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August 9th, 2012

Board plans ahead

August 9, 2012

Not wanting the unexpected to happen during this year’s presidential election in November, the Auglaize County Elections Board opted Wednesday to purchase two new computers.

The computers would replace existing ones bought in 2004, which are used to program ballots and tabulate results.

“Although we’ve had no real issue with them, they are starting to get a little age on them,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.

Preliminary plans for Botkins school unveiled

August 9, 2012

BOTKINS – Fanning/Howey and Associates Project Manager Randy Sprunger gave a brief update Wednesday on the new Botkins Local Schools project.

“We are on schedule as far as time is concerned,” Sprunger said during the Botkins Local School District Board of Education meeting. “We will be talking with the construction management firm to keep the process going.”

August 8th

Home Savings Bank named among safest in country, state

August 8, 2012

A Wapakoneta bank was recently named among the 359 safest in the United States.

Home Savings Bank, located at 1 S. Blackhoof St., not only was listed among the top safest banks in America by an article published in MSN’s money section in July, but the community bank also made the list among only six other Ohio banks.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Home Savings President Jim West told the Wapakoneta Daily News. “We’re very proud of being named one of the safest banks, it’s a real honor.

Turnout high for night out

August 8, 2012

Hundreds of people from throughout Auglaize County turned out Tuesday for National Night Out at the Harmon Park Gazebo in Wapakoneta.

“It seems to get bigger every year,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “It is a good way for us to interact  with the citizens.”

National Night Out, which is held the first Tuesday each year in August, is hosted in more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states.

Second memorial golf outing planned to raise money for scholarship fund

August 8, 2012

Family and friends of a Wapakoneta teenager who died after a seven-year battle with brain cancer are continuing with a golf outing to raise money for a scholarship in his name.

The second-ever Jason Strauser Memorial Golf Outing is planned for Saturday at Prairie View Golf Club, outside of Waynesfield. This year the main fundraiser for the scholarship fund in Jason’s name also is to feature bingo, chicken dinners, auctions and 50/50 and door prize drawings.

August 7th

Curfew change

August 7, 2012

Student-athletes traveling to Wapakoneta High School to lift weights or work out prior to the start of classes soon should have fewer worries about violating the city’s curfew ordinance.

An amendment to change the end of the curfew to 5 a.m. from 6 a.m. was introduced Monday during the Wapakoneta City Council meeting for councilors’ consideration.

Council President Steve Henderson proposed the time change after receiving numerous calls from parents of baseball and football players.

Suspicious powder found in teacher’s desk

August 7, 2012

A suspiciously packaged white powder prompted Wapakoneta High School administrators to contact the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for assistance.

Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson was called to the school after a teacher found a “suspicious” envelope in a desk drawer. The envelope had white powder folded up inside and was discovered Friday morning a little before 11 a.m.

Annual art exhibit includes youth

August 7, 2012

A local art center is gearing up for an annual exhibit — one that will now include a youth category.

The Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta will be accepting artwork on Friday and Saturday for the fourth annual Greater Wapakoneta Community Art Exhibit.

A member of the Riverside Art Center is pleased to announce that a special category has been added this year for the young artists in the community.

“We have several area youth that are very talented,” Riverside Art Center member Pam Knoch said.

August 6th

Power of giving

August 6, 2012

The grand champion market steer’s selling price, setting a new high-water mark for steers, highlighted the second day of the Auglaize County Fair livestock auction, but for the second consecutive year an emotional moment caused tears to flow for bidders and two exhibitors.

Caitlin Schaub sold the grand champion market steer for $20,000 to five buyers, far eclipsing the $11,600 paid for Paige Klopfenstein’s grand champion market steer last year.

Family grows at fair

August 6, 2012

One Wapakoneta area family returned home Saturday from the Auglaize County Fair with a few more “kids” than when they arrived at the fairgrounds a week ago.

Enduring nine hours of labor in Friday’s heat and humidity and dealing with nerves of giving birth for the first time, the long-awaited event would soon arrive for the soon-to-be  mother in front of a crowd gathered around her.

Then the miraculous moment occurred.

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