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January 13th

Why heroin, why now?

January 13, 2014


Many questions arise when you hear that heroin is becoming such a prevalent part of our nation’s culture, and more specifically, the culture of western Ohio.

As seen on the news, and read in many papers, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has called heroin abuse an epidemic, killing at least 11 Ohioans a week.

Executive Director of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (W.O.R.T.H.), Mark Fuerstenau, addressed his concerns with the substance, what leads to heroin use and why it has become so popular in our country and state.

January 10th

Pillich Ohio tour stops in Wapakoneta

January 10, 2014


As part of her tour throughout the state of Ohio, State Rep. Connie Pillich stopped in Wapakoneta to discuss her candidacy for Ohio Treasurer.

Pillich, who resides in Montgomery and represents Ohio’s 28th District,  is no stranger to running for office. She lost her first statehouse race in 2006, won in 2008, and has been re-elected as State Representative in 2010 and 2012.

Historical, painted murals add to St. Joe’s décor

January 10, 2014

Built in 1911, Saint Joseph Catholic Church has not seen many significant updates since the 1960s, until now, and will be hosting an open house this Sunday for the public to view the new renovations.

Rachel Barber, Coordinator of Regional Life in Petersburg Parishes, said the building itself had some cracks and things that needed to be taken care of, but cosmetically there was a universal hatred for one aspect.

“It was painted mint green,” Barber said. “It was a color you don’t find in nature.”

Back to the books

January 10, 2014


After nearly three weeks away from their textbooks, teachers and classmates, local students piled back into their classrooms Thursday to finish up the end of the semester.

Getting back into the school day routine can be a challenge for students in any grade, and Middle School Principal Wes Newland said it is especially difficult for the younger students.

“We try to get the kids back in the door and make them feel comfortable get them started on a welcoming note,” Newland said.

Coach Frye resigns

January 10, 2014

Wapakoneta head varsity football coach Doug Frye is intending to resign from his position. Frye has been recommended to the St. Marys board of education to fill the vacant head varsity football coaching position at St. Marys Memorial High School. See Friday's print edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News for more details.

January 9th

Ash trees clog River Jam Project

January 9, 2014

Progress on the Auglaize County River Jam Project is moving slower than anticipated due to several thousand dead ash trees that need to be removed, according to Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart.

Reinhart provided an update on the project during the annual planning meeting of the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District on Wednesday.

“The contractor isn’t moving as fast as we anticipated, but only because of the ash trees,” Reinhart said. “We’re encountering about a hundred dead ash trees each mile and that’s slowing the progress of the contractor down mileage-wise.”

Agencies work to keep shelves stocked

January 9, 2014

The West Ohio Food Bank opened at noon Wednesday, after being closed Monday and Tuesday due to the treacherous weather and road conditions.

The West Ohio Food Bank is a nonprofit service organization with the dedication of alleviating hunger in our area. They are the food bank that provides food to more than 170 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens throughout the 11 counties in Western Ohio.

CEO of the West Ohio Food Bank, Gary Bright, said the weather and roads were just too dangerous to have the staff and drivers come in.

Train derails

January 9, 2014

The wheel from a train that derailed near South Main Street in Buckland was put back on the tracks Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

The track and train are owned and operated by R.J. Corman Railroad Company based in Nicholasville, Ky. The company’s St. Marys Line, which is part of the company’s Western Ohio Line, runs between Lima and Portland, Ind.

January 8th

Safety is primary concern

January 8, 2014


With school cancellations every day so far this week, Wapakoneta City Schools are feeling the effects of the bitter cold.

“Closing school due to low temperatures is relatively rare, and this week has obviously been an extreme case,” said Keith Horner, Superintendent of Wapakoneta City Schools.

Horner said there are several factors they keep in mind when it comes to determining whether or not to close school based on the temperature.

Teaching the past, impacting the future

January 8, 2014


One local woman has two main passions — giving back to her community and spreading her knowledge of history.

Brea Quellhorst, of Wapakoneta, has dedicated her career to finding imaginative ways to prove how her favorite subject is not the “boring” stereotype many misunderstand it to be.

“I want them to see how to make history fun,” Quellhorst said. “I want them to see how their lives are affected right now by what happened in the past.”

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