Sustained winds in excess of 80 mph and gusts topping the 90 mph mark Friday afternoon toppled trees, downed power lines and damaged buildings throughout Wapakoneta and the region.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz said he knew of two people who suffered injuries as a result of damage from the high winds. A person in the showroom of Mike Swaney’s automotive dealer suffered cuts when a plate glass window shattered from the wind.
A speech therapist and six new teachers were hired by the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said the new hires fill in as-needed based on retirements and reassignments.
Whitney Fries is to serve as a speech therapist for the district. Details of her contract were not available. She takes the place of Deb Madden, who recently retired as a speech pathologist at Wapakoneta Elementary School after 38 years.
It is that time of year where family and friends come together, celebrate the holiday and enjoy an annual festival.
The St. Joe Fourth of July Festival kicks off Tuesday and Wednesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, and festival chairs are putting the final touches on the event.
“Our mission of the festival is family and patriotism,” St. Joe Festival Chair Mike Wurst said. “It’s a family-oriented event.”
The admission, parking and attendance drawings are free, and the event is open to the public.