May 14th, 2012
Good things don’t always come to an end, an event organizer says, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.
The fourth annual Bike Safety Day at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds turned out to be the best attended day yet, with 207 kids getting fitted with new helmets and approximately 250 total kids showing up in all.
The event was deemed a complete success by Marlene Froning, the event organizer.
Marian C. Kentner, 97, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born April 5, 1915, in Moulton Township. Auglaize County, the daughter of Henrietta (Rohrbacher) and Grover Lynch, who preceded her in death. On March 5, 1938, she married Cletus V. Kentner, and he died Jan. 9, 1961.
William R. â€śBillâ€ť Yahl, 79, of Botkins, died at 4:17 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 17, 1932, in St. Marys, the son of Martha (Greve) and Joseph Yahl, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 5, 1957, he married Mary K. Brown, and she survives.
Kenneth L. â€śKennyâ€ť Gause Jr., 71, of Lima, died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Lima, to Mary Todd and Kenneth Leroy Gause Sr., who preceded him in death. On March 6, 1986, he married Mary M. Smith, and she survives in Lima.
Also surviving are three sons, Jeff Gause, of Lima, Travis Gause, of Lima, and Kenny Gause III, of Lima, and a daughter, Nikki Jacks, of Lima.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Todd Gause and Scott Gause.
Cynthia S. â€śCindyâ€ť Warnecke, 53, of Knox, Ind., formerly of Spencerville, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis following a battle with leukemia since October of 2011.
She was born April 23, 1959, in Lima, the daughter of Janice R. (Burnfield) and Hubert E. â€śHerbâ€ť Warnecke. Her mother survives in Spencerville.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Spencerville United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Vince Lavieri officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.
Billy O. â€śBillâ€ť Eley, 85, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Spencerville, died at 3:14 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Winterhaven Hospital in Fla., following a six-year kidney ailment.
He was born July 26, 1926,, in Lima, the son of Naomi E. (Hasting) and Edgar C. Eley, who are deceased. On June 28, 1952, he married Phyllis Ann Faurot, who survives in Florida. He had lived in Lima, Cridersville and Spencerville until October 2000, when they moved to Florida.
Chanting â€śkids helping kids,â€ť students ran and walked laps outside of Wapakoneta Elementary School as they raised money for the Ronald McDonald House on Friday.
â€śItâ€™s about kids helping kids get better cause they are sick,â€ť second-grader Collin Lenhart, 8, said. â€śWe want to help them get better and feel better.â€ť
Nine-year-old Cooper Talowsky said specifically, they were walking to help children and their families, who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Who do you relay for?
The slogan on posters for this yearâ€™s Auglaize County Relay for Life isnâ€™t a hard question for friends and family of Megan Serr to answer. They relay for her, just like she would have done for them, although they suspect she would have found a way to do it even better.
â€śWe do it for the memory of her,â€ť Meganâ€™s cousin-in-law Chris Talowsky said.
Megan, the co-owner of LaGrande
A local mother was pleasantly surprised when she found out she had won the Wapakoneta Daily News â€śMother of the Yearâ€ť contest, when staff members from the newspaper showed up at her doorstep.
Jordyn Laman, a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, wrote an essay about her mother, Debra Laman, which won her the contest.
â€śI was at the dentist office, and then I got a call from my mother-in-law saying I had to go home immediately,â€ť Debra said. â€śI thought, oh no, something was wrong.â€ť
If an economic downturn strikes crippling income tax revenue or if the city’s main source of funding fails to match needed expenses, Mayor Rodney Metz says city leaders have already started to discuss ideas to deal with the shortfall.