February 27th, 2012
By LANCE MIHM
More often than not, a five year old can be amused easily. Making crafts, drawing pictures or playing games can keep them happy.
But while rural Moulton resident and five-year-old Jacob Ott may sometimes partake in those activities in his pre-kindergarten class at the Wapakoneta Learning Center, he takes his threshold for thrills to a whole new level.
Ott recently competed in the Grand National Tractor Pulling championship Jan. 29 at Power Show Ohio in Columbus and placed third nationally.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Unable to see the difference they were making in a national fundraising cause, two Wapakoneta women started their own to help those living within their community.
Candlelight Missions, which Mandy Tangeman and Cindy Colaprete began six years ago, has stayed on a relatively small scale, but itâ€™s just what the pair was hoping to accomplish.
In tough times, a local business owner thought about closing the door on his dream.
But an opportunity arose by the late “Man in Black”, which gave Art Your Mind Design owner Mike Smithson guidance — and an opportunity for him to do design work for one of his favorite musicians.
Smithson, who has owned his downtown Wapakoneta business since June 2011, recently received an e-mail from Bill Miller, who developed the idea to create a Johnny Cash Museum to be built this summer in Nashville, Tenn.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins started strong and nearly finished strong.
But they hit a wall in the second quarter and never fully recovered, suffering a 54-46 defeat at the hands of the Kenton Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Kenton High School.
Wapak scored just two points in the second quarter on a Travis Bertram jumper at the 4:53 mark.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run the final three minutes of the quarter to take a 22-14 lead at the half.
PIQUA — Freshman Mitchell Goubeaux hit the two most important free throws of his high school career in the final seconds as the Botkins Trojans claimed a 50-49 victory over the Fort Loramie Redskins in a Division IV first-round sectional tournament game Friday night at Piqua High School.
The game was tied up 40-40 with 1:25 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Redskins senior Tyler Miracle drained a three-point shot to instantly rejuvenate his teammates.
With a death rate higher than all deaths for cocaine and heroin combined, abuse of prescription drugs and painkillers is gaining more attention.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said the increased misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has led to a public health problem.
“People tend to think that because the doctor gave them to them they must be good,” Torres said. “Pain killers are thought of as a type of medicine that they need more of once they run out.”
The document outlining the city’s spending for 2012 is to stay intact.
The ordinance setting the budget for 2012 will proceed through the legislative process as planned after Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended no change be made to the Recreation Department Fund.
Wapakoneta Recreation Director Jack Hayzlett had voiced concerns to 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, regarding line items being shortchanged in the Recreation Department Fund.
The local library will be hosting a class to help patrons with using their electronic reader.
Auglaize County District Public Library administrators saw the need to create a class for library patrons with helping them to properly use an electronic book, including the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad and others.
“Our numbers have skyrocketed,” Auglaize County Public Library Assistant Director Diana Schneider said.
Rev. Howard William Washburn, 89, of St. Marys, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Hackensack, N. J., to Adlagunda Bellm and Russell LeRoy Washburn Sr., and raised by his grandparents Christina and John Bellm. His wife, Barbara Washburn, survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John Washburn, and Jim Washburn.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Washburn.
Chris L. Ewing, 55, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his residence after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 12, 1957, the son of the late Sylvia and Robert Ewing. On Feb. 26, 1994, he married Gianna Werner, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Christopher Ewing; a daughter, Selena Ewing; six sisters, Christine Turkelson, Coleen Bowersock, Carol Hickman, Charlotte Preville, Cindy Stechschulte, and Connie Kantner; and a brother, Cliff Ewing.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ewing.