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August 1st, 2012
The goal is simple, the local Lion’s Club International district governor says, regarding their newest public service project.
When Ryan Schwieterman’s not in school during the summer, he is studying to be as knowledgeable as he can about his 4-H project in preparation for the Auglaize County Fair.
“You have to know a lot of stuff,” the 11-year-old said Tuesday during the rabbit show at the fair.
In addition to his studies, Ryan, who was showing rabbits for the third time on Tuesday, also keeps busy taking care of his four rabbits.
“I’ve groomed them, cut their toe nails,” Ryan said.
The community once again is invited to take part in a national night out against crime.
For eight years, the Wapakoneta Police Department has joined national efforts to take part in a night meant as a unique crime and drug prevention effort designed to heighten awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Two Memorial High School graduates left the stage Monday as the latest in a long-line of royalty as the king and queen of the 160th Auglaize County Fair.
When Sarah Wilker’s name was announced as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she was surprised, even shedding a few tears after her emotional win.
“I was shocked,” Wilker said. “It’s definitely a great honor, and I’m very honored to represent Auglaize County.”
Eight youngsters from Germany arrived Sunday in Wapakoneta to catch a glimpse of teenage life in the United States as part of the exchange program with the theme “Catch Your Dream.”
Cheryl Drexler, president of the Sister City program, said they are hoping the German students can catch a glimpse of what it is like to be an American teenager during their stay here. All six children making the trip are 16.
A return trip inside the Wapakoneta Walmart to attempt to steal more items resulted Friday afternoon in the apprehension of two men on theft charges.
Artillus Porter, 38, of Lima, and Wesley Palmer, 35, of Harrod, had loaded their vehicle with 22 bottles of laundry detergent they hadn’t paid for when they decided to go back into the store at 1257 Bellefontaine St. and grab a few more items at 3:30 p.m., Wapakoneta Police Department Clerk Denise Kohler said.
A new state law permitting dogs “one free bite” is more restrictive and creating more red tape for dog wardens, one county official says in criticizing the law which took effect May 22.
“In my opinion, this law was a mistake,” Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said. “There are some state officials who have predicted we will see a steady increase in pit bull attacks.”
UNIOPOLIS — Every summer the Hall family returns to Uniopolis for the annual Uniopolis Firemen’s Jamboree to benefit the village’s fire department.
Josh Hall grew up in the rural Auglaize County village and his parents still live in town. For years, he has been bringing his wife, Shonda, and their three children back to enjoy the festival he grew up attending every year as a child.
“We come every single year,” Shonda Hall said.
The 160th version of the Auglaize County Fair is now in full swing.
“It’s going terrific,” Auglaize County Fair Manager Fred Piehl said Sunday. “They are still going in and we are putting the finishing touches on everything.”
Sunday’s schedule saw a full slate of events, including the 4-H Style Review, Open Class Beef Breeding Show, wrestling and the Truck War. Piehl said the 4-H members in the county are one of the largest contingents in the state.
More than $215,000 in state money has been awarded to Auglaize County for the demolition of vacant and blighted homes.
âThis money is being allocated to allow for reinvestment, to spur growth and property values,â Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said. âIt just gives another resource for villages, cities and townships to deal with blighted or dilapidated property. Itâs a way to take these homes and increase the land value, renew the property and better the neighborhood.â