustees.
Recounts were required because the vote totals were too close, making it an âautomatic recount.â
âThey have to be separated by more than a half of one percent,â Auglaize County Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox said. âThey were that close.â
National and local celebrities will be available to sign autographs at the 7th Annual Hometown Holiday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Eagles Club in downtown Wapakoneta.
Wapakoneta's own Brian Garman, of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Lacey Detrick, ice skating champion, will be participating in the event. Detrick will be available from noon - 1 p.m.
The Wapakoneta Rotary Club made a $500 donation to the Wapakoneta Christmas Cheer program; Fire Chief Kendall Krites attended Mondayâs meeting to accept the donation.
For the past couple of weeks, the club has âpassed the hatâ at meetings, explained club President Josh Little, and the clubâs board of directors agreed to match whatever was collected during the effort. After the final collection, club members had thrown $248 into the hat.
âIt seemed natural to bump that up to $250 and donate the $500,â Little said.
Wapakoneta City Schools board members shared kudos from the community during a regular meeting Tuesday.
Ron Mertz first complimented the Wapakoneta High School band on outstanding performances during the football season and then said he recently had a knock on his door with a personal thank you from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for a program held for veterans at Wapakoneta Middle School.
He commented on the respect shown the veterans, many of whom said they would never miss the program.
Located halfway around the world, the need for assistance in the Philippines remains at the heart of a local woman.
Meddy Ruck, of Wapakoneta, is raising money to send to her family in the Philippines who were struck by tragedy during Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Ruck, along with other friends, family members and volunteers are making homemade egg rolls and spring rolls as a fundraiser for her family.
Repayments back to the Auglaize County Board of Commissioners are not reflected at this time in the Dog and Kennel Fund for 2014.
Commissioner Doug Spencer said it would make a big impact to Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey’s budget when it is added, but for now they are waiting until the project is done to budget payback as they have yet to determine what amount that will be.
A mother who fears what could happen to her daughter when she is not around has made it her mission to talk to as many students she can about peanut allergies.
Diane Harrod’s daughter, Emily, a first-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School, had been very sick. At 18 months old she underwent testing and it was discovered she was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs, and had asthma.
In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are reminding motorists not to compound the problem by drinking and driving.
âWith Black Friday shoppers and people starting their holiday travels, Thanksgiving weekend is a very busy time traffic wise,â OSHP Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said. âWe keep our fingers crossed that the weather cooperates and doesnât complicate the busy traffic.â
Presents under the tree and a full stomach on Christmas Eve may be customary for some, but, for others, even basic necessities can be difficult to come by throughout the holidays.
One local organization is dedicated to bringing âChristmas Cheerâ to those those families who need extra assistance this season.
Personnel from fire departments from Wapakoneta, Buckland, St. Johns and Uniopolis are asking their communities to donate toys and non-perishable food items through the âChristmas Cheerâ program, which is celebrating its 31st year collecting and distributing donations.