Archive - 2011 - News Article
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 Museumâ€™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.
â€śHe has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three or four,â€ť Kalebâ€™s mother, Dee Helms, said. â€śHe has read every book that the library has on planets.â€ť
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.
By CARLA MEYER
An outdoor pest, much like the emerald ash borer, that has been known to kill trees has reached Ohio in search of hardwood trees â€” 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.
The countyâ€™s driverâ€™s exam office isnâ€™t expected to move back to its location adjacent to the license bureau or title department on South Blackhoof Street any time soon.
The officeâ€™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 driverâ€™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.
Several boxes of paperwork eligible to be destroyed is to be shredded as decided during a meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Records Commission.
Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer Susan Rinehart said materials to be shredded fall under normal categories and length of times for which they must be kept as determined by the Ohio Revised Code.
â€śWeâ€™ve kept this stuff as long as we need to to maintain records,â€ť Rinehart said.
With the holiday weekend quickly approaching, there will be many celebrations and traditions involved â€” including fireworks. The Wapakoneta fire chief and the state fire marshal remind of the importance of following safety precautions to reduce the number of fires and fireworks related injuries.
â€śThe best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional firework exhibition,â€ť State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers said. â€śKeep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently dangerous and can cause serious injury.â€ť
A local fundraiser that is in conjunction with the Summer Moon Festival is underway with collecting items for their auction.
The Riverside Art Centerâ€™s Chair-ity and Fun-iture Silent Auction will be held July 15 and 16, during the Summer Moon Festival in Wapakoneta.
Organizers are still taking donations of decorated chairs and furniture up until Friday.
â€śWe always get something unique that catches the eye,â€ť co-chair of the event Carrie Knoch said.
After 16 years, the track at Harmon Field is scheduled to be resurfaced this summer.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members Tuesday unanimously accepted the lowest bid for the work, which is expected to be completed by Aug. 1 at a total cost of $65,566.
â€śWeâ€™ve done as many repairs to it as we could,â€ť Wapakoneta City Schools Operations Director Mike Watt said. â€śThis past spring before track started, sections could be lifted up, they werenâ€™t adhered anymore. We had to adhere it with material from Loweâ€™s to get us through.â€ť
MINSTER â€” One phone call and five minutes â€” was all it took for Ohioâ€™s governor to get jobs for a handful of engineers at Dannon in Minster.Â
In a visit Tuesday touting development and investment in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich helped Dannon find engineers to fit its needs at the Minster plant. The job opportunities surfaced during a tour of the plant when the plant manager noted he needed some engineers.
Kasich called The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee who pledged his support.
An annual patriotic and family festival will kick off this weekend at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The 61st annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival will be held Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, and will feature many festival favorites, along with some new attractions.
Chairmen of the St. Joe Festival say that this event is for the community, and one main purpose is to celebrate patriotism.
â€śOur mission of the festival is family and patriotism,â€ť co-Chair Mike Wurst said. â€śItâ€™s a family-oriented event.â€ť