Archive - 2013 - News Article
By LANCE MIHM
Three of four high school graduates returned to Wapakoneta this weekend as the guests of honor as the newest members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Madigan and Jack Earl attended a dinner ceremony Saturday as they were installed as the newest members of the school district’s Hall of Fame. Shawn Flarida could not be in attendance.
After a few years of dwindling attendance, the ninth annual Bowling the Health of It event at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta had 60 kids sign- up to participate in this year’s event.
The event had only 16 children participate last year, so the higher numbers were welcomed by Wapakoneta Noon Optimists members, who hosted the annual event.
As a Wapakoneta High School senior rounds out his last year of high school, he looks forward to college although he will miss one thing the most — home.
Eighteen-year-old Cedric Gegel will be going from a Redskin to a Crusader in the fall as he plans to attend Capital University, in Columbus, to study electronic media and film, with an emphasis in journalism and pre-law.
But this was not where he initially visioned himself going.
Selling candy and carnations to fellow students allowed the Wapakoneta Middle School DARE Council to make a difference in the lives of children battling life-threatening illness.
From the sales of candy bars at Christmas and carnations and candy for Valentineâs Day, the DARE Council was able to raise $1,000, which officers of the club presented Monday to Debbie Butner, manager of the Childrenâs Miracle Network, at the Dayton Childrenâs Hospital.
A local sixth-grader says she comes from a musical family âÂ and notes music is her passion.
Wapakoneta Middle School student Hope Johns recently had the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of people, as she sung the National Anthem at the last two home Wapakoneta High School boys basketball games, prior to the last game of the season on Friday.
âI was nervous, but I knew I could do it though,â Hope said. âWithout music I wouldnât have a life. Itâs what I do.â
A Wapakoneta City Council member is questioning the fiscal soundness of the city spending money from the general fund to help raze structures in 2012 to take advantage of state grants to eliminate slum and blight.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier learned this week the breakdown of city dollars spent to help raze four structures in 2012, beyond the $40,000 grant used to actually tear down the structures.
ST. JOHNS â A 30-year-old man was reportedly shot in the chest at a home on Weimert Road this morning. He was transported by St. Johns EMS to a hospital in Lima.
Standing in front of a vat of chili, Sertoma member Denny Kemper continues to stir what is the last batch for the day as the clock ticks toward the end of the Sertoma Chili Day on Thursday.
“We went with a couple of extra batches right off the bat and it is paying off,” Kemper said, explaining the group made approximately 140 gallons of chili this year. “It is going fast this year. We used to have to mix a couple of batches at the last minute, but I think we will be just right this year. We are right on target with what we served last year.”
Motorists running stop signs and failing to yield the right of way to other traffic on the road are causing too many crashes, state law enforcement officials say.
Failure-to-yield violations were the second-highest cause of fatal crashes throughout Ohio in 2012, according to statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). Locally, a motorist’s failure to yield the right of way led to one of Auglaize County’s six fatalities in 2012. The mishap occurred at the intersection of Ohio 117 and Fairmount Road.
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