January 20th, 2012
ST. MARYS — As of Thursday morning, the United Way of Auglaize County raised $285,000 for its 2011 campaign, just $15,000 shy of its $300,000 goal — and a few phone calls to two Wapakoneta businesses made a big difference.
“This morning, (United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director) Randy (Fisher) and I were on the telephone, and at one point, I thought he was going to come through the telephone line to get a high five,” Campaign Chair Rex Katterheinrich said at the fourth annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon.
Three middle school students came together, voiced their opinion in a professional manner and instituted a change on behalf of their fellow peers.
Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grade students Adam and Alex Walter and Nolan Benny became the spokesmen for their school as they voiced their concerns over their school lunch menu — involving sweet potato fries.
“When we first had the sweet potato fries, we saw no one was eating them,” Benny said. “People were throwing them away and it was wasted.”
Carolyn A. Romshe, M.D., 74, of Carmel, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Jan.. 18, 2012.
She was born Sept. 28, 1937, in Lima, the daughter of the late Florence F. (Kaeck) and Howard F. Romshe.
Surviving are a sister, Sandra (Bradway) Phillips; and three cousins, Richard (LaVonne) Romshe, Alice (Don) Sandkuhl, and Steve (Carolyn) Romshe.
Ina A. Blakeley-Fisher, 88, formerly of 05201 Lock 14 Road in rural Auglaize County, died at 5:42 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Golden Living Center â€“ Valley in St. Marys.
She was born Jan. 15, 1924 in Shamrock, Okla., to Vada (Ankney) and Clyde Stauffer. She married Frederick W. Fisher, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter Ginger Ann Brown, of Van Wert; and three sons Samuel N. Blakeley, of Lima, Larry Blakeley, of Van Wert, and Paul Fisher, of Park Hill, Okla.
Ina Blakeley-Fisher, 88, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Golden Living Center â€“ Valley in St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
DEFIANCE â€” Nicole Brown and Tasha Helmstetter apparently found Defiance High Schoolâ€™s gymnasium to their liking.
The Wapakoneta Redskins guards lit up the Defiance Bulldogs for a combined 37 points on nine 3-pointers to lead the Redskins to a 58-48 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball matchup on Thursday.
Brown, a junior, scored a team-high 20 points, connecting on 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) three-point attempts. Helmstetter, a senior, knocked down 3 of 5 attempts (60 percent) on her way to 17 points.
BOTKINS â€” Back-and-forth the pendulum swung.
And when the horn sounded, it was on Botkinsâ€™ side.
In a game of momentum swings, the Trojans ultimately came out on top, defeating the Russia Raiders 52-45 in overtime in a Shelby County League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Botkins High School.
The Trojans scored all nine of the points in the overtime from the free throw line. They connected on 9 of 12 attempts in the period.
Russia managed just one field goal in the overtime â€” a Shana Meyer layup with 19 seconds left. By then it was too late.
WAYNESFIELD â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers crushed the Marion Catholic Fighting Irish 72-19 in a Northwest Central Conference varsity girls basketball game Thursday night in Waynesfield.
W-G is now 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the NWCC.
The Tigers came out with a great start with an 18-2 run in the first quarter of play.
Changes made this week to contracts offered to Wapakoneta City Schools teachers by the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education negotiating team were enough for the two sides to reach an agreement.
Wapakoneta Education Associaiton (WEA) members voted Thursday night to accept a conceptual agreement reached between the teachers union and school board representatives on Wednesday during a three-hour meeting in Dayton with Steve Anderson, the federal mediator overseeing the case.
BUCKLAND — A possible wind farm project, which would generate nearly five times the electricity used by the city of Wapakoneta, should be less intrusive than people might believe, a representative of an international renewable power company says.
While the project may not create a lot of jobs, he says it could create some windfall for townships and schools.