May 11th, 2012
Chanting â€śkids helping kids,â€ť students ran and walked laps outside of Wapakoneta Elementary School as they raised money for the Ronald McDonald House on Friday.
â€śItâ€™s about kids helping kids get better cause they are sick,â€ť second-grader Collin Lenhart, 8, said. â€śWe want to help them get better and feel better.â€ť
Nine-year-old Cooper Talowsky said specifically, they were walking to help children and their families, who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Who do you relay for?
The slogan on posters for this yearâ€™s Auglaize County Relay for Life isnâ€™t a hard question for friends and family of Megan Serr to answer. They relay for her, just like she would have done for them, although they suspect she would have found a way to do it even better.
â€śWe do it for the memory of her,â€ť Meganâ€™s cousin-in-law Chris Talowsky said.
Megan, the co-owner of LaGrande
A local mother was pleasantly surprised when she found out she had won the Wapakoneta Daily News â€śMother of the Yearâ€ť contest, when staff members from the newspaper showed up at her doorstep.
Jordyn Laman, a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, wrote an essay about her mother, Debra Laman, which won her the contest.
â€śI was at the dentist office, and then I got a call from my mother-in-law saying I had to go home immediately,â€ť Debra said. â€śI thought, oh no, something was wrong.â€ť
If an economic downturn strikes crippling income tax revenue or if the city’s main source of funding fails to match needed expenses, Mayor Rodney Metz says city leaders have already started to discuss ideas to deal with the shortfall.
Demonstrating the wide range of educational needs the district is striving to meet, the Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent brought with him to a State of the Schools address four students with different stories and different dreams.
There was the special needs student with an agricultural background, the Opportunity School student who can’t drive but cares for his father full-time after a stroke, the student who plans to return to Wapakoneta to work on the family farm, and the honors student who was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The county is showing signs of creeping out of the economic woes that struck most of the country in 2008, a county official says.
Auglaize County Board of Commissioners President Doug Spencer told a crowd of approximately 70 people at Marleys Downtown on Thursday during the State of the County address.
Spencer reported sales tax receipts increased 8.8 percent for the county through the first four months of the year, or approximately $200,000 in excess of 2011 receipts. They increased 9.8 percent over last year.
A new bill before Congress is aimed at keeping homeowners in their homes longer and focuses on helping banks with their at-risk mortgages — thus strengthening the economy for future growth.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown recently introduced the Foreclosure Fraud and Homeowner Abuse Prevention Act in an attempt to keep people from losing their homes and to help stabilize the housing market in an effort to right the sputtering U.S. economy.
The Wapakoneta Area of Commerce is planning a trip to China for its members and other community residents in April of next year.
The opportunity allows travelers to visit the tour highlights of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, as well as visiting historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.
“This is the first time we have done this,” Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said. “We wanted to give the community a chance to travel at an affordable price.
A collaborative effort between state troopers in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana focused on Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 recently in an ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and impaired driving.
The multi-agency enforcement effort, which extended from Thursday through Saturday, was part of the 6 State Trooper Project, aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
A long-time employee of the Auglaize County Health Department announced her plans to retire, while the medical director saw his contract renewed for another year.
After 27 years, Janet Bassitt, who has served as health educator since she was hired in July 1985, announced her plans to retire as of July 1, during a monthly meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.
“She will be missed,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.