Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
A local gospel group, who have been together for 11 years, plans to help kick off the Auglaize County Fair by performing on July 31 in the Gospel Tent.
Just Us Quartet sings a variety of music, including gospel, while sharing their faith through music. The group is a local quartet from Wapakoneta, and are a regular to the Gospel Tent each year.
The group consists of lead vocalist Dale Dicus, tenor Everett Gross, baritone Garth Parsons, bass Don Bailey and accompanist Karen Butler.
âWe sing at places all over the area,â member Don Bailey said. âWe will go to any place that invites us.â
A maintenance agreement on ballot counting equipment should continue to ensure voter confidence, the Auglaize County Elections Board director says.
The hardware maintenance services and software maintenance contact and support agreement with Election Systems & Software (ES&S) recently was approved by the Auglaize County commissioners at an annual cost of more than $15,700. The five-year contract automatically renews and extends through April 30, 2016.
The county uses ES&Sâs voter tabulation equipment and licensed software.
AS A WARM FRONT PUSHES NORTH INTO THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON...MODERATE
INSTABILITY IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE WARM SECTOR. THIS INSTABILITY
ALONG WITH FAVORABLE SHEAR SUGGESTS THAT STORMS WHICH DEVELOP SHOULD
BECOME ORGANIZED. SOME OF THESE STORMS MAY BECOME SEVERE THIS AFTERNOON
INTO TONIGHT WITH THE MAIN THREAT BEING DAMAGING WINDS.
Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney Edwin Pierce says that communication at both the local and state levels has been the key weapon in combatting the ever-growing problem of âbath saltsâ use.
That communication likely will lead to sweeping legislation that has been attached to the stateâs budget bill which would take effect July 1.
Pierce said that an amendment has been proposed to add onto Ohio House Bill 153, The Ohio biennial operations budget bill, which will declare the drug as a controlled substance in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).
Whether its another child they look like or someone with the same name, students at Wapakoneta Elementary School sometimes find themselves involved in a case of mistaken identity.
Alice and Anne
Alice and Anne Grumblis, twins in kindergarten this past year, said they like a lot of the same things but not everything about them is similar, even if most of their classmates couldnât tell them apart.
âA couple of our friends can, but I donât know how,â Alice said. âOur parents can and our teachers, sometimes, now that weâve had them all year.â
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.
âIt was the best experience Iâve ever had,â 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.
âWeâ-ve been extremely busy during the last two months,â Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. âWeâve seen a huge increase in corporate and agriculture traffic.â
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.
âMore farmers used aerial applications since they were unable to get in the wet fields,â Stroh said.
The health education director for the Auglaize County Health Department recently received recognition as a âDistinguished Toastmaster.â
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 âbath saltsâ â âdonât do it, donât do it, donât do it.â
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 stateâs biennial operations budget bill would make them illegal with its passage.