Archive - Dec 2011
For three quarters, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team had no pulse.
Then senior Andy Faller hit a jumper from the left wing.
And freshman Adam Henderson ventured into a forest of blue and gold trees, grabbed an offensive rebound and stuck it back in the basket.
Then Faller drained a 3-pointer.
Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump.
Those three baskets ignited a 19-point fourth quarter as Wapak erased a nine-point deficit and pulled out a 39-35 win over the Marion Local Flyers on Friday at Wapakoneta High School.
From staff reports
1. Player eligibility investigated
With the Wapakoneta Redskins on the verge of possibly winning the Western Buckeye League title and securing a stronger position in the state playoffs, news spread of a player being ruled ineligible â€” possibly costing the 9-0 Redskins at the time to forfeit all their games.
News of the player possibly being ineligible and the subsequent decision by Wapakoneta City Schools administrators to voluntarily hold the player out of the final game traveled both wing and fling.
By CARLA MEYER
After three decades of making memories, friends and the news, the leader of the Wapakoneta Daily News is retiring.
One word can sum up her whole experience â€” rewarding.
Publisher Dianna Epperly packed up pictures and awards Friday afternoon during her last day of work at the newspaper â€” but not only packing up these tangible items â€” she also packed up memories she collected during the past 34 years. Memories, she says, that will last a lifetime.
By LANCE MIHM
Joe Lenhart will walk out of his office Friday and flip the switch to turn out the lights. The next time the office opens, he wonâ€™t be the person turning them back on for the first time in 11 1/2 years.
A retirement party was held for Lenhart on Friday, his last official day in the office as Auglaize County administrator. A mixture of current and former elected and hired officials from a vast area of county offices showed up to pay respect to a man that served in county positions for 28 years.
Michael D. â€śMikeâ€ť Hoffman, of Lima, died at 8:12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Tera Remington,, 40, of Logansport, Ind., died at 5:14 p.m., Dec. 18, 2011, in Missoula, Mont.
She was born Feb. 24, 1971, in Logansport, Ind., the daughter of Maxine (Webb) Tharp.
Surviving are two daughters, Alexis Marie, of Fontana, Calif., and Megan Kristine, of Seymour, Ind.
Private burial will be held at a later date. No burial is planned.
Arrangements are being handled by Cremation of the Rockies in Missoula, Mont.
Martin E. Menchhofer, 91, of 706 Magnolia Drive, St. Marys, and formerly of Mercer County, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born March 15, 1920, in Mercer County, the son of Kathryn (Powell) and John Menchhofer.
On April 12, 1942, he married Margaret â€śMargeâ€ť L. Hay and she survives at the St. Marys Living Center.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Menchhofer, of South Bloomingville, and Steve Menchhofer of Rockbridge; and a daughter, Sherry Howey, of Columbus.
The Clerk of Courts Office budget is expected to remain the same in 2012, while the Municipal Court Clerk Office budget should decrease in the new year.
â€śWe were definitely hit this year with added expenses with Sue Ellen (Kohler) retiring,â€ť Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth said of the former longtime clerk. â€śWe donâ€™t forsee those added expenses next year,â€ť she said.
Dr. Thomas Freytag will show up to his family practice at 1252 Lincoln Drive in Wapakoneta today just like he has every weekday for the last 25 years.
Sadly, when the office closes at the end of the day, he will not return.
Freytag is giving up his long-time practice to fill a full-time position as occupational medical director at Lima Memorial Hospital. It was obvious Freytag discussed his wrestling with the decision before he made it. However, he said he felt the change was the best move for everyone involved.
With a shot of snowfall this week, motor vehicle experts stress the importance of making sure vehicles are in proper condition and winterized for this heavy weather season.
To avoid car issues during this winter season, residents should make sure each car in the household is ready to drive in the harsh weather, says a local expert.
â€śIt is important to keep up proper maintenance and to follow the ownerâ€™s manual,â€ť RRR Tire Services Manager Nick Riethman said.