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May 19th

Celebrating 55 years with Airstream

May 19, 2014

A local man was honored for 55 years of employment at the Jackson Center plant which produces what he likes to call “the Cadillac of the RV industry.”

Charlie Metz, of St. Johns, along with Airstream employee Ron Williams, of Sidney, began working at the Airstream factory in 1959, only a few years after the plant itself opened in 1952.

“He has basically been here as long as Airstream’s been in Jackson Center,” Airstream parts manager Kim Britt said. “He could pretty much tell you anything that has happened.”

May 16th

Wapak woman hurt in crash

May 16, 2014

Two drivers received minor injuries after a driver failed to yield to a semi-tractor trailer, which knocked into power lines at the intersection of Buckland-Holden Road and state Route 65 on Friday afternoon in Uniopolis.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded after receiving a call at 11:40 a.m. in regard to the crash. 

Student art on display

May 16, 2014

Kim Wheeler has been working for Wapakoneta City Schools for 18 years as an art teacher, and for the fourth year she has held the annual art show at Cridersville Elementary School.

The art show’s opening night took place on May 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and relatives, friends and students were able to walk around the school and see all artwork from every student in school.

Walking for Ronald

May 16, 2014

Chants of “Kids helping kids” echoed through the parking lot of Wapakoneta Elementary School Friday as students participated in the school’s annual Ronald’s Walk — a culmination of a year’s worth of events and fundraisers that will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton.

Officials gather to teach about safety

May 16, 2014

The Wapakoneta High School FFA and representatives from the city’s fire, police and light departments provided safety demonstrations Thursday as part of the fifth-grade safety day at Wapakoneta Middle School.

“If we can save one accident or one life, the day is very well spent,” Wapakoneta High School FFA Adviser Ron Brown said.

Six stations were set up in the WMS parking lot and students rotated every 10 minutes. Each station featured different vehicles, including two tractors, a skid loader, police car, bucket truck, dirt bike and an ATV.

Clowning around just part of the job

May 16, 2014

Self proclaiming that clowning has become a way of life for him, Wapakoneta High School sophomore, Micah Nicol, 16, rides his unicycle to school every day.

Through his clowning, magic and musical talents, both vocal and instrumental, Nicol has developed a following and nickname throughout the community.

VALU class spends day with agriculture

May 16, 2014

After touring a few of the leading livestock farms in Auglaize County, the Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity (VALU) class heard from experts in agriculture and what their field means to the county.

“Agriculture is a very important part of Auglaize County,” Beth Miller, Agriculture agent at the Auglaize OSU Extension Office, said after testing VALU students’ knowledge of current farming statistics.

May 15th

VA looks to replace community clinic

May 15, 2014

LIMA — The Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced it is looking for solicitations from property owners to house a new outpatient clinic during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Lima Civic Center.

The site will serve as the new location for the Lima Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) that is currently located on 1303 Bellefontaine Ave., where it has been since 2000.

The clinic offers health care services to veterans in eight Ohio counties including Auglaize County.

Farmer’s Market offering May preview days

May 15, 2014

The Wapakoneta Farmer’s Market will continue its preview market days from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, May 17 and May 31 in Heritage Park behind the downtown area.

The preview days give vendors an opportunity to show their plants before the official start of the season, according to Farmer’s Market Master Donald Steinke.

A variety of goods will be sold, including honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, rhubarb, onions, radishes, lettuce, arts and crafts, cut flowers, baked goods and Amish cheese.

Wapakoneta honors fallen officers

May 15, 2014

The Wapakoneta Police Department is recognizing National Peace Officer Memorial Day today, honoring all law enforcement officials who have died in the line of duty.

“We typically fly our flags at half staff for the week in recognition of all the law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “We also wear mourning bands across our badges. This is also in recognition of all those who’ve given their life.”

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