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April 10th

Driver in stolen vehicle crashes into bridge rail

April 10, 2014

A driver operating a stolen vehicle lost control and crashed into the northbound guardrail of the bridge while traveling southbound across North Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, at 2:39 a.m. on Wednesday.

Wapakoneta police officers responded and discovered the vehicle at the intersection of North Blackhoof and West Auglaize St.

According to the report, Bradley Drexler, 31, of Wapakoneta, was operating a 2008 Mercedes-Benz owned by Mike Swaney Buick GMC. Drexler is employed by the car dealership. The vehicle sustained disabling damage.

County preps for election

April 10, 2014

Auglaize County is still in need of poll workers for the upcoming general election on May 6.

Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox said the staff as already had to move around and shuffle people in order to get the right amount of republicans and democrats at each polling site.

Deputy Director Peggy Matheny said this year she has seen more republican poll workers cancel out on her than democratic workers, which is a blessing in disguise because usually the democratic party is not as vast as the republican party is in Auglaize County.

Church plans inaugural Eggstravaganza

April 10, 2014

The Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene will hold its first ever Community Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, featuring a black light Easter egg hunt and several other activities for children up to grade five and their families.

The church is located on the corner of Benton and Court Streets, and the event will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Senior Pastor Stephen Ambrose said the event was planned as a way to engage with members of the community.

April 9th

City recognized as top public power provider

April 9, 2014

The City of Wapakoneta was recently recognized by a national organization for its reliable electric operations.
The American Public Power Association, based in Washington, D.C., awarded the city its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation on April 7. According to a news release, the designation is given to communities for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric services.

Board sees downhill trends

April 9, 2014

During Tuesday’s Auglaize County Health Department Board of Health meeting Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons provided board members with the county health rankings report for 2014. Parsons also gave out copies of the 2010 report to help compare the trends over the past five years.

“The thing that interests me most is the trend in our county over the past five years, did we go up, did we go down?” Parsons said. “And unfortunately we’re going down in most of the areas, sometimes it’s not much.”

Supplemental contracts approved

April 9, 2014

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved the supplemental contracts for two assistant coaches and accepted the retirement of a kindergarten teacher at a regular board meeting Tuesday night at the Gardenia Board Office.

Debra Shenk, a kindergarten teacher at Cridersville Elementary School, will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Her retirement will officially go into effect on June 30.

April 8th

Committee mulls eyesore properties

April 8, 2014

City council heard from a a variety of committees and guest speakers at its regular meeting Monday night.

The Lands and Buildings Committee, chaired by At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber, met on March 25 and discussed certain properties within the city that were considered deteriorating.

Local writer shares challenging journey

April 8, 2014

For St. Marys native Sara Berelsman sharing her life story with people comes easy.

A former writer, Berelsman put her story into a book that was published last November, My Last Rock Bottom, which chronicles her journey through depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism and important life choices.

Berelsman visited the Wapakoneta YMCA Monday morning to spend some time talking and sharing with senior citizens, in coordination with the Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA).

Safe haven for pets

April 8, 2014

ST. MARYS — Pets without homes have another option as they wait for their forever homes.

The Animal Resource Foundation, or ARF, was started in 2011 in Auglaize County by a group of animal lovers who committed to volunteering their time. Their goal was to be different from the local humane society in one fundamental way — it is a rescue, not a shelter.

April 7th

Gala highlights vintage items

April 7, 2014

The Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) hosted its first annual vintage wedding gala Saturday at Village Green.

With food samples from Cloud Nine Catering and a wonderful display of vintage clothing, accessories, dinnerware and an assortment of much more, Village Green owner Blaine Kohler believes the day was a success.

“I think it was great,” Kohler said. “I think WASS had a really good turnout for their businesses.”

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