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September 25th, 2014

Local schools score well

September 25, 2014

Local school districts performed well in overall achievement on report cards released recently by the Ohio Department of Education despite tougher standards put forth by the state.

In order to receive a positive indicator, at least 80 percent of students must have scored proficient or higher on state tests, an increase from 75 percent in past years.

Mystery cloud identified

September 25, 2014

Auglaize County EMA says the chemical released from a plant in the industrial park on Willipie St., Wapakoneta, in August is labeled “extremely hazardous substance,” but the quantity released is unlikely to have caused harm.

EMA Director Troy Anderson said the white cloud reported coming from AIP Logistics plant and spreading through a residential area consisted of two substances, nitrogen and  ethylenediamine (EDA).

September 24th

Board honors veteran, students

September 24, 2014

A local Vietnam War veteran who dropped out of high school to serve his country was honored with his diploma Tuesday night at a regular Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Roger Gossard was just 17 years old when he made the decision to leave Wapakoneta Senior High School 46 years ago in favor of joining the United States Navy.

On Tuesday, Gossard finally received the high school diploma he has been waiting more than four decades to obtain.

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.

Redskins atop WBL after win over O-G

September 24, 2014

The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team passed its biggest test of the season Tuesday.

The Redskins notched a 2-0 Western Buckeye League win over the previously unbeaten Ottawa-Glandorf Titans in a matchup of two state-ranked teams Tuesday at Ryan Field.

Wapakoneta (10-0-0), despite being one game behind in the league schedule due to a postponement, took a narrow lead in the WBL standings after its win Tuesday.

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.

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