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October 22nd

Façade first year success, leaders say

October 22, 2013

A downtown revitalization program proved to be very popular with downtown property owners hoping to take advantage of a joint city-private organization effort, a Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership member says.
Façade Improvement Committee Chair Sue Siesel provided Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s meeting with an update of the program as its first year nears its conclusion.

Singing for a cure

October 22, 2013

One Wapakoneta native used her voice to take a stand for breast cancer awareness, in front of an audience of 63,207 football fans.
Jennifer Christiansen, 43, sang the national anthem prior to the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions NFL game Sunday afternoon at Ford Field in Detroit.
Christiansen’s brother, Dave Christiansen, of Wapakoneta, said he attended the game and was proud of his sister’s performance on the field.
“It was absolutely wonderful — very emotional,” Dave Christiansen said.

October 21st

Locals to "Dance the Magic" at Disney World

October 21, 2013

Many families tune into the Disney Christmas parade as a Christmas morning tradition, but this year, a few local dancers will “Dance the Magic.”
Three dancers — Madison Sams, Dylan Snyder and Olivia Tregoning — from The Dance Centré, of Wapakoneta, will be performing at Walt Disney World in Florida in the Dance the Magic Parade on Dec. 5-8. After submitting their auditions of a Disney-choreographed dance routine, the girls were chosen to participate in two major events in Disney World. 

Crafters show off wares at fundraiser

October 21, 2013

Four years ago, one Wapakoneta woman had yet to precision cut her first piece of wood with a scroll saw.
On Saturday Vickie Schaub manned a booth selling her creations at the Wapakoneta Noon Optimist Craft Show held in the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria and gymnasium.
“This is my first time having a booth anywhere,” Schaub said, sitting at the end of a table in the middle of gymnasium. “I think I am doing OK.”

Talking trafficking

October 21, 2013

Within a 30-minute walk of downtown Wapakoneta, an Ohio professor says someone within that radius is involved in or has been affected by human trafficking.
With an extensive highway system, a high number of truck stops, close proximity to Canada and a high poverty rate, Ohio is one of the most vulnerable states in the United States for human trafficking, University of Dayton political science professor Anthony Talbott said Sunday during an hour-long presentation on human trafficking at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center.

October 18th

Meningitis reported

October 18, 2013

Several recent cases of viral meningitis in the area have gotten the attention of local health officials.
“We are looking for commonalities but haven’t found any,” Auglaize County Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said of the several cases reported in Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties. “It is unusual to have this many.”
She said many of the cases have been reported in young children and a majority have been in Mercer County.

Envoys of good

October 18, 2013

The new kid in school typically has trouble getting their locker open or sometimes finding the right classroom. They often sit by themselves during lunch and talk little to others during the school day.
Three years ago, Wapakoneta Middle School students took full ownership of a program to break down those barriers — the Ambassador’s Club — which helps new students become acclimated with the school and intermingle with other students.
“You get to show new students around the school,” fifth-grader Gwen VanVorhees said, explaining they sit with them during lunch for a week to help.

Tutoring to help students

October 18, 2013

Many students struggle to find help outside of the classroom for homework, tests and everyday studying. For Wapakoneta Middle School fifth-graders, they should look no further than their own school.
Seventh-grade tutor Brooke Mullen, 13, said she chose to help fifth-graders because she wants to use her gifts to help others.
She said school is easy for her, but she understands that many students do not learn as quickly. She said her favorite subject is math, which is the subject she enjoys tutoring the most.
“I get to help kids that don’t exactly understand the concepts,” Brooke said.

Width to stay

October 18, 2013

Citing a mid-year change in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) policy, Wapakoneta City Council Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks members voted to maintain the street width for a section of West Auglaize Street scheduled for reconstruction in 2015.

Lima man dies in I-75 crash

October 18, 2013

A 39-year-old Lima man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 near the Bellefontaine Street overpass in Wapakoneta.
John R. Austin was driving a dump truck south on I-75, approaching the Bellefontaine Street overpass at 1 p.m. when witnesses said his dump bed started to rise. The dump bed struck the overpass causing the truck to overturn and trap Austin in the cab.

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