Archive - 2013 - News Article
After a storm forced the postponement of trick or treat from Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon, several parents say they would prefer holding trick or treat during the evening hours, but many understood the reason for the change and pointed out the advantages and disadvantages to having their children out during the day.
Auglaize County Agricultural Society members swept in new rules and regulations for the organizationâ€™s by-laws and re-elected an entire slate of incumbent directors running for re-election to the board.
Forty-two people cast ballots in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds and passed four changes to sections of the Fair Boardâ€™s Constitution with the most significant change affecting when annual memberships can be sold.
Wapakoneta began preparing for the holidays only one day after Halloween, with the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) sponsoring the Holiday Open House this weekend.
The event began Friday and will continue today and Sunday and will include most shops along Auglaize Street and a few other specialty shops. They will be extending their hours in celebration of the beginning of the holiday season, which, in Wapakoneta, is always the first weekend in November.
â€śWe have such a wonderful blend of eclectic shops in Wapakoneta,â€ť WASS President Landa Tomlinson said.
The federal government shutdown did not hinder one local middle school group from learning and experiencing the nationâ€™s capital.
Fifty-two Botkins Middle Schoolâ€™s eighth-grade students, who took a trip to Washington, D.C. in mid-October, still received a private tour of the capital city and other national landmarks, while lawmakers deliberated during the shutdown that ended on Oct. 16, one day after students returned from their trip.
Wapakoneta and eastern Auglaize County residents will be able to hit the voting booths Tuesday to elect local leaders.
The polls are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
In Wapakoneta, voters must decide between four candidates for three councilor-at-large seats on Wapakoneta City Council.
The candidates are Republicans Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and Dan Graf, Democrat Randy Fisher and non-partisan candidate Rachel Barber. (A question and answer with the candidates appears on Page 5A and Page 6A.)
Wapakoneta Middle School football fans received a surprise Thursday when NFL linebacker Devon McDonald gathered students for a DARE assembly.
The former Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Storm player visited the school with a message of hope. McDonald spoke about many youth-related issues, including bullying, goal-setting and good decision-making.
DARE Officer Samuel Blank organized the assembly with middle school guidance counselors as part of â€śRed Ribbon Week,â€ť a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Windy weather did not stop area facilities from hosting their trick or treat for the children.
At Auglaize Acres, residentâ€™s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others stopped in for a visit.
â€śThis is a time for them to socialize with the younger generation,â€ť Activities Coordinator Barb King said. â€śThe residentsâ€™ faces light up when they see the kids â€” itâ€™s an important thing for them.â€ť
King said the trick-or-treat event allowed residents and staff members to mingle with family members that they speak about every day.
For one U.S. legislator, he cannot believe a soldier who drives a truck in Iraq cannot transfer those skills automatically into a CDL in the United States.
He cannot believe a soldier who works on trucks and tanks cannot receive automatic certification to work on cars stateside.
He cannot believe a medic who worked to save a soldierâ€™s life during a military operation cannot easily transition into an EMT or paramedic certification in the country he devoted his life.
Nativity scenes bless one table. Angels adorn another table. Different types of Christmas candles and wreaths are situated on other tables.
Nearly two weeks prior to the storeâ€™s opening, people checked the locked door to see if they could enter and peered through the windows to get a glimpse of the items going up for sale.
What they would see is an array of goods collected throughout the year.
â€śThat first day they stand in line outside to get in,â€ť Mercy Unlimited Volunteer Services Coordinator Charlene Smith said. â€śIt is like the day after Thanksgiving at the mall.â€ť
A $160,000 grant is to be used to install 4,600 feet of guardrail along county roadways.
The federal gasoling tax grant filtered through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is considered a safety project, requiring no matching funds.
â€śApproximately half of this will replace existing rail that is in excess of 30 years old, with many rotten wood posts, at the wrong height, and doesnâ€™t have a secondary steel backup member that is a standard for rail installations today,â€ť Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.