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May 7th

Wapak park goes from ruin to riches

May 7, 2014

A corner of Wapakoneta that previously would not have caught the attention of a passerby is now springing with tulips, perennials, pansies, and is in the care of two individuals who have promised the land a bright future.

Lois Marker and Jim Kohler, both lifelong residents of Wapakoneta, have been planning, mulching and planting along the corner of Hamilton Road and Defiance Street, growing a garden of spring flowers at the park dedicated as “Rudd-Yocum Corner.”

May 6th

Filling station getting new lines

May 6, 2014

The Clark gas station on 302 Willipie St. is undergoing construction to replace underground gas lines and the project may not be finished for another week, a Clark employee said.

The actual store remains open to the public, but customers will be unable to purchase gas until construction is completed and the state of Ohio has performed an inspection.

“We’re expecting another week down, but hopefully construction can get done by this weekend,” Clark employee Jacy Margraves said.

Park access sought

May 6, 2014

City councilors discussed the annual Party in the Parkway, the Farmer’s Market and lauded the Clerk of Council on Monday evening, but safe access to Veteran’s Park drew the bulk of the attention.

Residents of South Wentz Street and South Rauthland Avenue petitioned council to reopen the pedestrian gates at the end of their streets to allow safe access to the park.

Residents said that at one point, when the skate park was located at the park, there were problems, but now that the skate park has been moved, they want access reopened.

Drop and Swap aids landfill

May 6, 2014

Trailers, truck beds and vans were filled to the brim Saturday morning as community members participated in Wapakoneta’s annual Drop and Swap event at the Public Works Department at 110 Harrison St. Many people found treasures in items others no longer wanted.

In an attempt to reduce the amount of material going into the landfill, the Drop and Swap offered residents a place to drop off unwanted items, and look through items dropped off by other community members.

May 5th

Curtain call: seniors take final bow

May 5, 2014

The Performing Arts Center of Wapakoneta High School played host Friday evening to Cabaret, an exciting celebration of the success of this year’s show choir singers, dancers, crew and band members, while also paying tribute to all of the support they’ve received throughout the year and saying farewell to the senior members.

Singsation members closed out the year by serving their family, friends and peers dinner before performing personalized acts and their competition show, Dog Days Are Over, one last time.

5K run/walk to benefit humane society

May 5, 2014

The Auglaize County Humane Society’s first 5K and 1 mile fun run “Paws for a Cause” will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Veterans Memorial Park, Wapakoneta.

Care giver and co-manager of the shelter Deb Logan is organizing the event. She said 5Ks are a popular type of fundraiser in this area, and she is expecting a good turn out.

“I would love to have at least 50 runners,” Logan said. “It’s going to be an annual thing, so get your registrations in and come out and have a good time.”

Student shines at state contest

May 5, 2014

A Wapakoneta High School student placed second in a statewide essay contest that featured submissions from more than 5,000 middle and high school students in 51 Ohio schools.

Senior Austin Scott had his essay selected as runner-up for the Laws of Life Essay Contest, a character-themed writing competition for students in grades six through 12. The contest is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau’s Center for Character Ethics.

May 2nd

Two major issues face Wapakoneta voters

May 2, 2014

A handful of people have been spreading the word recently about the Heritage Trails Park District’s proposed 0.6 mill levy.  But to fully understand the issue, one has to look at the district and what it has accomplished.

The district was established on November 4, 1996, as a separate political subdivision of the county and state and operates much as any public health district or library district.

Two vie for 82nd

May 2, 2014

The Republican primary for the Ohio House of Representatives will take place May 6, pitting an incumbent with 18 years of government experience against a Wapakoneta resident who is  competing in his first election.

Incumbent Tony Burkley, R-Payne, and newcomer Brett Eley, R-Wapakoneta,  will face off in the battle for state representative of the 82nd Ohio House District, which includes Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert Counties, as well as portions of Auglaize County that includes all of Wapakoneta.

Voters to decide on alcohol sales

May 2, 2014

Area voters will decide on Tuesday, May 6 whether or not two businesses in Auglaize County will receive permits in order to sell alcohol on Sundays — the Wapakoneta Walmart and the St. Marys Eagles.

Registered voters in Wapakoneta precinct 3-B will be deciding whether or not Walmart Supercenter, at 1257 Bellefontaine St., Wapakoneta, will be able to sell beer, wine and mixed beverages between 10 a.m. and midnight on Sundays.

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