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September 1st, 2012

Firefighter fired

September 1, 2012

A Wapakoneta firefighter is no longer a member of the Wapakoneta Fire Department after being terminated Friday morning.

Wapakoneta firefighter Tom Stinebaugh, who was a captain at the beginning of the year and was demoted in March, attended a formal personnel hearing this morning when Safety-Service Director Bill Rains informed Stinebaugh he would no longer be employed by the city.

“It is unfortunate,” Rains told the Wapakoneta Daily News Friday afternoon. “He violated city policies and procedures and we moved forward.”

County to add another full-time IT position

September 1, 2012

Another full-time computer operations position has been added to the Auglaize County staff .

Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said while the commissioners debated about filling an assistant county computer operations manager position with an intern, duties of that position dictated that they hire someone full-time.

August 31st

Working to bag a state title

August 31, 2012

Two local grocery store baggers have proven they are very unlikely to leave customers with broken eggs or smashed bread.

Brad Severt and Josh Apple, baggers at the Wapakoneta Community Market on Defiance Street, recently swept a regional “best bagger” competition held at the local store and advanced to a state contest earlier this month at Ray’s Market, in Lima.

Youth drivers target of program

August 31, 2012

With teen motorists remaining Ohio’s most at-risk group for being involved in a traffic crash, efforts are being made statewide to help these new motorists remain in control behind the wheel.

A new program being implemented by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is meant to educate high school students about the dangers new motorists face, as well as the importance of good decision making.

Texting ban starts today, motorists warned

August 31, 2012

Local law enforcement officials are hoping a new law banning texting while driving will enforce itself for the most part as it takes effect today.

The new law bans all adults 18 years of age or older from sending or reading text-based messages from behind the wheel of a car.

The offense is a secondary offense, which means law enforcement cannot make a stop based on viewing someone texting messages. The offense is a minor misdemeanor.

August 30th

Final farewell

August 30, 2012

As the evening sun sank below the horizon and a bright, white moon rose in the clear eastern sky, people streamed onto the southwest lawn of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to honor Neil Alden Armstrong who lived his life humbly, honorably and modestly by giving a wink at the moon.

Approximately 2,500 people gathered Wednesday night to pay tribute to the first man to walk on the moon and fulfill a family wish that “the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

Locals honor first man on moon

August 30, 2012

While the whole world was glued to their televisions one 1969 midsummer evening, one Wapakoneta resident was as close as she could be to the presence of Neil Armstrong.

Jean Geren Dietz was 8 years old and was at Neil Armstrong’s parents’ home with her parents for a Splash Down Party on July 20, 1969, experiencing the first steps on the moon by a local hometown hero with approximately 20 to 30 other people.

New teachers hired at Wapakoneta City Schools

August 30, 2012

The hiring of three new teachers was approved Tuesday by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members  on the night of the first day of classes.

“They are already working,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said of the teachers approved by the district’s board members during the regular monthly meeting. “We are glad to have them on board.”

He said Danille Schmidt was hired late to teach kindergarten at Wapakoneta Elementary School due to high student numbers in kindergarten classrooms at the school.

August 29th

Wink at the Moon: Ceremony set for tonight at museum

August 29, 2012

A wink is just the closing and opening of one eye quickly. The simple gesture can be a sign of greeting or affection.

People can gather and give that sign of affection to honor Wapakoneta’s favored son, Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, and to fulfill a request of his family during the “Wink at the Moon” ceremony at 8:30 p.m. today at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.

School finance reports planned

August 29, 2012

At every meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education, the superintendent plans to present a report on the district’s finances.

“It’s one way to keep everybody updated,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said as he presented his first such report during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Data he presented showed estimated revenue of $23.07 million for fiscal year 2012, compared to estimated expenditures of $24.01 million, for an expected deficit of $941,900.

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