The Daily Press http://wapakdailynews.com http://wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-18T10:06:21-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9653Caps on for good cause2014-10-18T10:06:19-04:002014-10-17T23:30:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsThese are all national organizations, awareness movements and days of celebration to raise money for either a cure or finances to help patients and their families.But how about seeing a movement or an awareness toward cancer happen closer to home? Better yet, what if the movement was started by a pair of high school students with far more worries than cancer on their minds?Two local students are joining a national movement and doing something about it locally in Botkins. Meet Kaitlyn Schmerge, a senior, and Noah Burton, a junior, two students at Botkins High School making a difference in the fight against cancer for a girl they both know."We actually had a girl who was just diagnosed with melanoma, so it really hit home to us," Schmerge said. "I think it was important to us to spread the awareness all over our school. It was just something little for us to do and it lets the kids have some fun in the whole thing."Wapakoneta, OHJake DowlingCaps on for good causeWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9653Change0Usable2014-10-17T23:30:04-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9652Trainer dedicated to helping athletes2014-10-18T10:06:21-04:002014-10-17T23:27:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News"In Marion there was not an athletic training presence at all," she said. "I had no idea what it even was."As a high school athlete, Nielsen said area schools would rely on parents sitting in the stands who may have had a medical background to provide treatment for injured players."It was a really bad idea looking back on it," she said. "When I was in high school there were quite a few kids who got really hurt, and they just kind of played it off."She said her own brother-in-law was hit so hard during a football game that when he got up he ran to the wrong locker room. He played the rest of the game."If there was an athletic trainer there, they would have shut him down," she said. Nowadays, Nielsen is providing students with the medical attention she never received from athletic trainers in high school.She was hired by WHS in August to provide athletic training for athletes in all sports, although she works mostly with contact sports such as football, soccer and basketball. Under her contract with the school, she is obligated to travel with the football team and must be on hand during every home event the school sponsors.Wapakoneta, OHJohn BushTrainer dedicated to helping athletesWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9652Change0Usable2014-10-17T23:27:40-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9648Event aids downtown businesses2014-10-17T11:10:48-04:002014-10-17T11:10:48-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">It was all about raising your paddles, dropping quarters and a chance for some great prizes Thursday as the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership sponsored its “Spook”tabular quarter auction.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“This all goes to benefit the downtown building owners,” Judie Presar, president of the DWP, said before the auction started. “We try to raise funds to help them restore their buildings.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Presar added that a lot of these baskets were donated by downtown businesses, adding that the availability of the Eagles space helped.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We really like this space very nicely,” Presar said.</span></p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 18, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNEvent aids downtown businessesWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9648Change0Usable2014-10-17T11:10:48-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9647Neuhardt touts rural focus2014-10-17T11:07:26-04:002014-10-17T11:07:26-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">November's gubernatorial election is not about voting for one political party over the other, it is about doing what's best for Auglaize County, said the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Sharen Neuhardt, when she visited the Wapakoneta Daily News Thursday. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“People need to understand that it's not about being a Democrat or Republican, it's about doing the right thing,” she said. “I don't think the people in Auglaize County think the last three and a half years have been great. If you haven't liked it, you're not going to like the next four under John Kasich.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Neuhardt, who is running with fellow Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald, said Gov. Kasich only cares about Ohio's big cities like Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and that Auglaize County seems to be “the land the governor forgot.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They come calling when it's time for photo ops or when it's time for re-election, but in the meantime, folks in Auglaize County are on their own,” she said. “That's not right, because the heart of Ohio is counties like Auglaize and in counties around it. They deserve a governor who gets up everyday worrying about what's going on with the people in Auglaize County and how he can help them succeed. That's not what John Kasich does everyday.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 18th, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHNeuhardt touts rural focusWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9647Change0Usable2014-10-17T11:07:26-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9646Benefit to aid cancer victim2014-10-17T11:03:18-04:002014-10-17T11:03:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">A benefit honoring Scott McEldowney, a Wapakoneta resident battling stage four pancreatic cancer, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Knights of Columbus, 614 N. Dixie Highway in Wapakoneta. </span></p><p class="p3"> The benefit is being hosted by McEldowney’s friends and family.</p><p class="p3"> All proceeds raised during the benefit, called ‘Scott McEldowney Recovery Benefit,’ will go toward the expenses of Scott’s treatments used to battle the cancer and travel expenses to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago.</p><p class="p3"> Dana McEldowney, Scott’s wife, said she didn’t know what the expenses have totaled to date, but said it’s all been tough to deal with.</p><p class="p3"> “We just got one bill that cost $65,000, its quite expensive,” she said. “The type of cancer he has is rare and aggressive. The treatment that he goes through only lasts about six months and then he has to be transferred to another kind of chemotherapy so there is a lot of testing that he has to get done. It’s all a lot to get through”</p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGBenefit to aid cancer victimWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9646Change0Usable2014-10-17T11:03:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9642VIDEO: Two Ohio schools shut down over Ebola scare2014-10-16T16:43:24-04:002014-10-16T16:43:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Two Ohio schools shut down over Ebola scareWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9642Change0Usable2014-10-16T16:43:24-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9641Sister City groups say farewells2014-10-16T10:58:55-04:002014-10-16T10:58:55-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">It was an evening of dinner, music, special gifts and presentations, magic, song and dance.</span></p><p class="p3"> The Sister City delegation from Lengerich, Germany, said its farewells Wednesday night at a formal dinner and 20th anniversary ceremonies at Wapakoneta High School.</p><p class="p3"> Following dinner, guests were invited into the Performing Arts Center, where they were first treated to a slideshow on the 20-year history of the relationship between the two cities.</p><p class="p3"> From there, Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Executive Director Greg Myers, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, showed a video on the pronunciation of Wapakoneta, which Myers said has had close to 75,000 hits over the past several years.</p><p class="p3"> Myers also presented a video on “Welcome to Wapakoneta” and one on the schools, including various activities and sports.</p><p class="p3"> Myers then introduced Cheryl Drexler, president of Wapakoneta Sister Cities, who welcomed the audience and spoke of the successes of the Sister Cities program, including not only the personal friendships, but also the benefits of the youth exchange. Drexler’s son, Nathan, a Russian language specialist in the U.S. Navy who also speaks German, translated Drexler’s remarks for the visitors.</p><p class="p3"> Following a presentation of plaques to the Lengerich delegation, former Wapakoneta Mayor Donald Wittwer, who signed the original Sister City relationship spoke of that day 20 years ago. As he and the then-mayor of Lengerich, spoke and shook hands, the Bugermeister responded by taking Wittwer’s hand and raising it in celebration.</p><p class="p3"> “We have the taken the hand of friendship and we will never let it go,” the mayor said.</p><p class="p3" style="font-size: 12px;"> <em style="font-size: 12px;">For the full story, see the Thursday, Oct. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><div class="outbrain_rating" style="font-size: 12px;"> <div class="outbrainGlobalClass" style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">  </div> <div class="OB_default" id="outbrain_widget_0" style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <div class="div-wrapper" id="outbrain_container_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-style: none; direction: ltr; vertical-align: middle; clear: both;"> <div class="voterDiv" id="OutbrainVoterDiv_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px;"> <div style="font-size: 12px; clear: both;"> <div class="outbrain_stripBox_template" id="recommendationsFieldset_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px;">  </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNSister City groups say farewellsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9641Change0Usable2014-10-16T10:58:55-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9640Noon Optimists to hold annual Arts & Crafts Show2014-10-16T11:52:43-04:002014-10-16T10:54:28-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Noon Optimist Club of Wapakoneta will host its 11th annual Arts & Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Wapakoneta High School.</span></p><p class="p3"> The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school cafeteria and gymnasium. Admission is $3, and patrons can receive $1 off the admission price if they print out a coupon that can be found on the Noon Optimist Club’s Facebook page.</p><p class="p3"> Noon Optimist Club member Bonnie Wurst said 90 percent of items that will be available at the craft show are homemade and 10 percent will be commercial items that vendors purchased.</p><p class="p3"> Wurst said most people who come to the craft show are looking for homemade products.</p><p class="p3"> “Most people want something unique that they couldn’t go to a store and buy,” she said. “They want something that’s different.”</p><p class="p3" style="font-size: 12px;"> <em style="font-size: 12px;">For the full story, see the Thursday, Oct. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><div class="outbrain_rating" style="font-size: 12px;"> <div class="outbrainGlobalClass" style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">  </div> <div class="OB_default" id="outbrain_widget_0" style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <div class="div-wrapper" id="outbrain_container_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-style: none; direction: ltr; vertical-align: middle; clear: both;"> <div class="voterDiv" id="OutbrainVoterDiv_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px;"> <div style="font-size: 12px; clear: both;"> <div class="outbrain_stripBox_template" id="recommendationsFieldset_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px;">  </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHNoon Optimists to hold annual Arts Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9640Change0Usable2014-10-16T10:54:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9639Board tests voting system2014-10-16T10:51:51-04:002014-10-16T10:51:51-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The time of the year has come for the Board of Elections to test the voting machines for next month’s Election Day, which was the case during Wednesday’s meeting. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The board has a new voting machine, the DS200, that will be used during November’s election. The machine has a touch screen on the top as voters slide their ballots in a slot under the touch screen. The machine is to be more user-friendly.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We are going to ask for 20 DS200 machines for next year’s budget,” said Peggy Matheny, deputy director of the Board of Elections. “We really need to look at getting new machines because the other ones (M100s) are older and touchier so we could use some new ones. The old ones are not bad machines, don’t get me wrong, we would just like to have updated ones.”</span></p><p class="p3" style="font-size: 12px;"> <em style="font-size: 12px;">For the full story, see the Thursday, Oct. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGBoard tests voting systemWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9639Change0Usable2014-10-16T10:51:51-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9634Students unite for injured eighth-grader2014-10-15T10:42:29-04:002014-10-15T10:41:08-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">Students in the Wapakoneta City School District have united this week in support of an eighth-grader who remains hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 11.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Tuesday, students wore white to show support for Leo Blevins, who has been battling life-threatening injuries at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus since he was struck on the side of County Road 25A Dixie Highway in Cridersville. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The “wear white for Leo” movement began on social media as dozens of students began posting on accounts such as Instagram and Twitter. Several students participated Tuesday, including eighth-grader Jacob Sturgill. Sturgill not only wore white, put used a black permanent marker to write “#PrayForLeo” on the front of his shirt.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I thought I’d wear it today because everyone was wearing white in support of Leo, and when I saw the hashtag, I got the idea to put it on one of my plain white shirts,” Sturgill said. “I think of white as pure and healing. We just want Leo to be healed.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The hash tags “#PrayForLeo” and “PrayFor70” have been prevalent on social media accounts since Sunday when students began to learn of his condition. The number 70 was Blevins’ football number when he played for the Cridersville Rams.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Eighth-grader Mckenzie Zwiebel said wearing white and posting encouraging words on social media are ways students can show support for their friend and fellow classmate.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It shows that we care about him,” Zwiebel said. “He doesn’t deserve what he’s going through right now and we all feel sorry for him. We’re all praying to God that he gets well.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Some students are showing their support beyond social media. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Courtney Moore, an eighth-grader who said she’s known Blevins since kindergarten, said she and three of her friends got together yesterday to think of a fundraiser that would help pay for his medical bills.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We wanted to do something more for him, but we weren’t sure what we wanted to do at first,” Moore said. “Then we went to the guidance counselor and she suggested selling tee shirts — we all liked that idea.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Moore, along with eighth-graders Brooke Mulen, Dalan Seyer and Devon Schnarre, will meet with Auglaize Embroidery after school today to discuss plans to design shirts in support of Blevins.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The design of the shirt has already been laid out, Moore said. The front will read “Believe In Blevins” and the back will read “#prayforLeo.” The sleeves will be adorned with the number 70. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Order forms will be available in Wapakoneta City School buildings and at Community Markets. The shirts will be sold for $10 a piece. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Moore said raising money for Blevins and his family is simply the right thing to do.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“He’s one of our good friends and he’s always been there for us so we want to be here for him,” she said. “Once we heard the news, we knew we needed to do something.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Moore said the fundraiser is still in its early stages and that they are still trying to spread the word, but she was able to speak to at least one teacher who would like to help. Kathleen Pellington, the new choir teacher at WHS, told Moore she would help out in any way she could.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Zwiebel, Moore and Blevins are each members of the school choir. At their show Monday night, the choir dedicated their entire performance to Blevins. Zwiebel said the song “Brave” they performed that night was especially dedicated to him.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Along with the choir, the eighth-grade football team dedicated their game Tuesday night to Blevins.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Support for Blevins also extends beyond the school district. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The Village Cafe in Cridersville posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that they will have a donation jar available where people can contribute money to Blevins’ family. The post stated that several other local businesses will have similar donation jars as well.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">An Ohio State Highway Patrol report on the incident that injured Blevins was published on Page 2A of Monday’s Wapakoneta Daily News.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHStudents unite for injured eighth-graderWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9634Change0Usable2014-10-15T10:41:08-04:00