April 11th, 2012
ELIDA — Back-to-back home runs in high school softball are a rarity.
Back-to-back home runs by twin sisters?
The words “blue moon” come to mind.
But Wapakoneta Redskins seniors Courtney and Ashley Knippen did just that Tuesday night, capping a seven-run second inning as Wapak rolled to a 16-7 win over the Elida Bulldogs at Dorothy Edwards Field.
ELIDA — The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity tennis team rolled to a 5-0 sweep of the Elida Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League match Tuesday at Elida High School.
In first singles, Nic Oen blanked Ardie Sayoto 6-0, 6-0.
Joey Jose posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Christopher Ellison in second singles.
Wapak completed its singles sweep with Andy Faller besting Aric Thompson 6-4, 6-2.
The first-doubles tandem of Rex Azbell and Anthony Kenard whipped Jordan Greeley and Nick Kempton 6-0, 6-1.
Considering their options, Apollo Career Center administrators are planning a community forum this week to discuss future funding and renovation options.
Apollo Superintendent Judy Wells addressed Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members Tuesday to explain the needs of the career and technical education center.
CRIDERSVILLE — The Cridersville fire chief brought up a new proposed fire contract by a neighboring community.
Fire Chief Ron Mertz informed Criderville Village Council members Monday that Shawnee Township trustees want to cut the amount they pay on a service contract with the village.
Typically, the two government entities sign a three-year contract with Shawnee Township paying $17,000 per year for Cridersville’s fire and rescue service to the township.
Auglaize County remains the 10th healthiest county in the state, according to a national survey published recently by the University of Wisconsin.
“County Health Rankings and Roadmaps — A Healthier Nation, County by County” is in its third year of taking a closer look at the health of counties across the country with the end goal being to pinpoint areas communities can work toward improving.
Eva I. DeLong, 88, of Wapakoneta died at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Oct. 15, 1923, near Cridersville to Norma Fox and Russell Williams. On July 27, 1946, she married Clarence F. âWinnieâ DeLong, and he preceded her in death April 17, 1995.
Surviving are a son, Dennis (Jean) DeLong, of Wapakoneta; three grandchildren, Doug (Kelli) DeLong, David (Ashley) DeLong and Michele (Rob) Seidel; and three great-grandsons, David Thomas, Grant Matthew and Ethan Alexander Seidel.
John J. Smith, 83, of Battle Creek, Mich., passed away peacefully Sunday. April 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Waynesfield, the son of Nellie and John Smith. On Oct. 20, 1951, he married Bernadette âBonnieâ Christen, who preceded him in death in 2004.
CRIDERSVILLE — New sidewalks are estimated to be in place and completed within the next week or two in Cridersville, the mayor says.
Crews are working on installing sidewalks in Cridersville to connect Main Street to the new Cridersville Elementary School on Reichelderfer Road.
“Work is happening on the west side of Carlisle Street and the east side of Reichelderfer Road,” Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said.
Myers noted she is pleased the project is almost complete, in time for the spring and upcoming walking season.
It’s for those who are serving. It’s for those who served and came home. It’s for those who have the scars of war. It’s for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Wapakoneta resident and Vietnam War veteran Ralph Reynolds is raising funds to erect an 8-foot tall, 3-foot wide, 12-inch thick marble monument for the entrance at Veterans Memorial Park. The memorial would honor the soldiers who fought during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members discussed making a radical change to its schedule during Monday’s meeting.