Archive - 2013
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins took the top spot in their region Tuesday as the Ohio High School Athletic Association released the latest edition of the weekly football computer ratings.
Wapakoneta (5-1) was second last week in Division III, Region 10, and swapped places with Mount Orab Western Brown (6-0) after its 52-7 win over Defiance last Friday.
The top eight teams in each region for Divisions II through VII will qualify for the playoffs, while the top 16 teams in Division I will make the playoffs.
The Wapakoneta Redskins saw their season end Tuesday during their first ever district tournament appearance, as they placed fifth out of six teams at the Division I Northwest District girls golf tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green.
The top two teams from Tuesday’s district tournament advanced to the state championships.
Wapak shot 399 as a team Tuesday.
With a piece of legislation introduced Monday calling for hikes in refuse fees, one Wapakoneta City Council member inquired about taking it a step further â€” investigating the costs of contracting for refuse and recycling collection.
After the ordinanceâ€™s first reading, Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier questioned the wisdom of legislation calling for a 50 cent increase each year in refuse fees on residentâ€™s utility bills for perpetuity and requested city administrators seek rates from refuse and recycling haulers for the sake of comparison.
ADA â€” During the year-long controversy and eventual acquittal of George Zimmerman, many citizens found themselves questioning their legal rights of self-defense.
Dr. C. Antoinette Clarke, Ohio Northern University (ONU) criminal law and juvenile justice professor, presented â€śShoot First, Ask Questions Later: Self Defense, Stand Your Ground, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedyâ€ť at the universityâ€™s College of Law Tuesday afternoon.
Cautiously making their way along the gym floor, two Wapakoneta Elementary School second-graders roll past the cones and turn a corner with small smiles marking their success.
Avery Hutt, 8, remembers what it was like when she didnâ€™t want to get off the mats where they sit to lace up their roller skates and fasten their wrist guards.
â€śThe first time, I donâ€™t think I went off the mats, now I am not scared at all,â€ť Avery said. â€śIn kindergarten, everyone kept falling.â€ť
Hannah Elling, 7, said skating is fun and each year they get better.
Arden L. Brown, 98, of Cridersville, passed away Monday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2013, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, Lima.
Arden was born on July 23, 1915, in Burt County, Neb. to the late Leo and Anna Carruthers Brown.
On Oct. 24, 1942, he married the former Thelma Miller in Lima and they were married for 70 years before she preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2012. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Earle and John D. Brown. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Renovation work to the Auglaize County Courthouse was recently recognized with a state award for historic preservation.
The Auglaize County commissioners and Garmann-Miller & Associates architectural firm, of Minster, received a preservation merit award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for their efforts in preserving and rehabilitating the county’s courthouse built in 1894.
With Wapakoneta city administrators officially receiving word Thursday from Ohio Department of Transportation officials, Wapakoneta City Council now has the power to decide if a section of West Auglaize Street to be reconstructed in 2014 will be 37 feet or 39 feet wide.
During his report to councilors, Mayor Rodney Metz announced he received a letter Thursday permitting the shorter width. City officials designed the street to be 39 feet wide, meeting requirements councilors cited as being imposed by ODOT engineers.
A local businesswoman requested Monday that a three-way stop be installed or a traffic signal be replaced at the intersection of East Auglaize and Wood streets.
Auglaize Embroidery owner Judy Dubois testified to Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s council meeting that the removal of even a two-way stop sign installed during construction has created a hazardous situation at the intersection of East Auglaize Street and Wood Street, which also serves as Ohio 67.
Dianna J. Bell, 75, of Cridersville, died at 1:03 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System following a short illness.
She was born Dec. 31, 1937, in Lima, a daughter of Richard C. and Margaret Eva Shinaberry Davisson, who are deceased. Her step-mother Clara Davisson and her step-father Benton Carper are also deceased. On Sept. 4, 1955, she married Truman J. Bell, who survives in Cridersville.