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Archive - Jan 9, 2014

Ronald A. Steinke, 75

January 9, 2014

Ronald A. Steinke, 75, of Wapakoneta, died at his residence on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  He was born on Jan. 19, 1938, in Lima, to Isadore and Loretta Schnippel Steinke.  He married Cornelia M. Rosenbauer on April 28, 1960, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 2007.

Mr. Steinke had worked at Koneta Rubber Company and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He enjoyed painting, woodworking and spending time with family and neighbors.  

William H. Brown, 62

January 9, 2014

William H. Brown, 62, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born on Aug. 19, 1951, in Lima, to Lewis D. & Helen M. (Ruck) Brown who preceded him in death.

Jerry L. Speckman, 78

January 9, 2014

Jerry L. Speckman, 78, of 1119 Robin Road in St. Marys, died at 2:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 , 2014, at JTDM hospital, with his wife and children at his side. He was born on Nov. 10, 1935, in St. Marys, to Fred J. and Florence B.  (Langsdon) Speckman. On April 24, 1954, in Wapakoneta, he married Marilyn S. Elsass, who survives.

Ruth Marie Koch Bailey, 98

January 9, 2014

Ruth Marie Koch Bailey (Mrs. John), 98, formerly of Wapakoneta, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at her home.

Ruth lived most of her life in Ohio, but had moved to Hixson, Tenn. in 2005 at the invitation of her son and daughter-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, John Swartz Bailey. They were married on June 4, 1938. A sister, Lois Koch (Leland) Stroh, also preceded Ruth.

Ash trees clog River Jam Project

January 9, 2014

Progress on the Auglaize County River Jam Project is moving slower than anticipated due to several thousand dead ash trees that need to be removed, according to Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart.

Reinhart provided an update on the project during the annual planning meeting of the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District on Wednesday.

“The contractor isn’t moving as fast as we anticipated, but only because of the ash trees,” Reinhart said. “We’re encountering about a hundred dead ash trees each mile and that’s slowing the progress of the contractor down mileage-wise.”

Agencies work to keep shelves stocked

January 9, 2014

The West Ohio Food Bank opened at noon Wednesday, after being closed Monday and Tuesday due to the treacherous weather and road conditions.

The West Ohio Food Bank is a nonprofit service organization with the dedication of alleviating hunger in our area. They are the food bank that provides food to more than 170 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens throughout the 11 counties in Western Ohio.

CEO of the West Ohio Food Bank, Gary Bright, said the weather and roads were just too dangerous to have the staff and drivers come in.

Train derails

January 9, 2014

The wheel from a train that derailed near South Main Street in Buckland was put back on the tracks Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

The track and train are owned and operated by R.J. Corman Railroad Company based in Nicholasville, Ky. The company’s St. Marys Line, which is part of the company’s Western Ohio Line, runs between Lima and Portland, Ind.

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