March 18th, 2013
Assistant Managing Editor
Show choirs coming from as far away as Indiana, West Virginia and Alabama are taking to the stage of the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center as part of an annual competition.
Eleven schools plan to attend the event with several bringing multiple groups. Performances are scheduled every half hour beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 23. Wapakonetaâs Singsation, which is hosting the event, is slated to close out the day with a performance at 11:30 p.m., following the six finalists at the end of the night in the Performing Arts Center.
Everyone is invited to attend.
CRIDERSVILLE â The Cridersville police chief recently addressed Cridersville Village Council members about possibly moving outside the village, but councilors have yet to issue a formal decision on the request.
Some say they may not be able to issue any restrictions since an Ohio Supreme Court interpreted the law and declared municipalities cannot restrict police officers and firefighters from living anywhere less than in the county where the municipality exists or in an adjacent county.
Preliminary construction work is slated to start Monday on East Auglaize Street, a city administrator says, with work crews scheduled to start on the full-depth street reconstruction of the city roadway on March 25.
Wapakoneta Engineering Department Superintendent Mary Ruck released a detour map for motorists to follow as the $2.33 million project is divided into two phases.
Wapakoneta City Schools is operating on a 2-hour delay today (March 18) due to icy road conditions.
Botkins Local Schools, Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools and St. Marys City Schools also are operating on a 2-hour delay this morning.
On Thursday, Wapakoneta FFA members and parents, numbering more than 400, honored Wapakoneta High School students involved in the agricultural program at the high school during the organization’s annual banquet.
Wapakoneta FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner handed out awards in a number of different categories.
“This was an exceptional year,” Brown said. “I can remember when I first started, we had 32 people in FFA. This year, we are graduating 34 seniors alone. It shows the program is growing.”
BUCKLAND — A back-up generator for the proposed wastewater treatment plant is likely to come to the village of Buckland free of charge, courtesy of the U.S. military.
Buckland Police Chief Randy Trayer informed Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert that he is permitted to use the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a government agency used for the procurement of extra military equipment including guns and equipment. Military operations primarily use the agency, but state and local governments also are permitted to use the DLA for safety services.
WAYNESFIELD — Winning the school spelling bee once during an academic career would be quite an accomplishment.
Graham Knerr, 9, of Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools, says he would like to go for a clean sweep.
Knerr, a fourth-grader, knocked out 19 other students to win the Waynesfield-Goshen School spelling bee and to qualify for the regional competition to be held in Lima March 23.
He won the competition by first spelling “humility,” and then following it up by spelling “eruption” to take home the title.
David W. Schaub, 71, of Botkins, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Wapakoneta Manor.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Mary Susan Mitchell, 92, of rural Lima, died Thursday morning, March 14, 2013, at her daughterâs home west of Lima.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville.
Arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.
Albert F. Freytag, 87, 2233 State Route 362, Minster, died at 10:23 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Joint Township Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Fort Loramie, to the late Amelia (Boerger) and Albert Freytag. On June 12, 1948, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Fort Loramie, he married Marjorie M. âMarjâ DeLaet, and she survives in Minster.
Also surviving are four children, Marge Jones, of Loveland, Dr. Thomas R. Freytag, of Wapakoneta, William J. Freytag, of Botkins and Joseph R. Freytag, of Minster.
He was preceded in death by son, Albert F. Freytag.