February 7th, 2014
The 2014 Winter Olympics begins today in Sochi, Russia, but for some local children, the celebration began yesterday evening at the Auglaize County Public Library.
The library held its first ever “Kids Olympics Party” to get children interested and excited for the Olympic Games.
It’s a situation not many people wish to think about — an armed person entering a school or workplace — but, for law enforcement and school officials, it’s a reality that calls for community preparedness.
The Wapakoneta and Cridersville Police Departments organized an active shooter training school for officers and officials throughout Auglaize and surrounding counties last week at the previous St. Joseph Elementary School.
The level of success the Wapakoneta Redskins had on offense Thursday dictated the ease with which they held a lead on the scoreboard.
Other than a stretch of six-and-a-half minutes in the first half during which they were held without a field goal, the Redskins were consistently strong inside the arc Thursday.
The St. Marys Roughriders, meanwhile, were not effective enough defensively and were not consistent enough offensively Thursday to keep pace with Wapakoneta.
A gymnasium was recently named in honor of Botkins native Gene Zorn for his many years teaching math and coaching basketball at Newton Falls High School in Newton Falls, a small town in northeast Ohio.
The gymnasium was named in Zorn’s honor on Jan. 17.
Zorn said he was not aware of the plans to dedicate the gymnasium in his honor.
“I knew something was going on, but they wouldn’t tell me,” Zorn said. “Two days before, someone let it slip, so I found out then.”
Howard Thompson, 97, died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at his home in rural Roundhead surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 3, 1916, to Martin and Effie (Campbell) Thompson. On April 18, 1936, he married Marjorie L. Austin in Newport, Ky., and she preceeded him in death on Aug. 14, 2007.
Created as a movement-wide effort to raise awareness of the skills girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, National Girl Scout Cookie Day will be celebrated this Friday and Saturday.
Communications Manager of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Shonna King said this will be the second year the event is taking place and will hopefully boost sales nationwide.
“The event was such a success that it was decided to extend the celebration, which is why we have National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend,” King said.
On Feb. 2, Wapakoneta High School sophomore Travis Fisher received an award that will stay with him for the rest of his life — the rank of Eagle Scout.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable for members of the Boy Scouts of America, and only 2 percent of scouts achieve this distinction.
ST. MARYS — Voters in several school districts will see levies on the May primary ballot.
In St. Marys, voters within the school district are slated to vote on five-year, 6.8 mill renewal levy. Voters in New Bremen will vote on a renewal of a 1 percent income tax for operating expenses. County residents who live in the Botkins School District will vote on a renewal of a five-year, 2 mill permanent improvement levy, and those who live within the Indian Lake School District will vote on a five-year, 7.2 mill renewal and increase levy.
Kenneth Ray Deubler, age 62 of Waynesfield, died at 8:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at Lima Memorial Hospital. Â He was born Aug. 3, 1951 in Allen County, Ohio; the son of the late Ray and Koneta Ream Deubler.
Mr. Deubler had formerly worked at Ford Motor Company and had served in the U. S. Navy. He was a founding member and a lifetime member of the Roundhead Indian Ridge Sporting Clays. He loved his dog Bruno, the outdoors, fishing, boating, hunting, gardening, and the beach.
Melvin â€śMellieâ€ť Presar, age 93, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Glendale, Calif.
He was born Aug.4, 1920 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to David and Caroline (Lunz) Presar who preceded him in death. He married Beverly Wilson Presar in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who preceded him in death. His three brothers, Emil, Harold, Howard, and a sister Florence Ruck preceded him in death.