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March 6th, 2014

Officials investigate alleged animal abuse

March 6, 2014

Law enforcement officials discovered a case of alleged animal neglect and abandonment at a Wapakoneta residence on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Calvin Schneider, with the Wapakoneta Police Department, said an officer responded to 706 Park St. in Wapakoneta on Wednesday after receiving a call about an open door at the residence.

On arrival, the officer went into the residence and found two animals, a deceased dog and another dog who appeared aggressive.

Lenten services begin

March 6, 2014

Yesterday the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association met to recognize Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association gives an opportunity for people of Wapakoneta to go on a spiritual journey together throughout Lent. They will continue to meet every Wednesday during Lent, with a different presider taking the altar each week.

Rev. Pat Sloneker of St. Joseph’s kicked off the yearly staple yesterday with an offering of ashes followed by a luncheon in the Parish Life Center.

Nation program targets the ‘R’-word

March 6, 2014

Wapakoneta Middle School students joined the national ‘End the R-word’ campaign to stop the use of the words retard and retarded on Wednesday by vowing to never use the word to describe any person or situation.

Deputy Samuel Blank, who teaches D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) classes in every middle school in Auglaize County, decided to address the issue after years of hearing it being used by students in the classroom.

Federal court to hear firefighter suit

March 6, 2014

A Settlement Conference that had been set for 1:30 p.m. Friday in the case of former Wapakoneta Fire Captain Tom Stinebaugh versus the City of Wapakoneta in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Ohio Western Division has been cancelled.

March 5th

Photographers gather for show

March 5, 2014

With interests ranging from sunsets to clowns and fruit, local artists gathered at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta for one passion they had in common — photography.

Calen Fledderjohan, 16, of St. Marys, entered the youth category, submitting animal, landscape and still life photographs.

Fledderjohan and his best friend and fellow artist, Skylar Hennon, 16, of St. Marys, attended the opening reception.

The two said they enjoyed viewing the various works of art at the photography exhibit.

Museum explores movie fact, fantasy

March 5, 2014

“Houston, we have a problem,” is one of, if not the most misquoted historical quote of all time, and some of that is probably attributed to Tom Hanks’ performance as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13.

Executive director of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Chris Burton, explained the historically accurate quote is, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” at the museum on Tuesday night while giving the Museum at the Movies tour.

Water woes waning

March 5, 2014

We’re down to nine.

Director of Public Service and Safety Bill Rains told City Council on Monday that the number of residences receiving water from their neighbors through the use of hoses had been reduced to nine.

That was from a high of about 30 reported last week.

Rains told councilors that after the article ran in the Wapakoneta Daily News, he received a call from the Environmental Protection Agency on the matter.

The EPA had previously told the City of Delphos that the use of garden hoses was not an acceptable solution.

March 4th

Happy Daz offers dining alternative

March 4, 2014

The sun was shining bright Monday morning as Happy Daz owner John Heaphy prepared to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and official open the doors of his newest Happy Daz location, located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue (state Route 501) and Defiance Street (state Route 198).

Even though it was 10 a.m. and below 10 degrees, many of the first customers, who also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, purchased ice cream treats, officially welcoming Happy Daz to Wapakoneta.

Keeping the food chain clean

March 4, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture Emergency Coordinator Dr. Dan Harpster spoke with the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta at its weekly meeting Monday afternoon, urging them to keep three things in mind about agriculture: it’s about growing food, opportunities and knowing the facts.

“Don’t get too hung up on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or pesticides or this and that,” Harpster said. “There’s always going to be issues — get the facts, know what the issues are and at the end of the day, farming is about growing food.”

Solid waste plan heats up council

March 4, 2014

An ordinance allowing the director of public service and safety to persue bids for the city’s refuse and recycling service didn’t even make it first reading Monday night as councilors voted to table the ordinance.

At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher was the most vocal opponent of the measure.

“I’m unhappy with this ordinance,” Fisher said. “We have a revenue problem and we shouldn’t heap it on the refuse department.”

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