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May 14th, 2012

Cynthia Warnecke, 53

May 14, 2012

Cynthia S. “Cindy” Warnecke, 53, of Knox, Ind., formerly of Spencerville, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis following a battle with leukemia since October of 2011.
She was born April 23, 1959, in Lima, the daughter of Janice R. (Burnfield) and Hubert E. “Herb” Warnecke. Her mother survives in Spencerville.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Spencerville United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Vince Lavieri officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.

Billy Eley, 85

May 14, 2012

Billy O. “Bill” Eley, 85, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Spencerville, died at 3:14 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Winterhaven Hospital in Fla., following a six-year kidney ailment.
He was born July 26, 1926,, in Lima, the son of Naomi E. (Hasting) and Edgar C. Eley, who are deceased. On June 28, 1952, he married Phyllis Ann Faurot, who survives in Florida. He had lived in Lima, Cridersville and Spencerville until October 2000, when they moved to Florida.

May 11th

Kids helping kids

May 11, 2012

Chanting “kids helping kids,” students ran and walked laps outside of Wapakoneta Elementary School as they raised money for the Ronald McDonald House on Friday.
“It’s about kids helping kids get better cause they are sick,” second-grader Collin Lenhart, 8, said. “We want to help them get better and feel better.”
Nine-year-old Cooper Talowsky said specifically, they were walking to help children and their families, who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Thinking of Megan: Family relays in memory of loved one

May 11, 2012

Who do you relay for?
The slogan on posters for this year’s Auglaize County Relay for Life isn’t a hard question for friends and family of Megan Serr to answer. They relay for her, just like she would have done for them, although they suspect she would have found a way to do it even better.
“We do it for the memory of her,” Megan’s cousin-in-law Chris Talowsky said.
Megan, the co-owner of LaGrande

Mother showered with love and gifts

May 11, 2012

A local mother was pleasantly surprised when she found out she had won the Wapakoneta Daily News “Mother of the Year” contest, when staff members from the newspaper showed up at her doorstep.
Jordyn Laman, a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, wrote an essay about her mother, Debra Laman, which won her the contest.
“I was at the dentist office, and then I got a call from my mother-in-law saying I had to go home immediately,” Debra said. “I thought, oh no, something was wrong.”

Revenue rules: Mayor delivers State of the City address to chamber

May 11, 2012

If an economic downturn strikes crippling income tax revenue or if the city’s main source of funding fails to match needed expenses, Mayor Rodney Metz says city leaders have already started to discuss ideas to deal with the shortfall.

Meeting needs: Schools match students to experience

May 11, 2012

Demonstrating the wide range of educational needs the district is striving to meet, the Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent brought with him to a State of the Schools address four students with different stories and different dreams.

There was the special needs student with an agricultural background, the Opportunity School student who can’t drive but cares for his father full-time after a stroke, the student who plans to return to Wapakoneta to work on the family farm, and the honors student who was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

County creeps: Sales tax rebounds

May 11, 2012

The county is showing signs of creeping out of the economic woes that struck most of the country in 2008, a county official says.

Auglaize County Board of Commissioners President Doug Spencer told a crowd of approximately 70 people at Marleys Downtown on Thursday during the State of the County address.

Spencer reported sales tax receipts increased 8.8 percent for the county through the first four months of the year, or approximately $200,000 in excess of 2011 receipts. They increased 9.8 percent over last year.

May 10th

Mortgage bill hits floor

May 10, 2012

A new bill before Congress is aimed at keeping homeowners in their homes longer and focuses on helping banks with their at-risk mortgages — thus strengthening the economy for future growth.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown recently introduced the Foreclosure Fraud and Homeowner Abuse Prevention Act in an attempt to keep people from losing their homes and to help stabilize the housing market in an effort to right the sputtering U.S. economy.

Trip to China planned

May 10, 2012

The Wapakoneta Area of Commerce is planning a trip to China for its members and other community residents in April of next year.

The opportunity allows travelers to visit the tour highlights of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, as well as visiting historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.

“This is the first time we have done this,” Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said. “We wanted to give the community a chance to travel at an affordable price.

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