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July 6th, 2012
Last Friday’s storm stirred memories of other devastating storms to hit the region — the Ice Storm of 2005, the Blizzard of 1978.
Chainsaws again could be heard throughout the county at many times during the day as people cleaned up trees that fell on their yards, homes, sheds and automobiles. However many trees, while the “wounds” may look fatal, have an amazing ability to recover, experts say.
Students eating lunch provided by the Wapakoneta City Schools cafeteria will be paying more for those meals beginning next school year.
Prices for lunches at the elementary school are increasing by 5 cents to $2.40 for kindergarten through fourth-grade students for the 2012-13 school year.
There are to be no other meal price increases planned at this time.
“Pretty much every year from now on we can expect those prices to increase,” Wapakoneta City Schools Food Supervisor Lori McKean said.
With miles continuing to rack up, repairs costing more on older vehicles and with one cruiser taken out of the rotation after a recent crash, the Auglaize County sheriff is asking for another cruiser.
Two feet may make a difference in who controls the Hamilton Street dam, but Wapakoneta city administrators say they hope the state will cede jurisdiction to the city.
“We are trying to get a definitive answer from the governing authority,” Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz said after Monday’s Wapakoneta City Council meeting. “We want to preserve the dam that we have and keep it in place because of the activities we have due to the water we have in the city and primarily downtown and the beautification project we have planned for downtown.
A local Wapakoneta family had part of their home destroyed in the wind storm on Friday, but they are keeping positive as they get ready to rebuild their home.
Heather and Craig Nolte, and their two daughters, Allison, 14, and Emma, 10, had two trees demolish their sunroom and living room.
“We are very fortunate we are fine and we have somewhere to go,” Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Assistant Director Heather Nolte said. “We are staying positive through all of this.”
UNIOPOLIS — A street issue involving a small 30-foot stretch of land is no longer a dead issue in Uniopolis.
A dead end sign posted on South East Street in Uniopolis notifies motorists there is no outlet. The 30-foot stretch of grassy area at the end of the paving goes into the Trupointe Cooperative site where farmers take produce to be weighed.
Residents on the street said farmers should not be using the road as a short cut to get to Trupointe and that its use by farmers poses a safety risk to kids who play in the area.
On Monday, July 2 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Wapakoneta Daily News will be accepting non perishable food items in exchange for entries into a drawing for 2 Stage Front 3 Day passes and Preferred Parking to Country Concert.
One entry per canned good or non perishable item donated, limit 10 entries per person, must be 18 to enter, employees and immediate family of Horizon Publication are not eligible to win, need not be present to win and drawing will take place at 5:01 p.m. today.
All items will go to God's Storehouse.
Electric power should be restored to Wapakoneta city consumers as crews worked throughout the weekend, the mayor says, after straight-line winds Friday downed power lines, felled trees and caused extensive property damage.
He also noted additional services should be forthcoming to help deal with the aftermath.
With a few weeks left until the Auglaize County Fair, a local 4-H group held a roping clinic to get some practice before the big event.
The Horse and Pony Pioneers 4-H Club hosted a roping seminar at the fairgrounds on Sunday, and a certified roping judge and a county roping program organizer helped demonstrate the basics of roping for the participants in attendance.
“I try to teach them that a rope is their friend,” Auglaize County roping competition judge Tom Baldwin said, “and not their enemy.”
Sustained winds in excess of 80 mph and gusts topping the 90 mph mark Friday afternoon toppled trees, downed power lines and damaged buildings throughout Wapakoneta and the region.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz said he knew of two people who suffered injuries as a result of damage from the high winds. A person in the showroom of Mike Swaney’s automotive dealer suffered cuts when a plate glass window shattered from the wind.