March 23rd, 2012
By CARLA MEYER
A Wapakoneta City Schools faculty member comes from a long line of teachers.
Wapakoneta Middle School science teacher Bart Smith has graded his last test, taught his last lesson and has packed up his classroom, as he recently retired from the school district.
Smithâ€™s mother and grandmother also dedicated their careers to teaching.
â€śMy mom was a Spanish teacher here, and she taught Spanish at the high school,â€ť Smith said. â€śShe used to run the Pepsi stand for the Spanish Club at the (Auglaize County) fair, and I helped her do that when I was a kid.â€ť
COLUMBUS — Elida needed just four seconds to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Senior Reggie McAdams flicked the opening tip out to teammate Dakota Mathias, rolled to the basket, took Mathias’ 30-foot alley-oop pass and slammed it hard through the rim.
It was all downhill from there for St. Clairsville as the Western Buckeye League champion Bulldogs rolled to a dominating 61-27 win over the Red Devils in a Division II boys basketball state semifinal Friday at Value City Arena.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Six years ago a Wapakoneta womanâ€™s son was killed in an accidental shooting.
The pain hasnâ€™t lessened in that time, and with the passing this week of the sixth anniversary of 18-year-old Josh Martinâ€™s death, Brenda Martin again issued a plea to families everywhere.
â€śPlease talk to your loved ones about gun safety,â€ť Martin said as tears streamed down her face.
By LANCE MIHM
Twelve-year-old Seth Thuman has a thing or two to teach most people about what it is truly like to roll with the punches.
Seth suffers from a rare form of atypical meningioma, a type of brain cancer. Despite countless brain surgeries, Seth is proceeding through life with the typical youthful vigor a person expects to see out of children approaching their teens.
R. Bruce Adair, 66, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:33 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral home in Wapakoneta.
James Eugene Luttrell 65, of Olathe, Kan., died at 9:08 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Olathe Medical Center.
He was born April 16, 1946, in Nowata, Okla., to Beatrice Mildred (Brentlinger) and Nile Preston Luttrell. On June 12, 1965, he married Cheryl Lynn Long who survives in Olathe, Kan.
Also surviving are two sons, James E. Luttrell, of Independence, Mo., and Scott A. Luttrell of Olathe, Kan.; and a daughter, Tracy L. Syrokosz of Olathe, Kan.
Mark Joseph Martensen, 57, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at his home.
He was born Aug. 3, 1954, in Columbus on August 3, 1954, to Joan and Hank Martensen. His mother survives and his father preceded him in death. On Aug. 24, 2002, he married Lori Martensen, formerly of St. Marys, who survives.
Clifford W. Fisher Jr., 64, of Celina, died at 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima.
He was born June 14, 1947, in Wapakoneta, the son of Marcella Clum and Clifford Fisher Sr. On June 8, 1985, he married Carol Fleck, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Brian (Shannon) Fisher, of Lakeland, Fla., Kevin Fisher, of Celina, James (Barb) Fisher, of Celina, Derrick (Andrea) Harter, of Celina; a daughter, Dawn Fisher, of North Port, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A Wapakoneta native, who has a passion for traveling and teaching, has found a way to do both.
Paula Davies, a 2000 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, teaches at an international school in the country of Tunisia, which is in northern Africa along the Mediterranean Sea, where she has spent the last school year living and teaching.
Grant money originally slated for a shooting range to train local law enforcement is being reallocated for other emergency planning needs of the county.
“We tried four times,” Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said.
The state failed to approve plans for a tactical shooting range and training facility, he said, even after they made tweaks each time to try to meet their criteria.