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May 15th, 2012
Living on a farm, a Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader helps feed the calves and pigs and even gets to drive a Ford tractor.
â€śItâ€™s not fake, itâ€™s real,â€ť Tyler Houser says. â€śItâ€™s like 10 feet in the air. Iâ€™ve been driving it for a year and a half and Iâ€™m pretty good at it.â€ť
But heâ€™s quick to note he doesnâ€™t drive cars, just the tractor around his familyâ€™s rural Wapakoneta farm.
With it, he fills in holes, covers spots, picks up rocks and uses the forks to lift straw bales for bedding.
Tyler still rides with his dad in the sprayer and loves it when he drives fast.
On Sunday, a shuttle astronaut visited his hero’s hometown and the museum built in his honor — a prelude to his visit in July for Wapakoneta’s annual Summer Moon Festival and the “Run to the Moon” races.
NASA shuttle astronaut Gregory H. Johnson, who grew up in the Dayton area and later piloted the shuttle Endeavour, stopped to sign clear plastic engraved awards for the 5K and 10K races.
Run to the Moon Director Amy Kentner said Johnson’s visit is an amazing opportunity for Wapakoneta area residents.
Even before the line of vehicles waiting to get rid of unwanted items wrapped around to where items were being unloaded by crews for the city’s Drop and Swap, many of the goods were already gone.
As residents, such as Wapakoneta’s Nathan Johnson, approached the vehicles and collected items in which they were interested.
“We’re looking for washers and dryers, miscellaneous appliances and items we can rebuild and resell,” Johnson said.
Good things don’t always come to an end, an event organizer says, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.
The fourth annual Bike Safety Day at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds turned out to be the best attended day yet, with 207 kids getting fitted with new helmets and approximately 250 total kids showing up in all.
The event was deemed a complete success by Marlene Froning, the event organizer.
Chanting â€śkids helping kids,â€ť students ran and walked laps outside of Wapakoneta Elementary School as they raised money for the Ronald McDonald House on Friday.
â€śItâ€™s about kids helping kids get better cause they are sick,â€ť second-grader Collin Lenhart, 8, said. â€śWe want to help them get better and feel better.â€ť
Nine-year-old Cooper Talowsky said specifically, they were walking to help children and their families, who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Who do you relay for?
The slogan on posters for this yearâ€™s Auglaize County Relay for Life isnâ€™t a hard question for friends and family of Megan Serr to answer. They relay for her, just like she would have done for them, although they suspect she would have found a way to do it even better.
â€śWe do it for the memory of her,â€ť Meganâ€™s cousin-in-law Chris Talowsky said.
Megan, the co-owner of LaGrande
A local mother was pleasantly surprised when she found out she had won the Wapakoneta Daily News â€śMother of the Yearâ€ť contest, when staff members from the newspaper showed up at her doorstep.
Jordyn Laman, a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, wrote an essay about her mother, Debra Laman, which won her the contest.
â€śI was at the dentist office, and then I got a call from my mother-in-law saying I had to go home immediately,â€ť Debra said. â€śI thought, oh no, something was wrong.â€ť
If an economic downturn strikes crippling income tax revenue or if the city’s main source of funding fails to match needed expenses, Mayor Rodney Metz says city leaders have already started to discuss ideas to deal with the shortfall.
Demonstrating the wide range of educational needs the district is striving to meet, the Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent brought with him to a State of the Schools address four students with different stories and different dreams.
There was the special needs student with an agricultural background, the Opportunity School student who can’t drive but cares for his father full-time after a stroke, the student who plans to return to Wapakoneta to work on the family farm, and the honors student who was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The county is showing signs of creeping out of the economic woes that struck most of the country in 2008, a county official says.
Auglaize County Board of Commissioners President Doug Spencer told a crowd of approximately 70 people at Marleys Downtown on Thursday during the State of the County address.
Spencer reported sales tax receipts increased 8.8 percent for the county through the first four months of the year, or approximately $200,000 in excess of 2011 receipts. They increased 9.8 percent over last year.