March 30th, 2012
For one local woman attending the Lima Jefferson Awards banquet earlier this week as one of eight finalists served as a recognition for her work beyond her belief.
As she sat in the audience Tuesday reflecting on the accomplishments of the other seven people, Wapakoneta’s Marlene Froning says she was just so honored to be mentioned with an esteemed group where any of the others work could earn them the privilege of attending the national Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. — and then they called her name.
As owners and operators of JCS Audio, Jean and John Slone looked forward to providing sound for the Auglaize County Relay For Life each year.
For 12 years, the Slones offered their sound services at a substantially reduced rate for the relay.
“We would do all of the sound from start until the end,” Jean Slone said. “We played music while people were walking. We would provide sound for the opening and closing ceremony. Some years we had bands or choirs or other acts. We would set up the sound for everything.”
Donald G. McName, 82, of Lima, formerly of Buckland, died at 9:27 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Koester Pavilion in Troy.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Beatrice E. Swartz, 82 of Wapakoneta, died at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta.
She was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Lima, the daughter of the late Beola Estella (Long) and Emmitt Cloyd Stotts. She married Leon J. Swartz, who preceded her in death.
Kay M. DeKok, 73, of Lima, died at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
She was born May 27, 1938, in Lima, to Nellie Brincefield and Arthur Binkley. Both parents are deceased. On April 3, 1960, she married Dirk DeKok, and he survives in Lima.
Also surviving is a son, Tony (Mona) DeKok, of Lima; two grandsons, David DeKok and Dyllon DeKok; two great-grandchildren, Morgan DeKok and Elijah Dekok; and a sister, Marilyn (Paul) Wilges.
Dorothy M. Hittepole, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:34 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence.
She was born in Botkins, the daughter of Clara (Freistuhler) and Joseph Werling, who preceded her in death. On Feb. 17, 1947, she married Chester E. Hittepole Sr., and he died Nov. 21, 2011.
Wapakoneta hurler Andrew Hines made his first career varsity start a memorable one.
The Redskin righty scattered three hits over six innings of work to shut down the Lima Senior hitters and propel Wapakoneta past the Spartans 9-1 in a nonleague affair Thursday night.
The Redskins remain unbeaten on the early season at 5-0. Lima Senior remains winless and falls to 0-3.
NEW KNOXVILLE — Waynesfield-Goshen opened the door and New Knoxville barged right in.
The Rangers scored five runs on one hit, five walks and an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a four-run deficit and pull out a 10-9 win over the Tigers in a non-league varsity baseball game at New Knoxville.
The Rangers had already come from behind once in the game. They scored four runs in the home half of the sixth inning to erase a 5-1 Waynesfield-Goshen lead and tie the game heading into the seventh.
Dipping salty pretzel rods in warm, melted milk chocolate, a group of fourth-grade girls carefully twisted the pretzels around to make the perfect treat.
The key — not to get too much chocolate on the pretzels — the girls said in unison after some time spent making the confections they plan to sell next week to other Wapakoneta Elementary School students.
Also important are speed and neatness, which don’t always go hand-in-hand in the candy-making business.
CRIDERSVILLE — Officials with a local village are reviewing their zoning ordinances and building codes, which has not been changed much since the 1990s.
“First we need to get an active committee,” Cridersville Village Administrator John McDonald said, advising council create a Planning Committee.
McDonald, along with the councilors, agreed on Thursday at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting that they want to have the Planning Commission involved with the decisions of the updating of the zoning, since they will be the ones hearing zoning issues.