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August 3rd, 2011
Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubba‚Äôs fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs pretty easy now,‚ÄĚ Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. ‚ÄúEvery year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.‚ÄĚ
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are ‚Äúfun and cute.‚ÄĚ
Work continued Tuesday to refurbish the Wigwam in downtown Wapakoneta, after city officials granted an emergency variance.
G.A. Wintzer & Son President Gus Wintzer approached Wapakoneta City Council members Monday regarding a variance to extend the building to the north approximately 11 inches into the city‚Äôs right-of-way on Heritage Drive. The existing wall is being reinforced to ensure the integrity of the building, which housed chamber offices, and the YMCA served as city council chambers.
Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.
Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the thousand pound - plus animals.
‚ÄúI am kind of hoping I place pretty good,‚ÄĚ Cody Schlater said. ‚ÄúThis is my first year doing dairy.‚ÄĚ
When Kayla Schneider‚Äôs name was announced as the 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she broke into a subtle smile ‚ÄĒ later saying she knew all the contestants were deserving.
On Monday, Wapakoneta‚Äôs Schneider and St. Marys‚Äô Patrick Schwartz were crowned as royalty over the 159th Auglaize County Junior Fair.
Schwartz said the selection gave him a feeling of accomplishment after being chosen.
‚ÄúIts an awesome feeling,‚ÄĚ Schwartz said. ‚ÄúI grew up wanting to be selected some day.‚ÄĚ
The city‚Äôs legislative body approved moving forward on an opportunity to purchase the former Centennial Elementary School property and make it part of the Wapakoneta park system.
A 49-year-old Wapakoneta woman attempting to cross between stopped train cars got caught on one of them as the train started to move again Sunday afternoon.
Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said at 1:05 p.m. Mary Music, 49, of Apt. 1, 2 Perry St., attempted to cross through the stopped train at the Auglaize Street intersection by crawling between cars. Witnesses saw what happened and called the Wapakoneta Police Department for assistance.
Hunlock said they notified CSX about Music and asked them to make an emergency stop.
Music was removed from the train with no injuries.
A local fundraiser brought members of the community together to raise awareness for an auto-immune disease.
‚ÄúA Walk for Lupus‚ÄĚ attracted approximately 400 people Saturday morning to Harmon Field in Wapakoneta to show their support by either walking or running a 5K.
Lupus Foundation of America Michigan and Northwest Ohio Chapter President and CEO Aleta Foust said it is important for everyone to be aware of what lupus is.
‚ÄúThere are 50,000 people in the state of Ohio that have lupus,‚ÄĚ Foust said. ‚ÄúThere are more people than we know that have lupus‚ÄĚ
A local festival dodged the rain this past weekend as it drew large crowds for its activities on Friday and Saturday.
The Uniopolis Jamboree, the mid-summer event, is the major fundraiser for the Uniopolis Fire Department‚Äôs budget, and firefighter Sam Blank said that the money will fund their budget for the year. This year the proceeds from the event will go toward updating equipment.
‚ÄúThe money is used for repairs, and for new equipment,‚ÄĚ Blank said. ‚ÄúOutdated equipment needs to be replaced.‚ÄĚ
WAYNESFIELD ‚Äď Waynesfield Village Council members voted Friday to add a new officer to the local police force ‚ÄĒ a K-9.
After many councilors expressed uncertainty at a meeting Monday and tabled the issue, they evidently gathered the information they needed as the proposal from Police Chief Nathan Motter passed Friday with a unanimous vote.
Fences and gates have been erected.
Mobile homes and house trailers sit parked inside the east gate, connected to the electric posts.
Crews work in the barns, readying them for the steers, cows, hogs, chickens, rabbits and a list of other animals.
Near the midway, three young girls carry a section of fence with their fair club‚Äôs name, Star Spangled Clovers, across the front. Lauren Klopfenstein, Emma Davis and Danica Zink move the prop Friday from a vehicle in the parking lot into the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.