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April 18th

Ready to run!

April 18, 2014

One year ago Tuesday, Wapakoneta resident Amy Kentner was going about a normal day at work when she heard the news.

At 2:49 p.m., two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

Kentner, who has been an accomplished marathon runner for decades, wasn’t there that day. But 25 of her friends were.

She wondered, were they OK? How could this have happened? Who had done this? When will I hear from my friends?

VALU class takes step back in time to learn county’s history

April 18, 2014

A folk art painting with German inscription may hold a secret to a time in Auglaize County history that has faded. With no one around to tell the story of how the county historical society obtained the piece of art, the artist and his message has been, at least for now, lost in time.

Auglaize County Historical Society Administrator Rachel Barber said the painting is known to be native to St. Marys due to a recognizable, well-known hotel included in the painting that dates back to the 1840s.

April 17th

50-, 60-somethings help Locks of Love

April 17, 2014

CELINA — It’s rare for an adult to donate to Locks of Love.

It’s even rarer to find two men in their 50s and 60s to donate.

But for two Waynesfield residents, 56-year-old Bill Smith and 63-year-old Dan Macias, these facts mattered little, as long as they were helping people.

“It ain’t about me — what it’s really about is if this hair helps a cancer patient who can’t afford a wig, I think that’s great,” said Smith, owner of Smitty’s General Contracting in Waynesfield.

Voting machines pass public test

April 17, 2014

The Auglaize County Board of Elections met Wednesday morning to complete the public testing of the equipment that will be used for the upcoming May 6 election.

Board members Fran Engle, Diana Dulebohn, Brent Henschen and Bill Roth went through a simulation of voters inserting their ballots into the polling machines along with Deputy Director Peg Matheny.

The three precincts that were included in the test were Waynesfield, Wapakoneta 2B and Logan Township.
Director Michelle Wilcox explained why these three were chosen.

Lenten services come to a close

April 17, 2014

The final Wednesday Lenten service organized by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association was held in honor of Holy Week at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Linda McCune, parish member of St. Joseph, said she enjoyed the Wednesday service, particularly Rev. David Williams’ homily.

“I thought it was excellent,” McCune said. “He gave the eulogy, he could play the organ, he could sing, he was very good.”

April 16th

W-G school board to honor fallen soldier

April 16, 2014

WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education posthumously nominated U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award at a regular board meeting Monday night.
Zimmerman was killed in action on July 16, 2013, in Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade. He was 25 years old.

County recognizes dispatchers

April 16, 2014

Whether a car accident, a burglary or an act of violence, the first to respond in any emergency situation is someone hidden from the public’s eye.

Auglaize County dispatchers were recognized by the county commissioners as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. A resolution stating that their work is “vital to the interest of the community” was signed at the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

New moon sculptures set to debut May 3

April 16, 2014

The second installment in the Wink at the Moon sculpture series by Ohio artist Jay Risner will make its debut on Saturday, May 3, at the Casa Chic Derby Day Wine Tasting at Marley’s Downtown Ballroom.

According to Judie Presar, president of the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership, Casa Chic’s relationship with Risner began because some of his other sculptures were already being sold at the store.

April 15th

Jordan speaks at chamber forum

April 15, 2014

Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, discussed health care, education and working with Democrats during a roundtable discussion held for Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce members at the Eagles Ballroom on Monday.

During the discussion, Jordan spoke extensively about health care reform, saying the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the biggest impediment to growing businesses.

“With each passing day we find out more and more how bad this thing is,” Jordan said. “It’s a complete mess and we need a whole different approach on health care policy.”

Alleged cameras really sensors

April 15, 2014

And now the truth is known.

Those alleged cameras atop the new traffic signals at the intersection of Bellefontaine, Wood and Pearl streets are really sensors.

Amid the controversy over red light cameras in Ohio and other states, it was originally thought that the new devices that appeared over the weekend we’re designed to catch and automatically ticket speeders and/or stoplight violators.

The devices, which could easily be mistaken for cameras, are far more high-tech than that it turns out.
They monitor traffic flow.

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