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December 30th

Consider safety of pets during winter conditions

December 30, 2013

As the temperature drops and the cold weather continues to set in, pet care professionals are urging pet owners to take precautions when it comes to keeping their animals healthy.

Whether you own an inside or outside dog or cat, there are several things you can do to ensure the safety of your pet.

Christy Herman-Wreede, an assistant at the Auglaize Animal Hospital, said cats and dogs will eat and drink more during the winter, so making sure that they have enough food and water is paramount.

Miss Spirit discovers passion, plans future

December 30, 2013

A local student known for her participation in “Miss Summer Moon” has discovered a joy in helping others find the perfect dress for special occasions.

Haley Aldrich, 17, of Wapakoneta, said there is one main reason why she enjoys working at Simply Elegant Formals in town —

“I’m a huge girly girl,” Haley said. “I love working with the new brides, bridesmaids and mothers. It’s always a fun experience watching them pick out their bridal gown and coming back to pick out their bridesmaids.”

Local shops enjoy successful holiday sales

December 30, 2013


While waiting for your receipt at Thrifty Treasures in downtown Wapakoneta, you might be greeted by a couple of furry, friendly faces.

Resident cats Sadie and Woody help add to the small town experience of shopping locally in Wapakoneta.

Going to malls and department stores may afford you the opportunity of getting family and friends more popular, common items, but shopping locally allows you to find the perfect, unique gift for the person you have in mind.

Stores strive to make returns easier

December 30, 2013


Christmas has come and gone, but for some stores holiday gifts may be returned throughout the next month.

Making returns can sometimes be a challenge, but stores like Lowe’s try to make things as easy as possible for customers.

According to store manager David Muri, his staff does as much as they can to make the process easy for customers returning gifts.

“We just try to make the process as efficient as possible and provide the best customer service we can for our customers,” Muri said.

EMA updates county flood warning awareness

December 30, 2013


Even minor flooding and inclement weather is cause for concern for many locals, depending on their locations throughout the county. The snow and rain weather conditions this past month brought the question to county officials — how prepared is Auglaize County for a flood?

Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency is in the process of better preparing its citizens during emergency situations.

Pet adoption grows

December 30, 2013


If you are looking to adopt a puppy from the Auglaize County Humane Society in the days following Christmas, you won’t have any luck.

Deb Logan, animal caretaker at the humane society in Wapakoneta, said that all nine puppies that were housed there were adopted on Dec. 21, and were given as gifts from parents to their children.

Logan said that, in general, animal adoption was up 50 percent this Christmas, but puppies were what most people were looking to adopt.

December 27th

Gyms gear up for new year

December 27, 2013


Eat healthy, lose weight and get fit; these New Year’s resolutions have a lot in common with each other, and they happen to be a few of the resolutions people are most determined to stick to.


With many health related resolutions, local gyms and current gym members are gearing up for the increase in members during the first quarter of the year.

A vital cause

December 27, 2013

The Red Cross visited Wapakoneta on Thursday to host its regularly scheduled blood drive at St. Paul United Church of Christ.


“There are people in need of blood at all times,” Red Cross Volunteer Susan Myers said, which is the reason Wapakoneta hosts six blood drives throughout the year.


The blood that was donated on Thursday will be transported to Fort Wayne, where it will be distributed throughout different hospitals.

Council passes money plans

December 27, 2013

Meeting briefly Thursday evening in special session, the Wapakoneta City Council took care of two money ordinances as end-of-year business.


The measures tagged as emergencies — a temporary appropriations ordinance to start fiscal year 2014, totaling more than $10 million through more than three dozen funds; and a supplemental appropriations ordinance totaling $177,000 to adjust seven different funds — were intended to be passed at the previous council meeting Dec. 16, but were stalled.

December 26th

‘Head Start’ for youth at ESC

December 26, 2013

Children attending the Kids Learning Place child care facility located in the ESC building are receiving a four star-rated education, according the a recent report issued by the Council on Rural Services.

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