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July 9th, 2012

Jerry Rains, 70

July 9, 2012

Jerry W. Rains, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:08 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born July 1, 1942, in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of Frank Jarvis and Ollie Marie Margraves Rains, who preceded him in death. On June 10, 1967, he married Christine A. Merricle, and she survives in Wapakoneta.

Passion for sports: Wapak youth umpires, involved on many teams

July 9, 2012

For two days, nearly 50 teams played at Veterans Memorial Park — with the top teams coming back on Sunday to determine the winners of the 2012 Moon City Classic.

Keeping the teams in line between the lines are the umpires, including  Wapakoneta High School senior Kyle Gibson. The others range from classmates such as Joel Hegemier and Nathan Bracy to OHSAA certified umpires Brian Schoonover, Mike Sparks, Micah Shoup and Mark Maus.

New organizer heads D.C. trip

July 9, 2012

A new coordinator plans to head Wapakoneta City Schools’ eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. in the fall.

Jason Johnson recently was approved to take over for Roger Herriott, a district technology coordinator who has organized the trip for approximately 15 years.

Johnson, a special education and science teacher at Wapakoneta High School, is to receive $805 for a supplemental contract coordinating the trip district eighth-graders have been making for more than 20 years.

Local FFA member plans to become a vet

July 9, 2012

Every day a Wapakoneta High School sophomore treks to his grandparents’ farmhouse to help tend to the animals and work the crops.

The daily task also is shaping his future plans of being a veterinarian specializing in large animals.

Gavin Hawk, who is a member of Wapakoneta High School’s FFA program, says he loves helping his grandparents Evelyn and Marvin Kohler. He often makes two trips each day to make sure animals have water and feed — once in the morning and once at night.

July 7th

Redskins fall to Crestview

July 7, 2012

The Wapakoneta Redskins Junior ACME team fell to the Crestview Knights for the second time in four days.

After falling 11-8 Tuesday in an error-filled game behind the pitching of sophomore pitchers Jon Eaton and Keaton Metz — the error bug struck again  and in the same inning, the fifth.

Trailing 4-1 after surrending four unearned runs in the top of the second, the Redskins rallied in the bottom of the third to tie the score.

Redskins beat Minster, win sectional

July 7, 2012

MINSTER — Wapakoneta strolled through most of the Auglaize County sectional ACME baseball tournament without using its best available pitcher.

When top-seeded Wapak finally pulled its ace out of the back pocket, Chace Culver was unhittable.

Culver threw five no-hit innings and reliever Dominic Campos finished off the shutout with two scoreless innings as Wapakoneta wrapped up the Auglaize County sectional ACME title with a 7-0 win over Minster on Friday night.

Heat affecting animals

July 7, 2012

The hot, dry weather is taking its toll on planted corn as the extreme heat causes the corn to shut down, especially during this critical time of pollination.

However, the heat can cause another problem for unprepared farmers. Farm animals can be adversely impacted.

Soaking units and fans should be used to keep animals cool, a local expert says. Keeping the animals cool is critical, especially when they are in holding areas.

Less traffic on midweek Fourth

July 7, 2012

A midweek holiday resulted in less traffic on the road for the local post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).

OSHP Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said between Tuesday and the Fourth of July, troopers with the post made 351 motor vehicle contacts and issued 215 citations. Thirty-six citations were for safety belt violations and two were for impaired driving.

He said troopers from the post also handled three crashes, with two involving injuries.

Disaster Relief Crew

July 7, 2012

As residents continue to clean up from last Friday’s storm, volunteers from a statewide organization arrived in Auglaize County to lend a helping hand to those in need.

July 6th

Junior ACME pounds Parkway after pelted by rain

July 6, 2012

CRESTVIEW — A rain delay failed to derail the Wapakoneta Redskins Junior ACME team from winning a pivotal game against the Parkway Panthers Junior ACME team in the opening round of the state tournament.

Needing a win to stay alive, the Redskins, now 14-6, jumped out to a 6-2 lead after five innings, before a 90-minute rain delay halted to play.

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