August 20th, 2012
Local data backs what national scientists declared — July was one of the hottest months ever on record.
Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. The average temperature for July was 77.6 degrees, breaking a mark set in July 1936 by 0.2 degrees, according to records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
One local student is enjoying his summer poolside — and is not ready for the season to end.
Wapakoneta High School senior Brad Severt, who has spent his summer lifeguarding at the Wapakoneta WaterPark, said he is going to miss it this fall when he goes back to school.
“It just looked like fun,” Severt said of why he decided to lifeguard. “I live just across the street and I have friends that do it.”
So Severt began his training earlier this year, and enjoys seeing the people everyday.
Law enforcement officers from throughout the county are joining together in an effort to encourage people to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and Wapakoneta Police Department plan to take part in the national campaign to reduce impaired driving and roadway fatalities beginning today and extending through the end of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3. The local agencies make a concentrated effort to work together to stop impaired drivers on county roads every year at this time.
At a combined Wapakoneta City Council Utility Committee and Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on Thursday, the committee informed Solar Planet that they would like to enter into contract with them.
Wapakoneta City Council Utility Committee Chair Steve Walter, along with members of the committee and city officials, agreed to ask for legislation to be prepared to authorize Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains to negotiate and execute a contract with Solar Planet.
A woman’s concern over her neighbor led Wapakoneta Police to discover several dead dogs in a Logan Street home Wednesday afternoon.
The woman called police at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday after having not seen her 55-year-old female neighbor outside in a couple months.
Wapakoneta Police Clerk Denise Kohler said the woman reported seeing swarms of flies around the front door and a foul odor coming from the home at 907 Logan St.
Between cheering on the Olympics with their host families, trying fried pickles at the Auglaize County Fair, and learning about the common law system, three German interns have a lot to share with friends and family when they return home.
Three students from the University of Muenster, in Germany, came to Wapakoneta to study common law and complete a three-week internship with Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Fred Pepple.
Throughout the summer, crews from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been working on inspecting every school bus in the state to ensure they are safe to transport children when classes resume this month.
Across Ohio, the Highway Patrol has 23 teams of motor vehicle inspectors who check every bus in the state at least twice each year — once before the beginning of the school year and once during the year — equaling 138,231 inspections between 2009 and 2011.
Just 30 years ago, Craig Brown was a resident of Lincoln Hall at Ohio University taking charge of raising money for a new Bobcat mascot by collecting donations at a football game. Now he is taking his passion for the university to a whole new level.
Craig Brown, a resident of Wapakoneta and a 1982 alumnus of Ohio University, was recently selected to join the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors, making him one of 22 representing the university.
Myron âSamâ Katterheinrich, 86, of 216 W. Spring St., New Knoxville, died suddenly at 11:24 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center, in Lima.
He was born Oct. 17, 1925, in New Knoxville, the son of Ida (Schultz) and Samuel Katterheinrich, who preceded him in death.
He married Joanne Koenig on August 23, 1947, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by his four children, Connie Schwabero, of Reading, Michigan, Nancy Selby, of New Knoxville, Martin Katterheinrich, of Defiance, and John Katterheinrich, of New Knoxville.
John I. Gander, 89, formerly of Perry Township, Allen County, died at 9:43 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Gardens of Celina, where he had resided for a year and a half.
He was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Columbus Grove, a son of Viola Pauline (Wilkerson) and Jesse Gander, who preceded him in death.
On June 25, 1949, he married Eunice M. Koenig, who died Feb. 22, 2005.
He is survived by three children, Gene A. Gander, of Durant, Okla., Margaret L. Wohlgamuth, of Cridersville, and Bruce W. Gander, of Celina.