June 11th, 2012
Two longtime Wapakoneta friends have donned caps and gowns together for three different graduations.
Twenty-two-year-olds Laura Koch and Sheri Garman first graduated together from Small World Preschool in 1995. They attended the Wapakoneta preschool together for two years and remember playing together in the gym at the church where it was held.
For those interested in a career in law enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for troopers to fill its ranks.
The statewide law enforcement agency is responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal laws on public roadways and state-owned property. Troopers provide service to the public 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a week, 365-days-a-year.
In the past a man dressed in an astronaut’s suit would meet runners as they finished the “Run to the Moon” 5K race, this year a real NASA astronaut will greet the participants.
“Definitely the biggest change this year is something that has been in the works for about a year-and-a-half now is getting an astronaut to not only come to the race but come to museum itself,” race organizer Amy Kentner said. “Gregory Johnson is coming July 20 and July 21 to really support the museum, but we are very excited to have him be part of the run.
Just like their senior counterparts, the Wapakoneta Junior ACME team has started the season with a perfect 3-0 record.
The team has been dominant, winning all three games by 10-run run-rules including a pair of 12-1 wins.
Wapakoneta High School sophomore pitcher Quinn Lotridge combined with classmate Kodi Morgan on a three-hitter on Monday as the Redskins beat the Celina Bulldogs 12-1. The tandem struck out 10 batters as they limited the Bulldogs to one run in six innings.
BOTKINS — Botkins cross country and track standout, Brittany Bailey, has signed a letter of intent to attend Wright State University in the fall.
Bailey will compete on both the cross country and track teams at Wright State.
She is coming off a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Division II state track and field meet.
NEW BREMEN — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and scored 17 runs for the second straight night in a 17-5 win over New Bremen in six innings on Friday night.
“They did a nice job of pounding the ball tonight,” Wapakoneta coach Willie Sammetinger said. “They made some mistakes early and our guys took advantage.”
Many who know Nathan Turner would say when he wanted to accomplish something, he did it in fours.
The new Waynesfield-Goshen graduate had a perfect 4.0 grade point average through high school, and to complement his academic achievements he lettered all four years in both football and track.
â€śWaynesfield did a good job of preparing me for college,â€ť Turner said. â€śI had to learn to balance a pretty busy schedule. I think one of the biggest things I learned here was to balance my time wisely.â€ť
A charge of sexual battery against former Shelby County Sheriff Dean Kimpel was formally dismissed Friday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court for crimes committed in Auglaize County along with three of four felony charges he was facing in Shelby County.
Acting Judge Sumner Walters, who is retired from Van Wert County, affirmed the case be dismissed. The case alleged Kimpel engaged in sex with a former Shelby County deputy, Jodi Van Fossen, at her rural Wapakoneta home when he knew she was drinking and had recently taken a dose of medication.
Looking up at a blue sunshine-filled sky, a mother contemplated the white puffy clouds.
â€śI look for any sign from the boys that they are OK,â€ť said Judy Strauser, who a year ago lost her son after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
Frequently, she will discover a random rubber band here or there that her son used to flip at will across rooms of their house. She leaves them where they are or flips them somewhere else to find them again later.
â€śThey always make me think of him,â€ť Judy said.
Eva Louise Malueg, 48, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Lima and Wapakoneta, passed away peacefully at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Community Hospice of Texas in Forth Worth with her daughters by her side after a three-month battle with lung cancer.
She was born Jan. 28, 1964, in Lima, the daughter of Jeanie Childers and Jerry Malueg. Her mother preceded her in death.