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October 30th, 2012

St. Marys class trip to DC canceled

October 30, 2012

ST. MARYS — As Hurricane Sandy smashed into the East Coast on Monday, the massive storm also forced the cancellation of St. Marys Middle School’s eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.

St. Marys Superintendent Shawn Brown said initially plans were to delay the trip 24 hours and then reassess the situation. However, as Sandy continued to pound the eastern seaboard, Brown said it became more clear the trip was in jeopardy.

Voters to decide unincorporating at the polls

October 30, 2012

UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis village residents face the possibility of unincorporating, or dissolving, the village at the polls on Nov. 6.

The village would become part of the township and the county would assume control of the wastewater treatment facility.

Unio-polis Village Council members Greg Ritchie and Marilyn Fleck both support the measure, as do the remaining three councilors, which passed the move to put it to a vote with residents by a unanimous vote.

October 29th

Lurking zombies

October 29, 2012

An invasion of apocalyptic proportions resulted in fun for all involved Saturday afternoon down the middle of Auglaize Street.

Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta (KAPOW) held its third annual Zombie Walk and attracted 80 zombies for a good cause.

“It is bigger than last year, which is nice,” KAPOW President Mark Selvaggio said. “We always hope to add a few more every year.”

Romney, Ryan in Celina

October 29, 2012

CELINA — Greeted by a raucous crowd that packed the Celina Fieldhouse, the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan energized their Republican base in this part of the state a mere nine days before the election.

“Celina, are you going to help us win this thing,” Ryan said, asking the crowd moments after being introduced by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. “As we think about what’s important to us. Let’s remember this is the most important election in our lifetime, no matter what generation you come from. We have a lot stake.”

Zofkie zooms on CC courses, wins WBL

October 29, 2012

Wapakoneta City Schools eighth-grader Allie Zofkie says she considers herself having been a competitive runner for two years. However, her mother, Jodie Zofkie, said it began much earlier than that.

“When she was younger, she would just run,” Jodie Zofkie said. “I noticed very early that she was going to be a runner.”

October 26th

Republican incumbent faces Dem’s challenger

October 27, 2012

Republican incumbent Christina Lambert is facing Democrat challenger Anne Hamilton on the Nov. 6 ballot for the position of Auglaize County recorder.
Both women are making their first attempt at an elected office.
Lambert, who has been serving in the position since Aug. 1, 2011, is seeking her first election to the officer after Ann Billings retired.
Lambert, 50, lives in Wapakoneta with her husband, Bill Lambert, and they have two grown children. She had worked in the Recorder’s Office for 30 years before officially being appointed to the position.

Gearing up for the holidays

October 27, 2012

Christmas cheer will soon be filling the streets of Wapakoneta, as local shops gear up for an annual event.
Wapakoneta’s Holiday Open Houses, which is scheduled to kickoff Friday and continue through the weekend of Nov. 2-4, has organizers excited because a handful of new shops will be joining in on the festivities this year.
“This is a neat way to kick off the holidays,” Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) Treasurer Charlotte Williams said, “and there are six new stores that will be joining us.”

Monster within man

October 27, 2012

Mary Shelley’s creation in her most famous novel may be reveals something more frightening and alarming than what has become an annual Halloween monster — the monster inside man himself who is unleashed by an unabated quest of knowledge.

Wapak celebrates Halloween

October 26, 2012

First came a ninja, then a baby banana, followed by a fairy with flourescent green wings — they all visited a clown sitting on the front porch of her 118 N. Wentz St. home.

For more than three decades, 70-year-old Nancy Ainsworth has donned a costume — from a witch to a clown, from a butterfly to a list of others through the years — to pass out candy to celebrate trick or treat with the children of Wapakoneta.

WOFB ends deal with Mercy Unlimited

October 26, 2012

Officials from the West Ohio Food Bank in Lima arrived at Mercy Unlimited Inc. in downtown Wapakoneta Thursday and alerted them they were terminating their contract to provide food to the pantry at a discounted price.

A letter, dated Thursday and was addressed to Tammy Brown with the Mercy Unlimited food pantry, stated “My recent inspection of your facility, on behalf of West Ohio Food Bank, did not find everything in compliance with our state and federal regulations.”

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