Auglaize County and Wapakoneta city officials are ready for the possibility of adverse weather conditions beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday night as area residents head into the final weekend before Christmas.
The current weather forecast is calling for a winter weather mix of rain and snow coupled with high winds beginning Thursday evening and extending into Friday morning.
School board policies were updated and compensation for members approved Tuesday by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members.
Compensation for the board’s five members for 2013 was set at $125 per meeting, up to a limit of 12 meetings annually.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said the rate has not increased since 2005.
An increase is actually a decrease.
Wapakoneta residents participating in the city’s natural gas aggregation may notice an increase in the cost per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas from their summer bills, but in reality they are paying less for natural gas than they did last winter heating season.
Safety-Service Director Bill Rains contacted American Municipal Power (AMP) officials Tuesday to determine how the natural gas costs in the city’s aggregation policy increased without city administrators receiving written notification.
Despite an offensive and defensive strategy to keep the ball out of Wapakoneta’s “Big 3,” the Redskins boys basketball team pulled out a win over the visiting Bluffton Pirates Tuesday, 37-26.
The Pirates, knowing they were out-sized and not as athletic as the Redskins, held the ball for minutes at a time on the offensive end.
BOTKINS — Aided by a costly technical foul down the stretch, the Waynesfield-Goshen girls basketball team was able to steal a victory from the Botkins Trojans Monday night.
Led by senior Kaylee Patton who netted a game-high 23 points on the night, the Tigers won the game, 49-46.
With the score tied at 40 a piece in the fourth quarter, Patton went up for a shot and was fouled. Botkins head coach Don Mack disagreed with the call, and let the referees know about it.
The score was tied at 46.
Wapakoneta had been consistently trailing the entire game.
When the visiting St. Henry Redskins turned the ball over with about 40 seconds left, Wapakoneta varsity boys basketball coach Matt Bradley knew what he wanted to do.
“We wanted to play for the last shot. I thought we did a tremendous job being patient, and running the play we wanted to run,” Bradley said. “(Alex Greve) came open off of a great screen.”
Anna Mary Ritter, 94, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
She was born March 25, 1918, in Spencerville, to Gertrude (Kantner) and Otto John Frey, who preceded her in death. On July 30, 1964, she married Frederick Ritter, who died April 25, 2007.
Surviving are two nieces, Sally Shelley, of Pandora, and Sandra (Jim) Ridings, of Staunton, Va.; a nephew, John (Ruth) Frey, of Lima; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John Frey.
William F. Selover, 84, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born Sept. 15, 1928, the son of Clara (Walter) and Franklin Selover. On Dec. 23, 1951, he married Vera Eunice Oâ€™Dell, and she preceded him in death Nov. 15, 1999.
Surviving are a son, Gregory William Selover, of Wapakoneta; two daughters, Karen Marie (Joseph) Wineinger, of North Carolina, and Sherry Regina Selover, of Alabama; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one on the way; and a sister, Opal Mills, of Cridersville.
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After a Wapakoneta resident talked with his granddaughter about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he decided to replace some of his Christmas display this season with a memorial to the 20 children and six adults who perished at the school.
Larry Shaffer, a retired pastor, placed a cross with a white bow, an angel blowing a horn and a harp, all in white lights, in his front yard as a memorial. He said his 6-year-old granddaughter, Ella, wanted a way to show the families she was sorry for what had happened to the children Friday in the deadly shooting incident.