The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-01T10:51:26-04:00 takes the prize2014-08-01T10:51:26-04:002014-08-01T10:51:26-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">After a two hour show and a week of competition, local 4-H members determined the Showman of Showman Thursday, the highest honor related to showing animals awarded at the Auglaize County Fair.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Deion Hoehne, 16, of New Bremen, said he had no idea he was going to win the competition. Showing steers, he said, was especially part, because his didn’t want to stop moving. The rabbits and goats, he said, were his strengths.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Hoehne had already won the sheep competition, and he was competing against the top tier of winners in each category, including Shelby Timmerman, from the horse category; Mitchel Heidt, from the swine category; Brandon Turner, beef winner; Cody Paul, dairy winner; Courtney Koehler, goat winner; Jacob Nowicki, poultry winner; and Molly Paul, rabbit winner.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Kyle Brown, organizer of the showmanship sweepstakes, said the judges are unpaid people from the fair who are experts in the animal they judge, and the animals are on loan from their owners.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The showmen walk in having never met the animal they lead around the ring, and in some cases having never shown the animal before, Brown said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 1 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJANICE BARNIAKHoehne takes the prizeWapakoneta Daily go for Rowe2014-08-01T10:48:34-04:002014-08-01T10:48:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Council voted 4-2 to eliminate the position of village administrator in favor of a board of public affairs at a regular council meeting Thursday night.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Councilors Bill Motter, Glen Valenti, Sharon Ewing and Dick Hardin voted in favor of the board, while Rich Libby and Vickie Zimmerman voted to keep Village Administrator Fred Rowe.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With the village administrator position abolished, it will be up to Mayor Mike Ridenour to appoint three members to serve on the board. As of now, there is no timeline as to when Ridenour will make his selections.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The issue of whether or not to eliminate the village administrator position has dominated several council meetings in the months leading up to Thursday’s vote. In March, Waynesfield resident Don Nutter brought forth a petition containing 71 signatures from residents in the village who were in favor of keeping Rowe as administrator.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Since that meeting, several residents have voiced their opinion on why keeping Rowe would be best for the village. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At Thursday’s meeting, which was so large it had to be moved outside of the village administration building to accommodate the number of people, residents on both sides of the issue spoke about their positions. </span></p><p class="p3">Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHNo go for RoweWapakoneta Daily, public to share Night Out2014-08-01T10:44:45-04:002014-08-01T10:44:45-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Wapakoneta Police Department is inviting the public to attend the upcoming National Night Out, an annual, fun-filled event planned to give community members a chance to interact with law enforcement agencies around the county.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“National Night Out basically is a day of telling criminals that neighbors and citizens of communities are not going to tolerate their criminal activity,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “Just to have the citizens get to know us a little bit, talk to us about any concerns that they may have in their specific neighborhood and just interact. We like to show them what we’re all about.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">National Night Out will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Harmon Park Gazebo in Wapakoneta.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Food, beverages and goodies will be handed out by officers. A girl’s bicycle and boy’s bicycle will be given out at the event, in addition to fitting children with bicycle helmets. Hunlock said community sponsors help raise funding for the items distributed and continue to keep the event running. </span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 1 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLPolice, public to share Night OutWapakoneta Daily, dairy cows put on a show2014-07-31T10:43:19-04:002014-07-31T10:43:19-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Bridget Oen said it’s compassion she’s learned through showing in the 4-H market and dairy competitions as a 4-H member — compassion for the cattle and taking care of them.</p><p> Born and raised on a dairy farm, the St. Marys teen was looking for something more exciting than the rabbits she’d shown the year before when she started showing cattle.</p><p> When she entered the ring to show a Jersey steer she’d had since it was born, she said she had to be calm not just for herself, but for the animal so that it would stay calm.</p><p> “You want to hide their flaws and accent their strong points,” Oen explained.</p><p> In the dairy and market competitions Wednesday, the 4-H members vied for the top places among their peers as judges looked for cattle that were more square than round, with muscle and a little fat and good body posture.</p><p> What the judges can only infer from a few minutes in the show barn is a cow’s personality and the year of work that often goes into raising the animals.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, July 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJanice BarniakMarket, dairy cows put on a showWapakoneta Daily nixes petition to recall councilor2014-07-31T10:41:41-04:002014-07-31T10:41:41-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News On July 23, Waynesfield Village Council held an emergency meeting to address the abolishment of the position of village administrator and return to having a locally elected board of public affairs.</p><p> The second reading of the proposed ordinance ended in a tie, with council members Bill Motter, Dick Hardin and Sharon Ewing voting in favor of the change and Glen Valenti, Vickie Zimmerman and Rich Libby voting to retain the village administrator position.</p><p> In the meantime, Waynesfield resident Barb Earl, a supporter of keeping Village Administrator Fred Rowe, circulated a petition to ask for a recall of Motter’s position on council, which resulted in 54 signatures.</p><p> A special meeting was held Wednesday by the Auglaize County Board of Elections to go over that petition and make a decision on whether a recall is an option.</p><p> Present at the meeting was Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Ed Pierce, on hand to help define the steps to be taken in association with the petition and its validity.</p><p> According to Pierce the petition was filed in pursuance of Section 705.92 of the Ohio Revised Code, which calls for the procedure for removal of elected officer by recall.</p><p> “It is pretty clear, as a matter of fact it is absolutely clear from the decision of the Ohio Supreme Court that Section 705.92 of the revised code has no application and is not a valid procedure for conducting a recall vote on a village official under these circumstances,” Pierce said. “705.92 is found under Section 705 of the revised code and specifically these sections are applicable to municipalities that have formed an alternate form of government like a charter village or charter municipality.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, July 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERBoard nixes petition to recall councilorWapakoneta Daily educator wins teacher of the year2014-07-31T10:39:42-04:002014-07-31T10:39:42-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A Waynesfield-Goshen High School teacher was recently named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Civil War Trust for his work as a history teacher and with the school’s Civil War Brigade.</p><p> Joe Foster was presented with the award at the Civil War Trust’s National Teacher Institute in Atlanta on July 18. The ceremony was part of a three-day event that featured various speakers, workshops and Civil War battlefield tours.</p><p> “It’s a great honor to receive this award, especially coming from the Civil War Trust,” Foster said. “There’s probably no organization I respect more as far as what they they’ve done to help teachers teach the Civil War.<br /> “To be honored by them is a very special thing.”</p><p> The Civil War Trust is national non-profit organization “devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields,” according to its website. The trust also promotes educational programs to inform the public of the war’s history and the conflicts that sparked it.</p><p> Foster is entering his fifteenth year as an American history, world history, government and economics teacher at W-G. In addition, Foster teaches a one semester elective course dedicated to the Civil War.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, July 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHW-G educator wins teacher of the yearWapakoneta Daily for lamb2014-07-30T10:45:52-04:002014-07-30T10:45:52-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A 16-year-old New Bremen resident and a 17-year-old who lives near Botkins were crowned Showman of Showmen and Market Lamb Grand Champion at the Auglaize County Fair’s Junior Fair Lamb Show Tuesday night.</p><p> Deion Hoehne, an incoming junior at New Bremen High School, was crowned Showman of Showmen after he competed in the showmanship portion of Tuesday’s lamb show. Grand champion of the market lamb competition was Whitney Bornhorst, who will be a senior at Botkins High School this upcoming school year.</p><p> “I was really excited when the judge told me I was the winner,” Hoehne said. “It’s one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.”</p><p> Hoehne said he started becoming interested in showing animals at age 7. When he was 9 years old he was able to start competing in county fairs and has been doing so ever since.</p><p> “For me it’s like a hobby and it teaches me responsibility,” he said. “It’s also fun and it’s what I like to do.”</p><p> Bornhorst was also 7 years old when she began raising animals, but for the past several years she has exclusively shown pigs at the fair. Tuesday’s competition was her first attempt at showing lambs.</p><p> “I’ve always kind of wanted to show lambs, so I decided this was the year,” she said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHShowtime for lambWapakoneta Daily dealership celebrates 30th year2014-07-30T10:43:26-04:002014-07-30T10:43:26-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News He is described by employees as a good, honest guy who couldn’t be any nicer or sweeter, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of his local business.</p><p> Mike Swaney Buick-GMC is asking the community to join in the celebration of 30 years in town by hosting a first annual family fun run and 5k.</p><p> On Aug. 23 the celebration will begin at Mike Swaney Buick-GMC located at 211 E. Auglaize St. The 5k run/walk will start at 9 a.m. and the family fun run will begin at 9:05 a.m.</p><p> Evany Fuerst, assistant office manager at Mike Swaney Buick-GMC said she pictures the celebration to be like a carnival.</p><p> “It’s going to be all about family,” Fuerst said. “We’re going to have games for the kids, we’re hopefully going to be able to do face painting, and have food and goodies.”</p><p> This is not only a celebration, but an event that will go toward a good cause, as all registration fees will be benefiting the Children’s Hometown Holiday in memory of Bob and Terri Dillhoff.</p><p> According to office manager Jane Brown, Bob Dillhoff was Swaney’s partner; the Dillhoff’s passed away a couple of years ago within months of each other, both succumbing to the battle of cancer.</p><p> “Bob totally believed in caring for kids and making sure at Christmas time that kids had something,” Brown said. “That was just a big thing in his life for him and his wife.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERSwaney dealership celebrates 30th yearWapakoneta Daily to host car show2014-07-30T10:40:46-04:002014-07-30T10:40:46-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Attention car lovers, veterans and community members — the Wapakoneta VFW Post 8445 is hosting its “Veterans Helping Veterans Auto Show” on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the VFW, 712 North Dixie Hwy., Wapakoneta.</p><p> Interested participants can register their automobiles for a $10 fee from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine. Any make, model or year of a vehicle is welcome to participate, including cars, trucks and motorcycles.</p><p> Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. to the top 25 vehicles, “Commander’s Choice,” “Car Club,” and “Best of Show.” Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 participants.</p><p> VFW campaign manager Wanda Link said this is the second occurrence of the auto show, which brought a total of 98 vehicles to the VFW last year. However, the event brought out more than fancy cars, as Link said the community showed great support.</p><p> “We had hundreds of people going through last year, just looking at the cars and so forth,” Link said.</p><p> The event was held last year to replace the car show at Glacier Hills. It was also designed as a fundraiser for the VFW Honor Guard and local veterans, Link said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLVFW to host car showWapakoneta Daily royalty crowned2014-07-29T10:44:19-04:002014-07-29T10:44:19-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News  Royalty was crowned at the Augliaze County Fair on Monday night.</p><p> The grandstands were full of cheering people showing their support for the Fair Court. This was Wapakoneta native Julia Pepple’s first year on the Auglaize County Junior Fair Court. She was excited to be chosen as one of the five girls, and didn’t expect to be voted on, she said.</p><p> Court members go through an interview process, submit their resume and are voted in by everyone involved in the Junior Fair.</p><p> “It’s just an honor,” she said.</p><p> When Pepple’s name was called naming her Junior Fair Queen, her look of shock and disbelief was obviously genuine. She couldn’t believe it.</p><p> “I was excited just to be on the court because you get to visit other fairs and meet new people and talk about 4-H,” Pepple said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMeredith EnkoffFair royalty crownedWapakoneta Daily