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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.

No local candidates file as write-ins

August 29, 2012

No local candidates have filed as write-in candidates for the Nov. 6 election.

Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said in addition to no local candidates meeting the 4 p.m. Monday deadline to file, she also received notice that there were no write-ins for the 4th Congressional District.

Campbell said she has not yet gotten any information on presidential, state representative or state senate write-ins, but she does understand presidential write-ins are expected, despite not having any names at this time.

August 28th

Street grant won

August 28, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — An engineering consultant provided updates Monday on two major projects in the the village for Waynesfield Village Council members.

Craig Mescher of Fanning/Howey & Associates discussed the Westminster Street improvement project and bringing natural gas to the village.

KAPOW show thrills

August 28, 2012

Seven months ago, John Stacy, of Lima, bought several vehicles in hopes of building a  1945 Ford Rat Rod. On Saturday, he parked that car in the sun at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum as part of the third annual KAPOW Car and Craft Show and Flea Market.

Stacy’s car was one of more than 100 vehicles to participate in the one-day event held in the lawn on the southwest section of the museum grounds. The event attracted more than 30 cars from last year’s total of 75 vehicles. The craft show also attracted more vendors.

Last days of summer

August 28, 2012

Children raced up a hill to check out two buckets of water ballons.

Smiles spread across their faces and laughter filled the air as the youth play a water game on a 90-degree day Saturday at Valley View Apartments — celebration at the final days of summer break before classes start today.

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