July 12th, 2012
Cynthia Hooker, the mother of fallen soldier Jon Michael Schoolcraft III, recalled one of the last communications she had with her son prior to his death Jan. 18 in Taji, Iraq.
“One of the last texts to me was, ‘Mom, if something happens, just don’t ever forget me,’” Hooker said with tears falling down her face.
Pride in her son’s sacrifice mixed with the conflicting pain of losing a child as she spoke. It was obvious he would never be forgotten.
More than a week after a substantial windstorm blew through Auglaize County, officials are putting their heads together to address concerns.
“We are looking at what worked and going in and revising our game plan,” said Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson.
Countywide emergency response agencies plan to meet within the next week to discuss further areas still in need of improvement.
“Each weather event, every time, I think you’ve got something different,” Anderson said.
A traditional German beer first brewed in Wapakoneta during the 19th century is to be on tap during this year’s Summer Moon Festival.
An authentic recipe from the same European region which inspired the original beer made by the City Brewing Company is being brewed special for the festival, which extends from Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, by Thirsty Dog Brewery, of Akron.
Kayleen McElfresh, 68, of Belle Center, died at 2:24 p.m. Monday at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.
MINSTER — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team spit on the knuckleballs dancing out of the strike zone and waited on the fastball.
The Redskins know what to do with fastballs over the plate.
Wapakoneta had 13 hits and scored in every inning to run-rule Minster 12-2 on Tuesday in ACME district action at Hanover Street Park.
A new policy, expected to take affect later this year, would give schools power to address cyber bullying as it relates to their students.
“It’s rather impactful, a big change,” said Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner.
The kindergarten through 12th-grade policy is expected to significantly change how the district handles bullying of its students and is being mandated at the state level. Primarily it addresses cyber bullying and bullying that occurs outside of school, but involves its students.
A group of Wapakoneta eighth-graders decided after watching a boy they didn’t know being picked on that they wanted to do something themselves to take action against bullying.
Watching the fifth-grader who was about to sit down at a cafeteria table instead be pushed down into other students by a sixth-grader while he laughed, prompted the group to find some way to help the situation they were seeing with other young teens.
An area fire chief invites locals to come out to an annual festival and experience a “hometown feeling” this weekend.
The 48th annual Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree is planned for Friday and Saturday and is expected to be packed with activities for the whole family.
Cridersville Fire Chief Ron Mertz said the fire department hosts this event for the village.
MINSTER – Both of Auglaize County’s remaining teams in the ACME district tournament overcame dicey early innings to pick up wins on Monday night at Hanover Street Park and set up a match-up tonight.
Minster fell behind by four runs early before scoring 14 unanswered runs in a 14-4 run-rule win over Anna while Auglaize County sectional champ Wapakoneta escaped from a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning with a double play and went on to defeat Fort Loramie 9-2 in the nightcap.
Minster and Wapakoneta will play tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Minster.
ROCKFORD — The Wapakoneta Junior ACME team opened district play with a 6-2 win over St. Henry Monday.
Wapakoneta broke open the scoring in the top of the first when Logan Martin drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Quinn Lotridge singled and got caught in an intentional rundown between first and second, allowing Martin to score.
Jarrett Koch and Martin put together successive RBI doubles in the third inning to stretch the lead to 3-0.