March 4th, 2014
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins had one representative on the All-Western Buckeye League teams for the 2013-14 varsity boys basketball season, as the WBL named its all-league rosters Saturday.
Redskins junior post Adam Henderson was chosen as an honorable mention performer for this season.
The Redskins were 5-18 overall and 2-7 in the WBL under first-year coach Doug Selvey. They finished eighth in the league this winter.
Elida’s Dakota Mathias won the WBL Player of the Year award.
Mary Jane Miller, 59, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:53 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2014, at Kindred Hospital. She was born March 31, 1954, in Lima to Clinton âBabeâ and Nellie Armstrong Miller, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include a brother James E. (Joyce) Miller, of Wapakoneta; two nieces, Lori (Jeff Wilson) Froning, of Houston, and Aimee (Ron) Wicker, of St. Marys; three great-nieces, Ashley Froning of Minster, Shay Miller, of Houston, and Alyssa Wicker, of St. Marys.
Phyllis C. Elkins, 88, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Plymouth, Ind., died at 10:12 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Auglaize Acres.
She was born May 5, 1925, in Plymouth, Ind., the daughter of Ford I. and Eva (Lackey) Keyser, who preceded her in death. On May 17, 1947, she married Joseph E. Elkins, Sr., and he died Oct. 30, 2013.
Alice Jeannette âA.J.â Wintzer Heckman, 86, of Berea, Ky., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Alice Jeannette was born in Wapakoneta on Dec. 19, 1927, to Edith Link Wintzer and Carl Frederick Wintzer, both of whom preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Stone Wintzer and her husband, Richard Allen Heckman. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family.
The sun was shining bright Monday morning as Happy Daz owner John Heaphy prepared to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and official open the doors of his newest Happy Daz location, located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue (state Route 501) and Defiance Street (state Route 198).
Even though it was 10 a.m. and below 10 degrees, many of the first customers, who also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, purchased ice cream treats, officially welcoming Happy Daz to Wapakoneta.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Emergency Coordinator Dr. Dan Harpster spoke with the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta at its weekly meeting Monday afternoon, urging them to keep three things in mind about agriculture: it’s about growing food, opportunities and knowing the facts.
“Don’t get too hung up on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or pesticides or this and that,” Harpster said. “There’s always going to be issues — get the facts, know what the issues are and at the end of the day, farming is about growing food.”
An ordinance allowing the director of public service and safety to persue bids for the city’s refuse and recycling service didn’t even make it first reading Monday night as councilors voted to table the ordinance.
At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher was the most vocal opponent of the measure.
“I’m unhappy with this ordinance,” Fisher said. “We have a revenue problem and we shouldn’t heap it on the refuse department.”
Brian Ray Tidwell, 48, of Sidney, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, after a brief and courageous bout with cancer. Â He was born on March 6, 1965, in Sidney, the son of the late Richard and Jean (Funk) Tidwell.
A new children’s program will establish itself on Monday, March 17, at the Auglaize County Public Library.
The idea behind the program is to give young readers an opportunity to read to someone who won’t judge, tease or laugh, just listen.
The perfect match to fit that criteria happens to have four legs and a wet nose.
Through Paws2Read, the library hopes to create a positive, nonthreatening, fun environment for children in grades K-2 who may be struggling or reluctant with reading.
For Waynesfield-Goshen Spanish teacher Kyley Richardson, teaching is in her blood.
Her mom is in her 24th year of teaching and is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary school. Her grandfather also taught for 35 years before retiring.
“I grew up with my mom teaching and she still loves her job and she was a good mentor to me,” Richardson said. “Experiencing her joys when she was teaching and all the stories she would come home and tell me showed me that that’s what I wanted to do.”