October 5th, 2011
A Wapakoneta girl and a Botkins teen were crowned winners during the Miss West Central Ohio Outstanding Teen and Little Miss Scholarship Program last weekend.
Ali Wayman, 11, of Wapakoneta, was named Little Miss West Central Ohio, and Shelby Boyd, 16, of Botkins, was named Miss West Central Ohioâ€™s Outstanding Teen. Matti Lynn Chrisman, 16, of Nashport, was named Miss Crystal Lakeâ€™s Outstanding Teen.
Boydâ€™s platform was preventing childhood obesity while Chrismanâ€™s was â€śdonâ€™t text and drive.â€ť
Walking is a great way to get exercise and have fun as well as a great way to get from one place to another, an organizer of a National Walk to School Day event says, but it needs to be done safely.
Wapakoneta City School District administrators and city of Wapakoneta administrators along with members of the community organized a local event for next week to coincide with Mondayâ€™s National Walk to School Day.
BOTKINS â€” Botkins High School Principal Jeff McPheron is finding out the hard way that maybe he will not underestimate the student body again.
The students had never managed to raise more than $1,660 in any given year for its annual drive to raise money for the Shelby County United Way, so McPheron naturally felt safe with this yearâ€™s event.
Annually, the schoolâ€™s Student Council members come up with a unique approach to raising the money. This year, vocational agriculture teacher Chad Berning agreed to let students shave his head if $1,800 was raised.
The staff at an area business dedicates their time to each and every customerâ€™s need.
The Ritz, in Lima, is a store that provides breast care for every women, any shape or size, and also specializes in helping women who are battling with breast cancer to gain control of their body.
The special part of this business is that there is nothing like this in the area, the manager says.
â€śItâ€™s a nitch that is needed,â€ť store manager Sondra Ambrister said.
Similar to area residents using September warm spells to prepare for the change of the seasons, Wapakoneta city crews have been working on getting equipment and trucks ready for leaf pick-up this fall and snow removal this winter.
After Mondayâ€™s Wapakoneta City Council meeting, Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said his crews are â€śready to roll.â€ť
In the final three months of his term, Wapakoneta Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells is preparing for his eventual departure as a city elected official.
During Mondayâ€™s abbreviated Wapakoneta City Council meeting, Wells asked to meet with Council President Steve Henderson and Mayor Rodney Metz regarding his replacement as chair of councilâ€™s Finance Committee and the selection of a new member to the panel.
VAN WERT â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins came up just short in their bid to pick up their first win in two weeks.
The Van Wert Cougars scored an equalizing goal in the final minute of play to force a tie with Wapak in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer match Monday in Van Wert.
The goal dropped Wapak to 2-4-1 in the WBL and 5-6-1 overall. Van Wert is 2-3-2 in the league and 5-5-2 overall.
After 59 scoreless minutes, the action suddenly got fast and furious.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead on a goal with 20:37 left in the match.
LIMA â€” Wapakoneta Redskins senior Makenzie Klock placed third in the Western Buckeye League varsity girls tennis first singles tournament Saturday at the University of Northwestern Ohio courts.
Klock, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over St. Marys Roughriders senior Mariah Krugh in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
In her semifinal match on Saturday, Klock suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss at the hands of Shawnee Indians senior, and the tournamentâ€™s No. 1 seed, Lauren Rovner.
BOTKINS â€” A host of state-ranked cross country team descended upon Botkins Community Park on Saturday for the Best in the West Cross Country Invitational.
In the varsity girls meet, the Botkins Trojans finished fifth behind Versailles, Fort Loramie, Minster and Spencerville â€” all ranked ahead of Botkins in the latest state poll.
Botkinsâ€™ top seven included Shelbie Bailey (15-21:23), Brittany Bailey (19-21:43), Liz Knoop (23-21:50), Elleah Cooper (41-22:37), Jackie Smith (46-22:55), Bethany Christman (47-23:01) and Renee Buehler (54-23:24)
Vanessa Kayana Lopez, three-weeks old, 120 Villa Nova Blvd. St. Marys, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at Toledo Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
She was born Sept. 7, 2011 in Toledo, to Hector and Gerri (Bonifas) Lopez.
Survivors are her parents; a sister, Leticia Lopez, of St. Marys; and a brother, Diego Lopez, of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hector Lopez, Jr. and Balentine Lopez and a sister, Natalie Lopez.
Services are at 7 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Judy Ball officiating.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.