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August 19th, 2014

Pub crawl to help YMCA campaign

August 19, 2014

After a successful “crawl” last year, the second annual Crawl for A Cause is set to take place this Saturday, Aug. 23.

Crawl for A Cause is a pub crawl for participants 21 years or older with all proceeds going to benefit the Wapakoneta Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign.

According to event organizer Melanie Schnippel, she and her mother Judy Dubois have worked on the Annual Support Campaign for many years and the benefits are clearly seen.

August 18th

New track to greet elementary students

August 18, 2014

Wapakoneta Elementary School students returning to class this week will notice a new addition to the school’s playground area.

A one-tenth mile concrete walking track was completed Aug. 7 after nearly a week of construction. Among other things, students will use the track to complete miles for the school’s walking club. In addition, students will be able to use the track during recess and teachers will have it available to them if they want to take their students out there during the school day.

People First winner gets shopping spree

August 18, 2014

There was a shopping spree at Community Markets on Defiance Street on Sunday morning.

People First of Auglaize County, an advocacy group for disabled people, held a drawing recently, with the winner garnering 90 seconds of shopping. The winner was Monica Hudson, of St. Marys. Her husband Joe ran the shopping spree Sunday.

JoAnn Blank, 84

August 18, 2014

JoAnn Blank, 84, of Cridersville, died at 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Lima Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 5, 1929, to the late Ira B. and Lois Lucille Allstetter Keller. She married Harry W. Blank on June 10, 1951, and he preceded her in death March 16, 1990.

Mrs. Blank had worked for Woolworth for 33 years and had also been a receptionist for Dr. David Nielson. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and had graduated from Lima South High in 1947.

Joan E. Orchard, 74

August 18, 2014

Joan E. Orchard, 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. She was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Covington, Ky., the daughter of Ralph T. and Margaret B. (Boone) Knipper, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 15, 1958, she married Robert D. “Bob” Orchard, Sr., and he survives.

Larry G. Hehmeyer, 64

August 18, 2014

Larry G. Hehmeyer, 64, of Celina, died at 8 a.m. on Aug. 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. He was born Jan. 23, 1950, in Celina, to Eugene Hehmeyer and Marjorie (Trisel) Hehmeyer, who preceded him in death. On April 22, 1978, he married Renee Crowe, who survives.

Larry L. Lunz, 69

August 18, 2014

Larry L. Lunz, 69, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 12:09 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at his residence with his family at his side. He was born Nov. 1, 1944, in Lima, the son of Roy L. and Violet M. (Hole) Lunz, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 21, 1976, he married Kathleen L. McDermitt, and she survives.

Other survivors include, two children, Edward Lunz, of Wapakoneta, and Theresa (Adam) Friemoth, of Celina; a sister, Carol McCullough, of New Knoxville; two brothers-in-law, David McDermitt, of St. Marys, and Thomas (Pat) McDermitt, of Celina.

Final two photo contests

August 18, 2014

We have two contests left! Show off your photography skills in the category of architecture, due by 5 p.m. tonight. Use the final contest as an opportunity to display any theme of photo you have.

August 15th

New health commissioner brings wealth of experience

August 15, 2014

After graduating from Wapakoneta High School in 2000, Oliver Fisher, has found his way back to Auglaize County.

Fisher assumed the role of Auglaize County health commissioner on Thursday, Aug. 14 and will be working with current commissioner Charlotte Parsons until she retires from the position at the end of the month.

McCormick recognized for contribution to downtown

August 15, 2014

Gild the Lily co-owner Glenna McCormick has been a fixture in downtown Wapakoneta for nearly 60 years. 

On Friday she was honored by the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops, or WASS, for her many years as a local business owner and for being a “pioneer” to downtown shop owners who followed in her footsteps. 

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