August 8th, 2012
A Wapakoneta bank was recently named among the 359 safest in the United States.
Home Savings Bank, located at 1 S. Blackhoof St., not only was listed among the top safest banks in America by an article published in MSN’s money section in July, but the community bank also made the list among only six other Ohio banks.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Home Savings President Jim West told the Wapakoneta Daily News. “We’re very proud of being named one of the safest banks, it’s a real honor.
Hundreds of people from throughout Auglaize County turned out Tuesday for National Night Out at the Harmon Park Gazebo in Wapakoneta.
“It seems to get bigger every year,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “It is a good way for us to interact with the citizens.”
National Night Out, which is held the first Tuesday each year in August, is hosted in more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states.
Family and friends of a Wapakoneta teenager who died after a seven-year battle with brain cancer are continuing with a golf outing to raise money for a scholarship in his name.
The second-ever Jason Strauser Memorial Golf Outing is planned for Saturday at Prairie View Golf Club, outside of Waynesfield. This year the main fundraiser for the scholarship fund in Jason’s name also is to feature bingo, chicken dinners, auctions and 50/50 and door prize drawings.
Michelle Renee Gerdeman, 46, of Wapakoneta, died at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at her residence.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.
Duane Allen Hower, 36, of Wapakoneta, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in a motor vehicle accident.
He was born Dec. 31, 1975, in Lima, to Mickie S. (Howell) and Eddie D. Hower, who survive in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a son, Garrett Hower, of St. Marys; two sisters, Elisha Hower, of Wapakoneta, and Cathy Hower, of Columbus; two nephews, Thomas Schoenlein, of Wapakoneta and Conner Frame, of Wapakoneta; paternal grandmother, H. Maxine Leis, of Lima; and maternal grandmother, Marlene Howell, of Wapakoneta.
Eunice P. â€śPollyâ€ť Boggs 79, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Auglaize Acres.
She was born May 4, 1933, in Zanesfield, the daughter of Laura M. (LaVan) and Clifford R. Chamberlain, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 27, 1951, she married Vernon D. Boggs, and he survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a son, Vernon E. (Linda) Boggs, of Van Wert; two daughters, Leona Tippie, of Wapaakoneta, and Julie (Roy) Long, of Wapakoneta; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four brothers; and four sisters.
Student-athletes traveling to Wapakoneta High School to lift weights or work out prior to the start of classes soon should have fewer worries about violating the city’s curfew ordinance.
An amendment to change the end of the curfew to 5 a.m. from 6 a.m. was introduced Monday during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting for councilors’ consideration.
Council President Steve Henderson proposed the time change after receiving numerous calls from parents of baseball and football players.
A suspiciously packaged white powder prompted Wapakoneta High School administrators to contact the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for assistance.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson was called to the school after a teacher found a “suspicious” envelope in a desk drawer. The envelope had white powder folded up inside and was discovered Friday morning a little before 11 a.m.
A local art center is gearing up for an annual exhibit — one that will now include a youth category.
The Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta will be accepting artwork on Friday and Saturday for the fourth annual Greater Wapakoneta Community Art Exhibit.
A member of the Riverside Art Center is pleased to announce that a special category has been added this year for the young artists in the community.
“We have several area youth that are very talented,” Riverside Art Center member Pam Knoch said.
Kathleen S. Hunsaker, 70 of Columbus, died at 10:22 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at her residence in Columbus.
She was born Jan. 22, 1942, in Lima, the daughter of the late Helen (Moorman) and Glenn Allen and Allen. On July 30, 1959, she married John N. Hunsaker, who survives in Columbus.