Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
Two Memorial High School graduates left the stage Monday as the latest in a long-line of royalty as the king and queen of the 160th Auglaize County Fair.
When Sarah Wilker’s name was announced as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she was surprised, even shedding a few tears after her emotional win.
“I was shocked,” Wilker said. “It’s definitely a great honor, and I’m very honored to represent Auglaize County.”
Eight youngsters from Germany arrived Sunday in Wapakoneta to catch a glimpse of teenage life in the United States as part of the exchange program with the theme “Catch Your Dream.”
Cheryl Drexler, president of the Sister City program, said they are hoping the German students can catch a glimpse of what it is like to be an American teenager during their stay here. All six children making the trip are 16.
A return trip inside the Wapakoneta Walmart to attempt to steal more items resulted Friday afternoon in the apprehension of two men on theft charges.
Artillus Porter, 38, of Lima, and Wesley Palmer, 35, of Harrod, had loaded their vehicle with 22 bottles of laundry detergent they hadn’t paid for when they decided to go back into the store at 1257 Bellefontaine St. and grab a few more items at 3:30 p.m., Wapakoneta Police Department Clerk Denise Kohler said.
A new state law permitting dogs “one free bite” is more restrictive and creating more red tape for dog wardens, one county official says in criticizing the law which took effect May 22.
“In my opinion, this law was a mistake,” Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said. “There are some state officials who have predicted we will see a steady increase in pit bull attacks.”
UNIOPOLIS — Every summer the Hall family returns to Uniopolis for the annual Uniopolis Firemen’s Jamboree to benefit the village’s fire department.
Josh Hall grew up in the rural Auglaize County village and his parents still live in town. For years, he has been bringing his wife, Shonda, and their three children back to enjoy the festival he grew up attending every year as a child.
“We come every single year,” Shonda Hall said.
The 160th version of the Auglaize County Fair is now in full swing.
“It’s going terrific,” Auglaize County Fair Manager Fred Piehl said Sunday. “They are still going in and we are putting the finishing touches on everything.”
Sunday’s schedule saw a full slate of events, including the 4-H Style Review, Open Class Beef Breeding Show, wrestling and the Truck War. Piehl said the 4-H members in the county are one of the largest contingents in the state.
More than $215,000 in state money has been awarded to Auglaize County for the demolition of vacant and blighted homes.
âThis money is being allocated to allow for reinvestment, to spur growth and property values,â Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said. âIt just gives another resource for villages, cities and townships to deal with blighted or dilapidated property. Itâs a way to take these homes and increase the land value, renew the property and better the neighborhood.â
One day leaving a Buckland church with his grandmother, a Wapakoneta High School student noticed the parking lot needed relined and a plot of land needed to be spruced up.
Nearly a year later, this past Sunday, 16-year-old Jon Eaton stood in the front of the congregation at St. Paulâs United Church of Christ as he was honored for earning his Eagle Scout, the highest award, for making improvements at his grandmotherâs church.
Eaton had improved the parking lot and surrounding area for the Buckland United Church of Christ, where his grandmother, Laura Norman, attends church services.
WAYNESFIELD â After many attempts and failures to bring a natural gas utility to the village of Waynesfield, village officials are now closer than ever to bringing natural gas service to the community.
Councilors approved an ordinance this week appointing Peck Shaffer of Covington, Ky., as bond counsel, if a study proves the utility feasible to the village.
In the past, village officials tried several times to bring natural gas to Waynesfield to make utilities more affordable for residents.
Former elected officials and representatives from throughout Auglaize County are to lead a courthouse rededication ceremony this fall.
Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, the ceremony is open to everyone and is to be followed by an open house throughout that Sunday afternoon. A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 23, also has been set.
While personnel wonât officially be moved back into county offices in the courthouse by the date of the open house, the Auglaize County commissioners said they debated what to do, but ultimately wanted to share the building with residents as soon as possible.