November 2nd, 2013
SHAWNEE — A furious start allowed the Wapakoneta Redskins to finish their regular season on a high note Friday, and now they will move onto the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons.
The Redskins cruised to a 49-0 halftime lead against the Shawnee Indians, with seven touchdowns in the first 19 minutes of Friday’s game, in a 49-13 win in Western Buckeye League varsity football action.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers were shut out, 35-0, by the Troy Christian Eagles in a non-league varsity football game Friday in Troy, in the regular season finale for both teams.
W-G ended its season with a 2-8 record.
After an 0-5 start, the Tigers won two games before losing three to finish the season.
Troy Christian finished 4-4 for the year.
TC sophomore running back Luke Dillahunt rushed for 246 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns Friday.
Wapakoneta Middle School football fans received a surprise Thursday when NFL linebacker Devon McDonald gathered students for a DARE assembly.
The former Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Storm player visited the school with a message of hope. McDonald spoke about many youth-related issues, including bullying, goal-setting and good decision-making.
DARE Officer Samuel Blank organized the assembly with middle school guidance counselors as part of â€śRed Ribbon Week,â€ť a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Windy weather did not stop area facilities from hosting their trick or treat for the children.
At Auglaize Acres, residentâ€™s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others stopped in for a visit.
â€śThis is a time for them to socialize with the younger generation,â€ť Activities Coordinator Barb King said. â€śThe residentsâ€™ faces light up when they see the kids â€” itâ€™s an important thing for them.â€ť
King said the trick-or-treat event allowed residents and staff members to mingle with family members that they speak about every day.
For one U.S. legislator, he cannot believe a soldier who drives a truck in Iraq cannot transfer those skills automatically into a CDL in the United States.
He cannot believe a soldier who works on trucks and tanks cannot receive automatic certification to work on cars stateside.
He cannot believe a medic who worked to save a soldierâ€™s life during a military operation cannot easily transition into an EMT or paramedic certification in the country he devoted his life.
From staff reports
The state’s governing body of high school athletics is now publicly opposed to separating postseason tournaments between public and non-public schools, Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner Dan Ross wrote in a one-page memo dated Tuesday that was recently sent to member schools.
Nativity scenes bless one table. Angels adorn another table. Different types of Christmas candles and wreaths are situated on other tables.
Nearly two weeks prior to the storeâ€™s opening, people checked the locked door to see if they could enter and peered through the windows to get a glimpse of the items going up for sale.
What they would see is an array of goods collected throughout the year.
â€śThat first day they stand in line outside to get in,â€ť Mercy Unlimited Volunteer Services Coordinator Charlene Smith said. â€śIt is like the day after Thanksgiving at the mall.â€ť
A $160,000 grant is to be used to install 4,600 feet of guardrail along county roadways.
The federal gasoling tax grant filtered through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is considered a safety project, requiring no matching funds.
â€śApproximately half of this will replace existing rail that is in excess of 30 years old, with many rotten wood posts, at the wrong height, and doesnâ€™t have a secondary steel backup member that is a standard for rail installations today,â€ť Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.
In the contested race for Wapakoneta City Councilâ€™s three councilors-at-large seats, the four candidates laid out their decision-making process from relying on research to depending on experience, as well as their talents in consensus building or having the fortitude to make a decision based on their character.
The candidates for councilor-at-large â€” Rachel Barber, Tom Finkelmeier Jr., Randy Fisher and Dan Graf â€” addressed approximately 30 people Wednesday gathered at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.
The two teams in Friday’s matchup are heading in opposite directions.
The Wapakoneta Redskins (8-1) have won seven consecutive games, have unofficially clinched a playoff berth and are virtually scoring at will.
The Shawnee Indians (2-7) have lost six straight games, have two wins against opponents with zero wins and are struggling to score points.
The two teams will meet Friday in Lima in the 2013 regular season finale for the varsity football year, in the ninth and final Western Buckeye League game.