September 12th, 2011
A plethora of lawn mowers invaded Wapakoneta Saturday along with a large contingent of enthusiastic drivers to operate them.
The 15th annual K & R Lawn Mower Derby attracted a huge crowd behind the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wapakoneta. Approximately 700 people attended the event, roughly the same number as last yearâs event, and the 54 mowers entered were the largest number of entries the event has attracted yet. The event is hosted by Jeremy Resor and Chad Kantner.
Kantner said that he first got the idea for the event approximately15 years ago.
The asphalt on the newly repaved South Wentz Street may be black, but a city official called it a âgreen street.â
Crews paved the street Saturday using ground rubber in the asphalt â a way to extend the life of the street and remove unwanted tires from the refuse stream.
Gail L. Becker, 89, of rural Spencerville, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her daughterâs home in Elida.
She was born Jan. 30, 1922, in St. Marys, the daughter of Lulu (Seuver) and Harry Whetstone, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 13, 1941, she married Owen O. Becker, and he died Nov. 20, 1990.
Surviving are three sons, Gary Becker, of Celina, Bill Becker, of Spencerville, and Randy Becker, of Bluffton; and a daughter, Debbie Bowman, Elida.
She was preceded in death by two infant sons, Ronald and David Becker.
Mary H. Helmstetter, 87, 603 W. South St. St. Marys, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born July 5, 1924, in St. Marys, the daughter of Helen (Werts) and August Wieser. On Aug. 9, 1947, in St. Marys, she married Ferd A Helmstetter, who died Oct. 31, 1982.
Surviving are three sons, James Helmstetter, of Pittsburgh, Thomas Helmstetter, of Holland, Mich., and David Helmstetter of Charleston, W. Va.; and a daughter, Kathy Crosiar, of Springfield.
As teachers across the country prepare lessons about 9/11, many grapple with how to approach it and what to teach to students.
One Wapakoneta Daily News employee witnessed the Sept. 11 attacks from an entirely different point of view â from a city in southern France.
Reflecting on the events of that day, she says her faith in God helped her through those events. She was an American in a foreign land.
While flipping through the pages of her journal she kept while overseas, the 32-year-old tucks her short brown hair behind her ears as she looks back through her handwriting as she remembers the vivid, life changing time in American history.
As the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, many have had conversations with friends and acquaintances concerning that fateful day.
The 2,981 deaths on that fateful day are enough alone to make it impossible to forget. However, other things have spurned other topics of conversation from the event, including political ramifications.
Airport security procedures, the Patriot Act, and claims of an âinside jobâ have been common on the news.
While many have made their opinions known, others have first-hand experience.
BATH TOWNSHIP â Forty times Bathâs Aaron Smith carried the ball.
And 40 times he blasted his way through the Wapakoneta defense like a bowling ball with legs through a host of pins.
But not the last time.
The Redskins stuffed Smith behind the line on a two-point conversion attempt in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to preserve a 14-13 win over the Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League football game Friday night at Bath Stadium.
As Smith took the handoff on the play, he was greeted by a wall of white jerseys led by senior nose guard Jim Knippen.
TROY â The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers are off the schneid.
W-G picked up its first win on the season with a 24-6 victory over the Troy Chriistian Eagles on Friday night in Troy.
The Tigersâ defense stepped up and made big plays to create offensive opportunities.
W-G shut out the Eagles in the first three quarters and held a 24-0 lead late into the fourth quarter until Troy Christian finally got on the board with 3:57 left in the game.
Myrtle Mae Lietz, 92, formerly of 601 S. Main St., St .Marys, and a resident of the St. Marys Living Center, died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
She was born May 6, 1919, in Clay Township, Augalize County, the daughter of Nancy (Brackney) and Osborn Dudgeon. On Dec. 16, 1939, she married Ned Lietz and he preceded her in death on July 21, 1999.