June 5th, 2014
James L. “Jamie” Copus, 50, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. He went home to be with the Lord with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 13, 1963, in Lima, the son of Sonja M. (Davis) Copus and Leonard W. Copus. His mother survives in Rockford, Mich. and his father and step-mother, Leonard (Bobbie) Copus, survive in Byrdstown, Tenn. On May 13, 2006, he married Rebecca S. Wireman, and she survives.
The demolition of the Ponderosa Steakhouse building on Bellefontaine Street Monday was the first phase in the construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant that will occupy both its current property and the old Ponderosa site.
McDonald’s Store Owner Jeff Monfort said when the new building is complete it will be turned around to face east and there will be parking surrounding the entire building.
The Auglaize County Commissioners are seeking interested volunteers to serve on a number of boards.
“On most of these boards, we appoint a portion of the members, with the exception of the airport board,”
Commissioner Doug Spencer said. “We now find ourselves — mostly due to term limits — with the need to fill some slots.”
While getting more females into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers as a national initiative may not sound like fun and games, it may be as easy as visiting the local space museum.
Girl Scouts from various troops in the local area participated in a program hosted by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in order to earn their product designer merit badge this week.
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The Wapakoneta Dog Park is getting closer to completion.
Travis Rohrbach’s Eagle Scout project received a major donation Tuesday that will go a long way to build the fencing Rohrbach needs to all but complete the project.
The donation of $500 from Glenna McCormick of Guild the Lily in Wapakoneta was given in memory of Glenna’s late husband, Bill.
Bill McCormick, who died in 2010, was a volunteer and founding member of the Auglaize County Humane Society.
Many Botkins locals will be reminiscing days gone by at the 50th anniversary of the Botkins Carousel, which will include an open house of the current school building to begin demolition in late March, 2015.
“We felt this was a great opportunity with it being the 50th anniversary for past students and residents to make a homecoming and be able to see the school,” Botkins Area Community Club President Audrey Gutman, said, “Especially since at this time next year the main part of the building will be in the process of coming down.”
To kick off the St. Joseph Festival on July 4, the Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library and the festival committee will host the fourth annual Firecracker 5k Run/Walk at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The race is the festival’s first event of the day, and will begin at 9 a.m. at the front gate of the fairgrounds.
The route is the same as last year, beginning at the fairgrounds and going down Auglaize Street, through Hamilton Road and Harrison Street, and will finish where it started.
Patsy L. Metzger, 82, of Lima, died at 10:54 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Lima Memorial Health Systems. She was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Jackson Center, the daughter of the late Arley and Helen Zwiebel Gross. On July 2, 1950, she married Luther E. Metzger, Sr. who died April 4, 2011.
Mrs. Metzger was a super sales representative with Avon for about 40 years, which she loved. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lafayette and a former member of the Farm Bureau.
With a short agenda, Wapakoneta City Council’s regular meeting focused on energy and updates on the West Auglaize Street project.
The energy discussion was sparked by the report on council’s utility committee meeting May 28.
The committee’s chair, At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher, reported that the committee continued its discussion on the AMP Sustainable Energy and Efficiency Programs. Fisher noted in the minutes of the meeting that the committee has concerns about the cost of the program to the city’s large power users.