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February 29th, 2012
After a moment of silence marking the tragic shooting at Chardon High School on Monday, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members heard from a community member and a teacher about local concerns on unrelated matters.
“It’s so refreshing to walk in here tonight,” said Francine Slife, a community member who has several family members who teach in the district.
“The air is so much thinner,” she said, thanking board members for their recent ratification of a contract with teachers.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter told Waynesfield Village Council members it was time to develop a contingency plan in case of a violent school event.
Motter said he contacted Waynesfield-Goshen High School Principal T.J. Winkler Monday after a gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria in Chardon at the start of the school day, wounding three students, two of whom later died. A suspect, now reported as being a 17-year old student, was arrested a short distance away. The school is approximately 30 miles east of Cleveland.
Three showings of the film, “Windfall,” have been scheduled for the next month with the first viewing possible this weekend.
“Windfall,” a film directed by Laura Israel, documents how the development of a wind farm outside of Meredith, N.Y. divides the residents of the city and the surrounding area.
The film mirrors Wapakoneta with Auglaize Neighbors United against the wind turbines being built so close to residences and the city of Wapakoneta and surrounding villages.
Local churches are coming together this Lenten season to offer prayer and fellowship.
The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association has been hosting Lenten Lunches, which are held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday during lent, for numerous years during Lent.
“It’s a good Lenten practice to add prayer to our daily routine,” the Rev. Patrick Sloneker, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, said. “This is a good way to add prayer and fellowship.”
NEW BREMEN — Groups of New Bremen residents gathered on West Monroe Street Monday night watching as firefighters fought a blaze that engulfed a historic downtown building.
Fire crews were dispatched to the Fireside Pub, 115 W. Monroe St., at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday. The pub shares the building with Que’s Barbershop. No one was injured in the fire, as the pub closes at 2 p.m. Mondays.
Upon arriving on the scene, fire crews began working to extinguish the fire.
CHARDON (AP) â€” A gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding five students, one of whom later died, authorities said. A suspect â€” believed to be a student â€” was arrested a short distance away.
The suspect was taken into custody near his car about half a mile from the suburban Cleveland school, said FBI agent Vicki Anderson.
Students screamed and ran in panic through the halls when gunfire broke out around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School.
The daughter of Barb and Jeff Harrod of Wapakoneta took home the honor Sunday of being named the 2012 Auglaize County pork industry queen during the Auglaize County Pork Producers annual banquet.
Ann Harrod, who is a member of the Wapakoneta High School track and tennis teams and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is involved in FFA and the Student Senate and works as a student teacher assistant at the school.
The Wapakoneta Parent Teacher organization (PTO) held its annual mother-son fun night on Saturday.
Approximately 350 people attended the event, which was held with a “carnival” theme. It was the biggest turnout ever for the event, PTO President Shelley Mowery said.
BOTKINS — High school has been a juggling act for Botkins’ resident Christine Johnson. However, she has learned to handle her busy schedule with precision.
The 18-year-old Botkins High School senior has maintained a 3.8 grade point average, and she has done it with a flurry of activities. No matter what she tries, she seems to always come out successful.
By LANCE MIHM
More often than not, a five year old can be amused easily. Making crafts, drawing pictures or playing games can keep them happy.
But while rural Moulton resident and five-year-old Jacob Ott may sometimes partake in those activities in his pre-kindergarten class at the Wapakoneta Learning Center, he takes his threshold for thrills to a whole new level.
Ott recently competed in the Grand National Tractor Pulling championship Jan. 29 at Power Show Ohio in Columbus and placed third nationally.