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September 24th, 2014

Sheriff’s office mourns loss of ‘gentle giant’

September 24, 2014

The loss of a retired member of local law enforcement has not gone unnoticed by the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and the many people who knew the “gentle giant” — or former Auglaize County K9, Bandit.

Sergeant Mike Peterson, K9 handler for Auglaize County, said Bandit, a black German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, retired in 2012 after a long 6-year career of fighting crime. He recently died at Peterson’s home after spending two years “hanging out” and living the good life.

Wing Fest returns

September 24, 2014

Some like ‘em hot, some like ‘em sweet and others like ‘em just right.

That’s what is sure to be determined Saturday, Sept. 27, during the 13th annual Wapak Wing Fest at the American Legion Post #330, 1108 E. Benton St.

Wing Fest Co-Chair Kris Ewald said he has a couple of alliterative mantras he likes to follow when it comes to the Wing Fest; fun, food and philanthropy and vendors, volunteers and veterans.

September 23rd

Couple performs at Gardens

September 23, 2014

The Gardens at Wapakoneta played host to Bob and Sally McEvoy Monday afternoon.

The McEvoy’s are both originally from Auglaize County and currently reside in Wilmington, Delaware.

Given the gift of music, the duo was invited to perform for residents of the Gardens and local community members.

Brenda Meckstroth, the activity director at The Gardens, said the McEvoy’s happened to be on vacation and made time to come out and perform during their trip.

Village finds funding well has run dry

September 23, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — At a regular village council meeting Monday night, Access Engineering Project Manager Craig Mescher announced the village no longer qualifies for funding through the Ohio EPA for the wastewater treatment plant project, and urged councilors to sign a resolution to apply for funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The announcement came on the heels of recently released state census data that outlined new median incomes for all communities in Ohio.

Third motorcyclist dies from injuries

September 23, 2014

A Dayton man died Monday morning in Lima Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash — the third fatality from a four vehicle crash that occurred Friday, Sept. 5, on Interstate 75 south of Cridersville.

According to an Ohio State Highway Patrol official, John Strachan, 41, of Dayton, died Monday. He was traveling in a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle on I-75, along with 20 other motorcycles.

September 22nd

OSU Extension celebrates centennial

September 22, 2014

One hundred years of service in Auglaize County was celebrated yesterday in addition to 28 years of service from John Smith, Ohio State University Extension Office, agricultural agent and educator.

The  extension has been aiding people throughout the county since 1914 by following its mission of connection people with the university.

Beth Miller, the 4-H educator and county director of the OSU extension office, said the office has affected a lot of lives over the past century.

Local group aids wounded veterans

September 22, 2014

For many veterans, getting acclimated back into society after serving overseas can be a long and often extremely difficult process, especially for those returning with mental and physical disabilities.

A local organization called Hunting with Heroes, founded by Wapakoneta resident Joe Sawmiller, is dedicated to helping those veterans.

Founded in 2009, the organization brings disabled veterans together to engage in outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.

Help fans out for Servants Day

September 22, 2014

The weather was just about right Saturday for outdoor chores such as painting and roof repairs.

About 40 sites in Wapakoneta saw more than 100 volunteers step up to help spruce up properties for residents in need Saturday during the annual Servants Day.

The event, sponsored by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association, provides an opportunity to help members of the community who are otherwise unable to do the work.

According to event officials, applications were up this year.

September 19th

OSU Extension Agent John Smith to retire

September 19, 2014

After 30 years with the Auglaize County OSU Extension Office, Agricultural Agent and Educator John Smith is retiring.

His last day will be Sept. 30.

Smith, 85, said his age was a factor when deciding whether or not to retire. He also pointed to the fact that he doesn’t understand the “electronic garbage” that has become prevalent in most jobs, including his.

Village police get prepped

September 19, 2014

Apparently part of the Village of Waynesfield’s plan to entice new residents may be a claim to be the ‘Best Prepared” community in the county.

A report provided to the Wapakoneta Daily News listing the surplus military supplies distributed throughout the county has Waynesfield rivaling the Sheriff’s office in the number of items received.

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