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August 22nd, 2014

Third generation carries on tradition

August 22, 2014

For newly hired Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher Dylan Shepherd, teaching is a family affair.

The 22-year-old recent college graduate is the third member of his family to teach at Wapakoneta City Schools. The legacy began with his grandfather, Willard Heintz, Jr., who was a mathematics teacher at the high school beginning in 1975. His uncle, Darrell Heintz, is also a mathematics teacher who is celebrating his 30th year at the high school.

Letting faith take the lead

August 22, 2014

“An adventure of a lifetime” is how one local woman described her mission trip to Tanzania, which took her to many villages, tribes and landmarks of the African country in July.

Absentee ballot applications going to all

August 22, 2014

If you voted in the 2010 or 2012 election don’t be alarmed when you get something in the mail from the Ohio Secretary of State.

According to a press release from Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state, as part of an ongoing mission to ensure voting ease and cheating prevention in Ohio absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all Ohio voters. These applications will begin to arrive around Labor Day.

Redskins rout Bellefontaine in season opener

August 22, 2014

After being rained out for their first game of the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins’ boys varsity soccer team showed the crowd at Harmon Field Thursday night what they should be looking forward to for the 2014 season.

At least for one-half anyway, as the Redskins defeated nonconference foe Bellefontaine 7-1 in a season opening match.

Richard M. “Rick” McCormick, 56

August 22, 2014

Richard M. “Rick” McCormick, 56, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born July 10, 1958, in Lima, the son of Richard M. “Dick” and Jacqueline “Jackie” (Frost) McCormick. His parents survive in Wapakoneta.

Tragedy averted at WaterPark

August 22, 2014

A 4-year-old girl from northwestern Ohio nearly drowned Tuesday at the city’s WaterPark, but she and her family were back at the pool Thursday afternoon to thank those who saved her.

According to the Wapakoneta Fire Department, a young juvenile was transported to the hospital after a near drowning at 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the WaterPark, 106 Hamilton Road, Wapakoneta.

Mandel on a mission

August 22, 2014

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel stopped by the Wapakoneta Daily News Wednesday to discuss legislation that would put the state’s checkbook online — an initiative he hopes will create “an army of citizen auditors” throughout the state.

“I’m doing this because I believe the people of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent,” Mandel said. “I think the best way to make government more efficient and smaller is to empower the people to follow the money.”

Volunteers sought to help in “Big” way

August 22, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters is reaching out for volunteers interested in becoming mentors to Wapakoneta Middle School students in its newest program “Lunch Club.”

Volunteers will meet with a sixth- or seventh-grade student twice a month for a half hour during their lunch period, starting mid-September and running throughout the school year.

The program is designed to be a simple,  not time-consuming way for students to gain a friend and role model, Nancy Eberle, Big Brother Big Sister site-based coordinator, said.

August 21st

Fallen arches

August 21, 2014

The Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant is closed, but there’s no need to call 911. Too late. Somebody already did.

According to police, a person called 911 earlier in the week regarding the closure, and provided a peak, perhaps, at how important the Golden Arches are to the community.

The restaurant that had stood since 1972 came tumbling down Wednesday as more than 50 onlookers gathered to watch the demolition firsthand. It had been closed since Sunday night.

God’s storehouse reports growing need for help

August 21, 2014

Whether it be donating food items, raising money or volunteering manpower, representatives from God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta say the need is great, and they need more help.

“We have so many people coming. We’re really just chewing through our resources,” God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said. “We spend well over $1,000 every week on groceries.”

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