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August 25th, 2014
Mike Swaney Buick-GMC celebrated 30 years as a local business Saturday by hosting a 5k and family fun run — an event that not only commemorated Swaney’s years in Wapakoneta, but also benefited a local non-profit organization.
More than 40 runners who ranged in age from children under 12 years old to adults aged 50 and over competed in the race. Medals were awarded to the top three men and women, as well as the top three in each age group.
Community Markets in Wapakoneta invited locals to celebrate its 50th anniversary with special deals and activities at the Food & Fun Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the store.
Katie Hostler, Community Markets Fun Fest organizer, said the 50th anniversary marks a significant milestone for the company. She said Community Markets is hosting similar celebrations at each of its stores, which span across Ohio and into Indiana.
For newly hired Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher Dylan Shepherd, teaching is a family affair.
The 22-year-old recent college graduate is the third member of his family to teach at Wapakoneta City Schools. The legacy began with his grandfather, Willard Heintz, Jr., who was a mathematics teacher at the high school beginning in 1975. His uncle, Darrell Heintz, is also a mathematics teacher who is celebrating his 30th year at the high school.
“An adventure of a lifetime” is how one local woman described her mission trip to Tanzania, which took her to many villages, tribes and landmarks of the African country in July.
If you voted in the 2010 or 2012 election don’t be alarmed when you get something in the mail from the Ohio Secretary of State.
According to a press release from Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state, as part of an ongoing mission to ensure voting ease and cheating prevention in Ohio absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all Ohio voters. These applications will begin to arrive around Labor Day.
A 4-year-old girl from northwestern Ohio nearly drowned Tuesday at the city’s WaterPark, but she and her family were back at the pool Thursday afternoon to thank those who saved her.
According to the Wapakoneta Fire Department, a young juvenile was transported to the hospital after a near drowning at 4:42 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the WaterPark, 106 Hamilton Road, Wapakoneta.
Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel stopped by the Wapakoneta Daily News Wednesday to discuss legislation that would put the state’s checkbook online — an initiative he hopes will create “an army of citizen auditors” throughout the state.
“I’m doing this because I believe the people of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent,” Mandel said. “I think the best way to make government more efficient and smaller is to empower the people to follow the money.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters is reaching out for volunteers interested in becoming mentors to Wapakoneta Middle School students in its newest program “Lunch Club.”
Volunteers will meet with a sixth- or seventh-grade student twice a month for a half hour during their lunch period, starting mid-September and running throughout the school year.
The program is designed to be a simple, not time-consuming way for students to gain a friend and role model, Nancy Eberle, Big Brother Big Sister site-based coordinator, said.
The Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant is closed, but there’s no need to call 911. Too late. Somebody already did.
According to police, a person called 911 earlier in the week regarding the closure, and provided a peak, perhaps, at how important the Golden Arches are to the community.
The restaurant that had stood since 1972 came tumbling down Wednesday as more than 50 onlookers gathered to watch the demolition firsthand. It had been closed since Sunday night.
Whether it be donating food items, raising money or volunteering manpower, representatives from God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta say the need is great, and they need more help.
“We have so many people coming. We’re really just chewing through our resources,” God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said. “We spend well over $1,000 every week on groceries.”