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June 6th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Seventeen people, including 10 from Wapakoneta, have been arrested on various drug charges after a five-month investigation by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release this morning, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said 19 people have been indicted by an Auglaize County grand jury.
The busts covered a variety of hard drugs including the sale of heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, bath salts and prescription medications. Two vehicles were impounded and a substantial amount of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia was recovered.
A teacher who started out as a physical education instructor found her passion to be teaching sixth-grade language arts.
Paula Quatman, who recently retired from the Wapakoneta City School District, enjoyed being a sixth-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Middle School.
“I love being a sixth-grade teacher,” Quatman said. “It’s an interesting age. They are eager to learn. They understand humor and are pretty sweet kids.”
Moments after losing the Division II championship game by one run, members of the 2012 Wapakoneta Redskins varsity baseball team had one message — “we will be back.”
Family, friends and fans gathered Sunday at Wapakoneta Redskins Field for the presentation of the season’s trophies and recognition of the accomplishments of the 21 players on the team.
An area professor and a Mars rover engineer says a person only has one shot when it comes to designing rovers to study the red planet.
Dr. Eric Baumgartner, dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University, was the guest speaker at the second installment in a series of public programs hosted by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum on Sunday.
BOTKINS — Botkins Middle School seventh-grader Micah Smock says he likes being a well-rounded person. He demonstrates those interests in the activities he.
“My mom and dad push me to succeed,” the son of Mary Lee and Phil Smock said.
Smock is learning to succeed early in life. He is a was a center-forward on the seventh-grade basketball team. He was a defender on the soccer team.
Teaching is a long-standing tradition in Jean Turner’s family.
The Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher, who recently retired after 35 years, said her grandmother taught in the Buckland building when it was new. It’s the same place Turner started her career.
Other family members through the years have followed suit, with some continuing to teach in the area.
As for why Turner pursued a teaching career, she said she loves helping children learn, especially those who may struggle.