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August 26th, 2014

Car show to help jail ministry

August 26, 2014

Car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in a local mission the community has supported for 11 years in the upcoming car show at Harvest Baptist Church, 1301 Navajo Trail, Wapakoneta, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles are encouraged to enter the drive-by car show, with a requested donation to benefit Mercy Unlimited’s ministry at the Auglaize County Jail.

YMCA schedules annual maintenance

August 26, 2014

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA will be having a modified shutdown schedule for maintenance this year.

Beginning yesterday and continuing throughout the rest of the week the Y will have maintenance activities underway causing some areas to have limited access.

The facility will also be closed beginning Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day weekend.

August 25th

Dealership celebrates 30th year with run

August 25, 2014

Mike Swaney Buick-GMC celebrated 30 years as a local business Saturday by hosting a 5k and family fun run — an event that not only commemorated Swaney’s years in Wapakoneta, but also benefited a local non-profit organization.

More than 40 runners who ranged in age from children under 12 years old to adults aged 50 and over competed in the race. Medals were awarded to the top three men and women, as well as the top three in each age group.

Customers enjoy food and fun at Community Markets

August 25, 2014

Community Markets in Wapakoneta invited locals to celebrate its 50th anniversary with special deals and activities at the Food & Fun Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the store.

Katie Hostler, Community Markets Fun Fest organizer, said the 50th anniversary marks a significant milestone for the company. She said Community Markets is hosting similar celebrations at each of its stores, which span across Ohio and into Indiana.

August 22nd

Third generation carries on tradition

August 22, 2014

For newly hired Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher Dylan Shepherd, teaching is a family affair.

The 22-year-old recent college graduate is the third member of his family to teach at Wapakoneta City Schools. The legacy began with his grandfather, Willard Heintz, Jr., who was a mathematics teacher at the high school beginning in 1975. His uncle, Darrell Heintz, is also a mathematics teacher who is celebrating his 30th year at the high school.

Letting faith take the lead

August 22, 2014

“An adventure of a lifetime” is how one local woman described her mission trip to Tanzania, which took her to many villages, tribes and landmarks of the African country in July.

Absentee ballot applications going to all

August 22, 2014

If you voted in the 2010 or 2012 election don’t be alarmed when you get something in the mail from the Ohio Secretary of State.

According to a press release from Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state, as part of an ongoing mission to ensure voting ease and cheating prevention in Ohio absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all Ohio voters. These applications will begin to arrive around Labor Day.

Tragedy averted at WaterPark

August 22, 2014

A 4-year-old girl from northwestern Ohio nearly drowned Tuesday at the city’s WaterPark, but she and her family were back at the pool Thursday afternoon to thank those who saved her.

According to the Wapakoneta Fire Department, a young juvenile was transported to the hospital after a near drowning at 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the WaterPark, 106 Hamilton Road, Wapakoneta.

Mandel on a mission

August 22, 2014

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel stopped by the Wapakoneta Daily News Wednesday to discuss legislation that would put the state’s checkbook online — an initiative he hopes will create “an army of citizen auditors” throughout the state.

“I’m doing this because I believe the people of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent,” Mandel said. “I think the best way to make government more efficient and smaller is to empower the people to follow the money.”

Volunteers sought to help in “Big” way

August 22, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters is reaching out for volunteers interested in becoming mentors to Wapakoneta Middle School students in its newest program “Lunch Club.”

Volunteers will meet with a sixth- or seventh-grade student twice a month for a half hour during their lunch period, starting mid-September and running throughout the school year.

The program is designed to be a simple,  not time-consuming way for students to gain a friend and role model, Nancy Eberle, Big Brother Big Sister site-based coordinator, said.

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