Archive - 2013 - News Article
âI ate too much turkeyâŠ my buttons are starting to pop!â
Third-graders in Chris Talowskyâs class at Wapakoneta Elementary School exclaimed these remarks as they worked in groups throughout the classroom, assigning parts and practicing their assigned lines of a poem they plan to deliver to classmates on Friday.
Itâs part of a weekly assignment, with Talowsky picking a story or writing, often with a seasonal theme, and students working in groups to rehearse it throughout the week before it is performed.
Five Wapakoneta City Schools District students received recognition Tuesday evening from the Wapakoneta VFW for their efforts in a national essay contest.
âThese are great programs to help the kids along,â VFW Commander Delmar Merricle said. âItâs great to see all these essays â the kids really put a lot of effort into them.â
Seventh- and eighth-graders competed in the âVFW Patriots Penâ essay contest, and high school students competed in the âVFW Voice of Democracy.â VFW officers chose the best essays out of those submitted.
The possible purchase of self-contained bathroom for one city park and another possible one at a second city park fueled a discussion between a Wapakoneta City Council member and a city administrator.
During Mondayâs Wapakoneta City Council meeting, 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier questioned the wisdom in expending the money for self-contained systems when portable facilities would be sufficient at Breakfast Optimist Park and a storage building purchased by the city from Wapakoneta City Schools was to be converted into permanent bathroom for men and women.
Firefighters from Wapakoneta and Cridersville fire departments responded to a reported fire at the Midwest Elastomers Inc. plant on Industrial Drive this morning.
Wapakoneta firefighters entered the building which was reported filled with smoke from a dust fire.
For more information, see Thursday's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
A magician used a little magic to reinforce past safety lessons and provide new ones to Wapakoneta Elementary School students Monday morning.
Kerry Blair, known as Kerry Kazaam, was met with an enthusiastic response from students at the school, who laughed along at his silly antics and tried to figure out his magic tricks, while also shouting out the answers to dilemmas they may face. They also listened to what they can do to make themselves safer.
CRIDERSVILLE â Cridersville residents raised property concerns regarding village improvement and beautification projects in the village.Â
Cridersville resident Greg Joseph brought his concern about a recent tree planted near his property during Mondayâs Cridersville Village Council meeting.Â
Joseph said two previous trees caused damage to the sidewalk in front of his house, among other issues, such as falling debris.Â
âIâm not going to let this council decide whatâs best for my property,â Joseph told councilors.
The second phase of a sewer replacement project in downtown Wapakoneta should be able to start soon with the contractor purchasing materials and conducting pre-construction work, a city administrator says, as the city secures a second round of funding.
With a necklace of large, black bear claws fashioned to top off an ensemble of animal hides, beads and furs, no one in the Wapakoneta Middle School social studies class asked how âBear Claw Jebâ gained his nickname.Â
Also known as Jeff Hunlock, Bear Claw Jeb lectured to each fifth-grade social studies classes Friday and showed off his extensive collection on American Indian artifacts.Â
With his unique style and attitude, the historian said he prefers to be known as Bear Claw Jeb, at least while he is in his native dress clothes.Â
An agreement for an online dog licensing system recently was renewed to continue to provide the service to Auglaize County residents.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said the agreement with Fairfield Computer Systems doesnât just allow for residents to pay for their dog tags online, but it assists him with determining if dogs at particular addresses have tags and helps locate owners and return dogs to them when they are found.
âOnline tag sales are just a portion of it,â Bailey said.
High winds and heavy rain hit the area Sunday evening sparking tornado warning sirens to sound in Wapakoneta and the area after a tornado was reportedly spotted in southwest Auglaize County.
The storm cell caused tornado warning sirens to be activated for the Pusheta Township and Fryburg area, as well as New Knoxville, New Bremen and Minster.