September 17th, 2014
Richard E. Miller, 70, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Wapakoneta Manor. He was born Dec. 29, 1943, to the late Arlie E. and Marie E. (Brincefield) Miller. On May 18, 1974, he married Wavalene Bowsher, who survives.
Mr. Miller had been a custodian for the Wapakoneta City School system. He was a member of Eagles Lodge, Aerie 691 and Labor's Union 329. He had served in the National Guard and was a NASCAR fan.
Karen Blackburn Miller, 56, passed away Sept. 10, 2014, at her residence. She was born Nov. 19, 1957, in Wapakoneta, to Elmer and Rose (King) Blackburn, who have preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Chad Eberle, of Findlay; her beloved canine companion, Zoe; and six siblings, David (Jackie) Billiter, of Wapakoneta, Sharon Jones, of Wapakoneta, Jack Blackburn, of Dacula, Ga., Patricia Widmark, of Wapakoneta, Pamela Reynolds, of Lima, and Sandra (Roger) Woods, of Lima. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Wade, Charles and Bruce Blackburn.
The Dance Centre of Wapakoneta hosted an international dance instructor this past Saturday and Sunday to choreograph the hip hop competition routine and work with other skilled dancers in the hip hop genre.
According to the Dance Centre, Matt Steffanina relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. in 2010 after spending seven years working as a dancer on the east coast.
Steffanina has a unique dance style combining commercial hip hop with isolations and grooves. He teaches weekly at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood as well as different workshops around the globe.
Miller Brothers Tire Service celebrated its 60th anniversary last week by holding a seven-day celebration that commemorated the milestone while giving back to the community at the same time.
The Uniopolis-based tire company offered its customers discounted prices, had raffle drawings for free brakes, tires and struts, and provided a rebate up to $750 for one lucky winner who purchased tires during the week-long event.
A rigging and transportation company plans to make a move through the county with a vehicle that is 25-feet wide, 18-feet high and 300-feet long, and told Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert five trees in the village would need to be removed to make the turn on state Route 197.
During a visit, Project Manager Tim Boyd of Barnhart Crane and Rigging told Lambert the company would offer the village $1,000 in compensation for the trees.
“Well, I’m thinking more like $3,000 for you to take my trees,” Lambert said.
As the first woman to ever sit on the Wapakoneta City Council, Ruth Carter paved the way for women in local government.
“She considered herself a pioneer who broke new barriers because it was all men for 50 years until she was elected,” her husband Joe Carter said.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, Ruth Carter died at Auglaize Acres of natural causes and complications from Alzheimer’s. She was 83 years old.
The Board of County Commissioners have selected interim airport manager Matthew Bailey as the new manager for the Neil Armstrong Airport.
Bailey’s appointment was effective Sept. 12.
Bailey replaces Sean Stroh, who managed the airport from 2007 until his resignation Aug. 22, to take a position in the Cincinnati area.
Upon Stroh’s resignation, Bailey took over as interim airport manager.
A St. Marys native, Bailey is a 2005 graduate of Memorial High School.
Located in the center of Wapakoneta Middle School sits a courtyard.
Equipped with cement sectionals for planting purposes and plenty of space, two teachers took it upon themselves to create a beautiful and educational environment for students to utilize.
Vickie Sawmiller, a fifth-grade math teacher at WMS, and Kim Mullen, a fifth-grade language arts teacher at WMS, decided making the courtyard look a little bit nicer would benefit everyone at the school.
Ruth C. Carter, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Auglaize Acres. She was born June 21, 1931, in Celina, the daughter of Steve and Christine (Hemmelgarn) Bensman.
Sharon K. Feikert, 73, of Waynesfield, died at 2:14 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, following an auto accident. She was born Nov. 28, 1940, in Lima, to the late Warren C. and Louisa Elizabeth Warner Shook. She married Bruce Feikert on March 1, 1964, and he survives in Waynesfield.