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Robert L. Miller, 84

January 13, 2014

Robert L. Miller, 84, of Lima, died at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Van Wert County Inpatient Hospice. He was born on Jan. 16, 1929, in Lima, to John Lawrence and Pearl Arizona Roberts Miller. He married Betty Jean Myers on Feb. 1, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2011.

Mr. Miller had been a parts expeditor for Superior Coach Corporation. He attended Abundant Life Temple and loved gardening.

Library to host college planning event

January 13, 2014


Tomorrow night, the Auglaize County Public Library is hosting a paying for college seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Andrea Burton, Adult Services Coordinator at the library said the Wapakoneta branch of Minster Bank will be presenting the information to parents and students.

“They (Minster Bank) were actually the ones who approached us about coming and doing some seminars at the library, and we’re hoping that this is just going to be the beginning,” Burton said.

Trooper promoted at Wapak post

January 13, 2014


A recently-promoted sergeant will be transferring to the Wapakoneta Ohio State Highway Patrol Post to serve as assistant post commander.

Sergeant Jeremy D. Allen, who most recently served as a trooper in Marysville, said his main focus is on benefitting the community.

“What can I do to contribute to a safer Ohio?” Allen said. “That’s what we all strive to do. We’re very mission-oriented.”

Insurance scholarship offered

January 13, 2014


Wapakoneta High School students looking to attend college can take advantage of a scholarship being offered to high school seniors.

The Grand Lake Area Insurance Professionals and Celina Insurance Group are offering $1,500 for a 2014 graduating high school senior who resides in either Auglaize or Mercer County, and is pursuing a degree in an insurance industry major. Eligible majors include: accounting, actuarial science, business, computer science, finance, risk management and insurance, among others.

Wapakoneta sophomore Sutton breaks school record

January 13, 2014

Wapakoneta Redskins sophomore Charlie Sutton set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle race Saturday. With a time of 1 minute, 52.91 seconds, Sutton broke the previous record of 1:53.77 set by Royce Kantner.

The new mark came during the Redskins’ third-place finish Saturday at the Celina Wapak Invitational in varsity boys swimming competition.

Wapak totaled 547.5 points, behind meet champion Ottawa-Glandorf (618) and runner-up Celina (582).

Representatives of the Western Buckeye League claimed the top five spots and eight of the top 10.

Thelma Fannon, 97

January 13, 2014

Thelma Fannon, 97, formerly of 224 N. Cherry St. in St. Marys, died at 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2014 at Celina Manor in Celina. She was born on Dec. 8, 1916, in Fairfield County, the daughter of W. A. and Edna Blanche (McClure) Steinmetz.

On Nov. 26, 1937, she married James Fannon, who preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1973.

Drug rehabilitation center sees rise in heroin patients

January 13, 2014


Heroin addiction is on the rise in Western Ohio.

Just ask Chuck Honigford, Director of Clinical Services at the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center, or WORTH.

Honigford said he has seen an increase in the number of residents who are sent to their facility who are addicted to heroin and need help overcoming their addiction.

Trafficking a challenge for law enforcement

January 13, 2014


Deemed the “drug of choice” in both Auglaize County and the state of Ohio, heroin trafficking is a long-standing, ever-growing challenge for law enforcement.

“It’s an effort by all of my officers and all the officers within the county,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “We have regular round-ups two, three times a year. It’s not just heroin, it’s all drugs, but we are seeing a trend in this area.”

The trend seems to be coming from Dayton, Hunlock said.

Why heroin, why now?

January 13, 2014


Many questions arise when you hear that heroin is becoming such a prevalent part of our nation’s culture, and more specifically, the culture of western Ohio.

As seen on the news, and read in many papers, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has called heroin abuse an epidemic, killing at least 11 Ohioans a week.

Executive Director of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (W.O.R.T.H.), Mark Fuerstenau, addressed his concerns with the substance, what leads to heroin use and why it has become so popular in our country and state.

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