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June 1st, 2012

Relay third year at grounds

June 1, 2012

With the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life only three weeks away, it will also be the third year the event has been hosted at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

“We were trying to give relay a boost by changing the venue,” Relay for Life Team Recruitment and Co-Media Chair Laura Kelley said. “When you are at a relay, you want people to be involved in everything.”

Local places third in FFA competition

June 1, 2012

Placing in the top three in anything at the state level is a once in a lifetime achievement for most.

A recent Wapakoneta graduate has done it in back-to-back years.

Tyler Armstrong, 18, placed third in the placement category in swine proficiencies during FFA competition.

Last year, the son of Candy and Keith Armstrong, placed second in the same category.

He said he had been hoping for first place, but he was still happy with the overall results.

Wapakoneta heads back to Columbus

June 1, 2012

COLUMBUS — The battle continues.

Thanks to some defensive greatness, a gritty performance on the mound, and more timely hitting the Wapakoneta Redskins are playing for the first team state championship in school history.

Wapakoneta advanced to the Division II title game with a 3-2 win over the West Holmes Knights (23-7) in a semifinal matchup Thursday morning at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Wapak seeks ‘final moment’

June 1, 2012

Wapakoneta fans easily outnumbered fans from Millersburg West Holmes by a nearly two-to-one margin during the state semifinal 3-2 win on Thursday.

The Redskin faithful has always produced a solid following to most sports events — even prompting an inquiry from the Ohio High School Athletic Association so they could spread the news.

Wapak fans have seen some very good teams make it to high levels come the end of the season.

C’ville discusses overtime, pay

June 1, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — As an area village’s leaders begin to discuss their pay package for 2013, the discussion of the police chief’s pay sparked a lengthy conversation.

Cridersville Village Council Finance Committee members discussed the first three pages of the pay package for 2013, and a question was brought up — to keep Cridersville police chief on hourly pay or switch him to salary.

May 31st

Bark park sparks talks

May 31, 2012

With more than a dozen passionate supporters clamoring Wednesday for a dog park in the city, city leaders agreed to visit area dog parks and take inventory of possible ground for a dog park in the city of Wapakoneta.

Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, intends to develop a list of available ground in the city’s current park system among Veterans Memorial Park, Heritage Park, Harmon Park, Belcher Park and the new park as well as other possible city ground.

Couple’s work earns ‘Mankind’ award

May 31, 2012

A local couple say they were pleasantly surprised after being presented a prestigious award — one that has not been presented in more than five years — at a Wapakoneta organization’s meeting this week.

The Rev. Elaine Mikesell and her husband, Dr. Alan Mikesell, of Wapakoneta, were awarded the “Service to Mankind Award” by the Wapakoneta Sertoma Club during the club’s meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Teaching began as a girl for retiree

May 31, 2012

A teacher who recently retired from Wapakoneta Elementary School after 35 years began her career long before that, helping her dolls learn to read.

“I always pretended I was a teacher,” said Melanie Webb this week, on her first day off the job in all these years. “I lined up my doll babies and made up worksheets. I had this big chalk board where I would write lesson plans.”

Webb said in part it was an admiration of her grandmother, Margrete Erb, who taught in a one-room school house, which inspired her to become a teacher.

May 30th

Principal retires: Payne enjoyed teaching, coaching, staff

May 30, 2012

A man who has been in the education field for 39 years will be saying goodbye to the Wapakoneta City School District as he retires after this school year.

Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne will soon be cleaning out his office and saying goodbye to fellow cohorts as he prepares for retirement. His last day is July 1.

Will powers and wires center

May 30, 2012

Wapakoneta Boy Scout Jacob Will of Wapakoneta Troop 4 received recognition Tuesday for completing his Eagle Scout project at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Faith Center.

For his project, Will wired the entire Faith Center for internet access. The building, which was remodeled in 1999, was originally built in 1900.

“I got a lot of pride from doing this project,” Will said. “I think it earned me faith from the community and from the St. Joe community that I can do a big project and get things done.”

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