June 4th, 2012
BOTKINS — Botkins Middle School seventh-grader Micah Smock says he likes being a well-rounded person. He demonstrates those interests in the activities he.
“My mom and dad push me to succeed,” the son of Mary Lee and Phil Smock said.
Smock is learning to succeed early in life. He is a was a center-forward on the seventh-grade basketball team. He was a defender on the soccer team.
COLUMBUS — The conditions weren’t pretty. And the height wasn’t what she wanted. But Wapakoneta’s Megan Hayzlett had to be pleased with the result.
The Redskins junior earned a spot on the medal stand, finishing fourth in the high jump during Day 1 of the Division II state track and field meet Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Hayzlett cleared 5-foot-2, three inches below her seed height and personal record of 5-5.
Teaching is a long-standing tradition in Jean Turner’s family.
The Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher, who recently retired after 35 years, said her grandmother taught in the Buckland building when it was new. It’s the same place Turner started her career.
Other family members through the years have followed suit, with some continuing to teach in the area.
As for why Turner pursued a teaching career, she said she loves helping children learn, especially those who may struggle.
With the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life only three weeks away, it will also be the third year the event has been hosted at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
“We were trying to give relay a boost by changing the venue,” Relay for Life Team Recruitment and Co-Media Chair Laura Kelley said. “When you are at a relay, you want people to be involved in everything.”
Placing in the top three in anything at the state level is a once in a lifetime achievement for most.
A recent Wapakoneta graduate has done it in back-to-back years.
Tyler Armstrong, 18, placed third in the placement category in swine proficiencies during FFA competition.
Last year, the son of Candy and Keith Armstrong, placed second in the same category.
He said he had been hoping for first place, but he was still happy with the overall results.
Merl Robert Lauth, 80, of Findlay, passed away with his family at his side at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at The Heritage in Findlay.
He was born Dec. 15, 1931, in North Vernon, Ind., to the late Jeanetta (Kelso) andFrancis Merle Lauth. On Nov. 6, 1953, he married Mary Sue Davis, and she survives.
Craig O. Weaver, 68, of Wapakoneta died 7:18 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2012 at James Cancer Center, Columbus.
Mr. Weaver was born March 25, 1944 in Lima to Forrest E. and LeDonna M. Baber Weaver, who survive in Lima.
On Oct.17, 1964 he married Pamela J. Hardesty who survives in Wapakoneta.
Mr. Weaver graduated from Shawnee High School and Northwestern Business College. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and received an honorable discharge in 1968. He then went to work in the print industry until he retired in 2008.
Ruth Ann Frey, 72, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:57 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Van Wert Hospice Center.
She was born May 19, 1940, in Richmond, Ind., the daughter of Mildred (Layman) and Harold Laine, who preceded her in death. On March 4, 1972, she married Richard D. â€śDickâ€ť Frey, and he survives.
Shawn Sidel, 36, of Lima, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 29, 1975, in Lima, the son of the late Julia (Smith) and the late Keith Sidel. He married Teresa Sidel, who preceded him in death.
There will be no visitation or services.
Gerelda G. â€śGerryâ€ť Anthony, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.