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April 4th, 2014

Skatepark woes

April 4, 2014

Imagine a volleyball court being placed in the middle of a basketball court and having both sports attempt to play a game at the same time.

That doesn’t quite work, does it?

According to Owner of AMJ Skateshop Jarett Jones, that is virtually how the current skatepark is set up.

Gettin’ ready!

April 4, 2014

For the next two weeks, the Wapakoneta Parks Department will be working hard to get the town’s  parks ready for the various activities that will be taking place during the spring and summer months.

The department will be responsible for cleaning the parks, making sure all the playground equipment is working correctly, lining nine soccer fields and getting all the baseball fields ready for play.

Naturalist brings life to schools

April 4, 2014

As part of their lesson on living and non-living things, kindergarten students at Wapakoneta Elementary School were given a hands-on presentation by Beth Theisen, a naturalist who works at the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District in Lima.

Theisen travels around the area giving presentations to classes and various other groups, educating them about animals, conservation and respecting nature.

On Thursday, she stopped by WES, bringing several different types of caged animals for the children to observe.

Music Man debuts April 11

April 4, 2014

Next Friday Wapakoneta High School’s performing arts center will be buzzing while the cast and crew of the Music Man host their debut performance at 7:30 p.m.

For junior Sara Foor this is her first leading role in all three years she has been doing musicals. Foor will be playing Marian opposite her senior boyfriend, Austin Drake, who is no stranger to being the lead in the high school musical.

Foor said taking on the leading role has been a difficult process with memorizing her lines, but a good experience.

Wapak F.D. assists at fire in St. Marys

April 4, 2014

ST. MARYS — Thick, black smoke filled downtown St. Marys are firefighters from several local departments battled a fire at a residence along East Spring Street Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 12:42 p.m., calls poured into the St. Marys Fire Department reporting a structure fire at 311 E. Spring St.  As crews made entry, black smoke poured out of the windows and vents of the home. Smoke filled downtown and wind gusts caused visibility to drop as the smoke was carried throughout the area.

April 3rd

Skate shop a labor of love

April 3, 2014

Named for his son, Jarett Jones opened up his shop on Nov. 1, 2008.

Jones is the owner of AMJ Skateshop, located at 34 E. Auglaize, a store that focuses on selling skateboards, parts, apparel and occasionally a BMX bike or two.

AMJ stands for Anthony Michael Jones, Jones’ 11-year-old son; the name also represents Anthony’s paternal and maternal sides of his family.

ESC picks Wapak senior to represent county

April 3, 2014

A Wapakoneta High School senior who attained a perfect score on his ACT and is involved in numerous extra-curricular activities was named the Auglaize County Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Achievement Award winner at its annual banquet at WHS on Wednesday.

George Jose was chosen out of six area school districts to represent the county at a student recognition luncheon in Columbus on April 9. One student from all 88 counties in Ohio will be represented.

Mike E. Cope, 57

April 3, 2014

Mike E. Cope, 57, of Cridersville, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 30, 1956, in Lima, to Daniel H. and Icie Irene Fickle Cope, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Cope was a member of VFW Post 1275 and American Legion Post 96.  He served in both the U.S. Army and Navy.

April 2nd

Lovett tosses 1-hitter in win over Sidney

April 2, 2014

Renee Lovett withstood gusty winds to put forth a strong pitching performance Tuesday, as the Wapakoneta Redskins senior tossed a one-hit shutout against the Sidney Yellow Jackets.

The Redskins came away with a 7-0 victory Tuesday in their home opener, a non-league varsity softball contest at Wapakoneta High School.

Lovett walked one and struck out seven. After walking the leadoff batter in the third inning, she retired 14 of the 15 hitters she faced. Lovett has now allowed just one earned run in 12 innings pitched this season.

Steve A. Rowe, 58

April 2, 2014

Steve A. Rowe, 58, of New Knoxville, died at 2:10 p.m., March 31, 2014, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys. He was born Oct. 22, 1955, the son of Thomas R. Rowe and Chessie (Webb) Bennett. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Beauford, S.C. On Sept. 30, 2008, he married Linda Shaner, who survives.

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