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April 6th, 2012

Lewis: Give yourself to Jesus

April 6, 2012

“Truly this man was God’s son.”

These words were spoken to Jesus right after he took his last breath on the cross.

At the last installment of the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association Lenten Luncheons, the Rev. Ward Lewis, of the Church of the Nazarene, dug deeper into these words.

“I believe that is why you are all here because you believe he surely was the son of God,” Lewis said at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta on Friday afternoon.

Lifting mishap helps save local's life

April 6, 2012

Twelve years ago, a local resident who did not have any symptoms learned she was diagnosed with cancer.

Sixty-nine-year-old Dianna Johnson spent her career working as a nurse, so she often had labor intensive tasks, such as lifting people in and out of their beds.

“I had hurt my back lifting my dad,” the 1960 Wapakoneta High School graduate said. “I’m a nurse, so I have lifted patients for close to 50 years.”

Leaders vet rail authority move

April 6, 2012

With a rail line in place for the industrial park, Wapakoneta city leaders have been spurred to develop a local rail authority.

Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Executive Director Greg Myers say they believe the establishment of a rail authority for Wapakoneta’s newest industrial park is inevitable and its existence should prove to be advantageous for the city.

School cost cutters: Little changes add up to big savings

April 6, 2012

A number of minor changes have added up to some big savings for Wapakoneta City Schools, the district’s superintendent says.

Through the first eight months of the school’s fiscal year, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators have managed to save a million dollars from what the district spent a year ago this time, Superintendent Keith Horner said.

The information was made public during a recent school Finance Committee meeting.

“It’s due to multiple things we’ve done,” Horner said of the savings.

Group honors historian

April 6, 2012

A Wapakoneta resident recently earned an African-American in History Award at the ninth annual Power of Unity Luncheon held at the Bradfield Community Center in Lima late February.

The man says the award is more for his hometown than for his work.

The award is given annually to a black achiever. Jim Bowsher is white, although the influence of Native American ancestry is also noticeable in his appearance. While Bowsher is not particularly impressed with awards or notoriety, this time around he felt the recognition was quite significant.

Chief informs locals of open burning law

April 6, 2012

With local residents cleaning in and around the house this spring, a Wapakoneta administrator warns against disposing of yard waste and other debris in a fire and provided tips when enjoying an outdoor flame.

The Wapakoneta Fire Department has received a few calls this spring regarding open burning, Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. He noted most fire departments receive more calls in the spring and fall regarding people sitting out in front of a fire or burning things on their property in the city.

April 5th

In his footsteps: Schwartz earns Walter award like older brother

April 5, 2012

A Wapakoneta High School senior describes himself as competitive and a person who thrives in a disciplined environment.

This description helped lead  to Chris Schwartz being named Auglaize County’s Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Achievement Award winner Wednesday at the annual banquet at Wapakoneta High School Wednesday.

The former shows he is wise beyond his age at making career choices.

Dispatch Center undergoing updates

April 5, 2012

Updates to the dispatch center, which handles all 911 calls for Auglaize County, are expected to be complete by May 1.

“This is something that has been needed for a few years but we needed to be in the position where we could get it done within our budget,” Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Wednesday.

Local reverend says to take up your cross

April 5, 2012

With preparing for Easter, the Rev. Becky Sunday, of St. Paul United Church of Christ, says people at the foot of Jesus’ cross wanted the Savior to prove He was a king.

Sunday addressed worshippers Wednesday at the last Lenten Luncheon on “If You are the King of the Jews, Save Yourself.”

April 4th

Mustangs lasso trophy: Perfect season ends with state title

April 4, 2012

The Auglaize County Mustangs went to New Philadelphia Saturday morning with high hopes.

They returned as state champions.

The Mustangs won the state Special Olympics Division III basketball tournament championship with an 81-61 win over the Fayette County Dragons.

A team can be comprised of players between the ages of 13 and 40 who have some form of disability.

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