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April 17th, 2013

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.

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.

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