October 21st, 2011
The killing by Muskingam County law enforcement officers of 49 of 56 exotic animals let loose by their late owner stirred feelings of anger, disbelief and empathy by local authorities touched by the mid-week incident.
Wapakoneta native Mike Kohlreiser, who operates Understanding Wildlife, a company started with his wife, Marsha, in 1992 to educate people about wild animals, said he was struck with a range of emotions when news broke of Terry Thompson being found dead at his complex outside of Zanesville and his menagerie of exotic animals being freed.
Both candidates vying to serve as Cridersville mayor have a dedication and passion to continue to make their village a better place to live.
Incumbent Lorali Myers, brings eight years of experience and a passion to see the projects started while she was mayor carried out. Her opponent, Tony Zuppardo, says his accessibility to residents and dedication to the village will benefit the residents of Cridersville.
In her first term, Myers, who was elected in 2007 to become the new Cridersville mayor, took over for former Mayor Robert Conner.
Looking to the future, the manager of the county airport says they are working to improve energy conservation as a way to routinely save money.
Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said based on a recent analysis by an outside company they are planning to begin phasing in some of those changes during 2012. The energy conservation measures are focused on lighting at the facility outside of New Knoxville.
âIt would reduce operating expenses,â Stroh said of savings expected to be achieved through the measures once they are in place.
Leslie Rone McKinney, 55, of 430 Huffman Street in St. Marys, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011 at her residence.
She was born January 3, 1957 in Waynesfield, to Patricia (Butler) and Judge Gerald Rone. On Oct. 3, 1993 in Waynesfield, she married Victor Lewis McKinney, who survives.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Miller â Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial will follow at Willow Branch Cemetery in Waynesfield.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at millerfuneralhomes.net.
Perhaps a U.S. Postal Service uniform would have been an appropriate addition to the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade.
While lacking its typical turnout, neither rain nor gloom of night kept a still large contingent of people from turning out to the annual parade.
âMy parents brought me here,â said Marilyn, who had brought her two young daughters to the parade. âWe never missed. Now the girls love to come. It is a family tradition.â
Ten-year-old Gerri said she loved coming to the parade every year.
Links of alternating red and white hang from the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria ceiling.
The paper chain serves as a reminder â to be kind to one another.
Each link in the chain symbolizes a random act of kindness, something done by one student for another.
Chain links and a box to submit those random acts of kindness that have been documented on them sit on a table in the cafeteria and can be filled out anytime.
The idea for the chain came from students who belong to a new group,
A local resident is a part of a national organization with one major commonalty â his name.
Wapakoneta native and owner of Insta-Shade, Jim Smith, is apart of the Jim Smith Society. This group has approximately 2,000 members throughout the United States and the groupâs sole purpose is getting together for fellowship and celebrating a name they all share.
âItâs like a giant family reunion,â the 1977 Wapakoneta High School graduate said.
Jay J. Lenhart, 42, of Shadyside, Pa., died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, after a battle with cancer
He was the son of Norma (Gene) Gill, of Wapakoneta, and Thomas (Glenice) Lenhart, Sr., of Sidney.
Also surviving are is devoted partner, Neil McGee; two brothers, Mark Leenhart and Thomas Lenhart Jr.; two sisters, Terri Cecere, and Cindy Koenig; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leslie Rone McKinney, 55, of St. Marys, OH died Tuesday October 18, 2011 at her residence.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller â Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys
Richard L. âRickâ Thomes, 55, 15404 Wapak â Fisher Road, Wapakoneta, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at his residence.
He was born September 14, 1956, in St. Marys, the son of Jane L. (Schmehl) and John Robert Thomes. His mother survives.
Also surviving is a son, Troy M. Thomes of Celina.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys. Military Rites will be provided by VFW Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323 funeral detail. Private family burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.