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July 12th, 2012
Cynthia Hooker, the mother of fallen soldier Jon Michael Schoolcraft III, recalled one of the last communications she had with her son prior to his death Jan. 18 in Taji, Iraq.
“One of the last texts to me was, ‘Mom, if something happens, just don’t ever forget me,’” Hooker said with tears falling down her face.
Pride in her son’s sacrifice mixed with the conflicting pain of losing a child as she spoke. It was obvious he would never be forgotten.
More than a week after a substantial windstorm blew through Auglaize County, officials are putting their heads together to address concerns.
“We are looking at what worked and going in and revising our game plan,” said Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson.
Countywide emergency response agencies plan to meet within the next week to discuss further areas still in need of improvement.
“Each weather event, every time, I think you’ve got something different,” Anderson said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?”
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.