July 7th, 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.
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.
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.
Last Friday’s storm stirred memories of other devastating storms to hit the region — the Ice Storm of 2005, the Blizzard of 1978.
Chainsaws again could be heard throughout the county at many times during the day as people cleaned up trees that fell on their yards, homes, sheds and automobiles. However many trees, while the “wounds” may look fatal, have an amazing ability to recover, experts say.
Students eating lunch provided by the Wapakoneta City Schools cafeteria will be paying more for those meals beginning next school year.
Prices for lunches at the elementary school are increasing by 5 cents to $2.40 for kindergarten through fourth-grade students for the 2012-13 school year.
There are to be no other meal price increases planned at this time.
“Pretty much every year from now on we can expect those prices to increase,” Wapakoneta City Schools Food Supervisor Lori McKean said.
With miles continuing to rack up, repairs costing more on older vehicles and with one cruiser taken out of the rotation after a recent crash, the Auglaize County sheriff is asking for another cruiser.
Sister Mary Alma Madigan, 100, died June 25, 2012.
She was born to Destie (Riddle) and John Madigan.
Surviving are two siblings, Adrian Madigan and Raymond Madigan.
She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Mary Schweitzer, Helen Antonevich, Madonna Donough, Paul Madigan, John Madigan, Francis Madigan, Patrick Madigan, Joan Madigan and Rose Madigan.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 6:15 p.m. Monday at McAuley Convent, in Cincinnati. Burial was at St. Joseph (New) Cemetery on Tuesday. Friends called from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at the convent.
Geary L. Wessel, 76, 324 Greenville Road, St. Marys, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 24, 1936, in St. Marys, the son of Alfrieda (Quellhorst) and Earl â€śHeinieâ€ť Wessel. On Dec. 29, 1955, he married Betty Knapp, and she preceded him in death on July 5, 2002.
He is survived by two sons, Bryan Wessel, of Cridersville, and Bruce Wessel, of Delphos; and two daughters, Thressa Adams, of Elgin, and Laurie McDorman, of Mendon.
Vivian A. Koon, 83 of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Columbus Grove, passed away at 6:42 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012, at Richland Manor in Beaverdam.
She was born April 18, 1929, in Tiffin, the daughter of Lily E. (Griggs) and Arley Brown.
On Feb. 7, 1948, she married William H. Koon, who preceded her in death.
Surviving is a son, William H. Koon II, of Columbus Grove.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Lima.
Lisa A. Braun, 47, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 6:40 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center.
She was born March 8, 1965, in Lima, the daughter of Carolyn K. (Cogswell) and Ralph I. Reed. Her father, Ralph, and step-mother, Marge, survive in Lima. Her mother, Carolyn Smith, survives in Elida. Her step-father, Jerry Smith, preceded her in death. On Dec. 25, 1991, she married Garry A. Braun, who survives in Wapakoneta.