February 7th, 2014
On Friday night, Wapakoneta Elementary School hosted its first annual Dance-A-Thon to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, as part of a year-long service learning project.
However, this was not your typical Dance-A-Thon. Instead of dancing continuously for hours, the students were able to engage in different activities that were set up in three separate locations throughout the school.
Valentine's Day is approaching quickly, and local florists have started preparing for the rush this coming Friday will bring.
Whether customers call ahead of time to place their order or walk in on Feb. 14, many things need to be done to sell arrangements, bouquets or glassware that people are interested in purchasing.
According to a couple of shop owners, the day of the week Valentine's Day falls on is one of the biggest factors to consider when prepping for the holiday.
A pink painted house with a pink gate and a yard adorned with roses, hearts and cupids stands among the bustling businesses and sidewalks in downtown Wapakoneta.
Those who know the couple that lives there understand the care put into the home, and they have likely stopped to ask exactly what makes the house a "Painted Lady."
Doris (Orphal) and Kenny Weber have lived in this house for 19 years, and it has been in the Orphal family for 69 years.
The United Way of Auglaize County exceeded its 2013 monetary goal and looks to continue the success in 2014.
Executive Director of the United Way of Auglaize County, Randy Fisher said they raised $330,000 for 2013, and their goal was set at $325,000.
Fisher said that in the past, making goals has been a real problem for this county.
The 2014 Winter Olympics begins today in Sochi, Russia, but for some local children, the celebration began yesterday evening at the Auglaize County Public Library.
The library held its first ever “Kids Olympics Party” to get children interested and excited for the Olympic Games.
It’s a situation not many people wish to think about — an armed person entering a school or workplace — but, for law enforcement and school officials, it’s a reality that calls for community preparedness.
The Wapakoneta and Cridersville Police Departments organized an active shooter training school for officers and officials throughout Auglaize and surrounding counties last week at the previous St. Joseph Elementary School.
The level of success the Wapakoneta Redskins had on offense Thursday dictated the ease with which they held a lead on the scoreboard.
Other than a stretch of six-and-a-half minutes in the first half during which they were held without a field goal, the Redskins were consistently strong inside the arc Thursday.
The St. Marys Roughriders, meanwhile, were not effective enough defensively and were not consistent enough offensively Thursday to keep pace with Wapakoneta.
A gymnasium was recently named in honor of Botkins native Gene Zorn for his many years teaching math and coaching basketball at Newton Falls High School in Newton Falls, a small town in northeast Ohio.
The gymnasium was named in Zorn’s honor on Jan. 17.
Zorn said he was not aware of the plans to dedicate the gymnasium in his honor.
“I knew something was going on, but they wouldn’t tell me,” Zorn said. “Two days before, someone let it slip, so I found out then.”
Howard Thompson, 97, died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at his home in rural Roundhead surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 3, 1916, to Martin and Effie (Campbell) Thompson. On April 18, 1936, he married Marjorie L. Austin in Newport, Ky., and she preceeded him in death on Aug. 14, 2007.
Created as a movement-wide effort to raise awareness of the skills girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, National Girl Scout Cookie Day will be celebrated this Friday and Saturday.
Communications Manager of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Shonna King said this will be the second year the event is taking place and will hopefully boost sales nationwide.
“The event was such a success that it was decided to extend the celebration, which is why we have National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend,” King said.