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May 9th

Special time with mother

May 9, 2014

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and the Daily News wanted to know your plans, favorite memories and what makes your mother the best of the best, so we asked a few random community members and here is what they had to say:

Diane Hollingsworth of Chattanooga, Tenn. is in Wapakoneta visiting her mother and grandmother for Mother’s Day. While on a shopping trip at Casa Chic with her  mom Charlene Koch, Diane shared what their plans for Mother’s Day are.

Looking back on motherhood

May 9, 2014

With 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren, one mother has a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

Lucille Sawmiller, 98, said her family celebrates Mother’s Day by eating and spending time together. 

“A family get-together,” Lucille said, “to discuss all the things we’ve missed. We don’t want to miss anything.”

Dixie Highway rollover

May 9, 2014

A female driving a black SUV experienced a rollover accident heading south on county Road 25A a little after 8 a.m.

State Trooper Jeremiah Smith was the second to arrive on the scene and as far as they can tell at this time the driver drifted over the centerline of the road.

“Well we’re gathering at this time that the individual driving the SUV drifted to the left of the center line, realized she was in the left lane, over-corrected and that’s what brought her over into the ditch and rolled a couple of times,” Smith said.

States of the county, city, schools presented

May 9, 2014

Three local community leaders discussed this past year’s successes and provided a look into plans for this year during the annual State of the City, County and Schools Luncheon Thursday afternoon at Marley’s Downtown.

The event’s featured speakers were Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz, Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman and Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner.

Metz, who is in his fifth year as mayor, spoke on a variety of topics during his 15-minute speech.

Local missionary ‘Woman of the Year’

May 9, 2014

A local woman, honored for her service both inside and outside the community, was named 2014 “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Civic League of Wapakoneta.

“Tammy Brown is an example of a faithful servant,” club member Susan Rinehart said. “She has been working both physically and spiritually to serve our community’s needs for many years.”

May 8th

Second grader’s grandmother named ‘Mother of the Year’

May 8, 2014

In the spirit of a day dedicated to the women who dedicate their lives to the love and care of their families, a Wapakoneta second grader wrote a list of reasons why he loves his grandmother.

That essay was presented to the Wapakoneta Daily News by the student's teacher and has qualified his grandmother as the 2014 "Mother of the Year," an annual contest entered by hundreds of sons, daughters and grandchildren throughout the newspaper coverage area.

Retiring educators honored at tea

May 8, 2014

Wapakoneta Elementary School staff hosted the annual Teacher's Retirement Tea Wednesday at the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria, honoring seven teachers who will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year and one special woman who has dedicated over 10 years of service to the school district.

"Thank you for your lifelong dedication to education, for believing in children, for leaving an indelible mark on the future and for touching the human soul — you have made all the difference," WES teacher Karen Hutt said of the retirees.

May 7th

Park levy fails; Issue 1, Burkley get nod

May 7, 2014

It’s back to the drawing board for the Heritage Trails Park District levy as it fell to defeat by 169 votes. The total count was 3,400 against, 3,231 for.

Issue 1, the amendment regarding infrastructure, fared better. Voters in the county approved it 4,010 to 2,392. The measure also passed statewide.

County voters also passed the three-county mental health levy, 3,710 to 2,884.

Voters in Wapakoneta precinct 3-B, however, refused a petition to allow Walmart to sell alcohol on Sunday, 49 to 44.

Otterbein opens Rivers of Joy Life Enrichment Center

May 7, 2014

On Monday afternoon Jared Lehman, executive director of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices Cridersville welcomed guests to a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Life Enrichment Center.

Wapak park goes from ruin to riches

May 7, 2014

A corner of Wapakoneta that previously would not have caught the attention of a passerby is now springing with tulips, perennials, pansies, and is in the care of two individuals who have promised the land a bright future.

Lois Marker and Jim Kohler, both lifelong residents of Wapakoneta, have been planning, mulching and planting along the corner of Hamilton Road and Defiance Street, growing a garden of spring flowers at the park dedicated as “Rudd-Yocum Corner.”

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