The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-25T18:02:30-04:00 hit local motel2014-07-25T18:02:30-04:002014-07-25T18:02:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Theft and vandalism at the Western Inn & Suites, Wapakoneta, resulted in more than $13,300 in missing or damaged property, according to the Wapakoneta Police Department.</p><p> Inn manager Gautam Amin, of Reynoldsburg, contacted police at 10:13 a.m. on Monday, July 21.</p><p> According to the report, Amine told officers that the crime could have occurred between the end of June to the beginning of July from the business located at 413 Apollo Dr., Wapakoneta.</p><p> Items taken include 26 window air conditioning units valued at $9,300. Also taken were televisions from 10 rooms, vanity faucets from 12 rooms, shower fixtures from 20 rooms, mounted hair dryers from 24 rooms and refrigerators from 20 rooms.</p><p> Significant dry wall damage was also reported. The report indicated that the business is now closed partially due to damage caused by missing items.</p><p> Police are still investigating the case.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, July 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLThieves hit local motelWapakoneta Daily plan: restore funding to communities2014-07-25T18:00:18-04:002014-07-25T18:00:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Restoring funds to local governments and providing assistance to small businesses highlight Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald’s plan to improve Ohio’s economy, the candidate said Friday.</p><p> FitzGerald, who is running against Gov. John Kasich in the November election, said the governor cut the state’s Local Government Fund significantly, resulting in less money for local communities.</p><p> “The Local Government Fund plays a big part in how local communities survive,” FitzGerald said. “The governor cut that fund by 50 percent, and it continues to have enormous consequences for the average person in Ohio.”</p><p> FitzGerald said cutting the fund in half has forced communities to raise taxes and lay off firefighters and police officers.</p><p> Connie Wehrkamp, communications director for Kasich’s campaign, said FitzGerald’s claims of budget difficulties are inaccurate.</p><p> “Ohio’s improving economy is strengthening our communities,” Wehrkamp said in an email. “With more than 97 percent of Ohio’s counties, cities and villages reporting budget surpluses at the end of 2012, combined local government revenues on track to increase $624.7 million since 2010, and police and fire jobs on the rise for the first time since 2008, Ed’s claims of widespread budget difficulties ignore the facts.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, July 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHFitzGerald plan: restore funding to communitiesWapakoneta Daily leading to the Philippines2014-07-25T17:58:25-04:002014-07-25T17:58:25-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News With trust in her faith and determination in her mission, a local woman is planning a mission trip to the Philippines to help the people she says have become her family.</p><p> Katie Westcott, of Wapakoneta, will be traveling to General Santos City on Mindanao Island in the Philippines in May 2015. How she started on her journey to the Philippines was unexpected, she said, and she has made the decision based on her faith — and a little help from YouTube.</p><p> The video “Rooftops” by YouTube sensations Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong made an impression on Westcott.</p><p> “One of their songs just stunned me — the talent that he had — and I could just feel his love for God in the way he sang,” Westcott said.</p><p> Westcott said she felt obligated to leave a prayer in the “comments” section.</p><p> “I left a prayer blessing them and their mission and their family and their land,” Westcott said, noting how she did not expect a reply. “I was one of like 37,000 people at that time that had commented.”</p><p> Westcott said the prayer opened up communication between the performer’s sister Ching Bucong in January.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, July 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLFaith leading to the PhilippinesWapakoneta Daily preps for new season2014-07-25T10:44:16-04:002014-07-25T10:44:16-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News ADA — Ohio Northern University played host to the Wapakoneta High School marching band this week as they prepare for the upcoming season.</p><p> For 24 seniors this camp is the beginning of the end to their marching band careers, and the six senior officers plan to make the most of the time they have left together.</p><p> The officers are Jill Mullenhour, alto saxophone, Neal Maxson, alto saxophone, Erin Engle, clarinet, Alyssa Ruck, trumpet, Mo Howard, alto saxophone and Courtney Mosgrove, piccolo.</p><p> With the direction of Klayton Hilleary and Steven Wimmers, the officers plan to use this week to get to know the underclassmen, celebrate tradition and come together as one.</p><p> Hilleary explained that during camp the kids go from about 6:30 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. with three one hour meal breaks and an hour and a half of free time.</p><p> “We work with the best kids in the school, that’s the way we look at it,” Hilleary said. “These kids come out here and give it their all. With that many hours in the day we don’t hear many complaints.”</p><p> For Howard, coming together is one of the things he looks forward to most about the week-long camp 10 hour days.</p><p> “I like the feeling of unity,” Howard said. “Coming to camp and doing all of this stuff, it kind of knocks everybody down, not in a bad way, but we are all working hard, we’re all doing the same stuff, we’re all sweating, all of our feet hurt and in that hard work we all kind of bond. We work together to get better and it makes for a better show and makes for a better season. I love that feeling, just of being together.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, July 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERBand preps for new seasonWapakoneta Daily‘Outstanding Teen’ spreads hope to others2014-07-25T10:41:58-04:002014-07-25T10:41:58-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A Wapakoneta freshman plans on using her new title “Miss Lake Festival Outstanding Teen 2014” to spread awareness about a cause she holds near to her heart.</p><p> MacKenzie Lange,14, was crowned Monday as Miss Lake Festival Outstanding Teen 2014 during the Miss Lake Festival Pageant in Celina. MacKenzie said she enjoyed participating in the “supportive, community environment” that the pageant created, and she is looking forward to using her title to be a role model to youth.</p><p> “I’m super excited, and having the title will give me a lot of mechanisms to speak to people about my platform, which is teen depression and suicide awareness,” MacKenzie said.</p><p> MacKenzie said seeing friends struggling with depression is what inspired her to take action. She hopes to talk to 7th grade students about the risks of teen depression.</p><p> “Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents age 15-24, so I think just getting it out there at that age because that’s when anxieties and stuff like that start for them.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, July 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELL‘Outstanding Teen’ spreads hope to othersWapakoneta Daily to offer bookbag giveaway2014-07-25T10:38:10-04:002014-07-25T10:38:10-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News 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.</p><p> 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.</p><p> One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.</p><p> More than 350 TCC stores across the U.S. will be participating in the giveaway Aug. 2, with a total of 100,000 backpacks being distributed. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks.</p><p> TCC Director of Customer and Employee Relations Ryan McCarty said the campaign, know as the “School Rocks Backpack Giveaway,” is part of the company’s “culture of good” movement that was launched last year.</p><p> “The ‘culture of good’ is an employee cultural movement of giving back to local communities,” McCarty said. “Our company’s passion is kids and education, so we wanted to include all employees in on giving back that way. The backpack giveaway is a major moment within our movement.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, July 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHVerizon to offer bookbag giveawayWapakoneta Daily targets drug use2014-07-24T10:30:34-04:002014-07-24T10:30:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News 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.</p><p> The “Start Talking!” initiative was launched by Gov. John Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich in January to “give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives,” according to the “Start Talking!” website.</p><p> Tracy Plouck, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) and a member of Gov. Kasich’s cabinet, said Wednesday the initiative was started due to the governor’s concern about Ohio’s drug epidemic. The drug problem, Plouck said, has become so prevalent that employers have been approaching the governor with the concern that they can’t get people to pass drug screens and are therefore unable to hire the people they need.</p><p> “We don’t know exactly how prevalent it is in all types of trades or in different parts of the state, but it is very clear this is a concern for employers, and thus a concern for the governor,” Plouck said.</p><p> “Start Talking!” is a free and voluntary drug prevention effort that offers four programs meant to encourage conversations with young people about drugs.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, July 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHForum targets drug useWapakoneta Daily probe theft2014-07-24T10:28:46-04:002014-07-24T10:28:46-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News 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.</p><p> 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.</p><p> Responding officers secured the area after finding the side door to the business pried open. Additional units from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and K9 from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office were on scene, but the subjects had fled.</p><p> Five male subjects were identified in surveillance video.</p><p> Drake said two males were discovered with the stolen chainsaws in a vehicle in Riverside after officers conducted a traffic stop at 1:30 a.m. Monday. The passenger was apprehended immediately, and the driver was located after he fled on foot.</p><p> The vehicle was impounded and officers conducted a search.</p><p> Drake said one male subject has been taken to the Auglaize County Jail for breaking and entering and theft, and the other male subject remains in Montgomery County Jail on a receiving stolen property charge.</p><p> Drake said he is continuing to work with Riverside Police Department on the investigation to locate the three remaining suspects. Names were not released.</p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLPolice probe theftWapakoneta Daily, preparation and prayer2014-07-24T10:26:46-04:002014-07-24T10:26:45-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News 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.</p><p> “He told me the Muny is having auditions and they’re doing Tarzan,” Magee said. “Of course, I didn’t know what the Muny was at the time and I found out the Muny is one of the U.S.’s largest outdoor theaters, and they do summer seasons.”</p><p> Magee explained that if cast in one of the productions within the Muny, or the Municipal Theater Association of St. Louis, an equity card would be awarded to you. An equity card is something that states you are a professional theater actor, it basically puts you into an actor’s union. According to Magee, earning an equity card is hard work and something which usually takes hours and hours of work and years of schooling.<br /> While at school, Magee received the call telling him he got into Tarzan, which has been a dream show for him.</p><p> “That was really amazing for me, and on top of that to be able to get my equity cards as a freshman in college, that’s almost unheard of,” Magee said. “Now I’m paying my dues, but I have my equity card and I am a professional theater actor as a sophomore going into school.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, July 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERPractice, preparation and prayerWapakoneta Daily man a triple threat2014-07-23T10:19:04-04:002014-07-23T10:19:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News 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.</p><p> 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.</p><p> “I was definitely about three or four and I watched a lot of Michael Jackson,” Magee said. “We had this VHS and it was like Michael Jackson’s greatest music videos and I would watch it all the time and that was really why I wanted to start dancing, because of that inspiration.”</p><p> Magee remembers his first dance at Michelle Latimer’s Dance Academy where he was originally considered too young to do the competition shows, but he was one of the only males the studio had at the time.</p><p> “They thought I was very experienced in terms of what I could do for not having any training for that amount of time, so they put me in,” Magee said. “I remember the first dance, it was ‘The Doctor is in” by James Brown, and I would come out on the stage on a bed, I’d jump off of the bed and I’d start dancing with all of the girls. I thought it was cool, I was like, ‘I’m in a room with all of these girls!’”</p><p> Although entertaining has always been a large part of Magee’s life, he did go through the typical dream professions.</p><p> “There were times that I was like every other kid, I wanted to be a super spy, I wanted to be a secret agent, i wanted to be all of those things,” Magee said. “It wasn’t until actually very recently, within the last five or six years, that I was like you know, this is what I want to do.”</p><p> After moving to Ohio, the Magee family left the decision up to Renni to find the dance studio he wanted to join.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br /> <br />  <em>Read the Thursday, July 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News to find out just what other doors opened for Renni Magee.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERLocal man a triple threatWapakoneta Daily