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June 8th, 2012

Kids learn about safety

June 8, 2012

An annual cooperative effort between local authorities, businesses and the fire department brings valuable safety lessons to area children.

The 12th annual Safety Day, which was held this week at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, calls on the expertise of safety-service professionals from the Wapakoneta Fire Department, the Auglaize County DARE program, Wapakoneta Police Department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office to help lead different programs for the school-aged children.    

Challenge sheds pounds, awards ‘losers’

June 8, 2012

ST. MARYS — Participants of the Grand Health Challenge and Grand Health Family Challenge are all “losers,” having shed more than two tons over the past six months.

Wapakoneta Daily News Publisher Deb Zwez announced Thursday night between the 51 teams in the Grand Health Challenge and the seven teams in the Grand Health Family Challenge that finished, 4,536.73 pounds were lost.

“If you do the math, 4,536.73 pounds were lost by the participants,” Zwez said. “That’s pretty darn awesome. Good job everybody.”

A chance career turns into profession

June 8, 2012

Taking a chance on a college course of study led a recently retired Wapakoneta teacher to a career she loved.

When Deb Madden went to college, she intended to pursue a degree in elementary education and become a teacher, but she was part of a group advised that because of a recent influx in the position, they most likely would have trouble finding jobs. One of the alternative fields suggested to her was speech therapy.

June 7th

Land contract: Consultant agreement under review

June 7, 2012

The work of an industrial site consultant and realtor is under review by a city-supported business organization to determine if they would recommend renewing the contract for another year.

A Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) ad-hoc committee is reviewing contract terms between the city of Wapakoneta and CB Richard Ellis, an international real estate firm with 90 industrial brokers and 150 offices throughout the world, before recommending, if any, changes to the one-year contract.

Hunger Day brings awareness

June 7, 2012

Today marks a day to recognize the hungry.

June 7 is declared “National Hunger Awareness Day” by the U.S. Senate. Millions of Americans struggle with hunger and food insecurities — and a study done in 2010 states 6,000 of those people live in Auglaize County.

A local food pantry is recognizing this national day.

June 6th

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.

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