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June 24th, 2011
A Wapakoneta native who recently attended a leadership conference will take all of the information she learned back to her university in hopes of saving lives.
Devon Golden, a 2009 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, attended the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. from June 6-June 17.
â€śIt was the best experience Iâ€™ve ever had,â€ť Golden said.
Golden, who plays basketball at Georgetown College in Kentucky, was one of the 14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) college athletes chosen to attend this special leadership conference.
In a flash, Wapakoneta EMS personnel watch as a person being transported in a rescue squad jumps out the back door when the vehicle stops for a traffic light at the intersection of Wood and Bellefontaine streets. He flees the scene on foot.
While the Wapakoneta police K-9 tracks the suspect back to his home, the suspect cannot be found.
Traffic at the Neil Armstrong Airport, located outside of New Knoxville, has been picking up since spring.
â€śWeâ€™-ve been extremely busy during the last two months,â€ť Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. â€śWeâ€™ve seen a huge increase in corporate and agriculture traffic.â€ť
Stroh said while every spring the airport has some increased traffic from crop dusters, this year that number nearly doubled what it would be during an average year.
â€śMore farmers used aerial applications since they were unable to get in the wet fields,â€ť Stroh said.
The health education director for the Auglaize County Health Department recently received recognition as a â€śDistinguished Toastmaster.â€ť
Janet Bassitt, 58, of Wapakoneta, was presented with the award, including a plaque and medallion, during a recent district conference.
Having joined the local Toastmasters Group, Grand Lake Toastmasters, of St. Marys, to improve her communication skills, Bassitt said she never anticipated achieving the highest level of recognition members of the international organization can earn.
When reflecting on the past couple of months, Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock offers this simple maxim about people intending to experiment with â€śbath saltsâ€ť â€” â€śdonâ€™t do it, donâ€™t do it, donâ€™t do it.â€ť
Bath salts, which are a product with no real practical use, are a synthetic hallucinative drug, which can be snorted, injected, ingested or smoked and are legal in Ohio â€” for now. An amendment to the stateâ€™s biennial operations budget bill would make them illegal with its passage.
A local dancing celebrity will be returning home to host a dance workshop to raise funds for his alma mater.
A â€śDance Worshop with Kent Boydâ€ť is scheduled be held at 6 p.m. July 12 at Botkins High School with the proceeds to benefit the Botkins Music Boosters.
â€śItâ€™s a good way to give back to the school,â€ť Kent Boydâ€™s mother, Lori Boyd said. â€śKent was very active in choir in high school.â€ť
Boyd said her son recently held a dance workshop in Fort Wayne, ind., around Easter and she attended the event to help him sell t-shirts. She thought the workshop was a neat idea.
The office of the Waynesfield Baptist Church was reportedly broken into overnight Monday.
The burglary is believed to have occurred between 9:15 p.m. Monday and 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church, located at 512 N. Westminster St., Waynesfield, according to a deputyâ€™s report from the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Beth Hudson, 208 S. Westminster St., reported it.
No additional information was available on the incomplete report.
â€˘ A Wapakoneta woman reported problems with telecommunication harassment between 8:35 and 9:50 p.m. Tuesday.
The Auglaize County Relay for Life, which raises money for the fight against cancer, is quickly approaching.
The theme for this yearâ€™s event will be â€śHappy Birthday: A Celebration of Life, Come Celebrate Your Birthday With Us.â€ť The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with an opening ceremony, followed by a Survivorâ€™s Lap and Survivorâ€™s Dinner. The event is slated to end at noon on Saturday, concluding with closing ceremonies.
â€śWe all have our own reason why we relay,â€ť spokeswoman Tiffany Fullenkamp said. â€śFor me, itâ€™s for my brother.â€ť
With a growing concern regarding the use of â€śbath salts,â€ť legislation is being crafted to ban the synthetic drug from store shelves and to make the use of the cocaine-LSD substitute a criminal offense.
Wapakoneta City Council Health and Safety Committee members recommended city Law Director Dennis Faller to write legislation for the city using an ordinance developed by the city of Mansfield along with verbiage from the stateâ€™s amendment to budget bill banning the substance with additional information from other municipalities.
Wapakoneta and several villages in Auglaize County were part of a widespread power outage Tuesday when electricity on a main power line near Shawnee was interrupted.
The outage occurred as a storm with heavy lightning moved through the area after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Power to the city was interrupted at approximately 6:15 p.m., with electricity off for approximately two hours as city crews started to restore power to residents at approximately 8:15 p.m.