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May 2nd, 2012
Unemployment rates tumbled by 0.5 percent in March, placing Auglaize County among the lowest in the state.
In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, down from 6.9 percent in February. That figure placed Auglaize County as one of eight counties statewide to have an unemployment rate of less than 6.5 percent. Last year in March, the unemployment rate sat at 7.8 percent.
John Walters, known as the Graveyard Groomer, is returning to Wapakoneta for the fourth time to spend time in graveyards — his third time to host a workshop for the Auglaize County Historical Society.
A national event aimed to bring communities across the country together will be celebrated locally this week.
The National Day of Prayer ceremony is scheduled to be held at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.
The Rev. Mark Bauer, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said this event is important because it brings the communities together.
“This event brings people together to share in prayer,” Bauer said.
ST. MARYS — An NBA Hall-of-Famer spoke to church members and other visitors Sunday at the St. Marys Church of the Nazarene on memory education and applying it to every day life in a personal walk with God.
As the world sees it, the former Ohio State Buckeye and New York Knicks great Jerry Lucas was successful. However, the pro basketball Hall-of-Famer’s goal is not to be remembered for what he did in sports.
Wapakoneta High School junior Alex Koch was especially excited for the event, because he had the opportunity to take his father’s 1987 Oldsmobile 442 out to pick up his date Annie Henderson, a Wapakoneta High School junior.
This vehicle was special because it was the same transportation that his father drove to pick up his date for their prom when they were in high school and his wife when they got married.
During the summer of 2011, a 2009 Wapakoneta High School graduate came back to her hometown to give back.
Georgetown College (Kentucky) student Devon Golden, a member of the Georgetown Tigers women’s basketball team, helped recruit blood donors for an American Red Cross blood drive for two youths, Jason Strauser and Jesse Doseck, who died from cancer. Earlier this month, she received the Auglaize County Youth of the Year Award for 2011 from the American Red Cross in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties.
Plans are in the works for the Wapakoneta High School varsity softball team to travel to Florida in 2013.
Redskins varsity softball coach Bill Sammons presented plans for the team to play in a tournament at Cocoa Beach during spring break next year to Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a recent board meeting.
He anticipated between 14 and 16 players making the trip, with those going being high school juniors and seniors or other members of the varsity team.
Motorists using East Benton Street through these first few weeks of construction will no longer be permitted down the street starting May 7 when paving contractors move in.
Workers with Celina-based Shinn Brothers start work that Monday and the street will be closed until the $779,680 full-depth street reconstruction project is complete. The project is scheduled to be done by Sept. 30.
Tightly grasping handfuls of pennies, kindergartners dropped them into large collection buckets this week at Wapakoneta Elementary School.
As they gave all the pennies they had they said they were donating them to help fix the “broken school.”
They brought with them from home not just their pennies, but nickels, dimes, quarters and even dollar bills — anything they could find — to help students just like them who had lost part of their school to a tornado earlier this year.
With the Auglaize County Relay for Life only eight weeks away, team captains are working at full force preparing for the special day.
Relay for Life is scheduled to be held Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, and team captain Kim Klingler and her team, TSC Purple Stars, are creating a tribute book, The Greater Auglaize County Tribute Book, which will be available for sale at the event.