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June 16th, 2014

Man dead in golf cart crash

June 16, 2014

A man was found dead on the scene after an accident involving a golf cart and a Jeep at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of Conant and Monroe Roads in northwest Buckland.

"We found that a golf cart had failed to yield from a stop sign to an oncoming vehicle," Sergeant Kristina Bennett, with the Wapakoneta post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said.

Bennett said the driver of the golf cart was traveling eastbound and the driver of the black 4-door Jeep was traveling southbound.

Young eagles get chance to soar

June 16, 2014

NEW KNOXVILLE — Youth between the ages of 8 and 17 were treated to free airplane rides Saturday at Neil Armstrong Airport in New Knoxville.

The rides were offered by members of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 922.

The purpose of the annual event, called Young Eagles Day, is to get youth interested in flying.

Although parents were required to attend, the focus was on the young riders.

Fund drive seeks to raise $10k

June 16, 2014

The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership’s Facade Improvement Committee has set a goal to raise at least $10,000 in funding from private investors by July 31.

The fundraising campaign, which officially began May 3, was established to raise enough money to match or exceed the $10,000 grant given to the DWP by the Wapakoneta City Council for the facade improvement program.

All money raised through private and public entities will be matched by downtown business owners who apply for grant money for facade improvement.

Replica Rover gets workout

June 16, 2014

On a mission to explore Mars, a few local residents experienced what it is like to drive the Mars rover — or a replica, hand held rover, at the Auglaize County District Library on Saturday.

“It moves like a remote control car. It drives the exact same way,”  Education programing specialist Katelyn Poland, with the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. “There’s a camera on top, similar to the actual Mars rover. It transmits a signal that I can pick up here and then it’ll show on the computer screen what it sees.”

Teachers ratify 3-year contract

June 16, 2014

Wapakoneta teachers reportedly ratified a three-year contract Saturday in an agreement with the the board of education and the Wapakoneta Education Association.

There will be a special board meeting held tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the board office for the purpose of voting on the contact. The 2014-15 school calendar is also expected to be voted on at tonight's meeting.

June 13th

A father remembers

June 13, 2014

For many, Father’s Day might mean grilling out, throwing ball or just spending time with dad, but, for some sons and daughters, the day is spent honoring the memory of the person who never stopped providing or caring for their family. 

James “Jim” Brackney, 89, was a long-time Jackson Center local who now resides at Wapakoneta Manor. Jim remembers his father, Clement “CL” Brackney, as hard working and strict — but friendly. 

Hitting the streets for Father’s Day

June 13, 2014

Father’s Day is tomorrow and many local residents will be showing their appreciation to dads and husbands in a variety of ways. 

The Daily News hit the streets Friday to find out how some of these people will be celebrating and what makes their dad the greatest in the world. Here are some of their responses:

Brandon Miller

How will you be celebrating?

Gift ideas for dad

June 13, 2014

According to a report done by the National Retail Federation, Dad’s get the short end of the stick when it comes to presents on their special day.

The NRF predicts that this year the average person will spend $113.80 for Father’s Day, compared to the $162.94 predicted average for Mother’s Day.

Car lovers show off at Bob Evans

June 13, 2014

Locals showed off their old cars and gathered for a sunny evening cruise in Thursday at Bob Evans in Wapakoneta.

Deb Van Tilburg, of Wapakoneta, said she is continuing the regular cruise in that she started last year, and she wants to grow more of an interest by having people bring in their cars and showing them off on a weekly basis at Bob Evans.

“Maybe we will get more people to bring their cars out on Thursday nights, if nothing else just talk about old cars and enjoy company,” Tilburg said.

District going ‘Google’

June 13, 2014

In an effort to move toward a more technology-based education system, Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner announced the district is “going Google” — an initiative that will allow for increased shareability through devices and applications.

“The biggest difference between what we have currently and with Google is the ability to share information,” Horner said. “The other thing is the ability to have built-in classroom instructional applications.”

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