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June 5th, 2012
Seventeen people, including 10 from Wapakoneta, have been arrested on various drug charges after a five-month investigation by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release this morning, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said 19 people have been indicted by an Auglaize County grand jury.
The busts covered a variety of hard drugs including the sale of heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, bath salts and prescription medications. Two vehicles were impounded and a substantial amount of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia was recovered.
A teacher who started out as a physical education instructor found her passion to be teaching sixth-grade language arts.
Paula Quatman, who recently retired from the Wapakoneta City School District, enjoyed being a sixth-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Middle School.
“I love being a sixth-grade teacher,” Quatman said. “It’s an interesting age. They are eager to learn. They understand humor and are pretty sweet kids.”
Moments after losing the Division II championship game by one run, members of the 2012 Wapakoneta Redskins varsity baseball team had one message — “we will be back.”
Family, friends and fans gathered Sunday at Wapakoneta Redskins Field for the presentation of the season’s trophies and recognition of the accomplishments of the 21 players on the team.
An area professor and a Mars rover engineer says a person only has one shot when it comes to designing rovers to study the red planet.
Dr. Eric Baumgartner, dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University, was the guest speaker at the second installment in a series of public programs hosted by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum on Sunday.
BOTKINS — Botkins Middle School seventh-grader Micah Smock says he likes being a well-rounded person. He demonstrates those interests in the activities he.
“My mom and dad push me to succeed,” the son of Mary Lee and Phil Smock said.
Smock is learning to succeed early in life. He is a was a center-forward on the seventh-grade basketball team. He was a defender on the soccer team.
Teaching is a long-standing tradition in Jean Turner’s family.
The Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher, who recently retired after 35 years, said her grandmother taught in the Buckland building when it was new. It’s the same place Turner started her career.
Other family members through the years have followed suit, with some continuing to teach in the area.
As for why Turner pursued a teaching career, she said she loves helping children learn, especially those who may struggle.
With the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life only three weeks away, it will also be the third year the event has been hosted at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
“We were trying to give relay a boost by changing the venue,” Relay for Life Team Recruitment and Co-Media Chair Laura Kelley said. “When you are at a relay, you want people to be involved in everything.”
Placing in the top three in anything at the state level is a once in a lifetime achievement for most.
A recent Wapakoneta graduate has done it in back-to-back years.
Tyler Armstrong, 18, placed third in the placement category in swine proficiencies during FFA competition.
Last year, the son of Candy and Keith Armstrong, placed second in the same category.
He said he had been hoping for first place, but he was still happy with the overall results.
COLUMBUS — The battle continues.
Thanks to some defensive greatness, a gritty performance on the mound, and more timely hitting the Wapakoneta Redskins are playing for the first team state championship in school history.
Wapakoneta advanced to the Division II title game with a 3-2 win over the West Holmes Knights (23-7) in a semifinal matchup Thursday morning at Huntington Park in Columbus.
Wapakoneta fans easily outnumbered fans from Millersburg West Holmes by a nearly two-to-one margin during the state semifinal 3-2 win on Thursday.
The Redskin faithful has always produced a solid following to most sports events — even prompting an inquiry from the Ohio High School Athletic Association so they could spread the news.
Wapak fans have seen some very good teams make it to high levels come the end of the season.