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July 5th, 2011

ACME: Wapak district-bound

July 5, 2011

MINSTER — Regardless of what happens Wednesday, the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team is headed to the district tournament.

Wapak earned that honor with yet another thrilling, come-from-behind win.

Wapak scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally to a 6-4 win over St. Marys in a sectional semifinal Sunday at Hanover Park in Minster.

“It’s a huge, huge win,” Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. “I can’t say enough.”

July 4th

Growing a garden

July 4, 2011

Tending to plants including tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, beans and corn, a Wapakoneta teenager says a garden in a community plot behind the local high school is teaching her responsibility.
In the mornings, her friend, Megan Steinke, waters and cares for the plants, and in the evenings, it’s Courtney Hamel. The two Wapakoneta High School junior FFA members thought it would be a neat experience taking care of their own garden in newly dedicated community plots.
“So far, our plants aren’t growing like the others are but we started later, it’s just taking a while,” Courtney said.

Triumphant Quartet returns to fair

July 4, 2011

The roots into Southern Gospel music run deep for the tenor of a group serving as headliner for the Gospel Tent at the Auglaize County Fair.
When David Sutton was 10, he began playing the drums for Watchman Quartet, who were out of Goldsboro, N.C., where he grew up. His father sang for the group, and David was inspired to become a vocal artist at a young age.
When he was 15, David sang with the Kingsmen Quartet during one of the performances.
“There was something about that night that showed me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Sutton said.

Area boy shoots for the stars

July 4, 2011

Kaleb Helms comes off as a shy and soft-spoken 11-year-old boy. However, his actions often speak volumes.
After signing up for the Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s Young Astronauts Club, he has made astrobiology study a huge hobby. Spawning from that quest for knowledge, the young man has been on an advertising campaign that is raising enough money to rival the donations of most businesses at the cash-strapped museum.
“He has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three or four,” Kaleb’s mother, Dee Helms, said. “He has read every book that the library has on planets.”

July 1st

ACME: Error-prone Wapak escapes with win

July 2, 2011

MINSTER — Two errors is human.
Nine is just ridiculous.
Even when you win.
Wapakoneta almost ruined Brandon Miller’s nearly pristine pitching performance with nine errors but pulled out a 7-6 win over New Bremen in the opening round of the ACME baseball sectional tournament Friday at Hanover Park in Minster.
Miller drove in Josh Apple with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Wapak the win.
Despite four innings of no-hit baseball, Miller and Wapakoneta trailed 5-4 after four innings.

ACME: Minster rips New Knoxville

July 2, 2011

MINSTER — The Minster ACME baseball team continued its winning ways Friday night as it defeated New Knoxville 23-0 in five innings in the second game of the sectional ACME Tournament held at Minster.
Minster began the game with four runs in the first inning including a two-run home run to left field by Rob Wente. It scored four runs on four hits. Devon Poeppelman and Ryan Hoying also had doubles in the inning.
In the second inning, Minster scored two runs on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk to Doug Huber.

Ronald Burden, 70

July 1, 2011

Ronald V. Burden, 70, Belle Center, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Lima, to Goldie (Thalman) and Edgar Vance Burden. On July 8, 1967, he married Janice Seymour and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jeremey (Jyoti) Burden, of McGuffey; and a daughter, Heather Lynn (Mark) Badertscher, of Belle Center.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Quickstep Pentecostal Church, Pastor Robert Dye officiating. Burial with full military honors by AMVETS Post 1994 Honor Guard will follow at Roundhead Cemetery.

MLB: Indians, Reds in different situation now

July 1, 2011

The Indians’ performance against the Giants in San Francisco didn’t raise the optimism level among Tribe fans. It probably didn’t do much to encourage the guys who play, either.
After scoring four runs and being swept in the three-game series at AT&T Park, despite good pitching, it was important to demonstrate a pulse at Chase Field.
And the Indians came through, winning two out of three before heading for Cincinnati to play the last three of this year’s interleague games.

ACME: Wapak wraps up with win

July 1, 2011

CONVOY — Wapakoneta is beginning to master the art of the sixth-inning rally.
And while that may not be good for coach Nick Sammetinger’s blood pressure, it’s good for the win column.
For the second night in a row, Wapak had to come from behind to win, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 6-3 win over Crestview in an ACME baseball game Wednesday in Convoy.
On Tuesday, Wapak scored three times in the sixth in a comeback win over New Bremen.

Retirements announced: County clerk of courts, recorder plan to retire

July 1, 2011

Two long-time county officials have announced their plans to retire at the end of the month.
Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Sue Ellen Kohler said it was with mixed emotions that she submitted her letter of resignation, with plans to retire on July 31.
Also submitting a letter of resignation with retirement planned for the same day was Auglaize County Recorder Ann Billings.

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