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September 30th, 2011
A heavy rain fell on the orange helmets of a youth football team as they take to their field for practice Thursday night. The drops drip of the facemasks as volunteer coaches give instruction. The youthâ€™s uniforms are soaked as they battle to get better on the saturated grass and mud.
They know the storied past and the pride in being a member of the Uniopolis Browns.
A group of parents in Uniopolis got together in 1958 and formed the Uniopolis Browns youth football team. Now, 53 years later, a group of parents are again getting together to help re-establish the program.
With the national YMCA logo changing, a local family donated a new awning to the local facility.
James Berg, of Wapakoneta, and his family donated a new awning that is currently installed in the front of the Wapakoneta YMCA facility.
â€śThe YMCA appreciates all of the support from the Berg Family for the awning that all members will enjoy,â€ť Wapakoneta Family YMCA CEO Josh Little said. â€śThe national YMCA required us to change the awning due to the new logo, and the family graciously donated the awning after donating the original one a few years ago.â€ť
A mother, who said she was speaking on behalf of many other parents, brought concerns about an annual trip to Washington, D.C. before Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week.
â€śI donâ€™t feel honesty and fairness is too much to ask from the district,â€ť said Lara Sutton, a mother of three children who attend Wapakoneta City Schools.
Her concerns dealt with the inability of parents to chaperone the trip and the practice of using only staff membersâ€™ children to participate in demonstrations while they were there.
After several parents approached Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week about safety concerns at bus stops, school administrators plan to again review those in question.
Evelyn Jones addressed board members about the bus stop for her great-granddaughter, who attends Wapakoneta Elementary School and who lives in the 600 block of Willipie Street.
Jones said her great-granddaughter is three blocks from the nearest bus stop and either must cross Maple Street or the railroad tracks to get to a bus stop.
ST. MARYS â€”Â A multi-million dollar alum treatment on a portion of Grand Lake St. Marys in June reduced phosphorus levels by more than 50 percent in a development officials say exceeded their expectations.
Directors of the Ohio departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and the EPA released a report Wednesday afternoon detailing the effectiveness of the alum treatment on 4,000 acres of Grand Lake St. Marys. The report, compiled by Dr. Harry Gibbons of Tetra Tech, noted the treatment successfully reduced levels of phosphorus in the test region as well as the lake as a whole.
A local organization will be hosting an event, which is open to the community, to raise funds to help beautify downtown Wapakoneta.
A quarter auction, sponsored by the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at Marleyâ€™s Downtown.
Food and preview will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will feature a pasta buffet and salad available until 7 p.m. in the ballroom on the second floor of the building. The auction is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and a cash bar and snacks are available all evening.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools Superintendent Joanne Kerekes officially announced she will be leaving the school district in approximately one month to take a state position covering the region.
Kerekes confirmed reports from district workers, administrators and village residents this morning that she has taken a job with Race to the Top, a product of 2009â€™s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Substantial amounts of cash involved in an undercover drug transaction was thrown from a suspect vehicle during a police pursuit Tuesday night in Wapakoneta.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told the Wapakoneta Daily News this morning that no other evidence was thrown from the vehicle of a Dayton man as law enforcement officers pursued him during an undercover illegal drug sale set up by the Auglaize/Mercer Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
A rural Wapakoneta woman was sentenced to six months in jail after a plea agreement was reached regarding the misuse of funds of a youth football team.
Karen F. Bailey, 54, 16501 Blank Road, Wapakoneta, was sentenced to 180 days in jail on a negotiated plea of unauthorized use of property, a fifth-degree felony, for misusing thousands of dollars in funds from the Uniopolis Browns Midget Football League team.
WAYNESFIELD - Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools Superintendent Joann Kerekes has officially announced that she will be leaving the school district in about a month to take another position.