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April 4th, 2014

Wapak F.D. assists at fire in St. Marys

April 4, 2014

ST. MARYS — Thick, black smoke filled downtown St. Marys are firefighters from several local departments battled a fire at a residence along East Spring Street Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 12:42 p.m., calls poured into the St. Marys Fire Department reporting a structure fire at 311 E. Spring St.  As crews made entry, black smoke poured out of the windows and vents of the home. Smoke filled downtown and wind gusts caused visibility to drop as the smoke was carried throughout the area.

April 3rd

Skate shop a labor of love

April 3, 2014

Named for his son, Jarett Jones opened up his shop on Nov. 1, 2008.

Jones is the owner of AMJ Skateshop, located at 34 E. Auglaize, a store that focuses on selling skateboards, parts, apparel and occasionally a BMX bike or two.

AMJ stands for Anthony Michael Jones, Jones’ 11-year-old son; the name also represents Anthony’s paternal and maternal sides of his family.

ESC picks Wapak senior to represent county

April 3, 2014

A Wapakoneta High School senior who attained a perfect score on his ACT and is involved in numerous extra-curricular activities was named the Auglaize County Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Achievement Award winner at its annual banquet at WHS on Wednesday.

George Jose was chosen out of six area school districts to represent the county at a student recognition luncheon in Columbus on April 9. One student from all 88 counties in Ohio will be represented.

April 2nd

Armstrong plates may be sole survivors

April 2, 2014

The note from the publisher mentioned a man in Atlanta, Ga., who claimed to have historic printing plates about the moon landing, along with a request to check into it.

Dutifully, the editor made the call.

On the other end was Paul Harris, who said he may have front-page plates from the presses at the Wapakoneta Daily News from the dates that Apollo 11 took off, the Eagle landed on the moon and the crew returned to earth.

Comedy featured in dinner and show

April 2, 2014

The Wapakoneta Theatre Guild, Inc. will be performing their spring dinner theatre April 4, 5 and 6 and 11, 12 and 13.

Living her dream

April 2, 2014

For 15 years, Dawn Johns had the dream of opening up her own herb shop in her hometown of Wapakoneta.

Today if you walk by 105 E. Auglaize St., you will see that Johns is making her dream a reality.

Adrienne’s Herb Shoppe opened on February 28, specializing in organic vitamins, foods and supplements.

Organic means that the plants used to make the herbs and food she sells have not been sprayed with any chemicals, therefore, using the product may reduce your risk of getting cancer, Johns said.

April 1st

4-H honors leaders at annual banquet

April 1, 2014

The Auglaize County 4-H Club recognized several members for their contributions to the organization throughout the years at the 52nd Annual 4-H Adviser and Junior Leadership Recognition Banquet Monday night at the Junior Fair Building.

The club awarded plaques to three outstanding 4-H youth, one friend of 4-H and one outstanding adviser at the banquet.

Auglaize River heating up

April 1, 2014

Just when we thought the effects of winter were over, there comes the threat of volcanic activity beneath the Auglaize River.

According to local officials, recent measurements show the water temperature of the river is at 94 degrees, far warmer than the usual 33 degrees it is this time of year.

Along with the heat, a foul smell has been reported.

“It smells like rotten eggs,” said Josh Hines, executive director of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Wapak native returns to help community grow

April 1, 2014

There’s a new face at the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council.

Jessica Braun, a Wapakoneta native, took over as assistant director March 17.

Braun attended The Ohio State University after high school and spent one and a half years after graduation woking on an AmeriCorps project.

AmeriCorps is an organization whose members conduct intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

March 31st

Caring third-grader builds ‘buddy bench’

March 31, 2014

A third-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School took it upon herself to help students at her school make new friends.

A couple weeks ago, 9-year-old Becca Poynter was reading the Weekly Reader, an educational classroom magazine designed for children. She read about a “buddy bench” — a place where children can sit during recess that lets other kids know that they are looking for someone to play with.

Poynter thought this was a great idea and that there should be a buddy bench at her school.

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