May 7th, 2013
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members unanimously appointed Martin Leppla to fill an unexpired council seat at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Leppla, 59, who has been a resident of the village for about 25 years, said he thinks he can be a benefit to the community.
“I will be on the Street Committee, so I feel I can help out there,” Leppla said.
Herbert L. â€śHerbâ€ť Leugers, 90, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:05 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, in Lima.
He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Osgood, the son of Frances (Uhlenhake) and Herman Leugers, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 3, 1956, he married Ruth E. Roby, and she survives.
Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Wilfred and Katie Leugers, of Botkins; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Krites, of Wapakoneta, Dorothy Leugers, of Wapakoneta, and Lois Leugers, of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A federal arbitrator ruled last week to uphold a decision by Wapakoneta city administrators to demote a Wapakoneta Fire Department captain after determining the firefighter lied about talking to city councilors regarding the purchase of a new fire truck.
Former Capt. Tom Stinebaugh and his union representative claim his 1st Amendment right of free speech was violated and Stinebaugh has retained an attorney to file a federal civil suit against the city.
While one family lives in Wapakoneta, there were a few local historical sites the Hasting family had never visited.
The “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” event during the weekend encouraged them to do so.
“It sounded interesting and we get to see some local places we have never been to before,” said Susan Hasting, who visited seven of the 12 sites with her husband, Steve, and their children, Danielle, 11, and Trevor, 7.
The family made all their stops Saturday, although the sites could be visited Saturday or Sunday.
ST. MARYS — The finishing touches are being put on an event that will offer challenges for area anglers as well as a way to help improve the water quality in Grand Lake St. Marys.
The second-ever “Get the Carp Outta Here” tournament is scheduled to take place May 17-19 and will pit anglers against carp. Auglaize-Mercer County Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Donna Grube said the event is drawing interest from across the region.
Charlene A. Waterman, 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Shawnee Manor.
She was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Lima, the daughter of Georgiana and Guy Walker, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 24, 1953, she married Thomas H. â€śTomâ€ť Waterman, who preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2008.
Surviving are four children, Jay Waterman, of Lima, Jill (Tom) Clarke, of Leonardtown, Md., Jeff Waterman, of Spencerville, and Jon (Jamie) Waterman, of Wapakoneta; and three grandchildren, Travis Clarke, Jackson Waterman, and Justine Waterman.
Paul B. Brown, 80, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Auglaize County, the son of Alodia (Oen) and Roy J. Brown, who preceded him in death. On June 14, 1961, he married Ruth E. Poeppelman, and she survives.
The Wapakoneta varsity softball team used a seven-run first inning to take care of business against the St. Marys Roughriders Friday afternoon.
Behind 13 strikeouts from Wapakoneta pitcher Renee Lovett, the Redskins cruised to victory 11-2.
While the impact seems to vary from store to store, business owners whose shops are located near the roadwork on East Auglaize Street reported their sales have been negatively affected.
The effect on business sales were described anywhere from mild to major, owners said, depending on the location of the shops in relation to the construction.
The Herb Ladies co-owner Treasa Vetrick said business has been cut as much as 50 percent since the road construction began.
WAYNESFIELD — A Waynesfield-Goshen student had an essay she wrote selected as the top in the state from among more than 200 students.
Linda-Carol Spencer, 15, a sophomore, had her essay named as the best among 15 students selected to attend the Ohio Statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest on April 25. The contest is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau’s Center for Character Ethics.
“I was so humbled to even be there,” Spencer said. “When I was named first place, well, I didn’t expect that at all.”