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July 12th, 2012

19th century Wapak brew on tap for festival

July 12, 2012

A traditional German beer first brewed in Wapakoneta during the 19th century is to be on tap during this year’s Summer Moon Festival.

An authentic recipe from the same European region which inspired the original beer made by the City Brewing Company is being brewed special for the festival, which extends from Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, by Thirsty Dog Brewery, of Akron.

July 11th

Policy change: Schools soon to address cyber bullying

July 11, 2012

A new policy, expected to take affect later this year, would give schools power to address cyber bullying as it relates to their students.

“It’s rather impactful, a big change,” said Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner.

The kindergarten through 12th-grade policy is expected to significantly change how the district handles bullying of its students and is being mandated at the state level. Primarily it addresses cyber bullying and bullying that occurs outside of school, but involves its students.

Girls work to stop bullying

July 11, 2012

A group of Wapakoneta eighth-graders decided after watching a boy they didn’t know being picked on that they wanted to do something themselves to take action against bullying.

Watching the fifth-grader who was about to sit down at a cafeteria table instead be pushed down into other students by a sixth-grader while he laughed, prompted the group to find some way to help the situation they were seeing with other young teens.

Cridersville Jamboree to kick off this weekend

July 11, 2012

An area fire chief invites locals to come out to an annual festival and experience a “hometown feeling” this weekend.

The 48th annual Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree is planned for Friday and Saturday and is expected to be packed with activities for the whole family.

Cridersville Fire Chief Ron Mertz said the fire department hosts this event for the village.

July 10th

Loud situation: Village officials receive fireworks complaints

July 10, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — A local village has been receiving complaints about a popular holiday tradition.

Fireworks have been set off in the village of Cridersville and the police chief and mayor said there is a state law by which residents need to abide.

“Anything that flies and goes ‘boom’ is illegal in the state of Ohio,” Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said during Monday’s regular council meeting. “It woke me up at 3:30 in the morning the other night, and I had three people call my house because of it.”

Storm causes damage to grounds

July 10, 2012

The storm that passed through Wapakoneta and the rest of the county June 29 wreaked plenty of havoc on the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Auglaize County Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl told members of the Auglaize County Fairboard during a regular meeting Monday.

Piehl said 15 trees on the property were lost or damaged during the storm, with several buildings also sustaining damage.

“In general, if you drove around the grounds, it was a sight to see,” Piehl said.

Why would you want to have lunch with an astronaut?

July 10, 2012

Organizers of the Run to the Moon are asking just that question of children ages 7 to14 in order to pick a couple of Wapakoneta youth to share a meal with Space Shuttle Endeavour pilot Col. Gregory H. Johnson on Friday, July 20, the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

Entry forms for the contest are running in the Wapakoneta Daily News, with a Saturday deadline for entries. The winners are to be determined by their answers to this question: “If you could ask Astronaut Greg Johnson one question, what would it be, and why?”

July 9th

Passion for sports: Wapak youth umpires, involved on many teams

July 9, 2012

For two days, nearly 50 teams played at Veterans Memorial Park — with the top teams coming back on Sunday to determine the winners of the 2012 Moon City Classic.

Keeping the teams in line between the lines are the umpires, including  Wapakoneta High School senior Kyle Gibson. The others range from classmates such as Joel Hegemier and Nathan Bracy to OHSAA certified umpires Brian Schoonover, Mike Sparks, Micah Shoup and Mark Maus.

New organizer heads D.C. trip

July 9, 2012

A new coordinator plans to head Wapakoneta City Schools’ eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. in the fall.

Jason Johnson recently was approved to take over for Roger Herriott, a district technology coordinator who has organized the trip for approximately 15 years.

Johnson, a special education and science teacher at Wapakoneta High School, is to receive $805 for a supplemental contract coordinating the trip district eighth-graders have been making for more than 20 years.

Local FFA member plans to become a vet

July 9, 2012

Every day a Wapakoneta High School sophomore treks to his grandparents’ farmhouse to help tend to the animals and work the crops.

The daily task also is shaping his future plans of being a veterinarian specializing in large animals.

Gavin Hawk, who is a member of Wapakoneta High School’s FFA program, says he loves helping his grandparents Evelyn and Marvin Kohler. He often makes two trips each day to make sure animals have water and feed — once in the morning and once at night.

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