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July 25th, 2014

Verizon to offer bookbag giveaway

July 25, 2014

As part of its national backpack giveaway campaign, The Cellular Connection (TCC) — the largest Verizon Wireless retailer in the U.S. — is donating between 75 and 300 backpacks full of school supplies to students in Wapakoneta.

On Aug. 2 between noon and 2 p.m., local residents will have the opportunity to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and other supplies from the local participating TCC store located on 1321 Bellefontaine St.

July 24th

Forum targets drug use

July 24, 2014

Politicians, mental health professionals and chamber of commerce members gathered in the Performing Arts Center Wednesday morning to discuss Ohio’s new drug abuse prevention initiative and how it can help build a healthier workforce.

Police probe theft

July 24, 2014

CRIDERSVILLE — Police continue investigating a burglary from a Cridersville business on Monday, in which one man has been incarcerated at the Auglaize County Jail on a warrant for breaking and entering and theft.

Chainsaws valued at more than $10,000 were recovered to Steve Myers Service, Inc., 401 South Dixie Highway, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said, after the business was burglarized at 12:18 a.m. on Monday.

Practice, preparation and prayer

July 24, 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.

July 23rd

Local man a triple threat

July 23, 2014

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.

School board approves contracts

July 23, 2014

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.

Park entrance planned as Eagle project

July 23, 2014

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.

July 22nd

Consumers to bite power rate bullet

July 22, 2014

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.

Board sets goals for 2014-15 school year

July 22, 2014

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.

Dirt bike crash leads to life flight

July 22, 2014

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.

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