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July 4th

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.

June 30th

School records set for disposal

June 30, 2011

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.
“We’ve kept this stuff as long as we need to to maintain records,” Rinehart said.

Preventing firework injuries over holiday

June 30, 2011

With the holiday weekend quickly approaching, there will be many celebrations and traditions involved — 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.
“The best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional firework exhibition,” State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers said. “Keep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently dangerous and can cause serious injury.”

Riverside Art Center gears up for auction

June 30, 2011

A local fundraiser that is in conjunction with the Summer Moon Festival is underway with collecting items for their auction.
The Riverside Art Center’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.
“We always get something unique that catches the eye,” co-chair of the event Carrie Knoch said.

June 29th

Track resurfacing: BOE unanimously accepts bid

June 29, 2011

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.
“We’ve done as many repairs to it as we could,” Wapakoneta City Schools Operations Director Mike Watt said. “This past spring before track started, sections could be lifted up, they weren’t adhered anymore. We had to adhere it with material from Lowe’s to get us through.”

Gov. Kasich visits Dannon, finds jobs

June 29, 2011

MINSTER — One phone call and five minutes — was all it took for Ohio’s governor to get jobs for a handful of engineers at Dannon in Minster. 
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.

Annual Fourth of July festival set for weekend

June 29, 2011

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.
“Our mission of the festival is family and patriotism,” co-Chair Mike Wurst said. “It’s a family-oriented event.”

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