November 22nd, 2011
Barbara â€śJaneâ€ť Keller, 68, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:10 p.m. Nov. 20, 2011, at home surrounded by her family following a courageous two-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrigâ€™s Disease). She faced this disease with love, grace, and dignity.
She was born Sept. 18, 1943, the daughter of Elizabeth Banks and Fredrick Pitthan, who preceded her in death. On Aug.11, 1962, she married the love of her life, John A. Keller, who survives in Wapakoneta. They were married for 49 years.
The Wapakoneta Redskins boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with wins Saturday at Plaza Lanes in Celina.
The boys team defeated Fort Recovery 3,010-1,986. Only Versailles (3,092) rolled a higher score in the meet.
Anthony Kennard recorded the highest individual score with a 278.
The girls team posted a score of 2,354. The Redskins won in a forfeit by Celina, but the team score was the third highest of the meet behind Coldwater and St. Marys.
ST. MARYS â€” Five area residents were arrested on Monday as a result of investigations by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the suspects were arrested following a six-month drug investigation by the task force.Â
Those arrested were:
â€˘ Gloria J. Steinke, 61, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
â€˘ Ralph D. Biederman, 49, of St. Marys, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.
â€˘ Paul A. Ryan, 62, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
Elmer M. Schneider, 93, formerly of 815 S. Meridian St., Portland, Ind., died Sunday evening, Nov. 20, 2011, at Swiss Village in Berne,Ind.
He was born Feb 23, 1918, in Freyburg, the son of Josephine (Speidel) and John Schneider. He was married, in 1983, to Sally Holthouse McIntosh, who survives.
Also surviving is a son, Phillip Schneider, of Portland, Ind.; and a daughter, Mary Jo Pearson, of Celina.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Portland, Ind., the Rev. Robert Moran officiating. Burial will follow at the Green Park Cemetery in Portland, Ind.
Due to the success of the Marion Local football team, the Boys JV/V Basketball game to be held at Wapakoneta on Dec. 10, 2011 vs. Marion Local has been moved to Dec. 30, 2011 with a 6pm JV start time. Please make this change on your schedules.
A decline in income tax collections this year powers the concerns of city administrators, but a city leader says he expects a rebound in the cityâ€™s main revenue source soon.
Mayor Rodney Metz said he intends to request a report today from the cityâ€™s Tax Information Office regarding a breakdown of income tax collections.
Singing, piano solos and guitar ballads filled the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center as local youth showcased their talent to the public on Saturday.
Wapakoneta High School freshmen through seniors performed this weekend during the Redskin Revue, a high school talent show, held at the Wapakoneta High School. The performers could perform any act they wanted.
Approximately 20 performances were given, including singing songs by Adele, playing the piano to a Kelly Clarkson hit song and strumming the guitar to a Christina Perri tune.
Trees adorned with tinsel, garland and lights lit up the hallways and common rooms of The Gardens at Wapakoneta this past week as residents and community members flocked to check out the Christmas scene.
The 13th annual Festival of Trees was held during this past week and weekend, and included more than 80 donated items, which were all auctioned off to festival bidders.
A silent auction was held to bid on the trees and specialty items decorated with Ohio State ornaments, Hawaiian colors, snowflakes and tractors â€” just a few of the attractions at the event.
Barbara â€śJaneâ€ť Keller, 68, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:10 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Cyrus â€śJimmyâ€ť Frey, 55, of St. Marys, was found dead on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, near Grand Lake St. Marys.
He was born Jan. 26, 1956, in St. Marys, the son of Eleanor (Walker) and John Frey and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by three sons, Dustin Frey, of St. Marys, Jeremy Frey, of St. Marys; and Justin Frey, of St .Marys.
Services are at noon Wednesday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys. Military burial rites will be performed at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton.
Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.