June 26th, 2012
Hot, dry weather with little rain is forcing officials with area fire departments to be on the lookout for field fires.
Members of the St. Johns Fire Department responded along with the Botkins Fire Department to a field fire that burned approximately 15 acres of wheat stubble Saturday afternoon on Hardin Pike. The fire started when the wind blew flames and caused the dry wheat stubble to catch fire.
However, St. Johns Fire Chief Rodney Campbell said the area has otherwise been fortunate so far.
Area residents and shop owners have come together to add a decorative touch to the downtown area.
Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta has taken on more red, white and blue — to celebrate summer holidays and add a special “welcoming” theme to downtown.
Fern Hill Farmhouse shop owner Jodie Goodwin brought the idea up to the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops group (WASS) of adding some hand crafted decorations to display downtown to make the downtown shop area look more “cutesy.”
Mervin J. Quellhorst, 82, of New Bremen, died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County, the son of Aurelia (Donnerberg) and Clarence Quellhorst. On Sept. 5, 1953, he married Jeannette A. Vogel, and she survives near New Bremen.
Also surviving are his children; Jerry (Janet) Quellhorst. of Pickerington, Thomas (Becky) Quellhorst, of New Bremen, Bruce (Terri) Quellhorst, of New Bremen, and Dean (Susan) Quellhorst, of New Knoxville.
Norma M. Rickert, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:11 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Systems following a sudden illness.
She was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Agnes (Roby) and Willard Ruck, who preceded her in death. On June 15, 1952, she married Paul E. Rickert, and he survives.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, the Wapakoneta Redskins ACME dominated the Bath Wildcats ACME team with a sweep of the twin bill.
The Redskins beat the Wildcats 9-3 in the opening game behind an 11-strikeout, three-hit performance by starting pitcher Dom Campos, and Wapak used their batting eye and bats for a 15-5 win in the second game as the team collected 10 hits.
The white paper bags lining the track of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life this weekend each represented a life.
Some were in honor of cancer survivors, while others were in memory of those who lost their battles with the disease. They recognized grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, parents, prom dates, and friends from all walks of life.
With themed laps all through the night, visits from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, games, contests and a wide array of food, including Twinkie Dogs and Krispy Kreme Burgers, organizers of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life deemed it a success.
“We had a really good turnout,” Relay for Life Chair Tiffany Fullenkamp said. “We really got the word out and had a great line up of events.”
The Wapakoneta Fire Department received a number of calls Saturday evening regarding a fire near a woods south of U.S. 33 between County Road 25A and Interstate 75.
Motorists passing the woods saw flames climbing more than 20 feet in the air near a woods on the northern end of Progress Drive near a woods before the drive becomes part of a small section of Canning Factory Road which leads back to a couple of houses close to I-75.
The noise from the ventilation system of the renovated Auglaize County Courthouse is already causing concerns for an area resident.
Patricia Werst, who resides at 206 Willipie St. with her elderly father, said the sawing and the cement dust are both parts of the work she can deal with because they will end. The constant hum of the ventilation system, which reverberates through all three levels of her house is not and no end appears to be in sight.
Preliminary reports show that Auglaize County farmers can expect a good wheat harvest, both in quantity and quality standards, despite a recent dry spell coupled with high temperatures.
Some farmers have already began to harvest their winter wheat, and Ohio State University Extension Office Agriculture Educator John Smith said he expects most of the wheat to be harvested by next week.
â€śIt looks like about 99 percent will be off the field by the first of next week,â€ť Smith said of the crop typically harvested the first two weeks of July.