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July 4th

Growing a garden

July 4, 2011

Tending to plants including tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, beans and corn, a Wapakoneta teenager says a garden in a community plot behind the local high school is teaching her responsibility.
In the mornings, her friend, Megan Steinke, waters and cares for the plants, and in the evenings, it’s Courtney Hamel. The two Wapakoneta High School junior FFA members thought it would be a neat experience taking care of their own garden in newly dedicated community plots.
“So far, our plants aren’t growing like the others are but we started later, it’s just taking a while,” Courtney said.

Triumphant Quartet returns to fair

July 4, 2011

The roots into Southern Gospel music run deep for the tenor of a group serving as headliner for the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.
When David Sutton was 10, he began playing the drums for Watchman Quartet, who were out of Goldsboro, N.C., where he grew up. His father sang for the group, and David was inspired to become a vocal artist at a young age.
When he was 15, David sang with the Kingsmen Quartet during one of the performances.
“There was something about that night that showed me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Sutton said.

Area boy shoots for the stars

July 4, 2011

Kaleb Helms comes off as a shy and soft-spoken 11-year-old boy. However, his actions often speak volumes.
After signing up for the Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s Young Astronauts Club, he has made astrobiology study a huge hobby. Spawning from that quest for knowledge, the young man has been on an advertising campaign that is raising enough money to rival the donations of most businesses at the cash-strapped museum.
“He has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three or four,” Kaleb’s mother, Dee Helms, said. “He has read every book that the library has on planets.”

July 1st

Retirements announced: County clerk of courts, recorder plan to retire

July 1, 2011

Two long-time county officials have announced their plans to retire at the end of the month.
Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Sue Ellen Kohler said it was with mixed emotions that she submitted her letter of resignation, with plans to retire on July 31.
Also submitting a letter of resignation with retirement planned for the same day was Auglaize County Recorder Ann Billings.

Tree harming beetles make way to Ohio

July 1, 2011

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
An outdoor pest, much like the emerald ash borer, that has been known to kill trees has reached Ohio in search of hardwood trees — and one local expert says it is only a matter of time before it is found in Auglaize County.
Asian long-horned beetles, which originated in Eastern China, have been identified in southern Ohio, in Clermont County east of Cincinnati. The insect feasts on hardwood trees which can potentially kill the tree.

Driver’s Exam office expected to stay

July 1, 2011

The county’s driver’s exam office isn’t expected to move back to its location adjacent to the license bureau or title department on South Blackhoof Street any time soon.
The office’s lease, which expired Thursday, has not been renewed.
Lt. Goldie Jackson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said no action has been taken because the state is conducting a comprehensive review of every driver’s exam office in the state to determine what decisions make the most sense financially, as well as offer the most efficiency and best serve customers.

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