July 1st, 2011
CONVOY â€” Wapakoneta is beginning to master the art of the sixth-inning rally.
And while that may not be good for coach Nick Sammetingerâ€™s blood pressure, itâ€™s good for the win column.
For the second night in a row, Wapak had to come from behind to win, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 6-3 win over Crestview in an ACME baseball game Wednesday in Convoy.
On Tuesday, Wapak scored three times in the sixth in a comeback win over New Bremen.
Two long-time county officials have announced their plans to retire at the end of the month.
Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Sue Ellen Kohler said it was with mixed emotions that she submitted her letter of resignation, with plans to retire on July 31.
Also submitting a letter of resignation with retirement planned for the same day was Auglaize County Recorder Ann Billings.
By CARLA MEYER
An outdoor pest, much like the emerald ash borer, that has been known to kill trees has reached Ohio in search of hardwood trees â€” and one local expert says it is only a matter of time before it is found in Auglaize County.
Asian long-horned beetles, which originated in Eastern China, have been identified in southern Ohio, in Clermont County east of Cincinnati. The insect feasts on hardwood trees which can potentially kill the tree.
The countyâ€™s driverâ€™s exam office isnâ€™t expected to move back to its location adjacent to the license bureau or title department on South Blackhoof Street any time soon.
The officeâ€™s lease, which expired Thursday, has not been renewed.
Lt. Goldie Jackson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said no action has been taken because the state is conducting a comprehensive review of every driverâ€™s exam office in the state to determine what decisions make the most sense financially, as well as offer the most efficiency and best serve customers.
Several boxes of paperwork eligible to be destroyed is to be shredded as decided during a meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Records Commission.
Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer Susan Rinehart said materials to be shredded fall under normal categories and length of times for which they must be kept as determined by the Ohio Revised Code.
â€śWeâ€™ve kept this stuff as long as we need to to maintain records,â€ť Rinehart said.
Phyllis Marie Cook, 80, 806 Laurel Drive, St. Marys, died at 11:55 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
She was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Wexford County, Mich., the daughter of Lou (Smith) and Harry Deuel. In 1951, she married Everett Goldsmith, who preceded her in death. In 1977, she married Dean Cook who also preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Mark Goldsmith, of St. Marys, and Dick (Melanie) Goldsmith, of Zanesfield.
With the holiday weekend quickly approaching, there will be many celebrations and traditions involved â€” including fireworks. The Wapakoneta fire chief and the state fire marshal remind of the importance of following safety precautions to reduce the number of fires and fireworks related injuries.
â€śThe best way for Ohioans to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a licensed, professional firework exhibition,â€ť State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers said. â€śKeep in mind that even trick and novelty fireworks, like sparklers, are inherently dangerous and can cause serious injury.â€ť
A local fundraiser that is in conjunction with the Summer Moon Festival is underway with collecting items for their auction.
The Riverside Art Centerâ€™s Chair-ity and Fun-iture Silent Auction will be held July 15 and 16, during the Summer Moon Festival in Wapakoneta.
Organizers are still taking donations of decorated chairs and furniture up until Friday.
â€śWe always get something unique that catches the eye,â€ť co-chair of the event Carrie Knoch said.
If Tuesday night was any indication, Wapakonetaâ€™s ACME tournament opener on Friday should be a good one.
Wapak rallied from a three-run deficit to post a 7-5 win over New Bremen at Wapakoneta High School. The two teams are set to face each other when tournament play begins Friday night at 6 at Hanover Street Park in Minster.
Trailing 5-2 after 4 1/2 innings, Wapak scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and three times in the sixth for the come-from-behind win.
ACME Sectional Tournament Pairings
At Hanover Street Park
Game 1: (3) New Bremen vs. (2) WAPAKONETA, 6 p.m.
Game 2: (5) New Knoxville vs. (4) Minster, 8:15 p.m.
Game 3: Game 2 winner vs. (1) St. Marys, noon
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:15 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 3:15 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 6 p.m.
Game 8 (championship): Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 6 p.m.