Archive - 2013
The Auglaize County Humane Societyâs annual Christmas tree, previously located at Harrison Insurance, has been moved to Gild the Lily on Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta.
The tree is filled with âletters of loveâ â Christmas cards with donations dedicated to pets who have been âloved and lostâ and have remained in their ownersâ hearts.
Gild the Lily owner Glenna McCormick, also founder of the countyâs humane society, said the animal Christmas tree is a big fundraiser, gaining more than $2,000 worth of donations every year.
The Auglaize County Fair Board met Monday night to wrap up meetings for 2013 and hear several different committee reports. Members heard reports on updated electrical service throughout the campgrounds.
âThe in-ground service has been put in and now we are finishing up the boxes and so forth,â Fair Secretary Fred Piehl said. âWe are getting a jump on it now rather than waiting for spring.â
Around this time last year, not coincidentally around the same time as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn., parents voiced their concerns about the safety of their children while in the care of the Wapakoneta City Schools district.
A public meeting was held last year to address these concerns, and local law enforcement has been working with the schools in order to continue updating safety measures.
CLEVELAND â The first ever Christmas Story House Run on Saturday in Cleveland marked the 30th anniversary of the holiday favorite film. Money raised by the 5K and 10K went to revitalizing the neighborhood surrounding the home where the movie was filmed.
Several locals ran in the downtown Cleveland race from Public Square to the house, now a museum to the movie.
Joanna Bell and Diana Varno ran the race together, despite frigid temperatures and were amazed at the number of people running the race: some in pink bunny suits such as Varnoâs.
Young dancers discovered the true meaning of Christmas through helping locals in need this holiday season.
During the Wapakoneta Dance Centreâs âHoliday Spectacular,â goods and monetary donations were collected to give to the Christmas Cheer program this year. The event brought parents and children to visit with Santa with the admission of a food item. Many fundraisers, including raffles and refreshments, were organized for the cause.
The Dance Centre has collected donations for the past three years and continues to be one of the many leading organizations in the program.
HARROD — The Allen East Mustangs seemed to have figured out the Wapakoneta Redskins defense and relied upon it to sustain a lead nearly the entire second half Tuesday.
After falling behind by eight, 26-18, midway through the second quarter, a 17-3 run before halftime gave the Mustangs a six-point lead, 35-29, at halftime.
They surrendered a 10-point second half lead inside the three minutes left in the game but managed to came away with the win, 62-60, in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Tuesday at Allen East High School.
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins split a pair of non-league matches Tuesday in varsity wrestling action at Indian Lake High School.
The Redskins lost to the host Lakers, 40-23, and defeated the Versailles Tigers, 40-31.
Tyler Copeland (126 pounds) and Jarred Carpenter (285) each recorded pins for Wapak in the match against Indian Lake.
Landon Hall (182) and David Duncan (220) each earned wins by decision against the Lakers.
Micah Fyffe (195) had the Redskins’ other win against Indian Lake in a forfeit.
An Operating a Vehicle Intoxicated (OVI) arrest in regard to a private property accident occurred at 2:25Â a.m. on Saturday at 112 E. Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta. Suspect Lavonda Owens, 42, of Wapakoneta, was driving a 2013 Buick when she allegedly backed up into a parked vehicle. Owensâ blood alcohol content was reportedly .153.
See OVI, Page 2A
The unoccupied parked vehicle was a 2001 BMW belonging to Jason Cummings, of Wapakoneta.Â
The report is incomplete and remains under investigation.
CRIDERSVILLE â âTis the season for Christmas festivities, and the local events do not end with Childrenâs Hometown Holiday.
Christmas on Main Street in Cridersville will be held on Saturday, with activities beginning at 9 a.m.
The date has been set for the second week in December, due to a better turnout last year.
âI think it worked out fantastic â we had a great crowd, a lot of people participated,â Chair Stacey Cook said.
She said the date was previously the same date as the âChildrenâs Hometown Holidayâ in Wapakoneta, and not as many people were able to attend both events.
BOTKINS — With an 11-4 start, the New Bremen Cardinals team were able to run the floor and eventually defeat the Botkins Trojans, 60-33, Monday evening in a non-league varsity girls basketball game played at Botkins High School.
“Getting out to a fast start was one of the things we talked about,” Cardinals varsity coach Chris Burden said. “The last two road games we didn’t get off to very good starts, but especially on the road it is critical to get off to a good start and we did that tonight.”