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September 14th, 2011
ST. MARYS â Seventy-two people walked into Easy Campground in St. Marys with an equal shot of walking away with $10,000 as part of a promotion hosted by two area newspapers.
The Evening Leader, of St. Marys, and the Wapakoneta Daily News crowned the winner of the Dash for the Cash promotion Tuesday night. One-by-one, 72 participants walked across the stage until there was only one left standing. In the end, New Bremen resident Jon Wente walked away with the cash and a smile.
A U.S. Congressman says he plans to introduce a bill that would help school districts across the state keep up with renovation and maintenance projects.
The Fix Americaâs Schools Today (FAST) Act, to be introduced by Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, would provide financial assistance to help cover a multitude of projects for districts across the nation. Under a proposal included in President Barack Oba-maâs American Jobs Act, Brown said Ohio could net approximately $986 billion for projects, which could support more than 12,000 jobs.
A new man is in charge of the Wapakoneta Electric Department and he hopes to be a positive influence.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz announced Monday longtime employee Donnie Schnarre as the new Electric Department superintendent, replacing Bill Lambert, who retired Aug. 31 after 32 years with the department. The mayor made the announcement during Mondayâs Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
WAYNESFIELD â Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members opened Mondayâs school board meeting with a moment of silence in honor of a school employee.
Deb Boday, who had been employed with the school district for 26 years as a bus driver, died early Monday morning at Lima Memorial Health System.
Board members collectively agreed that their hearts went out to Bodayâs family.
âShe was very involved with the community and the school,â Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. âShe will be missed.â
Wapakoneta city leaders learned Monday a city street project set for 2013 received an additional $560,000 to enhance the roadwayâs look and appeal.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains told Wapakoneta City Council members the city received a $559,680 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a streetscape project. This is the second grant the city has received from ODOT for the project. They earlier received a $1.34 million for the estimated $2.5 million street reconstruction project.
Approximately 350 people from Wapakoneta and the surrounding area turned out at the Wapakoneta Fire Station Sunday for a memorial service to remember the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011.
âI was very pleased with the turnout,â Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. âFor us, it wasnât going to matter what the turnout was going to be because it was something we thought needed to be done.
âHowever, we were glad the community turned out in support of the event,â he said. âIt was a show of patriotism.â
A plethora of lawn mowers invaded Wapakoneta Saturday along with a large contingent of enthusiastic drivers to operate them.
The 15th annual K & R Lawn Mower Derby attracted a huge crowd behind the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wapakoneta. Approximately 700 people attended the event, roughly the same number as last yearâs event, and the 54 mowers entered were the largest number of entries the event has attracted yet. The event is hosted by Jeremy Resor and Chad Kantner.
Kantner said that he first got the idea for the event approximately15 years ago.
The asphalt on the newly repaved South Wentz Street may be black, but a city official called it a âgreen street.â
Crews paved the street Saturday using ground rubber in the asphalt â a way to extend the life of the street and remove unwanted tires from the refuse stream.
As teachers across the country prepare lessons about 9/11, many grapple with how to approach it and what to teach to students.
One Wapakoneta Daily News employee witnessed the Sept. 11 attacks from an entirely different point of view â from a city in southern France.
Reflecting on the events of that day, she says her faith in God helped her through those events. She was an American in a foreign land.
While flipping through the pages of her journal she kept while overseas, the 32-year-old tucks her short brown hair behind her ears as she looks back through her handwriting as she remembers the vivid, life changing time in American history.