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March 4th, 2014

Alice Jeannette “A.J.” Wintzer Heckman, 86

March 4, 2014

Alice Jeannette “A.J.” Wintzer Heckman, 86, of Berea, Ky., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Alice Jeannette was born in Wapakoneta on Dec. 19, 1927, to Edith Link Wintzer and Carl Frederick Wintzer, both of whom preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Stone Wintzer and her husband, Richard Allen Heckman. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Happy Daz offers dining alternative

March 4, 2014

The sun was shining bright Monday morning as Happy Daz owner John Heaphy prepared to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and official open the doors of his newest Happy Daz location, located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue (state Route 501) and Defiance Street (state Route 198).

Even though it was 10 a.m. and below 10 degrees, many of the first customers, who also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, purchased ice cream treats, officially welcoming Happy Daz to Wapakoneta.

Keeping the food chain clean

March 4, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture Emergency Coordinator Dr. Dan Harpster spoke with the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta at its weekly meeting Monday afternoon, urging them to keep three things in mind about agriculture: it’s about growing food, opportunities and knowing the facts.

“Don’t get too hung up on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or pesticides or this and that,” Harpster said. “There’s always going to be issues — get the facts, know what the issues are and at the end of the day, farming is about growing food.”

Solid waste plan heats up council

March 4, 2014

An ordinance allowing the director of public service and safety to persue bids for the city’s refuse and recycling service didn’t even make it first reading Monday night as councilors voted to table the ordinance.

At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher was the most vocal opponent of the measure.

“I’m unhappy with this ordinance,” Fisher said. “We have a revenue problem and we shouldn’t heap it on the refuse department.”

March 3rd

Brian Ray Tidwell, 48

March 3, 2014

Brian Ray Tidwell, 48, of Sidney, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, after a brief and courageous bout with cancer.  He was born on March 6, 1965, in Sidney, the son of the late Richard and Jean (Funk) Tidwell.

Young readers sharpen skills on four-legged listeners

March 3, 2014

A new children’s program will establish itself on Monday, March 17, at the Auglaize County Public Library.

The idea behind the program is to give young readers an opportunity to read to someone who won’t judge, tease or laugh, just listen.

The perfect match to fit that criteria happens to have four legs and a wet nose.

Through Paws2Read, the library hopes to create a positive, nonthreatening, fun environment for children in grades K-2 who may be struggling or reluctant with reading.

Teaching is in her blood

March 3, 2014

For Waynesfield-Goshen Spanish teacher Kyley Richardson, teaching is in her blood.

Her mom is in her 24th year of teaching and is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary school. Her grandfather also taught for 35 years before retiring.

“I grew up with my mom teaching and she still loves her job and she was a good mentor to me,” Richardson said. “Experiencing her joys when she was teaching and all the stories she would come home and tell me showed me that that’s what I wanted to do.”

Bowling just 4 the health of it

March 3, 2014

Local youth expressed an interest in bowling and fitness during the Noon Optimist Club’s annual “Bowling 4 the Health of It” event on Sunday at Astro Lanes.

Community Service Youth Committee Chair Connie Krites said the bowling event is one of many health-focused programs the “friend of youth” provides to the community.

“It’s to give the kids a fun activity to do, something that’s healthy — especially working on childhood obesity,” Krites said. “That’s a big issue for our kids.”

Wapakoneta falls to Bath in district final

March 3, 2014

PAULDING — The Bath Wildkittens were prolific from 3-point range Saturday, especially Alyssa Manley, who hit all five of her first-half attempts.

The Wildkittens used the cushion they gained from their success with long-range shooting to keep the Wapakoneta Redskins away from the lead as they landed a 61-42 victory Saturday in a Division II girls basketball district final at Paulding High School.

Bath hit nine 3-pointers before halftime, while Manley scored 17 first-half points, all but two coming on 3-pointers.

Wapakoneta wins district tournament; Krites 1st

March 3, 2014

The Wapakoneta Redskins are rolling toward the state tournament, and one of the Redskins’ seniors, Austin Krites, was the top individual bowler by a wide margin in Saturday’s district tournament.

After claiming the team title at the only Northwest District sectional the previous week, the Redskins won the district’s team title Saturday in the Division I district tournament at Lex Lanes in Lexington, claiming the only state qualifying spot to take.

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