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June 28th, 2012

Diggin’ bark park ideas

June 28, 2012

Owning a pet since this 15-year-old Boy Scout can remember, he pondered expanding an existing dog kennel run before deciding on helping to build a new dog park.

When Wapakoneta City Council members received inquiries about converting some city-owned land into a dog park, Wapakoneta resident Travis Rohrbach said he immediately thought he could help.

Principal retires, two others announce retirement

June 28, 2012

One 29-year member of Wapakoneta City Schools administrative staff parted ways with the district and two others announced plans to retire this week.

Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne was recognized for 29 years of service by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

“You have been compassionate about kids and passionate about school improvement,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.

June 27th

PAC changes: Wapak Schools changes how it handles PAC

June 27, 2012

Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members decided to move in a different direction with rentals of the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Board members voted during Tuesday’s meeting to establish reimbursement rates for workers at events held at the PAC. The rates would be charged on an as-needed basis with $125 going toward each a site coordinator and lights and sound person and $50 for a student assistant. Additional fees could be charged for utilities and janitorial services as needed.

TSC expands service

June 27, 2012

TSC is expanding their service to its telephone customers.

Starting Monday, TSC is expanding the places and telephone exchanges that customers can call — most likely reducing customers long-distance fees.

Acting out: Drama camp teaches basics of acting

June 27, 2012

Local youth can take advantage to learn about acting and to practice what they have learned at a local drama camp.

The Riverside Art Center is hosting its second-ever Drama Camp at St. Paul United Church of Christ, in Wapakoneta, this week.

“In a weeks time, they get the basics,” Riverside Art Center Vice President Maggie Bowsher said. “They all kind of amaze me.”

June 26th

Acres bed bids: Bids high for sale of Acres bed rights

June 26, 2012

Bids for the sale of beds from Auglaize Acres could bring in $720,000, if approved by the state.

“We were pleasantly surprised that they came in that high,” Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said.

She noted county officials were surprised by the interest shown with bids from four different companies. She expected half that number.

But before the Acres can count on the sale of rights to the beds, the state must certify the high bidder’s certificate of need and go through an appeals process, which could take nearly two years.

Field fires forecasted

June 26, 2012

Hot, dry weather with little rain is forcing officials with area fire departments to be on the lookout for field fires.

Members of the St. Johns Fire Department responded along with the Botkins Fire Department to a field fire that burned approximately 15 acres of wheat stubble Saturday afternoon on Hardin Pike. The fire started when the wind blew flames and caused the dry wheat stubble to catch fire.

However, St. Johns Fire Chief Rodney Campbell said the area has otherwise been fortunate so far.

Patriotic decor brightens up downtown

June 26, 2012

Area residents and shop owners have come together to add a decorative touch to the downtown area.

Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta has taken on more red, white and blue — to celebrate summer holidays and add a special “welcoming” theme to downtown.

Fern Hill Farmhouse shop owner Jodie Goodwin brought the idea up to the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops group (WASS) of adding some hand crafted decorations to display downtown to make the downtown shop area look more “cutesy.”

June 25th

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back

June 25, 2012

The white paper bags lining the track of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life this weekend each represented a life.

Some were in honor of cancer survivors, while others were in memory of those who lost their battles with the disease. They recognized grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, parents, prom dates, and friends from all walks of life.

Teams work to raise money

June 25, 2012

With themed laps all through the night, visits from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, games, contests and a wide array of food, including Twinkie Dogs and Krispy Kreme Burgers, organizers of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life deemed it a success.

“We had a really good turnout,” Relay for Life Chair Tiffany Fullenkamp said. “We really got the word out and had a great line up of events.”

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