The Daily Press http://wapakdailynews.com http://wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-24T10:51:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9688Fun and prizes at Halloween Parade2014-10-24T10:51:01-04:002014-10-24T10:51:01-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Thursday night’s Halloween Parade in Wapakoneta brought out many gules and goblins on what turned out to be a beautiful evening. Many children dressed up for the costume contest hosted by the Chamber of Commerce but the various floats that participated in the parade are also just as impressive. The Auglaize County District Public Library’s float won the Grand Marshall’s Award for best slot in the parade, and DARE won the Mayor’s Award for best float. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">First-place winner in marching unit was Breakfast Optimist and the runner-up in that category was the VFW. First place in service organization was Spina Bifida Awareness, second place was Chained Eagles and third was the Apollo Career Center. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">First place for best business float was the Dance Centre, runner-up was Auglaize Acres, third was Minster Bank, fourth was Walmart and fifth was Busy B Realty. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The best youth group float was the Art Club with Apollo Student Council being the runner-up. Uniopolis Browns finished third place and Auglaize County Special Olympics finished fourth. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lastly, in the best marching band category, hometown Wapakoneta High School won the top award, with Waynesfield-Goshen finishing as the runner-up and Botkins High finishing third.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGFun and prizes at Halloween ParadeWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9688Change0Usable2014-10-24T10:51:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9687No fix yet for One Call glitch2014-10-24T10:48:13-04:002014-10-24T10:48:13-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The cause of a malfunction in the One Call Now and text alert systems that left many parents in the Wapakoneta City School District wondering if school was canceled Thursday has not yet been identified, WCS Superintendent Keith Horner said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We do not yet know what happened,” Horner said. “We’re looking into it, but we don’t have any guesses at this time.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Thursday morning, two separate alerts — one for an initial two-hour delay and another for a cancellation — were supposed to go out to every parent who has a child in the WCS District. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">One Call Now, an alert system the district uses to send out a recorded message when there is a delay or cancellation, malfunctioned, which meant many parents either did not receive a call or received it later than was intended. </span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHNo fix yet for One Call glitchWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9687Change0Usable2014-10-24T10:48:13-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9686Zip Stop plans to open soon2014-10-24T10:43:03-04:002014-10-24T10:43:03-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Good service, good products and good prices.</span></p><p class="p3"> That’s what Speedy Mart convenience store owner Ricky Patel hopes to bring to Wapakoneta when he opens up shop on Nov. 1. </p><p class="p3"> “I make sure the customer is happy — that’s my philosophy,” Patel said. “If you’re happy and you leave with a smile, you’re gonna come back.”</p><p class="p3"> The store, which is located on 208 Defiance St., used to be known as the La Grande Zip Stop before it closed. In March, Patel purchased the location after hearing about it from customers he served while working at convenience stores in Piqua and Bellefontaine. </p><p class="p3"> “People told me this was a good community so I figured I would start out here,” he said. “I think it’ll work out good.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHZip Stop plans to open soonWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9686Change0Usable2014-10-24T10:43:03-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9681Downtown preps for Wapaween2014-10-23T11:16:17-04:002014-10-23T11:16:17-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">As part of “WapaWeen” — Wapakoneta’s first ever 10-day long Halloween celebration — members of the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) will be offering discounted prices to customers who stop in this weekend.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The sale is called “Bargains on the BOO-levard,” and several downtown shops will be participating in this inaugural event.  </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At Casa Chic, Halloween items will be 30 percent off and many other items throughout the store will be 20 percent off. The sale will run this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Oct. 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHDowntown preps for WapaweenWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9681Change0Usable2014-10-23T11:16:17-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9680Woman holds on to dream to sing on TV2014-10-23T11:12:11-04:002014-10-23T11:12:11-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Do you have the talent to be on the show, “America’s Got Talent?” Wapakoneta resident Susan Morgan believes she has the talent to be in front of a handful of celebrities and a live audience all on primetime television as she auditions one more time in Chicago in January.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">And if she passes the test, you will see her on television.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’ve always said that before I turn 80, I want to be on that show,” Morgan, 71, said. “Well I used to watch that show all the time and some people have told me that I’m really good, and you have to be really good in order to make it on that show. So then I thought, ‘well I’ll be darn, I think I’m going to try it.’ I’ve been singing ever since I was four and I thought this was a good idea.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Oct. 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWoman holds on to dream to sing on TVWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9680Change0Usable2014-10-23T11:12:11-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9679Girl donates hair to cancer fight2014-10-23T11:06:23-04:002014-10-23T11:06:23-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Children in Botkins wore caps to raise money for the Kids for Caps Foundation, a charity that donates hats to children with cancer, and in Wapakoneta, a massage therapist took classes over the summer to help give cancer patients massages while they are battling the effects of cancer.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Now another person has joined the fight against cancer, but this time she is donating a piece of herself for a great cause.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Kloie Rogers, a 12-year-old sixth grader from Botkins, donated eight inches of her hair to cancer patients on Tuesday night.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“She’s only ever gotten her hair trimmed and she’s 12 years old so her hair has gotten quite long,” said Dustee Rogers, Kloie’s mom. “Her hair is a good 20 inches long and tonight (Tuesday) she decided she was going to have it cut and have it donated. It’s probably midway down her back.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Oct. 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGGirl donates hair to cancer fightWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9679Change0Usable2014-10-23T11:06:23-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9676A visit from the Ghost Professor2014-10-22T10:59:52-04:002014-10-22T10:59:52-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Do ghosts exist, and if they do, what do they look like?</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">That question was answered Tuesday night when the Auglaize County Public Library hosted its first event during WapaWeen with the presentation from John Kachuba, the “Ghost Professor.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Kachuba, a paranormal author, travels to haunted places around the state. Many people contact him and tell him to come out to their place to see if it is indeed haunted.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With an audience of 45 to 50 people in attendance for the event, Kachuba shared a few places that he has been to personally.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“All these places that are considered haunted are all open to the public, Kachuba said. “If you want to take your kids to these places, feel free to do that, the people operating these places will be more than happy to tell you their story.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I have personally gone through these places,” he said. “Some of what I wrote in my books is from my own experiences and from experiences from people that work there on a regular basis such as security guards. It’s all pretty interesting.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGA visit from the Ghost ProfessorWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9676Change0Usable2014-10-22T10:59:52-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9675Revenue loss drives need for levy2014-10-22T10:55:51-04:002014-10-22T10:55:51-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">BUCKLAND — Money concerns continue to plague the Village of Buckland, where spending has been cut and council has taken on a watch-every-dollar attitude.</span></p><p class="p3"> That’s why they’re back with a levy proposal in front of voters in the Nov. 4 election.</p><p class="p3"> In previous months, the village has gone to a new accounting system and authorized line items to get better control of costs and expenses.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNRevenue loss drives need for levyWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9675Change0Usable2014-10-22T10:55:51-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9674Pheasants Forever plans inaugural youth hunt2014-10-22T10:51:49-04:002014-10-22T10:51:49-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">A local conservation organization that has raised more than $500,000 for the protection and development of wildlife is now committing a large portion of its funds to sponsor youth-oriented activities. </span></p><p class="p3"> Auglaize County Pheasants Forever, the local chapter of a national organization, has been dedicating funds raised at its annual banquet in March to saving the habitat of pheasants and other types of wildlife in the area since the late 1980s.</p><p class="p3"> Although they are still apportioning money to help conserve habitats, Auglaize County Pheasants Forever Assistant Habitat Chairman Dave Sheets said there has been a much larger focus on funding youth programs within the last year. </p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 22 editon of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHPheasants Forever plans inaugural youth huntWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9674Change0Usable2014-10-22T10:51:49-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9670Councilors investigate tribal request 2014-10-21T11:17:18-04:002014-10-21T11:17:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Changing language in a building ordinance, a tribal request and an update on two motel properties highlighted Monday night’s regular meeting of Wapakoneta City Council.</span></p><p class="p3"> The council’s Lands, Buildings, and Building Code Committee met Oct. 10. First on the agenda was a request from a couple wishing to add a cupola to their garage. After being directed to the Board of Zoning Appeals, the issued was referred to the council committee. The reason: Cupola is not defined in nor does it appear in any part of an ordinance that would make a cupola an exemption to building height restrictions.</p><p class="p3"> Committee Chair and At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber said Monday that the committee voted to recommend the preparation of legislation that would add the word “cupola” to the appropriate ordinance.</p><p class="p3"> Barber’s committee then discussed a letter Council President Steve Henderson shared at the Oct. 6 council meeting. The letter was from Gregg Ruppert, retired teacher, seeking support for a petition from the Eastern Shawnee Tribe to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to designated “their land’s status as ‘Restricted Indian Country.’”</p><p class="p3"> The letter went on to say that ownership of the land is recorded in the Logan County Courthouse.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Oct. 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCouncilors investigate tribal request Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9670Change0Usable2014-10-21T11:17:18-04:00