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August 1st, 2011
A local fundraiser brought members of the community together to raise awareness for an auto-immune disease.
â€śA Walk for Lupusâ€ť attracted approximately 400 people Saturday morning to Harmon Field in Wapakoneta to show their support by either walking or running a 5K.
Lupus Foundation of America Michigan and Northwest Ohio Chapter President and CEO Aleta Foust said it is important for everyone to be aware of what lupus is.
â€śThere are 50,000 people in the state of Ohio that have lupus,â€ť Foust said. â€śThere are more people than we know that have lupusâ€ť
A local festival dodged the rain this past weekend as it drew large crowds for its activities on Friday and Saturday.
The Uniopolis Jamboree, the mid-summer event, is the major fundraiser for the Uniopolis Fire Departmentâ€™s budget, and firefighter Sam Blank said that the money will fund their budget for the year. This year the proceeds from the event will go toward updating equipment.
â€śThe money is used for repairs, and for new equipment,â€ť Blank said. â€śOutdated equipment needs to be replaced.â€ť
WAYNESFIELD â€“ Waynesfield Village Council members voted Friday to add a new officer to the local police force â€” a K-9.
After many councilors expressed uncertainty at a meeting Monday and tabled the issue, they evidently gathered the information they needed as the proposal from Police Chief Nathan Motter passed Friday with a unanimous vote.
Fences and gates have been erected.
Mobile homes and house trailers sit parked inside the east gate, connected to the electric posts.
Crews work in the barns, readying them for the steers, cows, hogs, chickens, rabbits and a list of other animals.
Near the midway, three young girls carry a section of fence with their fair clubâ€™s name, Star Spangled Clovers, across the front. Lauren Klopfenstein, Emma Davis and Danica Zink move the prop Friday from a vehicle in the parking lot into the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Any school days to be made up during the next two school years will be tacked on at the end of the year.
A revision to Wapakoneta City Schools calendar for 2011-12 and 2012-13 was approved this week eliminating make-up days on both Presidentâ€™s Day and Martin Luther King Day and instead transferring those days, originally scheduled to be used as make-up days as needed, to the end of the school year.
For the 2011-12 school year, students are scheduled to start on Aug. 24 with the last day planned for May 25. The 2012-13 school year is to begin for students on Aug. 28 and end May 31.
NEW KNOXVILLE â€” The shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has halted construction projects across the nation, is having little impact on the local airport.
On Tuesday, the FAA shutdown forced the entity to furlough 4,000 workers and suspend $2.5 billion in airport construction linked to federal grants. While the Neil Armstrong Airport in New Knoxville receives federal grants from the FAA, the shutdown is not currently impacting the facility.
School fees for most elementary grades in the Wapakoneta City Schools are increasing this year.
For kindergarten, the $39 fee marks a $4 increase, for first grade the fee decreased by $10 to $59, the second grade fee increased $5 to $70, the third grade fee increased by $7 to $70, and the fourth-grade fee increased by $19 to $52.
â€śThey are changing,â€ť Superintendent Keith Horner said of the fees approved unanimously by members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
The firefighters in Uniopolis are gearing up for their annual festival this weekend.
The 68th annual Uniopolis Firemenâ€™s Jamboree is scheduled to start tonight and continue Saturday in downtown Uniopolis.
â€śThis is our main fundraiser for the year,â€ť Uniopolis Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Wenning said.
The proceeds from the festival fund the fire departmentâ€™s General Fund for the year, and Wenning said they will be looking at purchasing new equipment and updating fire and EMS equipment.
One 2011 Wapakoneta High School graduate did not grow up on a farm like many FFA students students do, but he did gain much from the program and proclaimed farming is a life style he loves.
While many inherit family farms or go adopt agrarian lifestyles based on their experiences on a farm, Dylan Regula said he is not sure exactly where along the line he decided it was the life for him.
â€śI did have an uncle that farmed,â€ť Regula said. â€śI remember riding on the tractor with my uncle, Don Regula. Other than that, I donâ€™t really know how I got into it. I just knew it would be a good idea.â€ť
Describing the House Speakerâ€™s plan and Republican behavior as â€śirresponsible,â€ť a U.S. senator from Ohio is calling for an end to the bipartisan budget bickering during this pivotal time in history.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called for Republicans to raise the debt ceiling to keep the United States from defaulting and accept a budget deal to cut the deficit by $2.2 trillion. Congress has until Tuesday to approve raising the debt ceiling to avoid default and a lowering of the nationâ€™s credit rating.