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June 24th, 2011

Legislative dilemma

June 24, 2011

Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Edwin Pierce says that communication at both the local and state levels has been the key weapon in combatting the ever-growing problem of “bath salts” use.
That communication likely will lead to sweeping legislation that has been attached to the state’s budget bill which would take effect July 1.
Pierce said that an amendment has been proposed to add onto Ohio House Bill 153, The Ohio biennial operations budget bill, which will declare the drug as a controlled substance in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).

Mistaken identity

June 24, 2011

Whether its another child they look like or someone with the same name, students at Wapakoneta Elementary School sometimes find themselves involved in a case of mistaken identity.
Alice and Anne
Alice and Anne Grumblis, twins in kindergarten this past year, said they like a lot of the same things but not everything about them is similar, even if most of their classmates couldn’t tell them apart.
“A couple of our friends can, but I don’t know how,” Alice said. “Our parents can and our teachers, sometimes, now that we’ve had them all year.”

College athlete to help Red Cross

June 24, 2011

A Wapakoneta native who recently attended a leadership conference will take all of the information she learned back to her university in hopes of saving lives.
Devon Golden, a 2009 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, attended the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. from June 6-June 17.
“It was the best experience I’ve ever had,” Golden said.
Golden, who plays basketball at Georgetown College in Kentucky, was one of the 14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) college athletes chosen to attend this special leadership conference.

Protocol dilemma

June 24, 2011

In a flash, Wapakoneta EMS personnel watch as a person being transported in a rescue squad jumps out the back door when the vehicle stops for a traffic light at the intersection of Wood and Bellefontaine streets. He flees the scene on foot.
While the Wapakoneta police K-9 tracks the suspect back to his home, the suspect cannot be found.

More traffic taking flight

June 24, 2011

Traffic at the Neil Armstrong Airport, located outside of New Knoxville, has been picking up since spring.
“We’-ve been extremely busy during the last two months,” Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in corporate and agriculture traffic.”
Stroh said while every spring the airport has some increased traffic from crop dusters, this year that number nearly doubled what it would be during an average year.
“More farmers used aerial applications since they were unable to get in the wet fields,” Stroh said.

Educator awarded nationally for skills

June 24, 2011

The health education director for the Auglaize County Health Department recently received recognition as a “Distinguished Toastmaster.”
Janet Bassitt, 58, of Wapakoneta, was presented with the award, including a plaque and medallion, during a recent district conference.
Having joined the local Toastmasters Group, Grand Lake Toastmasters, of St. Marys, to improve her communication skills, Bassitt said she never anticipated achieving the highest level of recognition members of the international organization can earn.

June 23rd

Drug Dilemma: Area law enforcement struggles to combat 'bath salts'

June 23, 2011

When reflecting on the past couple of months, Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock offers this simple maxim about people intending to experiment with “bath salts” — “don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it.”
Bath salts, which are a product with no real practical use, are a synthetic hallucinative drug, which can be snorted, injected, ingested or smoked and are legal in Ohio — for now. An amendment to the state’s biennial operations budget bill would make them illegal with its passage.

Boyd to teach dance workshop

June 23, 2011

A local dancing celebrity will be returning home to host a dance workshop to raise funds for his alma mater.
A “Dance Worshop with Kent Boyd” is scheduled be held at 6 p.m. July 12 at Botkins High School with the proceeds to benefit the Botkins Music Boosters.
“It’s a good way to give back to the school,” Kent Boyd’s mother, Lori Boyd said. “Kent was very active in choir in high school.”
Boyd said her son recently held a dance workshop in Fort Wayne, ind., around Easter and she attended the event to help him sell t-shirts. She thought the workshop was a neat idea.

Waynesfield church office burglarized

June 23, 2011

The office of the Waynesfield Baptist Church was reportedly broken into overnight Monday.
The burglary is believed to have occurred between 9:15 p.m. Monday and 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church, located at 512 N. Westminster St., Waynesfield, according to a deputy’s report from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
Beth Hudson, 208 S. Westminster St., reported it.
No additional information was available on the incomplete report.

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• A Wapakoneta woman reported problems with telecommunication harassment between 8:35 and 9:50 p.m. Tuesday.

June 22nd

Relay set for this weekend

June 22, 2011

The Auglaize County Relay for Life, which raises money for the fight against cancer, is quickly approaching.
The theme for this year’s event will be “Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Life, Come Celebrate Your Birthday With Us.” The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with an opening ceremony, followed by a Survivor’s Lap and Survivor’s Dinner. The event is slated to end at noon on Saturday, concluding with closing ceremonies.
“We all have our own reason why we relay,” spokeswoman Tiffany Fullenkamp said. “For me, it’s for my brother.”

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