BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans came ready to play in their 57-43 Shelby County League varsity boys basketball loss to Jackson Center on Friday night at Botkins High School.
The effort was there. The Trojans had a great game plan.
Simply put, the Tigers are just that good.
Botkins stayed close on the boards, losing them by only a 28-27 tote, and only turned the ball over nine times, but it wasnâ€™t enough.
The Tigers answered by converting 14 of their 19 field goals with an assist and only turned the ball over eight times in the win.
WAYNESFIELD â€” A Waynesfield couple focused on instilling a strong work ethic in their children and always stressed the importance of education and service to church and the community.
However, Thelma and Lott Turner could not have envisioned the impact that their descendants would have in the small town.
The couple that operated a small farm in the community had five children, all graduates of Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
The coupleâ€™s 15 grandchildren all excelled both academically and athletically, and littered the schoolâ€™s athletic record books along the way.
As county administrators walk through the Auglaize County Courthouse, they mention how pleased they are with the renovations to the century-old building.
The Auglaize County commissioners and Administrator Joe Lenhart toured the courthouse on Thursday during their monthly walk-through, expressing to representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates of how happy they are with the way things are going.
â€śThe most interesting thing of this project are the different stages,â€ť Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said. â€śItâ€™s interesting to see the phases of work in the same building.â€ť
A group of young girls made it their mission that no pet will go hungry this Christmas.
Brownie Troop 20238, with the help of Daisy Troop 20721, set up a drive asking local businesses and organizations for donations of dog and cat food and set out collection bins in area schools and businesses so they could provide pet food to area families in need.
With fewer staff members doing more work, high gasoline prices and a copy machine that may need replaced, the director of OSUâ€™s Extension Office in Auglaize County requested approximately a $50,000 increase in the 2012 budget.
â€śBasically, weâ€™re just trying to cover our costs,â€ť Auglaize County OSU Extension Office Director Beth Miller said.
She requested $252,350 in funding from the Auglaize County commissioners. The request is $48,575 more than in 2011, when the office for the second consecutive year had to calculate zero spending in several line items just to try to make ends meet.
All the festivities surrounding Christmas time may not leave everyone feeling happy.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said this time of year people can be prone to getting the â€śholiday blues.â€ť
â€śPeople want to do more, to find the perfect gift, have the perfect holiday, it puts a lot of stress on people,â€ť Torres said. â€śIn Sunday School, we are taught to love our neighbor as our we love ourselves, but many times we love our neighbors but we do not love ourselves.â€ť
Torres said often we can accept from them what may be viewed as shortcomings in oneself.
With Christmas time here, it is important for locals to remember to follow safety precautions, especially when it comes to childrensâ€™ presents â€” toys.
Toy-related deaths to children, younger than 15, increased to 17 fatalities reported last year for 15 in 2009, along with approximately 181,500 children who were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries.
Eva Kimmel 74, of Lima, died at 8:48 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
Donaldson A. â€śDonâ€ť Daley, 93, of New Hampshire, passed away Thursday morning, Dec.22, 2011 at his home.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1918, in Davenport, Iowa, to the late Emma E. Richards and Bertram D. Daley. On Oct. 24, 1942, in Lima, he married the former Virginia B. Workman McPheron, and she preceded him in death.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Makenzie Klock is going to be a Racer netter.
Klock on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play tennis for the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers next year.
â€śIt was a good fit for me because it was close to home,â€ť Klock said. â€śI got a good opportunity.â€ť
As her father and as Wapak varsity girls tennis coach, Mike Klock felt a double dose of pride.
â€śSheâ€™s put a lot of hours on the tennis court. Iâ€™m just tickled that sheâ€™s taking it to the college level,â€ť he said.