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Legislative dilemma

June 24, 2011

Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Edwin Pierce says that communication at both the local and state levels has been the key weapon in combatting the ever-growing problem of “bath salts” use.
That communication likely will lead to sweeping legislation that has been attached to the state’s budget bill which would take effect July 1.
Pierce said that an amendment has been proposed to add onto Ohio House Bill 153, The Ohio biennial operations budget bill, which will declare the drug as a controlled substance in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).

Mistaken identity

June 24, 2011

Whether its another child they look like or someone with the same name, students at Wapakoneta Elementary School sometimes find themselves involved in a case of mistaken identity.
Alice and Anne
Alice and Anne Grumblis, twins in kindergarten this past year, said they like a lot of the same things but not everything about them is similar, even if most of their classmates couldn’t tell them apart.
“A couple of our friends can, but I don’t know how,” Alice said. “Our parents can and our teachers, sometimes, now that we’ve had them all year.”

College athlete to help Red Cross

June 24, 2011

A Wapakoneta native who recently attended a leadership conference will take all of the information she learned back to her university in hopes of saving lives.
Devon Golden, a 2009 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, attended the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. from June 6-June 17.
“It was the best experience I’ve ever had,” Golden said.
Golden, who plays basketball at Georgetown College in Kentucky, was one of the 14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) college athletes chosen to attend this special leadership conference.

Protocol dilemma

June 24, 2011

In a flash, Wapakoneta EMS personnel watch as a person being transported in a rescue squad jumps out the back door when the vehicle stops for a traffic light at the intersection of Wood and Bellefontaine streets. He flees the scene on foot.
While the Wapakoneta police K-9 tracks the suspect back to his home, the suspect cannot be found.

More traffic taking flight

June 24, 2011

Traffic at the Neil Armstrong Airport, located outside of New Knoxville, has been picking up since spring.
“We’-ve been extremely busy during the last two months,” Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in corporate and agriculture traffic.”
Stroh said while every spring the airport has some increased traffic from crop dusters, this year that number nearly doubled what it would be during an average year.
“More farmers used aerial applications since they were unable to get in the wet fields,” Stroh said.

Educator awarded nationally for skills

June 24, 2011

The health education director for the Auglaize County Health Department recently received recognition as a “Distinguished Toastmaster.”
Janet Bassitt, 58, of Wapakoneta, was presented with the award, including a plaque and medallion, during a recent district conference.
Having joined the local Toastmasters Group, Grand Lake Toastmasters, of St. Marys, to improve her communication skills, Bassitt said she never anticipated achieving the highest level of recognition members of the international organization can earn.

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