November 4th, 2011
If you think youâ€™ve been hearing the name Jensen Merricle more the final three weeks of the season, youâ€™re right.
After being benched earlier in the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins junior running back has returned to the lineup and become a significant contributor down the stretch.
After carrying the ball just four times in the previous four games, Merricle broke out in Week 8, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown in six carries in the win over Van Wert.
The Wapakoneta Chiefs ended the season with a perfect 8-0 record and the coveted Junior Buckeye League Super Bowl championship trophy.
The Chiefs earned the right to be called champions by defeating the Upper Scioto Valley Rams, 34-22 Sunday at Harmon Field.
The Chiefs entered the contest with a 6-0 overall record and 38 points, while the Rams also sat at 6-0 but with 40 points.
The Chiefs conquered the Rams with a strong running game and a healthy passing attack.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” A large crowd gathered for an election forum â€” an event that has not been held in the village for many years.
The Cridersville Lions Club held their first-ever Election Forum on Thursday at Otterbein Cridersville, and the civic organizationâ€™s president says she was pleased with the event.
â€śIt was much better than I had expected,â€ť Lions Club President Stacey Myers Cook said. â€śI feel like it was very well received and it seemed like everyone was happy with the format.â€ť
The Lions Club held the event as a service to the community.
Three people are vying for one open seat on the Union Township Board of Trustees at the Nov. 8 election.
Two incumbents and a newcomer are fighting for one position on the board after a mistake was made in filing forcing two incumbents to square off against each other. The one person elected, along with current board member Dale Miller, will have to appoint the third trustee after the election is completed.
Kelly Knutzen, 53, 20694 Fairmount Road, Wapak-oneta, is retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and is the current fire chief in Uniopolis.
WAYNESFIELD - Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity football coach Gary Spencer was named the Northwest Central Conference coach of the year and senior linebacker Ron Jarvis was named the co-defensive player of the year when the all-league selections were released Thursday afternoon.
First-team offensive selections included junior quarterback Garret Miller, senior center Eric Glover, senior guard Ron Jarvis, sophomore tackle Gabe Wilcox, junior tight end Lee Turner, and junior running back Gabe Hennon.
Two Wapakoneta High School seniors recently received top honors and are being recognized for their academic achievements.
Chris Schwartz and Joey Jose have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for this honor.
Schwartz and Jose placed in the top 5 percent among more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Donna J. Haines, 80, 1414 Nagel Street, St. Marys, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in Saint Marys, following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 18, 1931, in St. Marys, the daughter of Adrian â€śHapâ€ť and Grace (Langsdon) Howell.
She married Richard Haines II on June 10, 1951, and he survives at the residence.
She is also survived by a daughter, Deborah Stienecker, of St, Marys; and a son, Richard Haines III, of St. Marys.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ronald Howell.
Donald E. Shroyer, 64, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:25 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 5, 1947, in Bellefontaine, the son of Jennie (Miller) and Donald C. Shroyer, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 14, 1967, he married Patricia K. Evans, and she survives in Wapakoneta.
On more than one occasion and by more than one pundit, the Western Buckeye League was described as a â€śgauntletâ€ť in 2011.
Four WBL teams â€” Wapakoneta, Elida, Ottawa-Glandorf and Kenton â€” qualified for the playoffs, and three others â€” Bath, Shawnee and Defiance were still mathematically alive going into Week 10.
But now the second season begins.
Wapak will face the Franklin Wildcats in a Division II regional quarterfinal at 7:30 Friday night at Franklin High School.
Reaching an agreement and developing a plan with an electric company to bring a large line to help power a potential end-user in Wapakonetaâ€™s Jobs Ready Sites is critical, several Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) board members say.
WAEDC Executive Director Greg Myers said it is vital for the city to have an agreement or at least a plan in place with American Electric Power (AEP) to provide additional electricity to the 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center site, if a company decides to locate there and requires a large electrical load.