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July 5th, 2011
From the time Maverick Liles was young boy, he knew somehow he was going to be involved in the agricultural industry.
â€śBefore we moved here, we lived close to my grandparents,â€ť the 2011 Wapakoneta High School graduate said. â€śThey had a 1,200-acre crop farm and a swine farm. I spent a lot of time there. I still work there two or three days a week.â€ť
This yearâ€™s annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival was deemed an overall success by organizers as the event culminated with a fireworks display Monday night.
â€śWe had a few spells of high heat, but overall the weather cooperated very well,â€ť St. Joe Fourth of July past chair Tom Vehorn said. â€śWe had a large crowd that was very enthusiastic in participating in the different events we had.â€ť
Vehorn said the motorcycle poker run that began at 1 p.m. Monday was well attended, as well as the kiddie tractor pulls held Monday and the tractor and truck pull held Sunday.
Tending to plants including tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, beans and corn, a Wapakoneta teenager says a garden in a community plot behind the local high school is teaching her responsibility.
In the mornings, her friend, Megan Steinke, waters and cares for the plants, and in the evenings, itâ€™s Courtney Hamel. The two Wapakoneta High School junior FFA members thought it would be a neat experience taking care of their own garden in newly dedicated community plots.
â€śSo far, our plants arenâ€™t growing like the others are but we started later, itâ€™s just taking a while,â€ť Courtney said.
The roots into Southern Gospel music run deep for the tenor of a group serving as headliner for the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.
When David Sutton was 10, he began playing the drums for Watchman Quartet, who were out of Goldsboro, N.C., where he grew up. His father sang for the group, and David was inspired to become a vocal artist at a young age.
When he was 15, David sang with the Kingsmen Quartet during one of the performances.
â€śThere was something about that night that showed me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,â€ť Sutton said.
Kaleb Helms comes off as a shy and soft-spoken 11-year-old boy. However, his actions often speak volumes.
After signing up for the Armstrong Air & Space Museumâ€™s Young Astronauts Club, he has made astrobiology study a huge hobby. Spawning from that quest for knowledge, the young man has been on an advertising campaign that is raising enough money to rival the donations of most businesses at the cash-strapped museum.
â€śHe has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three or four,â€ť Kalebâ€™s mother, Dee Helms, said. â€śHe has read every book that the library has on planets.â€ť
Two long-time county officials have announced their plans to retire at the end of the month.
Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Sue Ellen Kohler said it was with mixed emotions that she submitted her letter of resignation, with plans to retire on July 31.
Also submitting a letter of resignation with retirement planned for the same day was Auglaize County Recorder Ann Billings.
By CARLA MEYER
An outdoor pest, much like the emerald ash borer, that has been known to kill trees has reached Ohio in search of hardwood trees â€” and one local expert says it is only a matter of time before it is found in Auglaize County.
Asian long-horned beetles, which originated in Eastern China, have been identified in southern Ohio, in Clermont County east of Cincinnati. The insect feasts on hardwood trees which can potentially kill the tree.
The countyâ€™s driverâ€™s exam office isnâ€™t expected to move back to its location adjacent to the license bureau or title department on South Blackhoof Street any time soon.
The officeâ€™s lease, which expired Thursday, has not been renewed.
Lt. Goldie Jackson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said no action has been taken because the state is conducting a comprehensive review of every driverâ€™s exam office in the state to determine what decisions make the most sense financially, as well as offer the most efficiency and best serve customers.
Several boxes of paperwork eligible to be destroyed is to be shredded as decided during a meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Records Commission.
Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer Susan Rinehart said materials to be shredded fall under normal categories and length of times for which they must be kept as determined by the Ohio Revised Code.
â€śWeâ€™ve kept this stuff as long as we need to to maintain records,â€ť Rinehart said.
With the holiday weekend quickly approaching, there will be many celebrations and traditions involved â€” including fireworks. The Wapakoneta fire chief and the state fire marshal remind of the importance of following safety precautions to reduce the number of fires and fireworks related injuries.
â€śThe best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional firework exhibition,â€ť State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers said. â€śKeep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently dangerous and can cause serious injury.â€ť