May 15th, 2012
Wapakoneta Middle School students came together on Monday afternoon to take pride in their school and help clean it up.
Students and staff celebrated the first-ever Pride Day, an idea that came about in a teacher-leadership team meeting whose focus is community pride.
“We want the kids to be proud of their school and take care of it and have some ownership,” Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne said.
CRIDERSVILLE — Officials with a local village continue to discuss employee salaries, focusing primarily on overtime pay.
On Monday, Cridersville Village Council members hit a road block when they struggled to make a motion to pay necessary bills for May.
“When we pay bills does this OK wages for employees?” Councilor Rick Walls said when Council President Eric West asked for a motion to pass this.
“The pay package ordinance was a done deal and approved at the beginning of the year,” Village Solicitor Jim Hearn said.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members officially accepted a submission from a long-time resident and made that design the official logo for the school.
Alice Carter, a familiar sight at athletic and other school-related events in the community, submitted the winner entry out of 28 submitted. Carter is a professional photographer and takes pictures at many school events.
Living on a farm, a Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader helps feed the calves and pigs and even gets to drive a Ford tractor.
â€śItâ€™s not fake, itâ€™s real,â€ť Tyler Houser says. â€śItâ€™s like 10 feet in the air. Iâ€™ve been driving it for a year and a half and Iâ€™m pretty good at it.â€ť
But heâ€™s quick to note he doesnâ€™t drive cars, just the tractor around his familyâ€™s rural Wapakoneta farm.
With it, he fills in holes, covers spots, picks up rocks and uses the forks to lift straw bales for bedding.
Tyler still rides with his dad in the sprayer and loves it when he drives fast.
Elmer Neumeier, 94, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:15 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Harold A. Engel, 82, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:20 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, at Wapakoneta Manor.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Ardath R. Rohm 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Auglaize Acres.
She was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Dunbar, Pa., the son of Gypsey and Charles H. Moyer, who preceded her in death. In 1948, she married Ervin â€śEdâ€ť Rohm, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a son, Keith (Joy) Rohm, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Karen (Keith) Martin, of Louisville, Ky; a grandson, Matthew (Sharon) Rohm, of Wapakoneta; a granddaughter, Sarah Martin, of Lexington, Ky.; and two great-granddaughters, Alexa Rohm, of Wapakoneta, and Jasmine Rohm, of Wapakoneta.
It has been two months since the Wapakoneta Redskins scrimmaged the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes.
A lot has changed since then. Thursday, both teams will find out just how much when they meet in a Division II district semifinal at 2 p.m. at Bluffton University.
Monday, the Redskins rolled in their final tuneup before that game, defeating the Riverside Pirates 10-0 in six innings in a game added to the schedule at the last minute.
ANNA — The Botkins Trojans varsity girls track team finished third at the Shelby County League meet Friday at Anna.
Botkins scored 112 points, eight points back of a runner-up finish.
Russia won the county title with 174 points. Fort-Loramie was second with 120.
For Botkins, Brittany Bailey was the SCL champion in the 400 run with a time of 1:01.25.
Bailey also placed second in the 800 run at 2:21.73 and fourth in the 1,600 run at 5:23.8.
On Sunday, a shuttle astronaut visited his hero’s hometown and the museum built in his honor — a prelude to his visit in July for Wapakoneta’s annual Summer Moon Festival and the “Run to the Moon” races.
NASA shuttle astronaut Gregory H. Johnson, who grew up in the Dayton area and later piloted the shuttle Endeavour, stopped to sign clear plastic engraved awards for the 5K and 10K races.
Run to the Moon Director Amy Kentner said Johnson’s visit is an amazing opportunity for Wapakoneta area residents.