Archive - 2014 - News Article
Going out with a bang, the St. Joe Festival will conclude its Fourth of July activities with a fireworks display, beginning at 11 p.m. at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The grandstands will be opened up to those on the grounds for viewing. According to St. Joe Festival Chair Mike Wurst, the display has lasted an approximate half hour in previous years. Wurst said he has received “rave reviews” of the festival’s fireworks display.
For the 64th year St. Joseph Catholic Church will be holding their annual July 4 Festival at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds July 3 and 4.
The festival begins on July 3 at 4 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. On Friday July 4 the festival starts off strong with the Firecracker 5K at 9 a.m. The fun continues all day Friday ending with fireworks at 11 p.m.
In less than one week, many local residents will celebrate the Fourth of July by gathering with friends and family. Some will attend public fireworks displays, while others will celebrate in their own backyards. In either case, it’s important to know how to do so safely and to understand Ohio law regarding fireworks.
Law enforcement agencies from the area visited the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office this week to honor an individual who has spent the last 25 1/2 years serving the county.
Detective Sergeant Jerry Sawmiller is retiring from the sheriff’s office to pursue a new position. He said he felt it was time for a change.
Special Response Team Commander Mike Vorhees, with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, said he has “come up through the ranks” with Sawmiller, as they were both original members of the county’s special response team.
In an effort to improve the drainage capabilities of farm fields and residential homes, three ditch projects have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners and are set to begin within the next two months.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said the projects will involve replacing 100-year-old subsurface tile buried underneath farm fields and residential basements located in several places throughout the county.
CRIDERSVILLE — With the help of the Cridersville Lions Club and Historical Society, the Village of Cridersville is working toward a new project.
In an effort to celebrate the heritage of the community and the importance of lifelong learning, Cridersville has developed plans for a new park, Legacy Park.
BUCKLAND — Money concerns were on the minds of village councilors Tuesday, as a proposed levy and a tight budget were on the agenda.
At a previous council meeting, new line items were authorized to get better control of costs and expenditures.
Councilors discussed closure of the park to save money.
Mayor Dan Lambert noted that $9,000 was spent on the park last year and approximately $4,000 may have already been spent on it this year. The mayor noted he would not know that number for sure until next month’s meeting.
The rain held off for most of the day Wednesday giving the Wapakoneta Noon Optimist Club an ideal day for their first annual Carnival at the Wapakoneta WaterPark.
From noon to 7 p.m. yesterday patrons of the WaterPark were able to enjoy the luxuries of the pool while also having the chance to play games, win prizes and receive “goody bags”.
Bonnie Wurst, Noon Optimist Club member, said the event was aimed toward the children in the community and was an activity meant as a community service.
Even if she had not won third place in her division at the Lima Soap Box Derby last weekend, a local racer said it would still have been worth all of her effort over the past five years.
“At least you got to go out there and try to win,” Madison Kennedy, 12, of Wapakoneta, said. “It’s really fun just to go out there and spend time with other racers and other kids. The first thing we probably say to each other is ‘good luck.’”
The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved changes to the district’s lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year by a vote of 3-0 during a regular board meeting Tuesday evening.
The changes, which were proposed by WCS Food Service Supervisor Lori McKean, include a 10 cent increase for student lunches, a 30 cent decrease for those who qualify for reduced breakfast and a 25 cent increase for adult lunches.
Lunch prices will increase to $2.55 at the elementary school, $2.65 at the middle school and $2.75 at the high school.