For deputies, police officers and troopers, they pursue a career in law enforcement to protect and to serve â€” those duties are not always isolated to stopping law breakers.
For a group of 55 members of law enforcement from police officers to dispatchers, from probation officers to victimâ€™s advocates, they felt it was important to help make Christmas for 103 families more enjoyable and to bring smiles to childrenâ€™s faces.
Cost-of-service studies on utility rates charged to Wapakoneta consumers should help city elected officials determine future increases to deal with higher costs of business and mandated projects.
Wapakoneta City Council Councilor-at-large Steve Walter, who also chairs the Utility Committee, told city administrators he would like to have rate studies completed on water, wastewater, electric and refuse to help his committee set future rates.
Cassius D. â€śBuckâ€ť Ledley, 81, of New Hampshire, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born July 20, 1930, in Union County, the son of the late Laura A. Vanest and Jasper N. Ledley. On June 4, 1950, in Delaware County, he married Ida Irene Kuba and she preceded him in death.
John R. Nixon, 76, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born July 27, 1935, in Clarksburg, W. Va., to Stella Pearl Bartlett and George Jefferson Sr., who preceded him in death. On Jan. 8, 1956, he married Barbara Ann Hefner and she survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a son, Mark Alan (Merry) Nixon, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Jolene Ann (Mark) Waitman, of Waynesfield; two grandchildren, Kyle A. Waitman and Brock D. Waitman; and a brother, George Jefferson Nixon Jr., of Lima.
A local student unexpectedly broke a school record for a sport that he has competed in since his freshman year of high school.
Wapakoneta High School senior Ryan Kremer broke the schoolâ€™s record in the 200-meter individual medley this year during a swim meet â€” and said setting the record was one of his most memorable moments so far during his senior year.
â€śI wasnâ€™t really expecting it,â€ť Kremer said. â€śIt was sweet because everyone was cheering for me at the meet.â€ť
Kremer broke the record this season, at the beginning of December, in a swim meet against Marion Local and Bath.
ELIDA â€” The result may have been predictable.
How it happened, on the other hand, was anything but.
The Wapakoneta Redskins held the Western Buckeye League favorite Elida Bulldogs in check and mounted a late rally but came up just short in a 46-41 loss Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
RUSSIA â€” The Botkins Trojans came out with a vengeance.
The Russia Raiders finished with one.
Ultimately, it was the Raider streak that endured as they took home a 68-50 win over Botkins.
The Trojans opened up at an 8-4 deficit, but then hit their stride, it seemed they scored every trip down the floor as they built up a 23-17 lead in the first quarter.
â€śThey were simply beating us on the dribble,â€ť said Russia varsity coach Paul Bremigan. â€śBotkins has a very athletic team this year. We knew what they were going to do coming in and we still couldnâ€™t stop it.
LIMA â€” Perry Commodores senior Kevontae Steele scored 23 points to lead Perry to a 54-47 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Perry High School.
The Tigers held onto a narrow 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Steele scored seven points in the final stanza to pace Perry. His three to open the quarter gave the Commodores a lead they would not relinquish.
W-G fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northwest Central Conference.
Perry is 2-2, 1-0 in conference play.
The only increase expected in the Auglaize County coronerâ€™s budget for 2012 is an increase in autopsy fees.
Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag requested an increase of $3,000 to $28,000 in contract services for fees paid for autopsies which are sent elsewhere.
A contract with the Lucas County Coronerâ€™s Office for autopsy services during 2012 charges $1,200 per autopsy including routine toxicology, travel reimbursement at the current IRS standard mileage business rate, and responsibility for transportation to and from the Lucas County facility.
After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-oldâ€™s mind was to use the winnings to help needy families have a nice Christmas meal.
Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer took prize money she won for placing second at the Auglaize County District Public Library, for a gingerbread house she made for an annual holiday contest, and bought canned goods to donate to the schoolâ€™s food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.