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October 24th, 2014

Boeke to spend near year in jail, repay $290K

October 24, 2014

Twenty-five people watched as Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple sentenced Jane M. Boeke to 360 days at the Auglaize County jail with one day suspended and ordered Boeke to repay $209,556 in restitution and court fees to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
“There is no sentence I feel good about,” Pepple said to a sobbing Boeke. “On either side.”
According to Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Ed Pierce, Boeke embezzled $194,004 from St. Augustine in Minster and St. Joseph in Egypt between Dec. 26, 2001, and May 28, 2013.

Fun and prizes at Halloween Parade

October 24, 2014

Thursday night’s Halloween Parade in Wapakoneta brought out many gules and goblins on what turned out to be a beautiful evening. Many children dressed up for the costume contest hosted by the Chamber of Commerce but the various floats that participated in the parade are also just as impressive. The Auglaize County District Public Library’s float won the Grand Marshall’s Award for best slot in the parade, and DARE won the Mayor’s Award for best float. 

No fix yet for One Call glitch

October 24, 2014

The cause of a malfunction in the One Call Now and text alert systems that left many parents in the Wapakoneta City School District wondering if school was canceled Thursday has not yet been identified, WCS Superintendent Keith Horner said. 

“We do not yet know what happened,” Horner said. “We’re looking into it, but we don’t have any guesses at this time.”

Zip Stop plans to open soon

October 24, 2014

Good service, good products and good prices.

That’s what Speedy Mart convenience store owner Ricky Patel hopes to bring to Wapakoneta when he opens up shop on Nov. 1. 

“I make sure the customer is happy — that’s my philosophy,” Patel said. “If you’re happy and you leave with a smile, you’re gonna come back.”

October 23rd

Downtown preps for Wapaween

October 23, 2014

As part of “WapaWeen” — Wapakoneta’s first ever 10-day long Halloween celebration — members of the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) will be offering discounted prices to customers who stop in this weekend.

The sale is called “Bargains on the BOO-levard,” and several downtown shops will be participating in this inaugural event.  

Woman holds on to dream to sing on TV

October 23, 2014

Do you have the talent to be on the show, “America’s Got Talent?” Wapakoneta resident Susan Morgan believes she has the talent to be in front of a handful of celebrities and a live audience all on primetime television as she auditions one more time in Chicago in January.

And if she passes the test, you will see her on television.

Girl donates hair to cancer fight

October 23, 2014

Children in Botkins wore caps to raise money for the Kids for Caps Foundation, a charity that donates hats to children with cancer, and in Wapakoneta, a massage therapist took classes over the summer to help give cancer patients massages while they are battling the effects of cancer.

Now another person has joined the fight against cancer, but this time she is donating a piece of herself for a great cause.

October 22nd

A visit from the Ghost Professor

October 22, 2014

Do ghosts exist, and if they do, what do they look like?

That question was answered Tuesday night when the Auglaize County Public Library hosted its first event during WapaWeen with the presentation from John Kachuba, the “Ghost Professor.”

Kachuba, a paranormal author, travels to haunted places around the state. Many people contact him and tell him to come out to their place to see if it is indeed haunted.

Revenue loss drives need for levy

October 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — Money concerns continue to plague the Village of Buckland, where spending has been cut and council has taken on a watch-every-dollar attitude.

That’s why they’re back with a levy proposal in front of voters in the Nov. 4 election.

In previous months, the village has gone to a new accounting system and authorized line items to get better control of costs and expenses.

Pheasants Forever plans inaugural youth hunt

October 22, 2014

A local conservation organization that has raised more than $500,000 for the protection and development of wildlife is now committing a large portion of its funds to sponsor youth-oriented activities. 

Auglaize County Pheasants Forever, the local chapter of a national organization, has been dedicating funds raised at its annual banquet in March to saving the habitat of pheasants and other types of wildlife in the area since the late 1980s.

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