February 27th, 2012
MARION — Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin took another step forward in his quest for a state wrestling championship.
Martin qualified for the state meet thanks to his third-place finish at the district meet Saturday in Marion.
The top four finishers in each district advanced to the state tournament, which starts Thursday at Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University in Columbus.
KENTON — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers fell short 51-45 in overtime to the Upper Scioto Valley Rams in a hard-fought Division IV girls basketball sectional final Saturday night in Kenton.
The game went into overtime with the scored tied at 40-40. But the Rams pulled away for the victory.
W-G’s small bench made it hard for their young players to step up to USV.
The daughter of Barb and Jeff Harrod of Wapakoneta took home the honor Sunday of being named the 2012 Auglaize County pork industry queen during the Auglaize County Pork Producers annual banquet.
Ann Harrod, who is a member of the Wapakoneta High School track and tennis teams and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is involved in FFA and the Student Senate and works as a student teacher assistant at the school.
The Wapakoneta Parent Teacher organization (PTO) held its annual mother-son fun night on Saturday.
Approximately 350 people attended the event, which was held with a “carnival” theme. It was the biggest turnout ever for the event, PTO President Shelley Mowery said.
BOTKINS — High school has been a juggling act for Botkins’ resident Christine Johnson. However, she has learned to handle her busy schedule with precision.
The 18-year-old Botkins High School senior has maintained a 3.8 grade point average, and she has done it with a flurry of activities. No matter what she tries, she seems to always come out successful.
Kathryn âKittyâ Luecke, 92, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Otterbein â St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete with Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Robert W. Springer 95, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 29, 1916, in St. Marys, the son of Kathryn (Makley) and Clarence W. Springer, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 23, 1940, he married Roma M. Walters, and she died Nov. 4, 1995.
John Timothy âJackâ Tilton, 58, of Harrod, died at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his residence in Sun Valley Camp Grounds.
He was born Oct. 13, 1953, in Bluffton, the son of Virginia Powell and Vernon Eugene Tilton. On March 2, 1998, he married Elaine C. Shaw, who survives in Harrod.
Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating.
TFriends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at bayliffandson.com
Betty J. Ford, 77, of 516 Ruth St., Wapakoneta, died at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center, in Lima.
She was born March 2, 1934, in Belleview, Mo., the daughter of Lillian (Winters) and William Reed, who preceded her in death.
She married Allen Ford and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2001. She also was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Joe Myers.
By LANCE MIHM
More often than not, a five year old can be amused easily. Making crafts, drawing pictures or playing games can keep them happy.
But while rural Moulton resident and five-year-old Jacob Ott may sometimes partake in those activities in his pre-kindergarten class at the Wapakoneta Learning Center, he takes his threshold for thrills to a whole new level.
Ott recently competed in the Grand National Tractor Pulling championship Jan. 29 at Power Show Ohio in Columbus and placed third nationally.