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July 7th, 2014

Jamboree promises fun for all

July 7, 2014

It all started as an ice cream social 50 years ago.

Today, however, residents of Cridersville and surrounding areas recognize it as the Annual Firemen’s Jamboree, a mainstay for the month of July.

The jamboree will run from 4 p.m. Friday, July 11 to about  midnight on Saturday, July 12.

Chief of the Cridersville Fire Department, Rick Miller, said the annual jamboree has continued to grow throughout the 50 year existence.

July 5th

St. Joe Festival

July 5, 2014

One young mother traveled to Wapakoneta on Thursday to share her memories of the St. Joe Festival with her children.
Megan Mottet, of Marysville, who grew up as a parish member of St. Joseph Church, brought her two boys, Brice, 3, and Xavier "Zeke" Mottet, 1, to the festival for the first time.
"This is a special something for me to bring my kids back to, to say 'this is a part of me,'" Motett said. "In Marysville, there's not really a part of my roots. But this is a part of my roots that I can bring them back to and share with them."

New county administrator hired

July 5, 2014

The Auglaize County Board of Commissioners on Thursday hired Wapakoneta native Erica Preston as County Administrator.
Preston, 32, previously was a licensed practicing attorney in Columbus, according to Commissioner John Bergman. She now resides back in Wapakoneta.
Bergman said her starting salary will be $65,000 per year. Her first day will be no later than July 28, depending on how soon she can get free of obligations to her present position, Bergman said.

July 3rd

Lightning tops LEPC discussion

July 3, 2014

At the bi-monthly meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Wednesday morning, the topic of recent lightning storms was discussed.

Director of Auglaize County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Troy Anderson, said some of the recent events were quite entertaining, providing decent light shows, and damages seem to be minimal.

Driver found in creek

July 3, 2014

A driver was was found injured and partially under her vehicle in a creek following an accident at the intersection of National Road and Mudsock Road at 8:52 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, in Cridersville.

Driver Donna Lotz, 84, of Wapakoneta, was traveling northbound on Mudsock Road in a red 2004 Honda Accord when she failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a 1995 Mack dump truck traveling west on National Road.

The Honda overturned and came to rest in a creek. Lotz was ejected from her vehicle, which came to rest partially on top of her.

Urgent Care offers quick care

July 3, 2014

The newly opened urgent care center in Wapakoneta says patients can expect “quick, quality care” for common illnesses, preventative services and physicals, seven days a week.

Walk In Urgent Care & Job Care Services, located at 1321 Bellefontaine St., Wapakoneta, Suite 100, opened its doors to the community in April. Walk In Urgent Care has 10 locations in Ohio. The facility is privately owned by Mazhar Hussain, M.D.

July 2nd

Woman injured in Cridersville crash

July 2, 2014

A driver was injured following an accident at the intersection of National Road and Mudsock Road in Cridersville at approximately 8:45 a.m. today.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol officials, a passenger vehicle traveling northbound on Mudsock Road struck a dump truck traveling west on National Road.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was found partially under her car. Both drivers were transported to St. Rita's Medical Center.

July 1st

Spent explosive found in recycling

July 1, 2014

A used explosive device was discovered at the Auglaize County Recycling & Solid Waste facility at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, on St. Marys River Road, St. Marys.

According to the report, an employee called the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office to report the device found in a cardboard box, which was taken outside of the building.

The responding deputy was taken to the location of the device, which was identified as a “spent” CTS (Combined Tactical Systems) Flash-Bang.

Taking it to an extreme

July 1, 2014

A 16-year-old Wapakoneta resident who has a passion for the pogo stick will be taking his talents to Pittsburgh today to compete in the U.S. leg of the 2014 Xpogo World Championship Series, also know as Pogopalooza.

Michael Brookhart packed up his pogo sticks early this morning and headed east with his brother, Anthony, to the competition that will run from July 2-4.

The event is part of an international three-stop tour that also includes France and Sweden, and will feature some of the best jumpers in the world competing in various pogo stick competitions.

Rotary honors Jim West

July 1, 2014

The Rotary Club of Wapakoneta invited Home Savings Bank President, Jim West, to speak at their final meeting of the rotary year yesterday.

After eating lunch at the Rotary Club Gazebo located in Harmon Park, West expected to give a speech to rotary members about his business and how it came to be what it is today.

Unbeknownst to him, West was in attendance for another reason.

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