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August 24th, 2011
Approximately 70 child pedestrians, who were between the ages of 5 to 15 years of age were severely injured in Ohio during the 2010-11 school year.
As the summer winds down, and students are back in school, an area police chief encourages motorist and pedestrians to stay alert in residential areas, near schools and in school zones.
â€śThe first week of school is where we see the most problems,â€ť Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said.
A group of residents living in a local apartment complex joined together to provide a Back to School Bash for children in the community.
â€śItâ€™s the first year for us to try something like this,â€ť Valley View Volunteer Program President Jennifer Young said.
Just a couple months into its inception, residents have used the program to get those living in the complex to become part of a larger community, starting with flower plantings and cookouts and then into the back to school bash, which they hope serves as a building block for more plans in the future.
WAYNESFIELD â€” An issue over selecting new employee health benefits seemed to be finally settled only after a flurry of questions resulted in an Auglaize County villageâ€™s elected officials postponing the decision temporarily once again.
Applications are currently being accepted for a class that is designed to help community members have a better understanding of Auglaize County.
â€śThe main purpose of the program is to provide people with a greater understanding of county operations and services in the county,â€ť Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said.
More than $25,000 in donations for new tennis courts adjacent to Wapakoneta High School are expected to be accepted by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during Tuesdayâ€™s board meeting.
The donations to be accepted at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the school board office, include $16,000 from Wapakoneta Rotary Club, $7,500 from the Wapakoneta City Recreation Department, and $2,000 from Millerâ€™s Textile.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said to date 85 percent of the project has been funded by donations.
Barbeque chicken dinners are being sold to benefit an area family, who had lost their home due to a fire earlier this summer.
A benefit barbeque chicken dinner will be held for area couple Rachel and Tom Huelskamp. The couple, along with their four children, lost their home and all of itâ€™s contests in a house fire on July 18.
The American Legion, in Wapakoneta, will be cooking up the meals on Sept. 9, and pick-up is available at the American Legion site, along with the Trupointe branches in Botkins, St. Marys, New Bremen, Uniopolis or Wapakoneta.
At times the job of lifeguard can become mundane.
But Wapakonetaâ€™s Kayla Prater finds the job anything but mundane as she has taken the position as a chance to enhance her communications skills since she has chosen that area as her future profession.
Prater, who began working at the park her sophomore year of high school, has now worked at the Wapakoneta WaterPark for four years and has become a familiar, friendly face to its many patrons over the summer months. She is now beginning her second year at Ohio University working on earning a degree in communications studies.
A landmark business along Auglaize Street in downtown Wapakoneta may be in danger of not reopening.
The City Bakery, located at 20 W. Auglaize St., has been closed since July 1, when natural gas to the building was turned off due to an inability to pay bills.
â€śItâ€™s bad,â€ť said owner Rod Sidel, 48, who also lives upstairs of the bake shop.
This week, electricity to the business he took over from his parents approximately seven years ago also was disconnected.
A Wapakoneta girl, born with a heart condition, had one wish â€” meeting Cinderella at her castle.
Four-year-old Nevaeh Walp had her wish granted â€” where dreams do come true.
She, along with her family, traveled to Florida to meet Cinderella and other princesses at Walt Disney World, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The family, which included Nevaehâ€™s parents, Tina and Jon Walp, and her sister, Gabrielle, 7, joined Cinderella for breakfast in her castle.
Auglaize County residents are to be among those in six counties affected by a proposed Auglaize River stream enhancement project being spearheaded by the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
Two hearings have been scheduled for landowners on Sept. 13, one at 2 p.m. at the Fort Jennings American Legion, and one at 7 p.m. at the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds in Wapakoneta.