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July 3rd, 2012
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.
A speech therapist and six new teachers were hired by the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said the new hires fill in as-needed based on retirements and reassignments.
Whitney Fries is to serve as a speech therapist for the district. Details of her contract were not available. She takes the place of Deb Madden, who recently retired as a speech pathologist at Wapakoneta Elementary School after 38 years.
It is that time of year where family and friends come together, celebrate the holiday and enjoy an annual festival.
The St. Joe Fourth of July Festival kicks off Tuesday and Wednesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, and festival chairs are putting the final touches on the event.
“Our mission of the festival is family and patriotism,” St. Joe Festival Chair Mike Wurst said. “It’s a family-oriented event.”
The admission, parking and attendance drawings are free, and the event is open to the public.
The Saturday edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News may be delayed due to the power outages in the area.
Concerned with the financial picture portrayed of the county, the Auglaize County auditor met Thursday with the Auglaize County commissioners to discuss her budgeting worries.
“We always try to remain so positive about the county,” Auditor Janet Schuler said. “I like that, but things aren’t as rosy as they appear just because the sales tax is up.
“Sales tax numbers are good, but they have to be because the state is yanking money away from us,” she said.