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June 26th, 2012

Field fires forecasted

June 26, 2012

Hot, dry weather with little rain is forcing officials with area fire departments to be on the lookout for field fires.

Members of the St. Johns Fire Department responded along with the Botkins Fire Department to a field fire that burned approximately 15 acres of wheat stubble Saturday afternoon on Hardin Pike. The fire started when the wind blew flames and caused the dry wheat stubble to catch fire.

However, St. Johns Fire Chief Rodney Campbell said the area has otherwise been fortunate so far.

Patriotic decor brightens up downtown

June 26, 2012

Area residents and shop owners have come together to add a decorative touch to the downtown area.

Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta has taken on more red, white and blue — to celebrate summer holidays and add a special “welcoming” theme to downtown.

Fern Hill Farmhouse shop owner Jodie Goodwin brought the idea up to the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops group (WASS) of adding some hand crafted decorations to display downtown to make the downtown shop area look more “cutesy.”

June 25th

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back

June 25, 2012

The white paper bags lining the track of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life this weekend each represented a life.

Some were in honor of cancer survivors, while others were in memory of those who lost their battles with the disease. They recognized grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, parents, prom dates, and friends from all walks of life.

Teams work to raise money

June 25, 2012

With themed laps all through the night, visits from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, games, contests and a wide array of food, including Twinkie Dogs and Krispy Kreme Burgers, organizers of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life deemed it a success.

“We had a really good turnout,” Relay for Life Chair Tiffany Fullenkamp said. “We really got the word out and had a great line up of events.”

Brush fire prompts concern

June 25, 2012

The Wapakoneta Fire Department received a number of calls Saturday evening regarding a fire near a woods south of U.S. 33 between County Road 25A and Interstate 75.

Motorists passing the woods saw flames climbing more than 20 feet in the air near a woods on the northern end of Progress Drive near a woods before the drive becomes part of a small section of Canning Factory Road which leads back to a couple of houses close to I-75.

June 22nd

Courthouse noise — Resident pleads for commissioners to alleviate sound

June 22, 2012

The noise from the ventilation system of the renovated Auglaize County Courthouse is already causing concerns for an area resident.
Patricia Werst, who resides at 206 Willipie St. with her elderly father, said the sawing and the cement dust are both parts of the work she can deal with because they will end. The constant hum of the ventilation system, which reverberates through all three levels of her house is not and no end appears to be in sight.

Wheat crop strong

June 22, 2012

Preliminary reports show that Auglaize County farmers can expect a good wheat harvest, both in quantity and quality standards, despite a recent dry spell coupled with high temperatures.
Some farmers have already began to harvest their winter wheat, and Ohio State University Extension Office Agriculture Educator John Smith said he expects most of the wheat to be harvested by next week.
“It looks like about 99 percent will be off the field by the first of next week,” Smith said of the crop typically harvested the first two weeks of July.

Local wins card design contest

June 22, 2012

A retired English teacher designed a greeting card — which is now for sale at Hallmark Stores throug-hout the country.
Sue Moser, of Wa-pakoneta, decided to enter into the Hallmark Card Contest last year when she was shopping at a Hallmark store in Bellefontaine and saw that the store was hosting a card designing contest.
“I knew I had a good picture to use,” Moser said, “but it took me a little while to figure out the caption.”
Moser asked her daughter-in-law, Kodi Moser,

Portman pushes new bills

June 22, 2012

Despite this being an election year when most members of Congress and the president concentrate on the campaign trail, one U.S. senator from Ohio plans to continue to focus on getting passed legislation to help the American economy.
Pushing for a number of pieces of legislation he sponsored or co-sponsored, Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he believes Congress can pass these bills to jump start the American economy.

County appeal — Directors seek stronger county presence

June 22, 2012

Anticipating a brighter outlook for Auglaize County’s financial future, several area economic development officials requested a substantial increase in funds from the county commissioners to promote county economic growth.

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