September 19th, 2011
A 21-year-old rural Wapakoneta man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night on a rural Auglaize County road.
Garret D. Rhodes, 21, 09560 County Road 33A, was driving a 1997 Chevy Camaro east on County Road 33A when he drove the vehicle off the right side of County Road 33Ă…, east of Bay Road, hitting two utility poles. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash as may have speed.
The vehicle sustained severe, disabling damage, according to a trooperâ€™s report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
BOTKINS â€” With three people having to play out of position due to absences for various reasons, thrown in with a good game plan by Lima Temple Christian head coach BJ McPheron, things seemingly could not have been worse for Botkins in their 6-0 win over the Pioneers.
However, improvising is what great teams do best.
â€śThe first half we kind of played their style,â€ť Botkins coach Kevin Lynch said. â€śWe are usually more aggressive offensively. We calmed down in the second half and did much better.â€ť
From painting and plumbing to roofing and yard work, residents could be found throughout the Wapakoneta area helping each other Saturday.
The purpose for the second-consecutive Servants Day â€” is neighbor helping neighbor.
Hosted by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA), groups of volunteers worked on houses in need of repair. Homes were recommended for the work by other members of the community or interested residents could apply themselves for a group to help them out. In total, 30 were on Saturdayâ€™s schedule.
Casually tossing his reddish-blonde bangs to the side of his freckled face, a Wapakoneta Elementary School fourth-grader said thereâ€™s one thing that should be known about him.
â€śPeople like to call me Justin Bieber ... because of my hair,â€ť Eric Carpenter said with a grin.
The 9-year-old isnâ€™t much into music though. Heâ€™d rather spend his time playing guard for the Warriors, which his father coaches. Of course, heâ€™d prefer to be fullback.
Eric also plays baseball.
Garrett Rhodes, 21, of Wapakoneta, died late Saturday evening, Sept. 17, 2011, at the scene of a single-vehicle accident in rural Auglaize County.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Eunice M. Kohlreiser, 79, 1523 Klosterman Ln., St. Marys, died at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 13, 1932 in New Knoxville, the daughter of Luettea (Piepmeyer) and Erbin Stienecker. On Aug. 11, 1951, she married Robert L. Kohlreiser Sr. who survives in St. Marys.
Also surviving are her children; Marilyn (Larry) Mills and Mary (Mike) Zimmerman, both of St. Marys and Robert Kohlreiser Jr. of California.
Odos Charles Craig, 92, died Sept. 16, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 4 1919, in Logan Township, Auglaize County, the son of Freida Marie (Walther) and Chauncey C. Craig. On July 3, 1940, he married Rosemary Frost, who survives in Lima. They recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
The Wapakoneta Redskins used a second-quarter outburst to take a three-touchdown lead, then took advantage of Celina miscues to preserve a 41-20 win over the Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League football game Friday night at Harmon Field.
Wapak remained undefeated at 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the WBL.
â€śWe won. Thatâ€™s positive,â€ť Wapak coach Doug Frye said. â€śWe didnâ€™t turn the ball over. Thatâ€™s positive. The rest of it needs a heck of a lot of work if weâ€™re going to be any good.â€ť
MILFORD CENTER â€” In an emotional game for both schools, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers edged the Fairbanks Panthers 12-6 on Friday at Fairbanks.
Waynesfield dedicated the game to long-time team bus driver, Deb Boday, and former athlete Ned Burden, both of which passed away earlier in the week.
And Fairbanks dedicated the game to senior quarterback, Mitch Rausch, who was involved in an automobile accident on Thursday night.
In what has become perhaps the most highly anticipated game on the Northwest Central Conference docket each year, the rivals dueled in a hard-fought defensive battle.
BOTKINS â€” An area student was selected by his high school to share his musical skills during a special 9/11 band performance.
Botkins High School junior Adam Ewry was selected by his band director to play with the Sidney Civic Band at their â€ś9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert.â€ť
â€śIt was a good experience playing with all the excellent musicians,â€ť Ewry said. â€śI was probably the youngest one there.â€ť