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September 25th, 2014

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.

Wing Fest returns

September 24, 2014

Some like ‘em hot, some like ‘em sweet and others like ‘em just right.

That’s what is sure to be determined Saturday, Sept. 27, during the 13th annual Wapak Wing Fest at the American Legion Post #330, 1108 E. Benton St.

Wing Fest Co-Chair Kris Ewald said he has a couple of alliterative mantras he likes to follow when it comes to the Wing Fest; fun, food and philanthropy and vendors, volunteers and veterans.

Redskins atop WBL after win over O-G

September 24, 2014

The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team passed its biggest test of the season Tuesday.

The Redskins notched a 2-0 Western Buckeye League win over the previously unbeaten Ottawa-Glandorf Titans in a matchup of two state-ranked teams Tuesday at Ryan Field.

Wapakoneta (10-0-0), despite being one game behind in the league schedule due to a postponement, took a narrow lead in the WBL standings after its win Tuesday.

September 23rd

Couple performs at Gardens

September 23, 2014

The Gardens at Wapakoneta played host to Bob and Sally McEvoy Monday afternoon.

The McEvoy’s are both originally from Auglaize County and currently reside in Wilmington, Delaware.

Given the gift of music, the duo was invited to perform for residents of the Gardens and local community members.

Brenda Meckstroth, the activity director at The Gardens, said the McEvoy’s happened to be on vacation and made time to come out and perform during their trip.

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