The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-17T10:44:20-04:00, 60-somethings help Locks of Love2014-04-17T10:44:20-04:002014-04-17T10:44:20-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News CELINA — It’s rare for an adult to donate to Locks of Love.</p><p> It’s even rarer to find two men in their 50s and 60s to donate.</p><p> But for two Waynesfield residents, 56-year-old Bill Smith and 63-year-old Dan Macias, these facts mattered little, as long as they were helping people.</p><p> “It ain’t about me — what it’s really about is if this hair helps a cancer patient who can’t afford a wig, I think that’s great,” said Smith, owner of Smitty’s General Contracting in Waynesfield.</p><p> Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 with medical hair loss.</p><p> For Macias, who works for Smith, being able to help children with diseases is the best part.</p><p> “I like the idea of helping little ones,” he said. “I found out that a wig can cost $3,000 or more, so I like being able to donate to little kids with cancer who can’t afford one.”</p><p> In fact, hairpieces can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000, according to the Locks of Love website.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, April 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSH50-, 60-somethings help Locks of LoveWapakoneta Daily machines pass public test2014-04-17T10:42:07-04:002014-04-17T10:42:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Auglaize County Board of Elections met Wednesday morning to complete the public testing of the equipment that will be used for the upcoming May 6 election.</p><p> Board members Fran Engle, Diana Dulebohn, Brent Henschen and Bill Roth went through a simulation of voters inserting their ballots into the polling machines along with Deputy Director Peg Matheny.</p><p> The three precincts that were included in the test were Waynesfield, Wapakoneta 2B and Logan Township.<br /> Director Michelle Wilcox explained why these three were chosen.</p><p> “The three precincts we picked for the public testing are Waynesfield because we wanted a village, Wapakoneta 2B, we wanted a city plus something with splits and then Logan is a township with splits and also has one of the splits with the St. Marys school levy,” Wilcox said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, April 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERVoting machines pass public testWapakoneta Daily services come to a close2014-04-17T10:39:38-04:002014-04-17T10:39:38-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The final Wednesday Lenten service organized by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association was held in honor of Holy Week at St. Joseph Catholic Church.</p><p> Linda McCune, parish member of St. Joseph, said she enjoyed the Wednesday service, particularly Rev. David Williams’ homily.</p><p> “I thought it was excellent,” McCune said. “He gave the eulogy, he could play the organ, he could sing, he was very good.”</p><p> Williams, with New Knoxville First United Church of Christ, told a story about a child who needed open heart surgery who told the doctor he would find Jesus in his heart. After the unsuccessful surgery, the boy asked the surgeon what he found inside his heart, and he responded “I found Jesus in your heart.”</p><p> “Jesus lives in everybody’s heart,” McCune said. “That little story, it was true.”</p><p> McCune said people should look at death in a more positive way.</p><p> “It was his time to come home,” McCune said about the boy in the story. “It’s not the end. It’s the beginning.”</p><p> McCune said she also appreciated the services being held in the newly renovated St. Joseph Church.</p><p> “It’s just beautiful,” McCune said. “It’s very special because it is Easter week.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, April 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLLenten services come to a closeWapakoneta Daily school board to honor fallen soldier2014-04-16T11:22:31-04:002014-04-16T11:22:31-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education posthumously nominated U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award at a regular board meeting Monday night.<br /> Zimmerman was killed in action on July 16, 2013, in Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade. He was 25 years old.</p><p> “It still makes me emotional when I think about it,” W-G Superintendent Christ Pfister said. “He was just a wonderful person and an outstanding student who wanted to serve his country — unfortunately he lost his life.”</p><p> Zimmerman graduated from Waynesfield-Goshen High School in 2005, where he was involved with football and baseball. In the army, he was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, where he was an infantry squad leader. He received numerous awards while serving, including a Purple Heart.</p><p> W-G Board of Education member Tom Brookhart said selecting Zimmerman for this year’s award was an easy decision.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHW-G school board to honor fallen soldierWapakoneta Daily recognizes dispatchers2014-04-16T11:18:28-04:002014-04-16T11:18:28-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Whether a car accident, a burglary or an act of violence, the first to respond in any emergency situation is someone hidden from the public’s eye.</p><p> Auglaize County dispatchers were recognized by the county commissioners as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. A resolution stating that their work is “vital to the interest of the community” was signed at the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.</p><p> “It recognizes their services and their hours and things they deal with on an everyday basis and the stress that they’re involved with,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “We want to recognize their services to the community, and not just the local community, but the outside community, as well, because sometimes it goes across jurisdictional lines.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLCounty recognizes dispatchersWapakoneta Daily moon sculptures set to debut May 32014-04-16T11:16:24-04:002014-04-16T11:16:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The second installment in the Wink at the Moon sculpture series by Ohio artist Jay Risner will make its debut on Saturday, May 3, at the Casa Chic Derby Day Wine Tasting at Marley’s Downtown Ballroom.</p><p> According to Judie Presar, president of the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership, Casa Chic’s relationship with Risner began because some of his other sculptures were already being sold at the store.</p><p> “We were deliberating on something that could promote Wapakoneta and also raise funds for the Facade Improvement Program,” Presar said. “Laura Clementz suggested speaking with Jay about creating a Wink at the Moon sculpture to benefit the Wapakoneta Partnership’s Facade Improvement Program.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERNew moon sculptures set to debut May 3Wapakoneta Daily speaks at chamber forum2014-04-15T11:09:48-04:002014-04-15T10:54:53-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, discussed health care, education and working with Democrats during a roundtable discussion held for Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce members at the Eagles Ballroom on Monday.</p><p> During the discussion, Jordan spoke extensively about health care reform, saying the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the biggest impediment to growing businesses.</p><p> “With each passing day we find out more and more how bad this thing is,” Jordan said. “It’s a complete mess and we need a whole different approach on health care policy.”</p><p> Jordan said he hopes Republicans will bring an alternative health care bill to the House this summer. The bill will encourage health savings accounts, association health plans and maximizing freedom of choice by allowing individuals to choose state-based insurance, even if it is from another state.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, April 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHJordan speaks at chamber forumWapakoneta Daily cameras really sensors2014-04-15T10:53:16-04:002014-04-15T10:53:16-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News And now the truth is known.</p><p> Those alleged cameras atop the new traffic signals at the intersection of Bellefontaine, Wood and Pearl streets are really sensors.</p><p> Amid the controversy over red light cameras in Ohio and other states, it was originally thought that the new devices that appeared over the weekend we’re designed to catch and automatically ticket speeders and/or stoplight violators.</p><p> The devices, which could easily be mistaken for cameras, are far more high-tech than that it turns out.<br /> They monitor traffic flow.</p><p> “Once they’re active, Bellefontaine Street will have the green all the time,” Director of Public Safety and Service Bill Rains said. “When one of the sensors detects traffic on the other streets, the light will change.”</p><p> Prior to this new installation, the lights at the intersection changed on a rotational pattern.</p><p> The new lights will also feature upgrades for pedestrians.</p><p> The traditional button will be connected to a countdown screen to let pedestrians know how much time they have before the light changes against them. The system will also provide an audible “chirp” to assist the vision impaired.</p><p> Rains said the new system should be completed this week.</p><p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNAlleged cameras really sensorsWapakoneta Daily will back Issue 12014-04-15T10:50:51-04:002014-04-15T10:50:51-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News CRIDERSVILLE — New business at the Village of Cridersville’s monthly meeting was discussed regarding two resolutions Monday night.</p><p> Village Administrator Jarid Kohlrieser presented resolution 2234 pertaining to the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue 1 grant for the village.</p><p> “We were asked by the Auglaize County engineer to see if we could get support from council to get the word out a little bit,” Kohlrieser said. “This Issue 1 will be on the May ballot and what the resolution is is just an endorsement resolution to let the people know that we as a village support the OPWC Issue 1 funds.”</p><p> According to Kohlrieser since these funds have been made available the local governments in our county have received over $700,000 worth of project money.</p><p> “We have used OPWC funds in the past for many street projects, and this would just get the word out a little bit to the public and let them know that this money just used and appreciated,” he said.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, April 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERVillage will back Issue 1Wapakoneta Daily’s fate up to city2014-04-14T11:03:39-04:002014-04-14T11:03:39-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The city of Wapakoneta is trying to decide what it wants to do with a brick structure that was constructed in the parking lot of Image Master’s Print and Copy Center on 126 E. Auglaize St. during the East Auglaize Street Project, which was completed in 2013.</p><p> The structure covers up the base of an old sign post that was taken down years ago after a company went out of business.</p><p> Superintendent of Engineering and Zoning Mary Ruck said the brick pedestal is currently serving its purpose, and it’s up to the city to decide if they want to rehabilitate it in any way.</p><p> “As far as I’m concerned, we’re finished there” Ruck said. “If city council or the city as a whole decides to further enhance it with a planter, statue or plaque, I think that would be wonderful.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, April 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBarricade’s fate up to cityWapakoneta Daily