September 11th, 2012
CRIDERSVILLE — Two Cridersville officials, who have served village residents for decades, announced their plans of retirement.
At Monday Cridersville Village Council meeting, Village Administrator John McDonald and Fire Chief Ron Mertz made public their decisions to retire from their respective positions.
On Monday, Mayor Lorali Myers released McDonald’s letter of intent to retire to the councilors.
Work on one new park should start yet this year, while improvements to a second new park will likely wait until next spring.
Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist members intend to start working this fall with city crews to develop the park at the site of the former Centennial Elementary School, a city administrator said.
A report from an elderly Wapakoneta woman has prompted police to warn other area residents of a possible scam.
Wapakoneta Police Clerk Denise Kohler said a woman living on East Pearl Street reported Sunday morning that a man claiming to have been her paper boy years ago came to her home. After presenting himself as a former paper boy, the man, who was described as being in his 40s, walked inside the house.
Perhaps competitor Thomas Karbowiak said it best.
“Where else can I go and drink some beer, have some fun and smash something, all for a good cause?”
Karbowiak was one of 58 drivers in the 16th annual K & R Lawn Mower Derby that attracted a huge crowd Saturday behind the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wapakoneta.
Approximately 700 people attended the event, which is hosted by Jeremy Resor and Chad Kantner. Proceeds from the event are used to help fund various local charitable needs in the community throughout the year.
Local bowling lanes owner Denny Borgert had always hoped to bring a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) event to Wapakoneta. That hope has now officially became a repeat event.
Sixty-four professional bowlers turned out for the event and provided plenty of excitement that included a perfect game, a double playoff for the final spot to advance to the final eight, and threats for 300 again in the final match and the $25,000 challenge at the end of the second consecutive G. A. Wintzer & Son Classic held Friday through Sunday.
CRIDERSVILLE — At the Equestrian Therapy Program at Fassett Farm, a child with autism can learn confidence and a woman with multiple sclerosis can regain her ability to walk, and volunteers drive the farm’s ability to serve riders in a more than 10-county radius.
While the two newest members of the Wapakoneta Fire Department have similar personalities, they started their lives in different towns, attended rival high schools and arrived at their decision to be a firefighter in different manners.
But Kevin Bellman and Cody Wycuff also have one other thing in common â€” they just want to help people and make a difference in their community. Their divergent paths crossed this summer when these two men, with similar personalities, were hired by Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites.
Local Republican Party members officially opened the Auglaize County Republican Headquarters Friday as the election looms only two months away.
The headquarters is located in the Grandview Plaza at the former location of Grandview Video.
Two Auglaize County Junior Fair Board members are honored to be recognize with a prestigious award.
Buckeye Beavers 4-H Club member Sarah Wilker, of St. Marys, and Auglaize Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H Club member Hayley Miller, of Wapakoneta, were the recipients of the Eric Vogel Memorial Award after the Auglaize County Fair.
Howard Crocker, 70, of Cridersville, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
Surviving are a wife, Linda; two sons, Jim and John; a daughter-in-law, Barb; and a son-in-law, Daniel.
He worked as an independent contractor for the Wapakoneta Daily News delivering newspapers to the Botkins area.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, Ind.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.