Eight youngsters from Germany arrived Sunday in Wapakoneta to catch a glimpse of teenage life in the United States as part of the exchange program with the theme “Catch Your Dream.”
Cheryl Drexler, president of the Sister City program, said they are hoping the German students can catch a glimpse of what it is like to be an American teenager during their stay here. All six children making the trip are 16.
A return trip inside the Wapakoneta Walmart to attempt to steal more items resulted Friday afternoon in the apprehension of two men on theft charges.
Artillus Porter, 38, of Lima, and Wesley Palmer, 35, of Harrod, had loaded their vehicle with 22 bottles of laundry detergent they hadn’t paid for when they decided to go back into the store at 1257 Bellefontaine St. and grab a few more items at 3:30 p.m., Wapakoneta Police Department Clerk Denise Kohler said.
A new state law permitting dogs “one free bite” is more restrictive and creating more red tape for dog wardens, one county official says in criticizing the law which took effect May 22.
“In my opinion, this law was a mistake,” Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said. “There are some state officials who have predicted we will see a steady increase in pit bull attacks.”
UNIOPOLIS — Every summer the Hall family returns to Uniopolis for the annual Uniopolis Firemen’s Jamboree to benefit the village’s fire department.
Josh Hall grew up in the rural Auglaize County village and his parents still live in town. For years, he has been bringing his wife, Shonda, and their three children back to enjoy the festival he grew up attending every year as a child.
“We come every single year,” Shonda Hall said.
The 160th version of the Auglaize County Fair is now in full swing.
“It’s going terrific,” Auglaize County Fair Manager Fred Piehl said Sunday. “They are still going in and we are putting the finishing touches on everything.”
Sunday’s schedule saw a full slate of events, including the 4-H Style Review, Open Class Beef Breeding Show, wrestling and the Truck War. Piehl said the 4-H members in the county are one of the largest contingents in the state.
L. Eileen Kempfer, 87, 2901 Fair Road, Sidney, died at 6:42 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna. Burial will follow at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cromes Funeral Home in Sidney and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Wilbur J. Schweitzer, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:02 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, at the St. Rita‚Äôs Medical Center in Lima.
He was born July 10, 1921, in Auglaize County, the son of Clara (Frankenburg) and Frank Schweitzer, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 5, 1947, he married Eulalia M. Wachauf, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Barbara (Robert) Prueter, of New Knoxville; a son, Ronald (Lynn) Schweitzer, of Wapakoneta; and four grandchildren, Mark Prueter, Sarah Schweitzer, Ann Schweitzer, and Nathaniel Schweitzer.
Thomas H. Weimert, 80, 1140 South Knoxville Ave., St. Marys, died at 3:04 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012.
He was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Wapakoneta, to Rosella (Meyer) and Carl Weimert.
He married Doris (Williams) Weimert on Aug. 25, 1984, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2000.
Survivors include four sons, Bruce Weimert, of Lima; Vance Stemen, of Tennessee; Steven Sprague, of Wapakoneta; and Gregory Sprague, of Wapakoneta, and four daughters, Carla Weimert, of Lima; Vicky Spencer, of Lima; Christina Sprague, of Botkins; and Kimberly Holliday, of Lima.
More than $215,000 in state money has been awarded to Auglaize County for the demolition of vacant and blighted homes.
‚ÄúThis money is being allocated to allow for reinvestment, to spur growth and property values,‚ÄĚ Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said. ‚ÄúIt just gives another resource for villages, cities and townships to deal with blighted or dilapidated property. It‚Äôs a way to take these homes and increase the land value, renew the property and better the neighborhood.‚ÄĚ
One day leaving a Buckland church with his grandmother, a Wapakoneta High School student noticed the parking lot needed relined and a plot of land needed to be spruced up.
Nearly a year later, this past Sunday, 16-year-old Jon Eaton stood in the front of the congregation at St. Paul‚Äôs United Church of Christ as he was honored for earning his Eagle Scout, the highest award, for making improvements at his grandmother‚Äôs church.
Eaton had improved the parking lot and surrounding area for the Buckland United Church of Christ, where his grandmother, Laura Norman, attends church services.