July 24th, 2014
With his decision made to stay in school at the Boston Conservatory, 19-year-old Renni Magee originally did not plan on doing any summer musical theater or summer theater at all. His plan was to do a dance intensive summer like he was used to and head back to school in the fall. That all changed when one of his best friends told him about an audition.
After learning, training and persevering at the Dance Centre of Wapakoneta, a local young man is working toward becoming a true triple threat; an actor, dancer and singer.
Renni Magee, 19, of Lima, spent about seven years of his life as a male member at the Dance Centre, and where his skills and training have taken him already is sure to impress; however, for Magee, it all did not start here in Ohio, the story begins in Denver, Colo.
The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved the supplemental contracts of three coaches and several advisers, as well as the employment of one regular staff member and one substitute teacher at a regular board meeting Tuesday night.
Just as one Eagle Scout project — Travis Rohrbach’s Wapak Dog Park — is wrapping up, another appears on the horizon.
Alex Stinebaugh, from Wapakoneta Boy Scout Troop 14, is planning a sign and flagpole feature to adorn the entranceway to Breakfast Optimist Park on Water Street.
Stinebaugh said he begin planning the project a few months ago and has some seed money thanks to a small endowment left by his grandmather especially designated for the project.
While the City Council’s Utilities Committee discussed passing the state-mandated kilowatt hour tax onto customers, and the city continues effort to get “First to the Moon” representation on the Bellefontaine Street I-75 overpass falls on deaf ears at ODOT, one city councilman says he’s noticed a trend of inaction on the part of the city administration.
WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education announced it will emphasize student assessment proficiency, career exploration and financial stability as its three main goals for the 2014-15 school year at a regular board meeting Monday night.
The board affirmed a minimum of 80 percent of all student test takers will achieve at proficient or higher and 50 percent will achieve at accelerated or advanced on all state assessments.
A Bellefontaine man was life flighted to St. Rita’s Medical Center following a dirt bike accident at Pusheta Creek MX Park at 3:07 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, on Winemiller Road, in Wapakoneta.
The man was reportedly riding the dirt bike when the throttle stuck open, causing the bike to accelerate leading to the crash.
According to the report, the bike flipped and landed on top of him. Bystanders were able to remove the bike allowing first responders access to the victim.
Two astronauts with ties to Ohio came to Wapakoneta this weekend to help commemorate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon.
Active astronaut Suni Williams and former astronaut and space shuttle pilot Greg Johnson participated in several activities at this past weekend’s Summer Moon Festival, including an autograph signing, the Run to the Moon 5/10k and tours at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. The pair signed about 150 separate awards for race winners, sent the runners off at the start of the race and welcomed them back at the finish line.
A local who has worked at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum for four years has had a peak into the workings of the Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival, but, since she has lived in Wapakoneta for 40 years, she has seen the festival become what it is today.
Bonnie Adair, employee at the museum, said she took her children to the festival on occasion in its earlier years, as a “fun thing to do and a place to go.”
Louis Justin Oen, 97, longtime Arizona banker, died Wednesday in Phoenix. He was born in Lima, Ohio on September 22, 1916, and raised with a brother and six sisters in nearby Wapakoneta by an entrepreneurial father and patient mother. Lou played basketball for St. Joe’s High School and acted in the school plays. As a young man in 1936, Lou hitchhiked and rode freight trains to California and back with his best friend to get a sense of America.