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July 20th, 2012

Racing to the end

July 20, 2012

For nearly two hours, 18 area teams locked horns in the spirit of battle in an attempt to show true athleticism and teamwork.

If they had been trying to exhibit their sport as the next possible addition to Olympic events, the results might not have turned out so well. However, fun for all in the name of charity was the goal, and the annual charity bed races at the 2012 Summer Moon Festival in downtown Wapakoneta were a complete success.

Quarantine fee set

July 20, 2012

A quarantine fee has been established for animals that need to be housed by the local dog warden after biting someone.

Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said it doesn’t happen often, but sometimes after a dog bites someone and it is required to be kept quarantined for 10 days, the owner doesn’t want to or can’t keep the dog during that time.

Locals help after storms

July 20, 2012

Volunteers from a local church recently traveled to Birmingham, Ala. to contribute to what Becky Sunday defined as “the community of Christ.”

Sunday, the minister of Church Development and Parish Life at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, was one of 15 parishioners along with other volunteers that made the trip to Birmingham to help clean up storm damage. The opportunity came up through the United Church of Christ Volunteer Ministries, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity’s Birmingham office.

Michael Grove, 70

July 20, 2012

Michael P. Grove, 70, of Wapakoneta, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Allen County, where he was working on the Miami-Erie Canal restoration.
He was born March 21, 1942, in Zanesville, the son of June (Pierce) and Gene Grove, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 29, 1979, he married Anne M. Heil, and she survives.

July 19th

Passing the crown

July 19, 2012

The Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center was filled with smiling faces and positive attitudes when 14 young women competed for the title of Miss Summer Moon Scholarship Pageant queen.

But only one took home the title.

Eighteen-year-old Mindy Kiefer was crowned as the Miss Summer Moon Scholarship Pageant queen on Wednesday evening, as family and friends cheered her on.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Kiefer told the Wapakoneta Daily News after the competition. “I was very, very surprised.”

Lottery sales no relief for schools

July 19, 2012

Reports of record sales and profits from the Ohio Lottery does not automatically mean additional funds for school districts across the state.

Senator angered by uniforms made in China

July 19, 2012

Angered by Team America donning opening ceremony uniforms made in China, a U.S. legislator is introducing a measure aimed at perfection — requiring the federal government to purchase apparel that is 100 percent American made instead of 51 percent.

July 18th

Bed bugs invade

July 18, 2012

More unwanted guests have made their way into Auglaize County homes.

“We’re getting three to five calls a week asking about more information on bed bugs,” Auglaize County Health Department Environmental Health Director Curt Anderson said.

Anderson said he didn’t have a tally for the total number or calls or reports they had received about the pests, but the number of calls received from throughout the county have been high for the past three or four months.

Acres talks ongoing

July 18, 2012

Negotiations between Auglaize Acres administrators and its unionized employees remain ongoing.

The 64 employees belonging to the bargaining unit are continuing to work under terms of the previous contract, which expired June 30, Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said.

The previous three-year contract was signed in 2009. The contract under negotiation would be for another three years.

“We are still in negotiations,” Pierce said, noting since negotiations are taking place she can not say more until a contract is finalized.

Making Strides becomes area event

July 18, 2012

Locals can gear up for a national event that will now take place locally.

Breast cancer survivors and communities members are invited to participate in a kick-off event for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer this Saturday.

Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation and unite more than 270 communities to fund the fight against breast cancer awareness, and now Lima will be hosting the annual event for the first time ever this September.

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