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September 29th, 2014

Bands gather for fest

September 29, 2014

SIDNEY — The sounds of raw brass, delicate woodwinds and percussive instruments could be heard resonating together off of Sidney Memorial Stadium Walls on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the 28th annual Sensational Sounds Marching Band Festival.

Wapakoneta High School Marching Band performed along with high schools from Covington, Miami East and Sidney in an event fully dedicated to showcasing young musicians’ talents. 

Woman indicted on theft charge

September 29, 2014

A former receptionist has been indicted by the Darke County grand jury for allegedly stealing or attempting to steal more than $360,000 from the estates of a Wapakoneta couple. 

September 26th

Students give to community, honor teacher

September 26, 2014

Wapakoneta City School students banded together to provide for needy in the community, but also to honor a woman who is remembered as a “faithful volunteer” at God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta.

The students who participated in the Barb Norton district-wide canned food drive were awarded with a casual dress day on Friday, Sept. 26. God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said the efforts of the students and teachers were much appreciated, along with the canned foods provided to stock the food bank’s inventory.

YMCA to offer program in government

September 26, 2014

For the first time ever, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, in collaboration with the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, will offer a program that will allow students to participate in a simulation of the democratic process.

The program is called Ohio YMCA Youth in Government, which began in 1952, and is offered in several states across the country. The YIG movement as a whole, however, began in 1936 in New York. Although it has existed in Ohio for more than 60 years, this is the first time students living in Wapakoneta will be able to participate.

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

September 26, 2014

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

McDonald’s holds ribbon cutting

September 26, 2014

The sun shined brightly Thursday morning as a large crowd gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant.

“It’s hard to believe we started this on June 2 and here we are today,” co-owner Jeff Monfort said as he spoke about the construction process. “It’s been a team effort to put this thing together and I hope you can be proud of your local McDonald’s that you see here.”

Wapakoneta grad starts fashion line

September 26, 2014

A Wapakoneta native’s clothing line has received national attention, and the fashion designer is requesting her hometown’s support by casting votes her way.

Sara Oakley, 29, of Columbus, said she is a finalist in the Martha Stewart “American Made” competition.

Out of the 3,000 nominees, Oakley’s clothing line “Sweet Cottontail” is among the 1,000 chosen to move forward. Only 10 awards will be given out, Oakley said.

September 25th

Local schools score well

September 25, 2014

Local school districts performed well in overall achievement on report cards released recently by the Ohio Department of Education despite tougher standards put forth by the state.

In order to receive a positive indicator, at least 80 percent of students must have scored proficient or higher on state tests, an increase from 75 percent in past years.

Mystery cloud identified

September 25, 2014

Auglaize County EMA says the chemical released from a plant in the industrial park on Willipie St., Wapakoneta, in August is labeled “extremely hazardous substance,” but the quantity released is unlikely to have caused harm.

EMA Director Troy Anderson said the white cloud reported coming from AIP Logistics plant and spreading through a residential area consisted of two substances, nitrogen and  ethylenediamine (EDA).

September 24th

Board honors veteran, students

September 24, 2014

A local Vietnam War veteran who dropped out of high school to serve his country was honored with his diploma Tuesday night at a regular Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Roger Gossard was just 17 years old when he made the decision to leave Wapakoneta Senior High School 46 years ago in favor of joining the United States Navy.

On Tuesday, Gossard finally received the high school diploma he has been waiting more than four decades to obtain.

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