The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-29T10:44:19-04:00 royalty crowned2014-07-29T10:44:19-04:002014-07-29T10:44:19-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News  Royalty was crowned at the Augliaze County Fair on Monday night.</p><p> The grandstands were full of cheering people showing their support for the Fair Court. This was Wapakoneta native Julia Pepple’s first year on the Auglaize County Junior Fair Court. She was excited to be chosen as one of the five girls, and didn’t expect to be voted on, she said.</p><p> Court members go through an interview process, submit their resume and are voted in by everyone involved in the Junior Fair.</p><p> “It’s just an honor,” she said.</p><p> When Pepple’s name was called naming her Junior Fair Queen, her look of shock and disbelief was obviously genuine. She couldn’t believe it.</p><p> “I was excited just to be on the court because you get to visit other fairs and meet new people and talk about 4-H,” Pepple said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMeredith EnkoffFair royalty crownedWapakoneta Daily makes second trip to Auglaize County2014-07-29T10:41:45-04:002014-07-29T10:41:45-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French stopped by the Auglaize County Fair Monday as part of her second consecutive tour throughout all 88 Ohio counties.</p><p> Monday’s visit to Auglaize County marked her 77th stop on the tour that French said is all about educating herself about the entire state of Ohio so that she can become a better supreme court justice.</p><p> “The supreme court hears cases that represent the entire state, so I feel like it’s one of my responsibilities to get everywhere in the state that I can,” French said. “It’s all part of my education process and I think I’m a better justice today than I was a year and a half ago before I did all this traveling.”</p><p> French began her first statewide tour shortly after she was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 1, 2013. After completing her first tour, French decided to do the same in 2014.</p><p> Since Ohio Supreme Court justices decide what cases they choose to take in, French said it is important she know what issues are most important to residents throughout the entire state and not just in Columbus.</p><p> “If I just stay in Columbus and sit in my chambers and never leave the walls of the supreme court, then I’m not going to know very much about what’s important for the state of Ohio,” she said.</p><p> For example, French said coming to northwest Ohio makes her realize how important agriculture is to the people of this region, just as oil and gas exploration is to the people of eastern Ohio.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHJustice makes second trip to Auglaize CountyWapakoneta Daily’s vintage fire truck needs help2014-07-29T10:39:43-04:002014-07-29T10:39:43-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News In 1943, as World War II continued to strike harsh effects across the country and globe, vehicles for civilian use took a back seat for the production of vehicles dedicated to the war efforts.</p><p> During this time, the City of Wapakoneta was in need of a new fire engine, and sought special permission from the War Department for the purchase.</p><p> According to retired honorary auxiliary member with the Wapakoneta Fire Department, Delmar Merricle, the truck is still in pretty good shape.</p><p> “We bought that truck in 1943 and we had to get permission from the Defense Department to purchase this truck,” Merricle said. “I think it’s very historical for the fire department and the community.”</p><p> The truck that was purchased is a 1943 Seagrave Fire Engine model 66E7, which features a V-12 engine with a dual ignition system that requires 24 spark plugs and dual carburetors.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERCity’s vintage fire truck needs helpWapakoneta Daily mars day 12014-07-28T11:34:07-04:002014-07-28T11:34:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A man was injured at the show barn at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds during a steer show around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.</p><p> Wapakoneta Fire Department and Buckland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fairgrounds on the report of an adult male injury.</p><p> No further details regarding the injury were available.</p><p> The steer show went on as as scheduled following a rain delay.</p><p> The rain also canceled the motorcycle stunt show and delayed the Truck vs. Truck Pull.</p>Wapakoneta, OHStaff reportsInjury mars day 1Wapakoneta Daily celebrates 75th year2014-07-28T11:32:53-04:002014-07-28T11:32:53-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A local organization advocating for disabled veterans is celebrating its 75th year, a milestone representing community members’ efforts to continue honoring the individuals who have sacrificed for their country.</p><p> Disabled American Veterans Chapter 73 received an award for their 75th year of service at the state convention held in June in Columbus.</p><p> “It’s a privilege that we’ve been able to maintain our status as a DAV organization in Auglaize County,” DAV Commander Larry James said. “We were chartered here in Auglaize County 75 years ago, and we’re still going strong.”</p><p> James said the DAV  helps veterans receive assistance with disabilities, including covering medical costs, including prescriptions, clinic fees, operations, etc.</p><p> “We help these people fill out the applications and then send them to a national service office, and they help process the claims,” James said. “Our goal, really, is to help the younger vets and to make sure that they get all the benefits that they need from serving, especially if they’re disabled.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, July 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLDAV celebrates 75th yearWapakoneta Daily fountain proposed2014-07-28T11:31:07-04:002014-07-28T11:31:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News In a recent meeting with the Streets and Alleys Committee, Wapakoneta resident Kristin Doll proposed that a fountain be constructed at the intersection of W. Auglaize Street, W. Mechanic Street and Hamilton Road as a way to enhance the green space that will be created during the W. Auglaize Street Reconstruction Project.</p><p> As part of the street project, W. Mechanic Street will be squared off so that it will face Hamilton Road directly, creating more of a 90 degree intersection as opposed to the curved intersection that exists currently.</p><p> “What that does is it creates an awkward, open space on the south side of West Auglaize and West Mechanic where the intersection will be squared off,” Doll said.</p><p> Currently the open space created by altering the intersection is meant to be a grassy area, but Doll thinks the space would make a perfect place for a fountain.</p><p> “We have gardens in similar areas around the city, but that takes maintenance and dedicated people to take care of it,” she said. “I don’t think the city necessarily has enough dedicated people to do so and I don’t think we need another garden, so I think the fountain would make an awkward space into a lively, attractive space for the community.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, July 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHTriangle fountain proposedWapakoneta Daily Dog passes out from excitement to see owner2014-07-28T11:27:17-04:002014-07-28T11:27:17-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see ownerWapakoneta Daily THE FOOTBALL FEVER: Eddie George on 2014 Buckeyes2014-07-28T08:10:34-04:002014-07-28T08:10:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: THE FOOTBALL FEVER: Eddie George on 2014 BuckeyesWapakoneta Daily hit local motel2014-07-25T18:02:30-04:002014-07-25T18:02:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Theft and vandalism at the Western Inn & Suites, Wapakoneta, resulted in more than $13,300 in missing or damaged property, according to the Wapakoneta Police Department.</p><p> Inn manager Gautam Amin, of Reynoldsburg, contacted police at 10:13 a.m. on Monday, July 21.</p><p> According to the report, Amine told officers that the crime could have occurred between the end of June to the beginning of July from the business located at 413 Apollo Dr., Wapakoneta.</p><p> Items taken include 26 window air conditioning units valued at $9,300. Also taken were televisions from 10 rooms, vanity faucets from 12 rooms, shower fixtures from 20 rooms, mounted hair dryers from 24 rooms and refrigerators from 20 rooms.</p><p> Significant dry wall damage was also reported. The report indicated that the business is now closed partially due to damage caused by missing items.</p><p> Police are still investigating the case.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, July 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLThieves hit local motelWapakoneta Daily plan: restore funding to communities2014-07-25T18:00:18-04:002014-07-25T18:00:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Restoring funds to local governments and providing assistance to small businesses highlight Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald’s plan to improve Ohio’s economy, the candidate said Friday.</p><p> FitzGerald, who is running against Gov. John Kasich in the November election, said the governor cut the state’s Local Government Fund significantly, resulting in less money for local communities.</p><p> “The Local Government Fund plays a big part in how local communities survive,” FitzGerald said. “The governor cut that fund by 50 percent, and it continues to have enormous consequences for the average person in Ohio.”</p><p> FitzGerald said cutting the fund in half has forced communities to raise taxes and lay off firefighters and police officers.</p><p> Connie Wehrkamp, communications director for Kasich’s campaign, said FitzGerald’s claims of budget difficulties are inaccurate.</p><p> “Ohio’s improving economy is strengthening our communities,” Wehrkamp said in an email. “With more than 97 percent of Ohio’s counties, cities and villages reporting budget surpluses at the end of 2012, combined local government revenues on track to increase $624.7 million since 2010, and police and fire jobs on the rise for the first time since 2008, Ed’s claims of widespread budget difficulties ignore the facts.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, July 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHFitzGerald plan: restore funding to communitiesWapakoneta Daily