Archive - 2014
Theodore A. â€śTedâ€ť Lea, 60, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:48 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, after a battle with cancer.Â He was born on Jan. 27, 1954, in Fremont, Ohio, to Harlan L. and Peggy (Yoh) Lea.Â His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Largo, Fla. On July 30, 1979, he married Terri L. Frey who survives in Waynesfield.
A local bee keeper, known to many as the “Master of the Wapakoneta Farmer’s Market,” is celebrating 50 years of keeping bees and harvesting honey this year.
Donald Steinke, 77, of Wapakoneta, started out as a small-hive bee keeper as a young adult. While not a tradition in his family, Steinke said he remembered his grandfather harvesting honey when he was a child.
Steinke found his own opportunity to take up bee keeping in 1964 when a woman whose husband had died offered to sell him their hive.
The need for more space and the desire for easier highway access led Safe-Grain Inc. to make the move from Waynesfield to Wapakoneta earlier this year.
Safe-Grain, which manufactures aeration, temperature detection and dust control systems to the grain and feed industry, was founded in 1954 by Fred Yoder of Dayton. In 1975, Yoder established a service and manufacturing branch in Waynesfield.
City Council approved a measure that would lead to the reopening of the pedestrian access gates to Veteran’s Park at the ends of South Wentz Street and South Rauthland Avenue.
Residents of those streets petitioned council May 5, saying having the gates closed posed a safety hazard for their children.
The Wapakoneta VFW donated a new American flag to Auglaize Acres nursing home in Wapakoneta in honor of all the veterans who reside at the facility.
The veterans were invited to view the ceremony in which they lowered the old flag and raised the new flag. A firing squad and color guard presented the 21 gun salute and played taps.
WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education approved the supplemental contracts of two new head coaches for the 2014-15 school year during a regular board meeting Monday night.
The board approved Jack Hayzlett as the boys head varsity basketball coach and Nathan Swaney as the girls head varsity basketball coach.
The Wapakoneta Redskins scored in every inning of their tournament game Saturday, and they needed every bit of those runs in their comeback win.
The Redskins overcame two separate four-run deficits against the visiting Napoleon Wildcats during a 10-8 victory Saturday in a Division II high school softball sectional final at Wapakoneta High School.
Redskins coach Bill Sammons explained what he felt was the reason his team rallied for a win Saturday, as Wapak trailed after Napoleon’s at-bat in each of the first four innings.
With Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background, two high schoolers were treated to a true celebration of their achievements Friday morning at the Wapakoneta High School Performing Arts Center.
As the 2014 graduating class for the Auglaize County MD (Multiple Disabilities) Program, Abigail Sudman, from St. Marys City Schools and Tiffany Smith from Wapakoneta City Schools walked across the stage and received their diplomas from members of the Auglaize County ESC, staff members from both school districts and their ESC transition teachers.
Change is coming.
Member schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved a Competitive Balance Proposal, the OHSAA announced Friday, one which will alter the format under which schools compete in postseason tournaments.
One of 14 items up for vote this spring, the Competitive Balance Proposal was a result of a perceived unfair advantage non-public school teams had over public school teams because of the nature of how the two different types of schools enroll students.
A local man was honored for 55 years of employment at the Jackson Center plant which produces what he likes to call “the Cadillac of the RV industry.”
Charlie Metz, of St. Johns, along with Airstream employee Ron Williams, of Sidney, began working at the Airstream factory in 1959, only a few years after the plant itself opened in 1952.
“He has basically been here as long as Airstream’s been in Jackson Center,” Airstream parts manager Kim Britt said. “He could pretty much tell you anything that has happened.”