January 24th, 2012
Trouble attracting financiers is delaying a project to provide solar energy to the city of Wapakoneta, but city leaders remain optimistic progress will be made this year.
SolarVision Inc. Vice President Michael Dickman, who appeared before Wapakoneta City Council during Monday’s meeting, updated councilors on the solar energy project expected to have been started by the end of 2011. He shared the company’s difficulties in contracting with financiers to fund the project is delaying its start.
Walking and exercise should continue to be the primary focus of the park systems in Auglaize County and the city of Wapakoneta, according to a report released to Wapakoneta City Council members — an emphasis city administrators have placed on existing and future parks.
A local gallery has plans to recognize young artists with an exhibit dedicated just for their work.
The third annual Riverside Art Center Youth Show is set to begin Saturday with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We are trying to promote art in schools and for the students,” Gallery Director Anna Fisher said. “This (subject) is where a lot of kids shine and they need an outlet that makes them feel good about themselves.”
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling team finished fifth in its home invitational on Saturday at Wapakoneta High School.
Colerain scored 240 points to pull out the team win at the Wapakoneta Invitational. Vandalia Butler was second at 207.5 followed by Bellevue (197), Hilliard Bradley (192) and Wapak (156).
In all, 10 teams competed in the meet.
For the Redskins, Holden Hengstler was the only individual winner. Hengstler took the top spot at 170 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Bellevueâ€™s Brendan Adkinson in the title bout.
Evelyn E. Grimes, 88, 106 W. Spring St., New Knoxville, died at 12:42 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the St. Marys Living Center following a sudden illness.
She was born Nov. 3, 1923, in New Knoxville, the daughter of Meta Rose (Hartung) and William Harmeyer. On Nov. 12, 1941, she married Dales Grimes Sr., and he survives in New Knoxville.
Aalso surviving are three sons, Dale Grimes, of Vandalia, Robert Grimes, of St. Marys, and Dean Grimes, of Clarksville, Tenn.; and two daughters, Linda Everest, of Grand Blanc, Mich. and Pamela Ausland of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Wapakoneta city income tax collections fell nearly $10,000 from the previous year, but the amount is still the fifth highest total in the past 10 years.
City administrators say the amount is fine, but they would like to see the number grow as the economy creates jobs and gains more steam.
A number of new educational events are to be offered to the community in the new year at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, the director says.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum Director Chris Burton and the museum’s board are preparing their schedule for 2012, and both the museum director and educational specialist are preparing the details for the upcoming events.
Burton said that they have familiar happenings along with new opportunities to offer this year for the public.
From Friday to Feb. 1, a NASA Remembrance Week is scheduled.
A local couple’s donation to a Wapakoneta City School District school hopefully should help a special reading program to grow.
Wapakoneta residents Gwynne and Dr. Thomas Freytag have recently made a donation to the Wapakoneta Middle School to purchase three iPads for the Redskin Reading Club.
“It is a good investment of money when you give to kids in the community,” Gwynne Freytag said.
How do you describe a second-place finish at one of the toughest tournaments in the state? A tournament in which you finish ahead of two former state runners-up?
Well, if youâ€™re Wapakoneta Redskins junior John â€śJ.T.â€ť Martin, the answer is, â€śNot good enough.â€ť
That was exactly how the Redskins 106-pounder felt after his result at last weekâ€™s Top Gun Tournament at Alliance High School.
â€śItâ€™s a tough tournament,â€ť Martin said between matches at the Wapakoneta Invitational on Saturday. â€śIt feels good to be successful there. But I got second, so I know Iâ€™ve got to work.
SPENCERVILLE â€” Spencervilleâ€™s Jennifer Post layup with just under 10 seconds left on the clock propelled the Bearcats past Waynesfield-Goshen, 55-53, in a non-league confrontation Saturday.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 5-7 on the season. Spencerville improved to 6-7 for the year.
The Tigers did get a last second attempt by Kaylee Patton at the buzzer. But her driving shot towards the basket fell short to overshadow what was a huge game for the sharp-shooting junior who pumped in a game-high 41 points and kept her team in the game with several clutch baskets.