January 30th, 2013
CRIDERSVILLE — An area fire chief keeps busy by doing what he loves.
Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller, who took over the new post after former Fire Chief Ron Mertz retired at the end of 2012, says he grew up a firefighter.
“I grew up at the fire department,” Miller said. “My dad was a fireman and was a lieutenant before he left.”
So whenever his father went to the fire department, Miller would tag along.
“It was like my second home,” Miller said.
DOLA — In front of a loyal fan base and in front of a basketball oriented family, Waynesfield-Goshen’s point guard, Kaylee Patton, made history Tuesday night.
Patton broke the all-time career scoring record at Waynesfield-Goshen High School. She now has 1,819 career points, breaking the previous record set in 1991.
Kyle Herndon held the previous record for 22 years with 1,803.
Mildred A. â€śMillieâ€ť Swaidner, 96, of Bellefontaine, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Green Hill Care Center in West Liberty.
Millie was born Dec. 8, 1916, in Bellevue, Pa., the daughter of the late Mary (Pitzer) and J. Clyde Amon. On April 4, 1941, in Pennsylvania, she married Arthur W. Swaidner, and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1998.
SIDNEY — One coach says he was ecstatic with the play of his team, one coach says he was underwhelmed.
One coach says his team play inspired basketball, one coach says they need to play better or they will lose on Friday.
One coach watched his team rally to take a first period and first half lead, one coach watched his team take control of the game in the third period and win 60-54.
Michelle R. Geib 49, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
Kathryn â€śKatieâ€ť Diedrich, 84, 318 N. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 1:02 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at her daughterâ€™s residence in Jackson Center.
She was born April 12, 1928, in Moulton, the daughter of Opal (Katter) and Robert Crusie. On Aug. 29, 1945, she married Carmon Diedrich, and he preceded her in death on April 6, 1989.
She is survived by three sons, Michael Diedrich, of St. Marys, Edwin Diedrich, of Sebring, Fla., and Terry Diedrich, of Coral Springs, Fla.; and two daughters, Deborah Wright, of Jackson Center, and Cindy Keeling, of St. Marys.
WAYNESFIELD — After hearing a brief presentation from the village’s engineering consultant, Waynesfield Village Council members elected to proceed with assessments to bring natural gas to the village — but not without objection.
This move brings the village one step closer to bringing natural gas to the village. Councilors now must decide on how they will assess property owners to help fund the project, which will be paid for the next four or five decades.
Several recent complaints from county residents about exploding targets prompted the Auglaize County sheriff to issue a statement today warning of the problems they pose.
The targets are designed to explode when shot with a certain caliber rifle. Also known by the name brand Tannerite, the targets are legally purchased at shooting supply stores.
“What we have discovered recently is target shooters are purchasing the mixture and mixing large amounts to make a huge explosion,” Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said.
A local facility received a special grant to implement a children’s reading program.
The Wapakoneta Family YMCA received a $2,500 grant from Dominion Gas, which will be used to implement a reading program through their before and after school program, a Wapakoneta Family YMCA official says.
“On behalf of the YMCA, we are grateful of Dominion Gas for recognizing our child care program,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA CEO Joshua Little said.
Opal C. Sproul, 90, of Waynesfield, died at 10:09 pm Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born Jan. 31, 1922, in Bellefontaine, the daughter of Goldie (Johns) and Paul Snook. On June 8, 1941, in Bellefontaine, she married Russell E. Sproul, and he preceded her in death Sept 12, 2004.
Surviving are four daughters, Victoria Agnew, of Waynesfield, Marsha Mangen, of St. Marys, Darlene Chiles, of Waynesfield, and Denise Green, of Celina.