March 1st, 2012
Wapakoneta senior Courtney Knippen headlined the Redskinsâ€™ selections on the All-Western Buckeye League basketball teams released Thursday morning.
Knippen was the only Redskins player â€” boys or girls â€” to be named to the First Team.
The 5-foot-9 post player led Wapak to an 11-11 record in a season filled with injuries and roster shake-ups.
Classmate Tasha Helmstetter earned Second-Team honors.
Junior guard Nicole Brown was named to the Third Team.
Bath Wildkittens post Emily Ruhe was selected as the WBL Player of the Year. Bath coach Greg Mauk was named Coach of the Year.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed business incubator legislation he says would create business incubators that would ultimately lead to more jobs in Ohio.
The bill, deemed the Business Incubator Promotion Act (BIPA) is aimed at creating high-skill, high wage jobs across the state. Brown said that an independent report completed by the Economic Development Council (EDA) has indicated that every $10,000 in EDA funds invested in business incubators has led to the creation of 47 to 69 jobs in the state.
As several retirees received recognition for their work by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members, board members approved several other upcoming retirements.
Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne, Technology Coordinator Steve Schuler, third-grade teacher Yvonne Cook, high school social studies teacher Dennis Cosart, middle school science and social studies teacher Edna Elisha Smith, Title I reading teachers Jean Turner and Melanie Webb, bus driver Sheryl Beers, and Wapakoneta Elementary School para-educator Nancy Hunter are retiring this year.
A new member of the Auglaize County Elections Board was sworn into office Wednesday.
Brent Henschen, of New Knoxville, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Democratic Executive Committee, was the only nominee for the position left vacant after Larry Fledderjohann’s recent death. Fledderjohann served on the board since 2003.
Rodney A. Whetstone, 48, of Wapakoneta, died Monday morning, Feb. 27, 2012, at his brotherâ€™s home in Okeana.
He was born Jan. 7, 1964, in Lima, the son of Connie (Link) and Robert Whetstone, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are a daughter, Ginny (Thomas Anderson) Rohrer, of Wapakoneta; a step-son, Jaye Helton, Lima; a granddaughter, Kendall Anderson; two brothers, Tony (Brenda) Rohrer, of Okeana, and Jason Rohrer, of Mulberry Grove, Ill.
Margaret L. Rider, 80, 160 Watercrest Drive, St. Marys, died at 11:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Rossburg, the daughter of Edith (Compton) and Jesse Ross. On June 27, 1953, at Shookâ€™s Chapel in Darke County she married Allen L. Rider, who survives.
Also surviving are a son Jeffrey Rider, of Ansonia; and a daughter Cynthia Coats, of St. Marys.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Mark Foor officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Sue Thompson, 73, 118 Ohio St., St. Marys, died at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at the Lima Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Thelma (Kent) and Clarence Thompson.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Bill Drummond officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Sue Thompson Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be sent to Millerfuneralhomes.net.
LIMA — It didn’t matter if that was how the play was drawn up.
“He made it,” Wapakoneta Redskins coach Matt Bradley said.
Yes, he did.
Alex Greve’s 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock lifted the Redskins to a 43-40 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Division II boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday night at Lima Senior High School.
PIQUA — The Russia Raiders slid by the Botkins Trojans for a 55-41 victory in a Division IV boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday night at Piqua High School, but not without a struggle.
Down six at the half, Russia went on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter and quickly stretched its lead to 39-32.
“Coming out of halftime, we managed to take care of the ball, rebound the basketball and keep Botkins to one point,” Russia coach Paul Bremigan said.
CSX Corp. announced this week Wapakoneta’s West Central Ohio Industrial Center earned certification under its new CSX Select Sites program.
Wapakoneta city leaders received notification Tuesday that the 471-acre site — developed using state Job Ready Sites (JRS) funds and certified by the Ohio Department of Development in October 2010 as one of the first JRS site in the state — received CSX certification as one of the first CSX Select Site.