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April 15th, 2013

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.

Solar power’s part

April 15, 2013

Poles just sticking out of the ground a few weeks ago along Wapak Cridersville Road now includes panels of dark glass slightly tilted to the south and east.

Crews from AP Alternatives, working for Columbus-based Solar Planet Inc., are methodically working to convert 30 acres of city ground into a solar panel field that will generate 3 megawatts of electric power for the city of Wapakoneta.

Botkins breaks ground for new school

April 15, 2013

BOTKINS — Approximately 500 people turned out to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new elementary and high school scheduled to be built in Botkins.

“Whether you are a taxpayer, voter, or volunteer, you have helped make our future brighter,” Botkins Local Schools Superintendent Connie Schneider said.

Schneider thanked school board members and the volunteer Steering Committee that worked on educating the public and making tough decisions along the way.

April 12th

Dispatchers recognized for ‘silent service’

April 12, 2013

Assistant Managing Editor
The first line of communication between the public and emergency responders, dispatchers perform a “silent service.”
Their duties, which often go unseen by the public, are being recognized this week through Saturday, as part of National Telecommunicators Week.
Auglaize County Commissioner Don Regula read a proclamation on Thursday declaring the week of April 14 through April 20 in honor of the service provided by the seven dispatchers with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office. He then presented the dispatchers with a copy of the resolution.

Costs climb to fix buses

April 12, 2013

Staff Writer
A total cost for damage done from a vandalism incident Friday has yet to be calculated, but it will go into several thousands of dollars.
Wapakoneta City Schools administrators were forced to delay classes for two hours Friday morning after a bus mechanic found tires on several buses had been punctured. The damage was reported to the Wapakoneta Police Department at 5:58 a.m.

Show features talents

April 12, 2013

Assistant Managing Editor
An annual talent show and final performance of this year’s show by Singsation is being planned for Friday, May 3.
Cabaret features talent acts by freshman through senior show choir members, with acts to be determined next week, and concludes with Singsation members performing this year’s final performance of their show, “Through the Looking Glass.”
A dinner catered by Perfect Party Planning, of St. Marys, is to be served before the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost for dinner and the show per person is $20. Tickets for the show only are $5.

School delayed, buses vandalized

April 12, 2013

Wapakoneta City Schools were delayed two hours this morning after a large percentage of the district’s buses had their tires punctured.

Fifteen buses were able to continue their regular routes on a normal 2-hour delay schedule, while parents of students on other buses were asked to bring their children to school if possible in the morning. All buses were expected to return to their normal routes by the afternoon. Children who did not have a way to school were to be excused.

April 11th

Wapakoneta BOE goes electronic

April 11, 2013

Wapakoneta City School Board of Education meetings are going electronic.

Still a work in progress, school board members tried out the new software system during Turesday’s meeting.

“It’s a work in progress,” Wapakoneta City Schools Board President Eric McKinniss said as he led the first meeting testing out the new system. “We are still learning the program. There are a lot of advantages.”

McKinniss said those advantages include saving money by using less paper and being able to communicate better with the public.

Foley named Tiger coach

April 11, 2013

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members confirmed rumors Wed-nesday  that had been circulating for nearly a month by hiring Doug Foley as the school’s varsity football coach.

“I am excited to get started,” Foley said of his hiring after Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Foley was just one of several dozen applicants for the position, but the field narrowed quickly as many suitors were also looking for a full-time teaching position.

Included among the applicants was a former

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