More than half a foot of snow and high winds forced Wapakoneta and Auglaize County crews to hit the roads Wednesday to help travelers get home as many work places closed early.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains explained the city operated with a different plan of attack for the winter storm that dumped approximately 5 inches of snow starting at daybreak and another 3 inches of snow during the afternoon.
Local businesses saw increases in sales for snow removal equipment Wednesday as a storm hit the Auglaize County area Wednesday and dumped more than half-a-foot of snow.
While they did see an increase in sales for shovels, snow blowers and other appliances, the normal rush for equipment prior to a forecasted storm was not as busy as usual.
“I think a lot of people were just afraid to go out,” Wapakoneta Sears store owner Ted Yewey said. “We did sell a few snowblowers and some shovels, but we still have plenty left.”
As more shootings and attacks in public places make the news, Auglaize County employees have been trained in what to do if such an event were to happen here.
While most of the details cannot be shared, county officials agree about the importance in being prepared for the worst case scenario.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said with the reopening of the Auglaize County Courthouse this fall after renovations, additional security measures were put in place. As part of that, courthouse staff and other county employees were given training.
Virginia Ann Hoelscher, 89, of New Knoxville, died at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Rose (Burk) and John Pitthan, who preceded her in death. On April 13, 1946, she married Myron Hoelscher, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 2003.
Kathy M. Kayle, 57, of Findlay, died at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1955, in Lorain, the daughter of the late Kathleen (Lindsey) and Vincent LaGana. On Oct. 8, 1976, she married Don Kayle, and he survives.
Viola M. Roettger, 98, 17088 Kettlersville Road, Botkins, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Elmwood of New Bremen.
She was born May 27, 1914, in Washington Township, Auglaize County, to Caroline (Fledderjohann) and Edward H. Arnett. On Sept. 8, 1940, at the United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, she married Marvin F. Roettger, and he preceded her in death.
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Bettie J. Schaub, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
She was born Dec. 19, 1921, in Delphos, the daughter of Icy Mae (Felver) and Clinton Miller, who preceded her in death. On June 25, 1955, she married Cletus W. Schaub, and he died March 3, 1987.
Surviving are three sons, Paul (Nancy) Schaub, of Wapakoneta, Cletus George Schaub, of Deshler, and John (Vickie) Schaub, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Martha Schroer, of Wapakoneta, eight grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.
Viola Roettger, 98, formerly of Kettlersville, died at 8:25 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen.
Arrangements are incomplete at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen.