The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-30T11:45:17-04:00 Road project begins2014-09-30T11:45:17-04:002014-09-30T11:45:17-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Work has begun on the Glynwood Road project. According to Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart, Glynwood Road from Overholser Street  in Wapakoneta west to the Buckland River Road is planned for resurfacing later this week.</p><p> According to Reinhart, the contractor began Monday to mill construction joints at intersecting roadways and driveway entrances where needed. Reinhart said the milling and resurfacing will be performed one lane at a time and the roadway will remain open to traffic, but to avoid possible delays, he advises motorists to try to avoid this area if possible. On Monday afternoon, county crews were out dura-patching low parts of the roadway to prepare it for repaving.</p><p> “We’re filling in a low spot to get it ready,” said Kevin Steinke with the county engineer’s office.</p><p> The Glynwood Road project is the only two miles of county road to be repaved this year.</p><p> Reinhart said previously that the harsh winter, the cost of materials and reduced revenue has resulted in the county — out of 350 miles of roadway — only being able to resurface two miles with hotmix this year. Those two miles will be on Glynwood Road from Overholser Street to the Buckland River Road.</p><p> “The 2014 road improvement program for the 350-mile county system will be comprised mostly of pavement maintenance applications (chip seal, crack seal, micro-surfacing) versus hotmix paving due to lack of funding,”</p><p> Reinhart said in a report submitted earlier this year to the Board of County Commissioners. For the overall project, 65 percent of it is in the county; 35 percent is in the city of Wapakoneta, with both paying their respective shares.</p><p> The county engineer’s estimate of the project is about $177,000. The cost to the city is $61,970 according to the engineer’s estimate published in the city ordinance authorizing the city’s portion of the project, and will be paid from funds appropriated for street improvements for 2014.</p><p> According to the ordinance, the project includes pavement overlay and a bike path.</p>Wapakoneta, OHTom WehrhahnGlynwood Road project beginsWapakoneta Daily on a mission to help others2014-09-30T11:39:23-04:002014-09-30T11:39:23-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A Russian Bible lies on the desk of Wapakoneta High School teacher Bill Sammons, serving as a constant reminder of a mission trip he took to the country more than one year ago, and bringing to mind the fact that its people still need help.</p><p> In the summer of 2013, Sammons and three pastors took a 16-day expedition to several cities in Russia. The group traveled to Moscow and Yekaterinburg — two of the country's largest cities — as well as remote villages with little to no contact with the outside world.</p><p> The purpose of the trip was to hand out Bibles to Christians living in Russia who either can't afford them or have no way of accessing a Bible because of restrictions from the Russian government.</p><p> “It's hard to get a Bible over there,” Sammons said. “You can't find them in public stores, and people give the Bibles they do have to the Russian Orthodox Church because the priests say, 'you don't need to read the Bible, I will tell you the truth.' “It's a little corrupt because the priests don't want them to hear the truth. That's why we were there — to let them know they can have a relationship with God.”</p><p> The corruption does not stop with restricting access to Bibles, Sammons said.</p><p> Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church also tell their congregations that in order to be forgiven of their sins, they must give the church 50 rubles. Although that only equates to $1.27 in the U.S., Sammons said many Russians cannot afford to pay that much, and that they should not have to pay any money to be forgiven of their sins in the first place.</p><p> “We told them the real answer was to confess your sins to Christ, and after we told them that there were literally guys dancing in the street because they were so happy they could be saved,” he said.</p><p> For the full story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHJohn BushTeacher on a mission to help othersWapakoneta Daily escape kennel, kill neighbor's dog2014-09-30T11:31:30-04:002014-09-30T11:31:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville Police Department investigated a report of two dogs entering a neighbor's yard and killing a dog at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, at a Cridersville residence.</p><p> Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said the owner of the deceased dog had the Chihuahua mix tied out in the yard at the 300 Block of West Sugar St., Cridersville, when two dogs, a husky and a part wolf breed, entered the yard and attacked the Chihuahua.</p><p> Drake said he has identified the owner of the two dogs, who resides in the 300 block of West North St., Cridersville. Drake said it appeared the two dogs had escaped their enclosure and slid through the gated fence in the yard.</p><p> Drake said he and the Auglaize County Dog Warden were able to capture the two dogs, who are currently being housed at the dog warden shelter. For the full story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 30, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHBrittany PowellDogs escape kennel, kill neighbor's dogWapakoneta Daily fly to support veterans2014-09-29T11:56:30-04:002014-09-29T11:56:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Wapakoneta community came together Saturday afternoon and into the evening to celebrate with wings, football and favorite beverages at the 13th Annual Wapak Wing Fest to support the Lima VA clinic.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Two local wing establishments took top prizes in this year’s Wing Fest, held at the Wapakoneta American Legion Post #330, 1108 E. Benton St. Professor’s BBQ took first place and Smokecraft BBQ garnered the People’s Choice award. Millie’s Café in Ottoville took second place.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In announcing the winner, event co-chair Chris Ewald said the voting took longer than expected because there was a tie.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I had to go back and get more wings and go through another round of judging to get a winner,” Ewald said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The day started off with volleyball, followed by an afternoon poker run. Seven vendors in competition for the top prizes opened their stands at noon. As the afternoon rolled around, the poker run winners were announced: Diane  Jenkins won first place. In another tie, Legion Riders Treasurer Bob Martin and ride coordinator Van Grandstaff took second place.</span></p><p class="p3">Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNWings fly to support veteransWapakoneta Daily gather for fest2014-09-29T11:51:07-04:002014-09-29T11:51:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">SIDNEY — The sounds of raw brass, delicate woodwinds and percussive instruments could be heard resonating together off of Sidney Memorial Stadium Walls on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the 28th annual Sensational Sounds Marching Band Festival.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta High School Marching Band performed along with high schools from Covington, Miami East and Sidney in an event fully dedicated to showcasing young musicians’ talents. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“This is a special night so that the kids can cheer the kids and the bands can cheer the bands,” Sidney High School Music Boosters President Bob Barnes said, “because, so many times, the marching bands are the half time show, and everyone’s there to see the football team, and this is a night where people are here to see them.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Barnes described the event as a “band festival,” focused on having a good time in a non-competitive atmosphere. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s an opportunity for them to come out and have some fun, and if you go out here and watch these kids across the way, they’re all cheering for one another,” Barnes said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, Sept. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLBands gather for festWapakoneta Daily indicted on theft charge2014-09-29T11:45:20-04:002014-09-29T11:45:20-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">A former receptionist has been indicted by the Darke County grand jury for allegedly stealing or attempting to steal more than $360,000 from the estates of a Wapakoneta couple. </span></p><p class="p3"> Arcanum resident Lynette K. Foureman, 54, was indicted in August after it was discovered she had been taking money from the estates of the late Arthur and Ruth Schaub for the past four years. Foureman had been working for attorney Gary Flinn, who has offices in Sidney and Greenville, when the thefts allegedly took place. The estates were being handled by Flinn’s office at the time.</p><p class="p3"> Eric Roberts, a detective from the Greenville Police Department, said his office was alerted of the suspected crimes after Flinn had discovered an unusual amount of activity regarding the Schaubs’ estate. Flinn made the discovery after speaking to a co-executor of the estates who had called about the disbursement of a large trust fund. On the day of the phone call, Roberts said, a different receptionist working at the Sidney office answered the phone and put the call through to Flinn.</p><p class="p3"> “He spoke to (the co-executor) and that’s when he realized there was a problem because he was not aware they were trying to give disbursements from the estates,” Roberts said. “He then contacted the police because he started noticing some problems within the account. That’s when I got called in. I spoke to her and she spilled it out pretty quickly.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, Sept. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHWoman indicted on theft chargeWapakoneta Daily give to community, honor teacher2014-09-27T13:08:44-04:002014-09-26T21:56:13-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta City School students banded together to provide for needy in the community, but also to honor a woman who is remembered as a “faithful volunteer” at God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta.</p><p> The students who participated in the Barb Norton district-wide canned food drive were awarded with a casual dress day on Friday, Sept. 26. God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said the efforts of the students and teachers were much appreciated, along with the canned foods provided to stock the food bank’s inventory.</p><p> Berg said Barbara Norton, who died three years ago, would be proud to see the food drive continues at the school. Norton initiated the food drive with two teachers at the school many years ago when she worked as a Wapakoneta Middle School teacher.</p><p> “In her memory, this project continues,” Berg said. “There were three classes that did this. They would assemble fruits, hot dogs, bread, buns, all sorts of foods that were child friendly that they could prepare themselves, and they would walk those over from the middle school.”</p><p> She said God’s Storehouse is happy the school is continuing to honor Norton through the food drive. Berg described Norton as a very close friend. She said Norton was a member of St. Marks church and a “faithful volunteer” at the food bank.</p><p> For the full story, see the Saturday, Sept. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHBrittany PowellStudents give to community, honor teacherWapakoneta Daily to offer program in government2014-09-27T13:08:44-04:002014-09-26T21:49:25-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News For the first time ever, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, in collaboration with the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, will offer a program that will allow students to participate in a simulation of the democratic process.</p><p> The program is called Ohio YMCA Youth in Government, which began in 1952, and is offered in several states across the country. The YIG movement as a whole, however, began in 1936 in New York. Although it has existed in Ohio for more than 60 years, this is the first time students living in Wapakoneta will be able to participate.</p><p> According to a press release, YIG offers students the opportunity “to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.”</p><p> The program culminates in a three-day conference held April 16, 17 and 18 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Students can participate in one of four ways, each focusing on the three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial — as well as the press corps, commonly referred to as the fourth branch of government.</p><p> For the full story, see the Saturday, Sept. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHJohn BushYMCA to offer program in governmentWapakoneta Daily 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True2014-09-26T14:46:57-04:002014-09-26T14:46:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually TrueWapakoneta Daily’s holds ribbon cutting2014-09-26T10:59:34-04:002014-09-26T10:59:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The sun shined brightly Thursday morning as a large crowd gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant.</p><p> “It’s hard to believe we started this on June 2 and here we are today,” co-owner Jeff Monfort said as he spoke about the construction process. “It’s been a team effort to put this thing together and I hope you can be proud of your local McDonald’s that you see here.”</p><p> The restaurant was built as an upgrade to the old McDonald’s that used to be located on the same site as the new one. In fact, the same contractor who built the original Wapakoneta McDonald’s in 1973 oversaw construction of the new building.</p><p> Although Monfort and his wife, Mary, own several McDonald’s locations, they affectionately refer to this location as the “mother store” and “the store that love built.”</p><p> “We say that because everything started here for us,” Monfort said. “It was our first jobs when we were 16 years old, and it’s where we met. We fell in love with each other, we fell in love with the business, and we’ve been living the dream as best friends and business partners ever since.”</p><p> Since the old location had been such a big part of the Monforts’ lives, they wanted to bring over something that would be a constant reminder of their roots. The same flagpole that had stood near the store built in 1973 is now a fixture of the new restaurant.</p><p> Although the flagpole is the only physical object brought over from the old location, Monfort said customers can expect the same quality service and cleanliness that was prevalent at the old store.</p><p> During his speech, Monfort spoke about some of the new features that have made this restaurant more modern and efficient.</p><p> An added entrance from Bellefontaine Street and a double drive-thru will allow customers to get in and out quicker, he said. There is also a third window, called the “fast forward window,” that will further speed up the drive-thru process.</p><p> “If you ever got behind a mom with 10 Happy Meals in a minivan at the old store, you know what that’s like,” he said.  “Now there’s another lane to choose and we can even pull them forward as well.”</p><p> The double drive-thru and increased space will also eliminate lines stretching out onto Bellefontaine Street, which was a common occurrence at the old store.</p><p> On the inside, a new dual-point ordering system separates where you order from where you pick up. Monfort said this is a “much more efficient way of taking care of customers.”</p><p> The new restaurant also features a technology upgrade. The menu boards are all digital, and there are now 12 outlets complete with a USB port for customers to charge their electronic devices.</p><p> “In the original store we had one outlet in the lobby and it was on the ceiling,” Monfort said. “You had to climb on top of the table to plug in your computer.”</p><p> For kids, there is an entertainment section of the restaurant near the main entrance that features two touch screen televisions. The TVs feature various games and puzzles children can enjoy when they dine in.</p><p> Before the ribbon was cut, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz spoke about the impact McDonald’s has had on them personally, and for the community.</p><p> “One of my first jobs was at McDonald’s,” Faber said. “The skills I learned there have carried me through my life and earning income managing a McDonald’s while I was in college helped me pay for school. If it wasn’t for the ability to have that extra income, I’m not sure I could have bought books, paid tuition and all those other things.”</p><p> Faber went on to say McDonald’s has always held a special place in his heart. As he travels the state, he said whenever he runs into people associated with McDonald’s he is meeting people who have been “tried and tested with quality and character.”</p><p> Although he admitted he might be biased, Faber said there are no better McDonald’s in the world than in west central Ohio.</p><p> When it was Metz’s turn to speak, he focused on the impact the Monforts and the McDonald’s Corporation as a whole have had on the Wapakoneta community.</p><p> “We’re really honored to have a corporate business of this nature in our community,” Metz said. “They provide not only income for our community, but the more important thing is an education tool for our younger generations.<br /> “They do a tremendous amount for the community and the school system. They are always with us doing special projects, and helping out at different occasions.”</p><p> After the speeches were given, the Monforts, along with their children, grandchildren and parents, cut the ribbon that was made by Wapakoneta Elementary School students.</p><p> WES works year round with McDonald’s, collecting tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton. In the spring, McDonald’s helps sponsor Ronald’s Walk, which is part of a celebration commemorating the school’s year-long fundraising effort.</p><p> While speaking to the students who were present at the ceremony, Monfort pulled out a tab from his pocket to roars of applause from the crowd.</p><p> “I carry this around in my pocket because it reminds me of the ‘can do’ attitude Wapakoneta Elementary School students have,” he said.</p><p> After the ceremony was completed, Monfort invited those who were gathered to join them inside for cake and food.</p><p> One local resident who stuck around to eat was Miranda Layne, a former McDonald’s employee who worked at the old store. She said she was very impressed by the new restaurant.</p><p> “This is a big improvement — it’s really nice here,” she said. “There’s a lot more space so you can fit a lot more people in here. I like it.”</p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHMcDonald’s holds ribbon cuttingWapakoneta Daily