August 10th, 2012
Democrats in Auglaize County kicked off their re-election efforts for President Barack Obama against the presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney with the grand opening of their campaign headquarters Thursday in Wapakoneta.
The local staff outlined their goals to capture voters in the predominantly Republican and conservative county in west-central Ohio.
Carl Ludwig Serr, 84, of rural Wapakoneta, passed away peacefully at 7:44 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 25, 1928, in Auglaize County, the son of Sophia (Metz) and Otto Serr, who are deceased.
On June 29, 1952, he married Phyllis (Finley) Serr, and she survives. Phyllis and Carl and celebrated 60 years of marriage together.
Carl L. Serr, 84, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 7:44 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Eric Douglas Thompson, 40, of Roundhead, died at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012, at University of Toledo Hospital Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 7, 1971, in Lima, the son of to Monica (Hall) and Jon Thompson who survive in Roundhead.
Services are at 11 a.m Saturday at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield, with the Rev. David Holbrook officiating. Burial will follow at Roundhead Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be given to Harco Industries or Hospice of Hardin County.
Local farmers have joined together to nominate Wapakoneta City Schools for a rural education grant.
The district was selected as one of 22 finalists from Ohio for as much as $25,000 from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant from the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co.
Wapakoneta City Schools’ application was strengthened with community support offered by numerous farmer nominations, according to to those who selected grant finalists.
Not wanting the unexpected to happen during this year’s presidential election in November, the Auglaize County Elections Board opted Wednesday to purchase two new computers.
The computers would replace existing ones bought in 2004, which are used to program ballots and tabulate results.
“Although we’ve had no real issue with them, they are starting to get a little age on them,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.
BOTKINS – Fanning/Howey and Associates Project Manager Randy Sprunger gave a brief update Wednesday on the new Botkins Local Schools project.
“We are on schedule as far as time is concerned,” Sprunger said during the Botkins Local School District Board of Education meeting. “We will be talking with the construction management firm to keep the process going.”
Thomas I. Wolfe, 75, 1905 Kingsbury Drive, St. Marys, died at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born May 26, 1937, in Benton Harbor, Mich., the son of Helen (Bartlett) and Archer Wolfe. On Aug. 22, 1964, he married Mary K. Adams, and she survives at the residence.
Also surviving are two sons, Mark Wolfe, of St. Marys, and Dr. Michael Wolfe, of New York City; and two daughters, Sandra Smock, of St. Marys, and Pamala Kennedy, of St. Marys.
Michelle R. Gerdeman, 46, of Wapakoneta, died at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 23, 1966, in Bluffton, the daughter of Mary (Bassitt) and Thomas Gerdeman, who survive in Columbus Grove.
A Wapakoneta bank was recently named among the 359 safest in the United States.
Home Savings Bank, located at 1 S. Blackhoof St., not only was listed among the top safest banks in America by an article published in MSN’s money section in July, but the community bank also made the list among only six other Ohio banks.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Home Savings President Jim West told the Wapakoneta Daily News. “We’re very proud of being named one of the safest banks, it’s a real honor.