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January 10th, 2014
After nearly three weeks away from their textbooks, teachers and classmates, local students piled back into their classrooms Thursday to finish up the end of the semester.
Getting back into the school day routine can be a challenge for students in any grade, and Middle School Principal Wes Newland said it is especially difficult for the younger students.
“We try to get the kids back in the door and make them feel comfortable get them started on a welcoming note,” Newland said.
Wapakoneta head varsity football coach Doug Frye is intending to resign from his position. Frye has been recommended to the St. Marys board of education to fill the vacant head varsity football coaching position at St. Marys Memorial High School. See Friday's print edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News for more details.
Progress on the Auglaize County River Jam Project is moving slower than anticipated due to several thousand dead ash trees that need to be removed, according to Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart.
Reinhart provided an update on the project during the annual planning meeting of the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District on Wednesday.
âThe contractor isnât moving as fast as we anticipated, but only because of the ash trees,â Reinhart said. âWeâre encountering about a hundred dead ash trees each mile and thatâs slowing the progress of the contractor down mileage-wise.â
The West Ohio Food Bank opened at noon Wednesday, after being closed Monday and Tuesday due to the treacherous weather and road conditions.
The West Ohio Food Bank is a nonprofit service organization with the dedication of alleviating hunger in our area. They are the food bank that provides food to more than 170 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens throughout the 11 counties in Western Ohio.
CEO of the West Ohio Food Bank, Gary Bright, said the weather and roads were just too dangerous to have the staff and drivers come in.
The wheel from a train that derailed near South Main Street in Buckland was put back on the tracks Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
The track and train are owned and operated by R.J. Corman Railroad Company based in Nicholasville, Ky. The companyâs St. Marys Line, which is part of the companyâs Western Ohio Line, runs between Lima and Portland, Ind.
With school cancellations every day so far this week, Wapakoneta City Schools are feeling the effects of the bitter cold.
“Closing school due to low temperatures is relatively rare, and this week has obviously been an extreme case,” said Keith Horner, Superintendent of Wapakoneta City Schools.
Horner said there are several factors they keep in mind when it comes to determining whether or not to close school based on the temperature.
One local woman has two main passions — giving back to her community and spreading her knowledge of history.
Brea Quellhorst, of Wapakoneta, has dedicated her career to finding imaginative ways to prove how her favorite subject is not the “boring” stereotype many misunderstand it to be.
“I want them to see how to make history fun,” Quellhorst said. “I want them to see how their lives are affected right now by what happened in the past.”
Two local business projects are being partially funded by the Wapakoneta Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).
According to Wapakoneta area economic development council executive director, Greg Myers, Good Food, Inc. has been granted a $100,000 loan for equipment, which is less than eight percent of the total projected cost for the new Happy Daz restaurant. This project is set to be finished in late March.
With the temperature reaching below freezing, auto care professionals are reminding people to get their cars checked out to make sure they’ll be able to perform in these conditions.
“The biggest thing you can do is to get a 50 point inspection,” said Hank Lininger, an auto technician at NAPA Auto Parts. “They’ll make sure that your brakes, battery, cooling system and antifreeze tests out right, which can all possibly cause problems in weather like this.”
Below zero temperatures, drifts of snow and a day off from school mean nothing for local dairy farmers at Maplevalley Farms.
As temperatures dropped roughly 40 degrees in a 12-hour period Monday, the Steinke family had a lot of preparing to do to ensure the safety of their cows on the farm.