Archive - Feb 2014
H. Gene Tester, 65, of 08304 Co. Road 33A in Wapakoneta, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence. He fought a 5 1/2 year battle with multiple myeloma, and passed away peacefully with his family and close friends at his bedside. He was born on Oct. 4, 1948, in Celina, to Howard and Wilma (Schultz) Tester. On Aug. 21, 1971, at Westview United Methodist Church in Cridersville, he married Cathy J. Archer, who survives.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins’ streak of four consecutive Western Buckeye League wrestling titles ended Saturday but they managed to have two league champions — freshman Landon Hall and senior Jarred Carpenter — and eight placers.
Carpenter won his second straight WBL title in the 220-pound weight class, recording three straight pins Saturday in his title-winning performance, including one at 3:49 over Celina’s Kevin Lockwood in the finals.
Hall squeezed out a 5-3 victory in the 182-pound final against Defiance’s Eli Brown.
A teacher from the Wapakoneta School District has been recognized for her achievements in the classroom throughout the past year.
Wapakoneta High School English teacher Kelli Benshoff, who teaches 10th grade Language Arts, has been awarded the “2013 Teacher of the Year” award distributed by the Alvin W. Metzger VFW #8445.
Phase one of the new vision for the Armstrong Air and Space Museum grounds was put into place in September of 2011, with the placing of the new sign in front of the museum along I-75. Phase two is set to be completed by May 1.
According to museum Executive Director Chris Burton, phase two consists of the building of the Tranquility Base Picnic Pavilion, a new area where visitors and tour groups can enjoy their lunch before or after their museum visit.
Newly appointed Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Bill Steinbrunner sees his background as a teacher as an advantage when it comes to performing his duties.
“I think my experience in education gives me some skills that will make it possible for me to work with the people,” Steinbrunner said. “I’ve spent my whole adult life working with people, whether it’s a classroom full of kids or adults at an after school meeting. I guess I just have a desire to help people.”
By Zak Lantzâ€¨The Punxsutawney Spirit
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.
Noah Bramlage and Brad Recker combined to score 19 of Ottawa-Glandorf’s final 21 points in Friday’s game, and perhaps more importantly was when the duo accounted for those points as they helped the Titans fend off a hungry Wapakoneta Redskins squad.
O-G escaped the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium with a 56-50 win Friday in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball contest.