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May 12th, 2014

Community shares Day of Caring

May 12, 2014

Volunteers from local companies and organizations teamed up with the United Way of Auglaize County Saturday to complete a variety of projects throughout the community.

The county-wide campaign is called the Day of Caring and it has been a fixture in the community since the late 1990s.

“What we do is try to match up our partner agencies with companies and community volunteers to accomplish some of the projects our agencies don’t have the time or resources to complete,” Auglaize County United Way Executive Director Randy Fisher said.

Buckeye Farm Antiques show celebrates 25 years

May 12, 2014

The Buckeye Farm Antiques 25th annual tractor and gas engine show will be held from Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25 at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Wapakoneta.

The festivities will include a display of John Deere tractors, equipment, gas engines and memorabilia. Demonstrations will be held daily, including antique working machinery and crafts.

May 9th

Downtown shops ready to serve

May 9, 2014

For all you procrastinators out there, there isn’t much time left to purchase a Mother’s Day gift. Luckily, several local shops have got you covered. 

If your wife or mother likes a nice arrangement of flowers or enjoys gardening, head to one of the four floral shops in town. Moon Florist, Haehn Florist & Greenhouses, The Magnolia and Village Green Garden Center are all located within two miles of each other.

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.

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