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June 6th, 2012

Pair sought for questioning in GLSM dog drowning

June 6, 2012

Two “people of interest” have been named in a case involving the drowning of a dog found Saturday at Grand Lake St. Marys.
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller said park officials were notified Saturday by deputies with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office that a dog was found submerged in the lake inside a cage near Rustic Haven Campgrounds in St. Marys Township. The dog had drowned.
Law enforcement officials immediately started an investigation which resulted in information obtained up from the cage.

Student places at state FFA

June 6, 2012

For one Wapakoneta High School junior, the second time was a charm. However, she is hoping the old adage of “third time is a charm” will hold true.

After filling out the application during  her sophomore year but not placing, junior Nicole Brown connected the second time around with a third place finish in entrepreneurship at the state level in FFA competition.

5K set for Fourth of July

June 6, 2012

In its second year, there is a new sponsor, a new course and a new date for the Wapakoneta Firecracker 5K run and walk.

But one thing has not changed, an organizer says, the event is fun for the entire family.

Retiring teacher taught in her former classroom

June 6, 2012

A local retiring teacher was once a student in the classroom where she taught.

Elisha Smith, a Wapakoneta Middle School sixth-grade teacher, retired at the end of the school year, and her science and social studies classroom was once her chemistry classroom when she attended high school.

Smith, a 1975 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, attended classes in the former high school in the now middle school building.

June 5th

Flooded with problems: SSD to attend seminar dealing with flooding issues

June 5, 2012

A city administrators says he hopes to learn more about state and federal requirements calling for the demolition of structures existing in a flood plain if the structure sustains more than 50 percent damage during an event.

Safety-Service Director Bill Rains is scheduled  to attend a conference on the matter next week in Columbus to gain a firmer grasp on the policy and to report back to Mayor Rodney Metz and Wapak-oneta City Council members.

10 from Wapak arrested in drug operation

June 5, 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.

Retiring teacher loved teaching sixth grade

June 5, 2012

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.”

June 4th

‘Won the battle’

June 4, 2012

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.

Professor educates on Mars rovers

June 4, 2012

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.

Student succeeds early in life

June 4, 2012

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.

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