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April 18th, 2013

Historian seeks to find real footprint of Fort Amanda

April 18, 2013

FORT AMANDA — Dave Johnson has spent much of the last 40 years studying the history of Fort Amanda, many times debunking myths once believed about its history with information he discovered.

He said he now believes a current project going on at the field next to Fort Amanda State Park may soon debunk another one.

Archaeologists are currently analyzing the site, which he thinks will likely show the fort as being located differently than where it is currently believed. He believes Fort Amanda was located slightly more to the north.

Dairy princess title was a dream for junior

April 18, 2013

NEW BREMEN — Earning the title of Auglaize County Dairy Princess was once a dream for one New Bremen High School student.

When Kimberly Brown was in first grade, she knew she wanted to hold this title. She has since achieved this goal being crowned the 2013 Auglaize County Dairy Princess at the Auglaize County Dairy Banquet held earlier this spring.

“Ever since I was little, I said, ‘I want to be that person,’ ” the high school junior said of becoming a Dairy Princess for her county.

April 17th

Mayor waits on reports on W. Auglaize St. project trees

April 17, 2013

Three reports regarding trees along the proposed $2.1 million West Auglaize Street reconstruction project should provide the details needed to decide which trees stay and which trees need to be removed, Mayor Rodney Metz told Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s meeting.

Metz is awaiting reports from city Engineering Superintendent Mary Ruck, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Urban Forester Stephanie Miller and Choice One Engineering consultants. Choice One Engineering is the firm working with the city on the street project.

Residents reminded of scams

April 17, 2013

Area residents are being reminded to be on alert for common scams associated with the warm weather season.

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon issued a warning to residents this week.

“Typically, in this season, we receive complaints where citizens are victims of fraudulent repairs to the home,” Solomon said.

He said the repair scams often involve spouting, tree trimming, house or barn painting, asphalt driveway resurfacing, or lightening rod replacement.

Bell choir returns to Wapak

April 17, 2013

Bells will be ringing during an upcoming concert by an internationally acclaimed bell choir in Wapakoneta.

The Raleigh Ringers, hosted by St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), are returning to the area after a quickly sold out concert also hosted by the church in 2009. This time, the bell choir will take to the stage of the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center on May 26, which is the last Sunday of the month.

April 16th

Bombing puts dim light on ‘great journey’

April 16, 2013

An array of feelings went through the mind of local competitive distance runner Amy Kentner when she learned Monday that bombs blew up within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — fear and panic were among the strongest she felt.

Kentner, the organizer for the annual Run to the Moon 5-kilometer run held annually in Wapakoneta, had two friends, 24-year-old Sara Anderson and 34-year-old Amy Morrisey, who were participating in the race.

Expert talks of human trafficking in area

April 16, 2013

An expert on the issue of human trafficking quickly destroyed a myth that “it wouldn’t happen here,” as she addressed a crowd of approximately 30 people Sunday at the Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene.

Laurel Neufeld-Weaver, Sunday night’s speaker, told the story of a girl living in Lima who has since been relocated recently to protect her from her traffickers. The girl is 14.

April 15th

Boston Marathon updates continue last update 6:23 p.m.

April 15, 2013

CBS News is reporting that police have surveillance video of someone bringing in multiple backpacks to the area of the explosions 20 minutes before they occurred.
Blood and limbs strewn throughout the blast area.

Update at 6:23 p.m.
From Staff Reports

Explosions mar Boston Marathon

April 15, 2013

This remains a breaking news story: Two explosions went off at the Boston Marathon's finish line. Multiple injuries reported.

Laughing out loud: WHS students put on comedy

April 15, 2013

A group of high school students enjoyed making audiences laugh over the weekend during their annual spring musical, as they had a fun time showing their more humorous sides.

More than 50 Wapakoneta High School students helped put on the production of “Once Upon A Mattress” this weekend.

“This is the best opening night we’ve ever had,” senior Cedric Gegel said.

Gegel remarked this production was different than the ones done previously during his high school career.

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