August 6th, 2012
Cleopha Rose â€śCleoâ€ť Strete, 91, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born March 15, 1921, in St. Henry, the daughter of Anna (Selhorst) and Louis H. Lange, who preceded her in death. On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Ralph A. Strete Jr., who passed away Nov. 28, 1998.
Mildred M. â€śMillieâ€ť Bowsher, 96, of Wapakoneta, died 1:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at The Gardens of Wapakoneta.
She was born March 29, 1916, in Prentiss, the daughter of Frances (Schroeder) and Hubert Niese, who preceded her in death. On May 3, 1943, she married Charles B. Bowsher, and he died May 5, 1990.
Robert Eugene Minnich, Sr. 78, of Lakeview, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday morning, Aug. 4, 2012, while at his home.
He was born April 9, 1934, in Stokes Township, Logan County, to the late Edna Wallace and Neil Minnich. In May of 1952, he married Judith Ann Smith, and she died in September of 2001. On Feb. 14, 2003, he married Opaline Trimble Watkins, and she survives.
The grand champion market steer’s selling price, setting a new high-water mark for steers, highlighted the second day of the Auglaize County Fair livestock auction, but for the second consecutive year an emotional moment caused tears to flow for bidders and two exhibitors.
Caitlin Schaub sold the grand champion market steer for $20,000 to five buyers, far eclipsing the $11,600 paid for Paige Klopfenstein’s grand champion market steer last year.
One Wapakoneta area family returned home Saturday from the Auglaize County Fair with a few more “kids” than when they arrived at the fairgrounds a week ago.
Enduring nine hours of labor in Friday’s heat and humidity and dealing with nerves of giving birth for the first time, the long-awaited event would soon arrive for the soon-to-be mother in front of a crowd gathered around her.
Then the miraculous moment occurred.
An impaired Wapakoneta man struck the cruiser of a trooper from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and then attempted to flee the scene.
A Wapakoneta man was killed in a wrong-way collision early Saturday morning on Interstate 75 near Cridersville.
At 12:55 a.m., dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) began receiving several reports of a pickup truck being driven south in the northbounds lanes and troopers from both the Wapakoneta and Lima posts responded in an attempt to intercept the wrong-way motorist.
OSHP Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said before they were able to reach the motorist, he struck a commercial motor vehicle in a head-on collision.
A new store recently opened on Willipie Street is helping customers get top dollar out of items they decided to part with to make extra cash.
Melinda and Ritchie recently opened Just Stuff, which specializes in helping people get the maximum amount out of items they have chosen to sell on Ebay.
â€śI think a lot of it haas to do with the economy,â€ť Rodney Ritchie said. â€śPeople are looking for a little extra money. They are taking their collectables off of the shelf or out of the closet.â€ť
One new record was set with the sale of the champion market barrow and 30 buyers came together to donate thousands toward a scholarship during Fridayâ€™s market lamb and hog shows.
Slade Oenâ€™s grand champion market barrow sold for $13,000 during Fridayâ€™s Auglaize County Junior Fair Livestock Sale, besting the previous record set in 2011 by $2,500. RaNae Bornhorst sold the grand champion barrow last year.
A list of 30 buyers came together to purchase Oenâ€™s hog.
Meanwhile, Diana Heitkamp brought in $4,000 for her reserve champion market barrow.
Local interdenominational Christian organization Children Choosing Christ came up with a novel way to teach children the basics of the Christian faith with â€śDinosaur Dig: Phenomenal Findâ€ť this week at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The interdenominational campaign, which is supported by several area churches, has been at scheduled to be at 10 county fairs across the state, with the Auglaize Fair being the fourth.