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June 12th, 2012
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members heard an hour-long presentation Monday on a new system that may be used to assess teacher’s ability to teach.
Ohio will soon become a member of the national assessment consortium, which is making broad changes to how teachers are assessed across the state. Student improvement in core subjects will be a large part of teacher assessments with the new system.
Two longtime Wapakoneta friends have donned caps and gowns together for three different graduations.
Twenty-two-year-olds Laura Koch and Sheri Garman first graduated together from Small World Preschool in 1995. They attended the Wapakoneta preschool together for two years and remember playing together in the gym at the church where it was held.
For those interested in a career in law enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for troopers to fill its ranks.
The statewide law enforcement agency is responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws on public roadways and state-owned property. Troopers provide service to the public 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a week, 365-days-a-year.
In the past a man dressed in an astronaut’s suit would meet runners as they finished the “Run to the Moon” 5K race, this year a real NASA astronaut will greet the participants.
“Definitely the biggest change this year is something that has been in the works for about a year-and-a-half now is getting an astronaut to not only come to the race but come to museum itself,” race organizer Amy Kentner said. “Gregory Johnson is coming July 20 and July 21 to really support the museum, but we are very excited to have him be part of the run.
Many who know Nathan Turner would say when he wanted to accomplish something, he did it in fours.
The new Waynesfield-Goshen graduate had a perfect 4.0 grade point average through high school, and to complement his academic achievements he lettered all four years in both football and track.
âWaynesfield did a good job of preparing me for college,â Turner said. âI had to learn to balance a pretty busy schedule. I think one of the biggest things I learned here was to balance my time wisely.â
A charge of sexual battery against former Shelby County Sheriff Dean Kimpel was formally dismissed Friday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court for crimes committed in Auglaize County along with three of four felony charges he was facing in Shelby County.
Acting Judge Sumner Walters, who is retired from Van Wert County, affirmed the case be dismissed. The case alleged Kimpel engaged in sex with a former Shelby County deputy, Jodi Van Fossen, at her rural Wapakoneta home when he knew she was drinking and had recently taken a dose of medication.
Looking up at a blue sunshine-filled sky, a mother contemplated the white puffy clouds.
âI look for any sign from the boys that they are OK,â said Judy Strauser, who a year ago lost her son after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
Frequently, she will discover a random rubber band here or there that her son used to flip at will across rooms of their house. She leaves them where they are or flips them somewhere else to find them again later.
âThey always make me think of him,â Judy said.
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.
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.”
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.