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December 18th

A place to remember

December 18, 2012

After a Wapakoneta resident talked with his granddaughter about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he decided to replace some of his Christmas display this season with a memorial to the 20 children and six adults who perished at the school.

Larry Shaffer, a retired pastor, placed a cross with a white bow, an angel blowing a horn and a harp, all in white lights, in his front yard as a memorial. He said his 6-year-old granddaughter, Ella, wanted a way to show the families she was sorry for what had happened to the children Friday in the deadly shooting incident.

City clerk retires

December 18, 2012

In the fall of 1982, Carlene Koch answered a help wanted advertisement in the Wapakoneta Daily News to serve as clerk for Wapakoneta City Council.

On Monday during the last regular scheduled meeting of 2012, she bid farewell after more than 30 years serving in the position.

“I am going to miss the council members,” Koch said before breaking into a small chuckle, “but I don’t think I am going to miss the two meetings a month to keep the minutes.”

WCS to address our school safety

December 18, 2012

The Wapakoneta City Schools is extremely saddened about the events in Connecticut and our thoughts and prayers go out the the communities, school and families impacted by this tragedy. The Wapakoneta City Schools will be hosting a School Safety discussion open to the parents and the community on Wednesday evening at 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center. School and law enforcement officials will be in attendance. The purpose of this meeting is to explain what precautions we currently have in place, to answer questions if possible and perhaps hear any ideas for improved security provisions.

December 17th

Awesome Accomplishments!

December 17, 2012

Visit catholicscomehome.org, come to Christmas Mass or call (419) 738-2115 to discover the awesome things Jesus accomplishes in the Catholic Church!

Christmas Cheer brings tears of joy

December 17, 2012

Five months ago, a group of Wapakoneta area people got together and started planning an annual event aimed at bringing cheer to local residents during the holiday season.

Two weeks ago, the same group started by dividing items into boxes and by the end of the Friday night prior to their delivery — wrapped toys and gifts stretched upward out of those boxes. The group even started dividing food stuffs.

Shopping trip means smiles, hugs for officers

December 17, 2012

Dressed in full uniform, area law enforcement officers accompany children and their parents through the front door of the Wapakoneta Walmart.

Leading one group, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon comments on the smiles on their faces. He is not only talking about the children who are participating in the annual “Shop With a Cop” but he is addressing the officers with police departments, the Sheriff’s Office and the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

From Wapakoneta City Schools

December 17, 2012

The Wapakoneta City Schools is extremely saddened about the events in Connecticut and our thoughts and prayers go out to the communities, school and families impacted by this tragedy. The Wapakoneta City Schools will be hosting a School Safety discussion open to the parents and the community on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. School and law enforcement officials will be in attendance. The purpose of this meeting is to explain what precautions we currently have in place, to answer questions if possible and perhaps hear any ideas for improved security provisions.

December 14th

Sad about Connecticut shooting, glad about local safety measures

December 15, 2012

The school shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the second deadliest shooting at a school and the most ever at an elementary school, prompted areas school officials and students to reflect on safety here.

Area school officials and students were unanimous in their sadness over the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but they remarked they believe things are safe at their respective schools.

“I just can’t imagine someone doing that,” Wapakoneta High School junior Logan Martin said. “It is hard to imagine.”

Academic Team continues winning tradition

December 15, 2012

A popular game show is what prompted several members of a championship academic team to compete to test their knowledge.

Wapakoneta High School senior Ross Kohler and junior Austin Klingler both started on the high school’s Academic Team the first chance they got in fifth grade. Junior George Jose joined as an eighth-grader after coming to the school from St. Joseph School. Junior Colin Jarvis is the newcomer, joining the team this year.

Former veterans helping veterans with gift

December 15, 2012

Fulfilling the wishes of a couple who served in the U.S. military, representatives with the state and county Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organizations accepted a $100,000 check this week to help veterans with training and transportation.

On behalf of Lt. Col. Marie Bilyj and Col. Stephen Bilyj, Susan and Tom Stinebaugh presented the check Wednesday to state DAV Commander Michael Stith and State Adjustant Will Davis. Stinebaugh is a nephew of Marie Bilyj.

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