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February 14th, 2014

Wait 'til the sun shines

February 14, 2014

Since the beginning of January, there haven't been many days where the streets of Wapakoneta were completely cleared of snow and ice.

Employees of the Wapakoneta Public Works department have been working overtime to make sure the streets are all treated with salt, beet juice and sand. These materials can only do so much, and the streets won't be completely cleared until the sun starts to melt the snow and ice.

Snow removal required by city ordinance

February 14, 2014

In order to enhance safety during significant amounts of snowfall, city officials advise residents to keep snow removal as a top priority — drivers and property owners are also reminded that it is required by law.

"We do have an ordinance that says a car cannot be parked on a public street for longer than 48 hours at a time without being moved — that's year round," Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. "The reason that comes to the forefront in winter time is because the snow plows are plowing around cars that are just setting."

New grant targets heroin scourge

February 14, 2014

Thursday morning Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple presented the Board of County Commissioners an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) subsidy grant agreement for Smart Ohio Pilot Funding.

Smart Ohio Pilot Funding is a grant for $375,000 establishing an opiate addiction, medically assisted treatment program. The grant will be paid in five equal installments, two installments of $75,000 coming before June 30, 2014 and three payments of $75,000 coming in the fiscal year of 2015.

Head Start families celebrate ‘Friendship Day’

February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us, and with the holiday comes the customary classroom parties where students exchange valentine’s cards and candy.

For preschoolers in the Head Start program at the Educational Service Center, however, Valentine’s Day was celebrated a bit differently this year.

Saving the silver screen

February 14, 2014

Jackson Center — A movie theater is often the center of a small town community, and many of those theaters are struggling to keep up with an ever-growing digital world.

The Elder Theatre in downtown Jackson Center is no different.

Becky Miller, who owns the theater with her husband, Rodney, said there was a great response from Jackson Center and surrounding communities throughout the past year to upgrade their theater to a digital platform.

February 13th

Fairgrounds to get new building

February 13, 2014

After 20 years of planning and installing an image of the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, the largest remaining project is in-the-works — the new show building.

The 100 by 150 foot building will be used during the fair week to accommodate large animal shows or two smaller shows at the same time, fairgrounds manager Fred Piehl said.

Rotary to host Wine & Dine

February 13, 2014

This Saturday, the Wapakoneta Rotary Club is hosting its fourth annual wine and dine event at the Grand Plaza, located at 913 Defiance St. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $50 a piece.

Rotary Club vice president Nicole Bowen said this is the largest fundraiser they do each year and the funds raised support the club’s commitment to the Wapakoneta High School tennis courts.

Squad plans casino night

February 13, 2014

St. Johns Volunteer Fire & Rescue will hold its first-annual casino night on Saturday, Feb. 15 as a fundraiser for new equipment.

Volunteer firefighter Brian Schlosser said the department needs to update its Self Contained Breathing Apparatus’ (SBCA’s), as well as some other equipment.

Games that will be available at the event will be Texas Hold ‘Em, Blackjack, Roulette and Silent Poker. There will also be a silent and live auction.

Sandwiches and chips will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

February 12th

Keeping their winning streak alive

February 12, 2014

For some, obscure knowledge comes naturally. The random facts and figures in your head can be put to good use in trivia tournaments with friends, while sitting at home watching Jeopardy, or by getting involved with a school academic club or team.

Over the past eight years, Wapakoneta High School senior, Austin Klingler, has participated in his school academic team. Starting early, in fifth grade, Klingler considers himself to know a lot of general knowledge topics.

Downtown accomplishments recognized

February 12, 2014

The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership discussed its accomplishments of 2013, its goals for 2014 and handed out several awards at its annual meeting and dinner at the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening.

“There were so many things to be accomplished and it was all done thanks to fabulous people who spent a lot of time,” DWP President Judie Presar said.

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