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June 26th

Buckland struggles with budget

June 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — Money concerns were on the minds of village councilors Tuesday, as a proposed levy and a tight budget were on the agenda.

At a previous council meeting, new line items were authorized to get better control of costs and expenditures.
Councilors discussed closure of the park to save money.

Mayor Dan Lambert noted that $9,000 was spent on the park last year and approximately $4,000 may have already been spent on it this year. The mayor noted he would not know that number for sure until next month’s meeting.

Carnival means fun

June 26, 2014

The rain held off for most of the day Wednesday giving the Wapakoneta Noon Optimist Club an ideal day for their first annual Carnival at the Wapakoneta WaterPark.

From noon to 7 p.m. yesterday patrons of the WaterPark were able to enjoy the luxuries of the pool while also having the chance to play games, win prizes and receive “goody bags”.

Bonnie Wurst, Noon Optimist Club member, said the event was aimed toward the children in the community and was an activity meant as a community service.

Derby racer’s work pays off

June 26, 2014

Even if she had not won third place in her division at the Lima Soap Box Derby last weekend, a local racer said it would still have been worth all of her effort over the past five years.

“At least you got to go out there and try to win,” Madison Kennedy, 12, of Wapakoneta, said. “It’s really fun just to go out there and spend time with other racers and other kids. The first thing we probably say to each other is ‘good luck.’”

June 25th

Wapakoneta school meal prices rise

June 25, 2014

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved changes to the district’s lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year by a vote of 3-0 during a regular board meeting Tuesday evening.

The changes, which were proposed by WCS Food Service Supervisor Lori McKean, include a 10 cent increase for student lunches, a 30 cent decrease for those who qualify for reduced breakfast and a 25 cent increase for adult lunches.

Lunch prices will increase to $2.55 at the elementary school, $2.65 at the middle school and $2.75 at the high school.

Community unites for Relay For Life

June 25, 2014

Cancer fighters and survivors will unite for the Relay For Life of Auglaize County from 6 p.m. Friday to noon on Saturday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

This year’s Relay For Life, a fundraising event of the American Cancer Society, will incorporate the theme “Game On to Fight Cancer,” Relay For Life specialist Sarah Burke said.  

The events will begin with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. with cancer fighters sharing their accomplishments and progress stories, followed by the Survivor Lap at 6:15 p.m.

The road to the silver screen

June 25, 2014

Internet search after Internet search led one local 15-year-old to a gig as an extra in an upcoming Hollywood comedy set to hit screens July 2.

Maddie Bayne, an incoming Wapakoneta High School sophomore, is interested in acting, and last May she had the opportunity to be an extra on the set of “Tammy,” a movie starring Melissa McCarthy, most famously known for her raunchy turn as Megan in Bridesmaids, and for playing Molly on CBS’ hit comedy “Mike and Molly,” and Susan Sarandon, a Hollywood mainstay.

June 24th

Village mulls ownership of gas utility

June 24, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Administrator Fred Rowe announced Monday he is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to fund a $4.8 million project that will allow natural gas to become a village-owned utility.

At a regular board meeting, Rowe said he contacted a bond council firm based in Cincinnati to formulate funding plans that will satisfy the USDA. He said he hopes the council will contact him within the next few weeks with a list of funding scenarios that can be presented to the USDA.

W-G superintendent to see pay raise in July

June 24, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — Plodding through a busy agenda, the Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education approved a list of items regarding the upcoming school year, and gave superintendent  J. Chris Pfister a raise.

Pfister will see his pay rise by 2 percent in July.

City vehicle allegedly stolen, destroyed in fire

June 24, 2014

A Wapakoneta Public Works Department vehicle was found engulfed in flames at 3:02 a.m. on Sunday, June 22 at the dead end of Stonybrook Drive, Wapakoneta.

Wapakoneta Police Officers responded to the 1993 Ford truck, which had been reportedly stolen. The entire cab and engine compartment were destroyed by the fire.

June 23rd

Optimists host first carnival at WaterPark

June 23, 2014

The Wapakoneta Noon Optimist Club has teamed up with the Wapakoneta WaterPark to host the first annual Carnival at the WaterPark event this Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m.

The event, which is aimed toward the youth of the community, will feature eight games such as water bowling, catch a duck, ring toss, spray away and Frisbee tic-tac-toe, among others.

There will also be several water-related door prizes given away throughout the day, including items such as snorkels, goggles, squirt guns and more.

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