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September 26th, 2014

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

September 26, 2014

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

McDonald’s holds ribbon cutting

September 26, 2014

The sun shined brightly Thursday morning as a large crowd gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant.

“It’s hard to believe we started this on June 2 and here we are today,” co-owner Jeff Monfort said as he spoke about the construction process. “It’s been a team effort to put this thing together and I hope you can be proud of your local McDonald’s that you see here.”

Wapakoneta grad starts fashion line

September 26, 2014

A Wapakoneta native’s clothing line has received national attention, and the fashion designer is requesting her hometown’s support by casting votes her way.

Sara Oakley, 29, of Columbus, said she is a finalist in the Martha Stewart “American Made” competition.

Out of the 3,000 nominees, Oakley’s clothing line “Sweet Cottontail” is among the 1,000 chosen to move forward. Only 10 awards will be given out, Oakley said.

September 25th

Richard (Rick) H. Bowersock, 62

September 25, 2014

Richard (Rick) H. Bowersock, 62, of New Castle, Colo., died Sept. 18, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 28, 1952, the son of Harvey and Dorothy (Metzger) Bowersock. He married Amy Roediger, who survives in Wapakoneta, with whom they have three children. He then married Danita Lee, who survives in New Castle.

Ferrell Wayne Spencer, 75

September 25, 2014

Ferrell Wayne Spencer, 75, of De Graff, Ohio, passed away Sunday Sept. 21, 2014, at the Kobacker Care Center Hospice in Columbus. He was born March 31, 1939, in Waynesfield, the son of Stanley and Mary Ann (Gossard) Spencer.

Mr. Spencer was a member of the Mt. Tabor Church of God, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, and retired from Superfoods/Nash Finch. He loved spending time with his family and friends for meals and fellowship.

Martha Christine Simmons, 97

September 25, 2014

Martha Christine Simmons, 97, of St. Marys, formerly of Princeton, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.

Local schools score well

September 25, 2014

Local school districts performed well in overall achievement on report cards released recently by the Ohio Department of Education despite tougher standards put forth by the state.

In order to receive a positive indicator, at least 80 percent of students must have scored proficient or higher on state tests, an increase from 75 percent in past years.

Mystery cloud identified

September 25, 2014

Auglaize County EMA says the chemical released from a plant in the industrial park on Willipie St., Wapakoneta, in August is labeled “extremely hazardous substance,” but the quantity released is unlikely to have caused harm.

EMA Director Troy Anderson said the white cloud reported coming from AIP Logistics plant and spreading through a residential area consisted of two substances, nitrogen and  ethylenediamine (EDA).

September 24th

Board honors veteran, students

September 24, 2014

A local Vietnam War veteran who dropped out of high school to serve his country was honored with his diploma Tuesday night at a regular Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Roger Gossard was just 17 years old when he made the decision to leave Wapakoneta Senior High School 46 years ago in favor of joining the United States Navy.

On Tuesday, Gossard finally received the high school diploma he has been waiting more than four decades to obtain.

Sheriff’s office mourns loss of ‘gentle giant’

September 24, 2014

The loss of a retired member of local law enforcement has not gone unnoticed by the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and the many people who knew the “gentle giant” — or former Auglaize County K9, Bandit.

Sergeant Mike Peterson, K9 handler for Auglaize County, said Bandit, a black German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, retired in 2012 after a long 6-year career of fighting crime. He recently died at Peterson’s home after spending two years “hanging out” and living the good life.

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