February 29th, 2012
Today is Leap Day.
As most people understand Leap Day, they fall on Feb. 29 every four years on the Gregorian calendar, which is the standard calendar for most of the world. The entire year in which a Leap Day falls is known as a Leap Year.
Common knowledge says that the reason for Leap Day is to compensate for the fact that a period of 365 days is shorter than a solar day by six hours. Hence
After a moment of silence marking the tragic shooting at Chardon High School on Monday, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members heard from a community member and a teacher about local concerns on unrelated matters.
“It’s so refreshing to walk in here tonight,” said Francine Slife, a community member who has several family members who teach in the district.
“The air is so much thinner,” she said, thanking board members for their recent ratification of a contract with teachers.
Margaret Rider, 80, of St. Marys, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Earl Eugene Miller, 88, of Harrod, died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at his home.
He was born April 25, 1923, in Wapakoneta, the son of Mary Luelle (Zimmerman) and Robert Miller. He married Clarisa Jean Derringer and she preceded him in death. On Sept. 17, 1954, he married Barbara Smith and she survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Larry Edward Miller, of Harrod, Rick Gene Smith, of Harrod, Randal Eugene Miller, of Harrod, and Kennneth Dale Miller, of Kenton; and three daughters, Debra Darlene Brookman, of Lima, Janet Eileen Metzger, of Lafayette, and Greta Ann Miller, of Harrod.
Robert Keller, 66, of Marlinton, W. Va., died suddenly at home early Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2012.
He was born Oct. 1, 1945, in Canton, the son of the late Mary Lou Marchand and Cecil Keller. He married Patricia Ravenscroft, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Katie Keller (Eric) Barrie, and Mollie Kristine Keller (Justin) Korona; two grandchildren, Jackson Barrie, and Logan Korona; two sisters, Barbara Keller (Rob) Frische, and Judi Keller (Ken) Blanton; and a nephew, Eric Marling.
Kathryn â€śKittyâ€ť B. Luecke, 92, 120 S. West Street, St. Marys, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Otterbein â€“ St. Marys.
She was born March 3, 1919, in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County, to Mary (White) and Elmer Youngs. On Oct. 18, 1956, in St. Marys, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, she married Rodney S. Luecke, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mary (Chris) Beane, of St. Marys, and Jonie (Rick) Kistler, of St. Marys; two grandchildren, John Beane, and Grace Kistler.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter told Waynesfield Village Council members it was time to develop a contingency plan in case of a violent school event.
Motter said he contacted Waynesfield-Goshen High School Principal T.J. Winkler Monday after a gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria in Chardon at the start of the school day, wounding three students, two of whom later died. A suspect, now reported as being a 17-year old student, was arrested a short distance away. The school is approximately 30 miles east of Cleveland.
Three showings of the film, “Windfall,” have been scheduled for the next month with the first viewing possible this weekend.
“Windfall,” a film directed by Laura Israel, documents how the development of a wind farm outside of Meredith, N.Y. divides the residents of the city and the surrounding area.
The film mirrors Wapakoneta with Auglaize Neighbors United against the wind turbines being built so close to residences and the city of Wapakoneta and surrounding villages.
Local churches are coming together this Lenten season to offer prayer and fellowship.
The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association has been hosting Lenten Lunches, which are held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday during lent, for numerous years during Lent.
“It’s a good Lenten practice to add prayer to our daily routine,” the Rev. Patrick Sloneker, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, said. “This is a good way to add prayer and fellowship.”
Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin is heading to the state wrestling tournament for the third time.
He will open the event against a wrestler making his first trip.
Martin will square off with Eaton freshman Michael May in the first round of the Division II 106-pound state tournament, which starts at 4:15 Thursday at Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Martin is coming off a third-place finish at the district tournament last weekend in Marion. He has a 37-6 record on the season.