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July 11th, 2012

Cridersville Jamboree to kick off this weekend

July 11, 2012

An area fire chief invites locals to come out to an annual festival and experience a “hometown feeling” this weekend.

The 48th annual Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree is planned for Friday and Saturday and is expected to be packed with activities for the whole family.

Cridersville Fire Chief Ron Mertz said the fire department hosts this event for the village.

July 10th

Loud situation: Village officials receive fireworks complaints

July 10, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — A local village has been receiving complaints about a popular holiday tradition.

Fireworks have been set off in the village of Cridersville and the police chief and mayor said there is a state law by which residents need to abide.

“Anything that flies and goes ‘boom’ is illegal in the state of Ohio,” Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said during Monday’s regular council meeting. “It woke me up at 3:30 in the morning the other night, and I had three people call my house because of it.”

Storm causes damage to grounds

July 10, 2012

The storm that passed through Wapakoneta and the rest of the county June 29 wreaked plenty of havoc on the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Auglaize County Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl told members of the Auglaize County Fairboard during a regular meeting Monday.

Piehl said 15 trees on the property were lost or damaged during the storm, with several buildings also sustaining damage.

“In general, if you drove around the grounds, it was a sight to see,” Piehl said.

Why would you want to have lunch with an astronaut?

July 10, 2012

Organizers of the Run to the Moon are asking just that question of children ages 7 to14 in order to pick a couple of Wapakoneta youth to share a meal with Space Shuttle Endeavour pilot Col. Gregory H. Johnson on Friday, July 20, the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

Entry forms for the contest are running in the Wapakoneta Daily News, with a Saturday deadline for entries. The winners are to be determined by their answers to this question: “If you could ask Astronaut Greg Johnson one question, what would it be, and why?”

July 9th

Passion for sports: Wapak youth umpires, involved on many teams

July 9, 2012

For two days, nearly 50 teams played at Veterans Memorial Park — with the top teams coming back on Sunday to determine the winners of the 2012 Moon City Classic.

Keeping the teams in line between the lines are the umpires, including  Wapakoneta High School senior Kyle Gibson. The others range from classmates such as Joel Hegemier and Nathan Bracy to OHSAA certified umpires Brian Schoonover, Mike Sparks, Micah Shoup and Mark Maus.

New organizer heads D.C. trip

July 9, 2012

A new coordinator plans to head Wapakoneta City Schools’ eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. in the fall.

Jason Johnson recently was approved to take over for Roger Herriott, a district technology coordinator who has organized the trip for approximately 15 years.

Johnson, a special education and science teacher at Wapakoneta High School, is to receive $805 for a supplemental contract coordinating the trip district eighth-graders have been making for more than 20 years.

Local FFA member plans to become a vet

July 9, 2012

Every day a Wapakoneta High School sophomore treks to his grandparents’ farmhouse to help tend to the animals and work the crops.

The daily task also is shaping his future plans of being a veterinarian specializing in large animals.

Gavin Hawk, who is a member of Wapakoneta High School’s FFA program, says he loves helping his grandparents Evelyn and Marvin Kohler. He often makes two trips each day to make sure animals have water and feed — once in the morning and once at night.

July 7th

Heat affecting animals

July 7, 2012

The hot, dry weather is taking its toll on planted corn as the extreme heat causes the corn to shut down, especially during this critical time of pollination.

However, the heat can cause another problem for unprepared farmers. Farm animals can be adversely impacted.

Soaking units and fans should be used to keep animals cool, a local expert says. Keeping the animals cool is critical, especially when they are in holding areas.

Less traffic on midweek Fourth

July 7, 2012

A midweek holiday resulted in less traffic on the road for the local post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).

OSHP Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said between Tuesday and the Fourth of July, troopers with the post made 351 motor vehicle contacts and issued 215 citations. Thirty-six citations were for safety belt violations and two were for impaired driving.

He said troopers from the post also handled three crashes, with two involving injuries.

Disaster Relief Crew

July 7, 2012

As residents continue to clean up from last Friday’s storm, volunteers from a statewide organization arrived in Auglaize County to lend a helping hand to those in need.

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