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January 6th, 2012

Stinebaugh family first

January 6, 2012

A Wapakoneta couple celebrated the New Year in a new way.

Dawn and Tony Stinebaugh celebrated the New Year by having the first baby of the year in the Wapakoneta Daily News readership area.
Addison Jo Ann Stinebaugh was born at 5:42 p.m. Jan. 3, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Local named publisher

January 6, 2012

The Wapakoneta Daily News has a familiar face returning to the newspaper — and this time it is to lead the group.

Deb Zwez, the publisher of The Evening Leader in St. Marys, has taken over Dianna Epperly’s position as publisher of the Wapakoneta Daily News — and brings experience to her new spot as well as  a passion for the city of Wapakoneta.

“I love Wapak,” Zwez said. “It’s a great city and has a lot of things going for it and has potential for great things.”

January 5th

Vandals strike: Messages spray painted on school offices

January 5, 2012

A vandal spray painted messages on the Wapakoneta City Schools Administration Building during the weekend.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner told the Wapak-oneta Daily News on Wednesday that the cleaning of three messages written on the building used to house administrative offices cost the district $100 in manpower hours.

New Red Cross director hired

January 5, 2012

A new director with a long history of helping others is serving at the helm of the Auglaize County American Red Cross office.

Former St. Marys Fire Chief Ken Cline was named to the position, which he is to begin Monday.

“When I heard about the opening, I was interested in it,” said Cline, after the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting Wednesday during which the announcement was made.

Kline, who retired a couple years, said he was ready to get back out into the community and help others.

River project top concern

January 5, 2012

Concerns over correct information being disseminating regarding the Auglaize River logjam project appeared to be the chief concern of residents during the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of supervisors’ annual planning meeting held Wednesday at the Auglaize

County Fairgrounds.

With approximately 35 people in attendance, four small groups voiced their concerns with the project as being at or near the top of the list for discussion.

January 4th

Diabetic care takes foothold

January 4, 2012

Taking care of feet is more important than many realize and takes more than pulling on socks and lacing up shoes each day, especially for diabetics.

“Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common reason for amputation of lower extremities in the U.S.,” Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said.

The ulcers most often occur on the ball of the foot or the bottom of the big toe, he explained. They also can occur on the sides of the foot, usually due to poorly fitting shoes.

Several crashes caused by icy conditions in Wapakoneta

January 4, 2012

Wapakoneta police officers responded early Monday morning to several crashes caused by icy roads from a New Year’s Day light snow.

Katlinn Cox, 21, 612 Perry St., was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control after she failed to negotiate a curve on Industrial Drive due to icy conditions and slid the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving into a 1998 General Motors Sonoma driven by Robin Wheaton, 57, of 217 N. Rauthland Ave., according to an officer’s report from the Wapakoneta Police Department.

Local shop keeps busy with bridal season

January 4, 2012

With the new year starting, this is currently the busiest season for bridal shows and prom dress shopping.

Local bridal shops, including Simply Elegant, are keeping up with the current trends and are preparing for trunk shows in the coming months to display gowns, veils and jewelry for that special day.

“A few weeks before Christmas is our quiet time,” Simply Elegant Formals owner Brenda Johns said. “There is time there to prepare for the upcoming season.”

January 3rd

Committee seats set: President names councilors to committee posts

January 3, 2012

With the departure of one long-time councilor, Wapakoneta City Council President Steve Henderson says he shuffled members on committees to match the best people to the challenges confronting the city.

“I think every committee is important and the work they do is vital to the success of the city,” Henderson said. “I hopefully have matched the interests and strengths of the councilors to the committees that best suit their talents.”

Two separate fires take barn, house

January 3, 2012

A house and family pets and a barn and its contents were all lost in New Year’s Eve fires in Logan Township.

Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said he expects both to be total losses from what he described as “two major fires.”

Patricia and John Joseph were displaced from their two-story home after it caught fire while they were gone Saturday night.

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