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September 12th, 2011

Employee reflects on 9/11

September 12, 2011

One Wapakoneta Daily News employee witnessed the Sept. 11 attacks from an entirely different point of view — from a city in southern France.
Reflecting on the events of that day, she says her faith in God helped her through those events. She was an American in a foreign land.
While flipping through the pages of her journal she kept while overseas, the 32-year-old tucks her short brown hair behind her ears as she looks back through her handwriting as she remembers the vivid, life changing time in American history.

’93, 9/11 survivor says to ‘live life’

September 12, 2011

As the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, many have had conversations with friends and acquaintances concerning that fateful day.
The 2,981 deaths on that fateful day are enough alone to make it impossible to forget. However, other things have spurned other topics of conversation from the event, including political ramifications.
Airport security procedures, the Patriot Act, and claims of an “inside job” have been common on the news.
While many have made their opinions known, others have first-hand experience.

September 9th

Firefighters train on vehicle stabilization, saving ‘victims’

September 9, 2011

The distinctive Wapakoneta business’s light green truck is flipped over. The truck sits resting on a piece of metal at a 30-degree angle. Mangled metal stabs the ground and broken glass lies around the cab.
Approximately 25 firefighters and auxiliary firefighters with the Wapakoneta Fire Department quickly move around the truck determining the best location to place cribbing as a shift captain explains what needs to be done and giving them the reasons for its placement. Rain pelts the soaked ground, making the most stable of ground
even less reliable.

Fresh produce added to lunch menu

September 9, 2011

From sweet corn husked straight out of the field to tomatoes fresh from the vine, students in the Wapakoneta City Schools this year are eating local produce as part of their lunches.
Already this year, students at Wapakoneta Middle School and Wapakoneta High School have enjoyed sweet corn grown in a field by an FFA student. Slices of tomato grown by other FFA students in a community garden also are making their way onto sandwiches.
“We’re already discussing what we can do next year,” Wapakoneta City Schools Food Service Supervisor Lori McKean said.

CSX man pinned to death

September 9, 2011

Deputies and detectives from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office along with CSX Railroad Police officers Thursday determined the likely cause of death of a CSX employee.
CSX employee Dennis A. Hemme, 59, of Cincinnati, died from injuries sustained when he was pinned between two rail cars as cars were being moved.

September 8th

County official retiring

September 8, 2011

After 11 years serving as the Auglaize County administrator, Joe Lenhart officially announced his plans to step down.
Employed with Auglaize County in a variety of capacities since 1983, Lenhart wrote in his resignation letter to the Auglaize County commissioners that “almost every day has been a joy.”
While he said he appreciates the time spent as county administrator, “the time has come for me to step back and let someone else have the fun.”

Mayor applauds Brown bill

September 8, 2011

In an effort to create jobs, a U.S. congressman unveiled legislation Wednesday to improve the nation’s infrastructure which would include a $30 million project in Wapakoneta.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced his plans to introduce the bill to address the nation’s infrastructure which should help the nation’s communities with critical projects and should help provide jobs for thousands of Americans.

Fatal train accident on CSX

September 8, 2011

A CSX railroad engineer was killed this morning in an accident on the CSX railroad tracks near Taylor Road close to the Auglaize-Shelby County border just off of County Road 25A.
Investigators at the scene were still evaluating evidence as of press time this morning, but Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff Mike Eberle said it appears the engineer of the train was pinned between the engine and a railroad car during a switching operation. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 7th

Dog evaluated: Vet gives dog ‘clean bill of health,’ not neutered

September 7, 2011

CELINA — An area veterinarian gave a dog at the center of a civil court case a “clean bill of health” Tuesday after giving the animal a routine check-up.
Attorneys on both sides of an ownership battle of the dog agreed to allow an inspection of health of the animal and an update of shots at the Celina Animal Hospital.
Craig Miesse, the veterinarian inspecting the dog, determined that the male dog was in good health and was still intact, which maintained a temporary restraining order through Auglaize County Municipal Court against the animal being neutered.

Sobriety checkpoint planned

September 7, 2011

The commander of the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently announced plans for a sobriety checkpoint within his coverage area this weekend.
The checkpoint for drivers operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is meant to intercept impaired motorists, Lt. Scott Carrico said.
“Usually we don’t get a lot of OVIs out of it, but it is used as a tool to increase awareness, educate and as a deterrent,” Carrico told the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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