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August 22nd, 2014

Tragedy averted at WaterPark

August 22, 2014

A 4-year-old girl from northwestern Ohio nearly drowned Tuesday at the city’s WaterPark, but she and her family were back at the pool Thursday afternoon to thank those who saved her.

According to the Wapakoneta Fire Department, a young juvenile was transported to the hospital after a near drowning at 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the WaterPark, 106 Hamilton Road, Wapakoneta.

Mandel on a mission

August 22, 2014

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel stopped by the Wapakoneta Daily News Wednesday to discuss legislation that would put the state’s checkbook online — an initiative he hopes will create “an army of citizen auditors” throughout the state.

“I’m doing this because I believe the people of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent,” Mandel said. “I think the best way to make government more efficient and smaller is to empower the people to follow the money.”

Volunteers sought to help in “Big” way

August 22, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters is reaching out for volunteers interested in becoming mentors to Wapakoneta Middle School students in its newest program “Lunch Club.”

Volunteers will meet with a sixth- or seventh-grade student twice a month for a half hour during their lunch period, starting mid-September and running throughout the school year.

The program is designed to be a simple,  not time-consuming way for students to gain a friend and role model, Nancy Eberle, Big Brother Big Sister site-based coordinator, said.

August 21st

Fallen arches

August 21, 2014

The Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant is closed, but there’s no need to call 911. Too late. Somebody already did.

According to police, a person called 911 earlier in the week regarding the closure, and provided a peak, perhaps, at how important the Golden Arches are to the community.

The restaurant that had stood since 1972 came tumbling down Wednesday as more than 50 onlookers gathered to watch the demolition firsthand. It had been closed since Sunday night.

God’s storehouse reports growing need for help

August 21, 2014

Whether it be donating food items, raising money or volunteering manpower, representatives from God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta say the need is great, and they need more help.

“We have so many people coming. We’re really just chewing through our resources,” God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said. “We spend well over $1,000 every week on groceries.”

August 20th

It’s back to school day

August 20, 2014

With children of all ages, parents and faculty members in attendance at Wapakoneta City Schools back to school celebration Tuesday night it certainly didn’t seem like summer any longer.

As a matter of fact, as of this morning school is officially back in session.

The schools and parking lots were packed last night to offer an introduction to the buildings, teachers and new surroundings for students entering into the 2014-15 school year.

District elects two to board

August 20, 2014

Two local farmers were elected to the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors Tuesday during the organization’s 68th annual meeting at the V.F.W. Hall in Wapakoneta.

Brett Fledderjohann and Ron Wilker were elected to three-year terms, and will join Jeff Zwiebel, Lou Brown and Rick Place on the five-member board.

WaterPark season ends

August 20, 2014

The Wapakoneta WaterPark saw its final day for the season Tuesday, and while many swimmers visited for a fun afternoon, the park is closing the season without making much of a splash.

“We’ve had discussions about why we’re down,” WaterPark Manager Jack Hayzlett, also Wapakoneta recreation director, said, “because we’re down in attendance from two years ago, but two years ago there were 44 days above 90 degrees. Last year I think there were 13, this year, none.”

August 19th

Leo E. Chiles, 86

August 19, 2014

Leo E. Chiles, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Otterbein-Cridersville. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in St. Marys, the son of Roger L. and Bessie (Parke) Chiles, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 24, 1951, he married Mary Lou Walker, and she died July 15, 1996.

Two hotels face possible demolition

August 19, 2014

City Councilors were told Monday evening that two hotel properties near the junction of Interstate 75 and Bellefontaine Street have been put on notice and face possible demolition.

“The clock is ticking,” Mayor Rodney Metz said.

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