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November 19th, 2013
The second phase of a sewer replacement project in downtown Wapakoneta should be able to start soon with the contractor purchasing materials and conducting pre-construction work, a city administrator says, as the city secures a second round of funding.
With a necklace of large, black bear claws fashioned to top off an ensemble of animal hides, beads and furs, no one in the Wapakoneta Middle School social studies class asked how â€śBear Claw Jebâ€ť gained his nickname.Â
Also known as Jeff Hunlock, Bear Claw Jeb lectured to each fifth-grade social studies classes Friday and showed off his extensive collection on American Indian artifacts.Â
With his unique style and attitude, the historian said he prefers to be known as Bear Claw Jeb, at least while he is in his native dress clothes.Â
An agreement for an online dog licensing system recently was renewed to continue to provide the service to Auglaize County residents.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said the agreement with Fairfield Computer Systems doesnâ€™t just allow for residents to pay for their dog tags online, but it assists him with determining if dogs at particular addresses have tags and helps locate owners and return dogs to them when they are found.
â€śOnline tag sales are just a portion of it,â€ť Bailey said.
High winds and heavy rain hit the area Sunday evening sparking tornado warning sirens to sound in Wapakoneta and the area after a tornado was reportedly spotted in southwest Auglaize County.
The storm cell caused tornado warning sirens to be activated for the Pusheta Township and Fryburg area, as well as New Knoxville, New Bremen and Minster.
A Wapakoneta woman and three Cridersville residents were among nine drug-related arrests made Friday morning after several months of investigation by the Auglaize/Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
Joining members of the Task Force in making the arrests were officers from the Wapakoneta, St. Marys, and Cridersville police departments, and members of the Allen County Drug Task Force, who served the indictments from the Auglaize County Grand Jury.
A bipartisan, bicameral effort is underway to reauthorize legislation to reduce crime by helping people released from prison re-enter society and the work force.
When Amy Kentner, probably Wapakonetaâ€™s best-known runner of note, made the decision to organize a run in Cleveland in honor of the movie â€śA Christmas Story,â€ť even she had no idea how the idea would take off.
Kentner can regale the listener with the myriad of details associated with planning a run that seemingly has taken on a life of its own, but one of the details adds a little spring to her step these days.
Thanks to the Wapakoneta Rotary Club and member Nicole Bowen, the Christmas Story Run will also be offered in Wapakoneta on Saturday, Dec. 7.
A deer crash led to a diesel fuel spill along Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning.
Calvin Hurst, 62, of Detroit, was driving a 2009 Volvo VNL semitrailer south on I-75 when his semitrailer struck and killed a deer crossing the road from the east at 5:38 a.m. in Duchouquet Township, near mile marker 118, just south of the Allen County line, according to a report from a trooper with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
While President Barack Obama continues to push for implementation of his national health plan, one U.S. legislator says the Affordable Care Act does not work and will not work because it does not address the real problem plaguing the United States and by delaying implementation of a flawed system is â€śjust kicking the can down the road.â€ť
Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman attacked the Affordable Care Act, which has adopted the presidentâ€™s name and is known as Obamacare, because the plan promises too much and does not address the most daunting problem in regard to health care coverage.
The 2013 â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť title was awarded to a local woman for her many demonstrations of leadership throughout the community, including the generous act of donating a vital organ to someone in need.
Joyce Borgert was presented as â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť during Thursdayâ€™s Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Community Awards banquet.Â
Friend and kidney recipient Steve Archer said Borgertâ€™s first reaction to his need for a kidney transplant was to ask â€śwhat do you have to do to be a donor?â€ť
â€śSheâ€™s really a giving person,â€ť Archer said. â€śThere was never any hesitation.â€ť