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September 4th, 2012

No rain, big day

September 4, 2012

FRYBURG — With rain and thunderstorms expected all weekend including Sunday, the Fryburg Homecoming Festival escaped the remnants of Hurricane Isaac when it came time for the one-day event.

The rain held off despite overcast skies as the small community held the 122nd annual event Sunday

“We were all scared of the rain,” festival chair Cindy Koenig said. “Basically it turned out to be a perfect evening. I think people were praying for it.”

Report card improvements

September 4, 2012

Wapakoneta City Schools have again been ranked effective, with three of the district’s four buildings receiving excellent ratings.

The information is based on preliminary 2012 state report card data released by the state to Wapakoneta City School’s Superintendent Keith Horner. Due to cheating concerns at the state level this year by some schools in the state, Ohio Department of Education (ODE) officials have delayed the release of each district’s information to the public as it typically does in the middle of August.

With fall, residents should be aware of foul weather

September 4, 2012

ST. MARYS — As the calendar changes to September, a local county official says residents should keep the threat of severe weather in mind during fall.

September is Preparedness Month — a campaign sponsored by FEMA that looks to make residents cognizant of severe weather and disasters and how to plan accordingly for the events. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said fall has become an active weather season for Auglaize County.

September 1st

Firefighter fired

September 1, 2012

A Wapakoneta firefighter is no longer a member of the Wapakoneta Fire Department after being terminated Friday morning.

Wapakoneta firefighter Tom Stinebaugh, who was a captain at the beginning of the year and was demoted in March, attended a formal personnel hearing this morning when Safety-Service Director Bill Rains informed Stinebaugh he would no longer be employed by the city.

“It is unfortunate,” Rains told the Wapakoneta Daily News Friday afternoon. “He violated city policies and procedures and we moved forward.”

County to add another full-time IT position

September 1, 2012

Another full-time computer operations position has been added to the Auglaize County staff .

Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said while the commissioners debated about filling an assistant county computer operations manager position with an intern, duties of that position dictated that they hire someone full-time.

August 31st

Working to bag a state title

August 31, 2012

Two local grocery store baggers have proven they are very unlikely to leave customers with broken eggs or smashed bread.

Brad Severt and Josh Apple, baggers at the Wapakoneta Community Market on Defiance Street, recently swept a regional “best bagger” competition held at the local store and advanced to a state contest earlier this month at Ray’s Market, in Lima.

Youth drivers target of program

August 31, 2012

With teen motorists remaining Ohio’s most at-risk group for being involved in a traffic crash, efforts are being made statewide to help these new motorists remain in control behind the wheel.

A new program being implemented by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is meant to educate high school students about the dangers new motorists face, as well as the importance of good decision making.

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.

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