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June 9th, 2014

Bargain hunters enjoy garage sale

June 9, 2014

As residents wandered neighbors and rummaged through sale items, Wapakoneta’s first city-wide garage sale took place in full force Saturday.

Cars lined the streets as driveways and garages were filled with gently used, clothes, kitchenware, furniture and much more for people to search for their own version of buried treasure.

Shirley Propst’s house on Glynwood Drive was just one locale for residents to walk through and search for what they were looking for.

Grant allows flexibility in pricing at preschool

June 9, 2014

Wapakoneta Elementary School has received a grant from the Ohio Department of Education that will help cover the cost of tuition for 14 preschool students whose parents are experiencing financial hardship.

WES Assistant Principal Carrie Knoch said the goal is to allow parents to send their child to preschool even if they are unable to afford it.

“This isn’t intended to provide spaces for students whose parents are already planning to afford preschool,” Knoch said. “This is for kids whose parents cannot afford preschool.”

Battle of Botkins a big draw

June 9, 2014

The annual Battle of Botkins Dodgeball Tournament at the Botkins Carousel Saturday afternoon had one of the biggest turn outs since its start seven years ago.

“In general the tournament went really well. The weather was perfect for it. The support from the community was great,” Botkins Athletic Boosters member Max Smith said.

Thirty-eight teams participated this year, which was only outnumbered by the 40 teams who participated last year.

June 6th

Food stamp fraud cases settled

June 6, 2014

In a month dedicated to public assistance fraud awareness in Ohio, May saw two local women convicted of illegal use of food stamps and sentenced to five years of community control.

St. Marys resident Karrie L. Jenkins-Carey, 36, was convicted of two felonies of the fourth degree, including one count of attempted illegal use of nutritional supplements, or food stamps, and a second count of theft by deception.

Buckland firefighters hold annual fest

June 6, 2014

Entertainment, food, family, friends, rides and games will help make the 42nd annual Buckland Fireman’s Festival the place to be next Saturday.

With the tagline ‘come and join the fun,’ rain or shine the festival is set to take place on Saturday, June 14, starting with a 5k race at 9 a.m. and ending with the grand prize, reverse raffle drawing at 11 p.m.

A day filled with activities, events and fun is targeted at raising money for the volunteer firefighters of Buckland will fill the streets of downtown.

Shipping jobs likely a scam

June 6, 2014

The Wapakoneta Police Department is warning residents of a scam involving a job search looking for people to  “work from home” receiving illegal goods and shipping packages overseas.

Detective Patrick Green said one local incident has been reported where someone was approached via email and coerced into shipping an illegal item to Russia.

A splashing good time

June 6, 2014

Sixty young children filled the pool at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA for this year’s installment of the SPLASH program.

With the help of the Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club, the Y is able to offer this week of free swim lessons to 60 participants, which Sarah Finkelmeier, senior program director, believes to be important.

Library performance a real juggling act

June 6, 2014

Juggling bowling pins and riding a 7-foot unicycle, a performer stopped by the local library to entertain families during the first week out of school.

"Matt Jergens Comedy & Juggling" held a workshop and performance for young readers and their families Thursday evening at the Auglaize County Library.

"It's something fun, free, family oriented," Youth services coordinator Kristine Spyker said.

Women’s Civic League chooses scholar

June 6, 2014

Recent Wapakoneta High School graduate Amanda Sims came one step closer to achieving her goal of helping children all around the world Wednesday night.

Sims was the recipient of the Women’s Civic League of Wapakoneta Scholarship, giving her an additional $1,000 to put toward her education. She was presented with the scholarship during the organization’s regular meeting at RJ’s Coffey Cup.

June 5th

Expanding ... and loving it!

June 5, 2014

The demolition of the Ponderosa Steakhouse building on Bellefontaine Street Monday was the first phase in the construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant that will occupy both its current property and the old Ponderosa site.

McDonald’s Store Owner Jeff Monfort said when the new building is complete it will be turned around to face east and there will be parking surrounding the entire building.

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