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August 10th, 2012

Helping others

August 10, 2012

The community coming together is a neat thing about Servant’s Day — an organizer says.

The third annual Servants Day is set for Sept. 22, and local residents are reminded that Aug. 15 is the deadline to apply for home repair assistance through this program.

Dems open Obama re-election office in Wapak

August 10, 2012

Democrats in Auglaize County kicked off their re-election efforts for President Barack Obama against the presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney with the grand opening of their campaign headquarters Thursday in Wapakoneta.

The local staff outlined their goals to capture voters in the predominantly Republican and conservative county in west-central Ohio.

August 9th

WCS farm finalist

August 9, 2012

Local farmers have joined together to nominate Wapakoneta City Schools for a rural education grant.

The district was selected as one of 22 finalists from Ohio for as much as $25,000 from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant from the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co.

Wapakoneta City Schools’ application was strengthened with community support offered by numerous farmer nominations, according to to those who selected grant finalists.

Board plans ahead

August 9, 2012

Not wanting the unexpected to happen during this year’s presidential election in November, the Auglaize County Elections Board opted Wednesday to purchase two new computers.

The computers would replace existing ones bought in 2004, which are used to program ballots and tabulate results.

“Although we’ve had no real issue with them, they are starting to get a little age on them,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.

Preliminary plans for Botkins school unveiled

August 9, 2012

BOTKINS – Fanning/Howey and Associates Project Manager Randy Sprunger gave a brief update Wednesday on the new Botkins Local Schools project.

“We are on schedule as far as time is concerned,” Sprunger said during the Botkins Local School District Board of Education meeting. “We will be talking with the construction management firm to keep the process going.”

August 8th

Home Savings Bank named among safest in country, state

August 8, 2012

A Wapakoneta bank was recently named among the 359 safest in the United States.

Home Savings Bank, located at 1 S. Blackhoof St., not only was listed among the top safest banks in America by an article published in MSN’s money section in July, but the community bank also made the list among only six other Ohio banks.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Home Savings President Jim West told the Wapakoneta Daily News. “We’re very proud of being named one of the safest banks, it’s a real honor.

Turnout high for night out

August 8, 2012

Hundreds of people from throughout Auglaize County turned out Tuesday for National Night Out at the Harmon Park Gazebo in Wapakoneta.

“It seems to get bigger every year,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “It is a good way for us to interact  with the citizens.”

National Night Out, which is held the first Tuesday each year in August, is hosted in more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states.

Second memorial golf outing planned to raise money for scholarship fund

August 8, 2012

Family and friends of a Wapakoneta teenager who died after a seven-year battle with brain cancer are continuing with a golf outing to raise money for a scholarship in his name.

The second-ever Jason Strauser Memorial Golf Outing is planned for Saturday at Prairie View Golf Club, outside of Waynesfield. This year the main fundraiser for the scholarship fund in Jason’s name also is to feature bingo, chicken dinners, auctions and 50/50 and door prize drawings.

August 7th

Curfew change

August 7, 2012

Student-athletes traveling to Wapakoneta High School to lift weights or work out prior to the start of classes soon should have fewer worries about violating the city’s curfew ordinance.

An amendment to change the end of the curfew to 5 a.m. from 6 a.m. was introduced Monday during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting for councilors’ consideration.

Council President Steve Henderson proposed the time change after receiving numerous calls from parents of baseball and football players.

Suspicious powder found in teacher’s desk

August 7, 2012

A suspiciously packaged white powder prompted Wapakoneta High School administrators to contact the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for assistance.

Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson was called to the school after a teacher found a “suspicious” envelope in a desk drawer. The envelope had white powder folded up inside and was discovered Friday morning a little before 11 a.m.

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