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June 26th, 2012

Susan Eriksen, 72

June 26, 2012

Susan Jane Eriksen, wife of David Eriksen, daughter of Anne and Clarence Cornell, died suddenly and painlessly of cardiac arrest Thursday evening, June 21, 2012, in her home.
Susan was born Jan. 21, 1940. She grew up in Wapakoneta. Susan attended The Ohio State University where she met David. Together they had four children and resided in Toledo for the last 40 years.

Acres bed bids: Bids high for sale of Acres bed rights

June 26, 2012

Bids for the sale of beds from Auglaize Acres could bring in $720,000, if approved by the state.

“We were pleasantly surprised that they came in that high,” Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said.

She noted county officials were surprised by the interest shown with bids from four different companies. She expected half that number.

But before the Acres can count on the sale of rights to the beds, the state must certify the high bidder’s certificate of need and go through an appeals process, which could take nearly two years.

Field fires forecasted

June 26, 2012

Hot, dry weather with little rain is forcing officials with area fire departments to be on the lookout for field fires.

Members of the St. Johns Fire Department responded along with the Botkins Fire Department to a field fire that burned approximately 15 acres of wheat stubble Saturday afternoon on Hardin Pike. The fire started when the wind blew flames and caused the dry wheat stubble to catch fire.

However, St. Johns Fire Chief Rodney Campbell said the area has otherwise been fortunate so far.

Patriotic decor brightens up downtown

June 26, 2012

Area residents and shop owners have come together to add a decorative touch to the downtown area.

Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta has taken on more red, white and blue — to celebrate summer holidays and add a special “welcoming” theme to downtown.

Fern Hill Farmhouse shop owner Jodie Goodwin brought the idea up to the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops group (WASS) of adding some hand crafted decorations to display downtown to make the downtown shop area look more “cutesy.”

June 25th

Mervin Quellhorst, 82

June 25, 2012

Mervin J. Quellhorst, 82, of New Bremen, died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County, the son of Aurelia (Donnerberg) and Clarence Quellhorst. On Sept. 5, 1953, he married Jeannette A. Vogel, and she survives near New Bremen.
Also surviving are his children; Jerry (Janet) Quellhorst. of Pickerington, Thomas (Becky) Quellhorst, of New Bremen, Bruce (Terri) Quellhorst, of New Bremen, and Dean (Susan) Quellhorst, of New Knoxville.

Norma Rickert, 78

June 25, 2012

Norma M. Rickert, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:11 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Systems following a sudden illness.
She was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Agnes (Roby) and Willard Ruck, who preceded her in death. On June 15, 1952, she married Paul E. Rickert, and he survives.

'Skins 'Dom'ination: Wapak sweeps Bath

June 25, 2012

Total domination.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, the Wapakoneta Redskins ACME dominated the Bath Wildcats ACME team with a sweep of the twin bill.

The Redskins beat the Wildcats 9-3 in the opening game behind an 11-strikeout, three-hit performance by starting pitcher Dom Campos, and Wapak used their batting eye and bats for a 15-5 win in the second game as the team collected 10 hits.

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back

June 25, 2012

The white paper bags lining the track of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life this weekend each represented a life.

Some were in honor of cancer survivors, while others were in memory of those who lost their battles with the disease. They recognized grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, parents, prom dates, and friends from all walks of life.

Teams work to raise money

June 25, 2012

With themed laps all through the night, visits from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, games, contests and a wide array of food, including Twinkie Dogs and Krispy Kreme Burgers, organizers of the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life deemed it a success.

“We had a really good turnout,” Relay for Life Chair Tiffany Fullenkamp said. “We really got the word out and had a great line up of events.”

Brush fire prompts concern

June 25, 2012

The Wapakoneta Fire Department received a number of calls Saturday evening regarding a fire near a woods south of U.S. 33 between County Road 25A and Interstate 75.

Motorists passing the woods saw flames climbing more than 20 feet in the air near a woods on the northern end of Progress Drive near a woods before the drive becomes part of a small section of Canning Factory Road which leads back to a couple of houses close to I-75.

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