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June 6th, 2014

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.

Emerson L. Kruse, 77

June 6, 2014

Emerson L. Kruse, 77, of rural Botkins, died at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys. He was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Shelby County, the son of Edison Henry Louis and Gladys Levada (McCullough) Kruse, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 14, 1955, he married Carol Jean Brautigam as teenagers and they would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this year. She survives at home.  

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

James L. “Jamie” Copus, 50

June 5, 2014

James L. “Jamie” Copus, 50, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. He went home to be with the Lord with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 13, 1963, in Lima, the son of Sonja M. (Davis) Copus and Leonard W. Copus. His mother survives in Rockford, Mich. and his father and step-mother, Leonard (Bobbie) Copus, survive in Byrdstown, Tenn. On May 13, 2006, he married Rebecca S. Wireman, and she survives.

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.

Commissioners seek help with board openings

June 5, 2014

The Auglaize County Commissioners are seeking interested volunteers to serve on a number of boards.

“On most of these boards, we appoint a portion of the members, with the exception of the airport board,”
Commissioner Doug Spencer said. “We now find ourselves — mostly due to term limits — with the need to fill some slots.”

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