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January 5th, 2012

New Red Cross director hired

January 5, 2012

A new director with a long history of helping others is serving at the helm of the Auglaize County American Red Cross office.

Former St. Marys Fire Chief Ken Cline was named to the position, which he is to begin Monday.

“When I heard about the opening, I was interested in it,” said Cline, after the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting Wednesday during which the announcement was made.

Kline, who retired a couple years, said he was ready to get back out into the community and help others.

River project top concern

January 5, 2012

Concerns over correct information being disseminating regarding the Auglaize River logjam project appeared to be the chief concern of residents during the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of supervisors’ annual planning meeting held Wednesday at the Auglaize

County Fairgrounds.

With approximately 35 people in attendance, four small groups voiced their concerns with the project as being at or near the top of the list for discussion.

BASKETBALL: Wildcats await Wapak

January 5, 2012

If Wapakoneta’s matchup against Bath is anything like the last two, you might want to plan ahead.

This one could get late.

The past three Redskins/Wildcats contests have gone to overtime, with Bath ultimately prevailing in each.

So when the Wildcats (5-3, 0-1 WBL) come to Wapakoneta High School for a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball contest on Friday, it should be interesting.

“I would expect a close, physical, hard-fought battle,” Redskins varsity coach Matt Bradley said. “Hopefully we can stop that trend of Bath winning close games against us.

Marian Holthaus, 83

January 5, 2012

Marian Holthaus, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:47 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Auglaize Acres.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.

January 4th

BASKETBALL: Trojans hammer Houston

January 4, 2012

BOTKINS — Nine different players scored as the Botkins Trojans rolled to a 67-44 win over the Houston Wildcats in a Shelby County League varsity boys basketball game Tuesday at Botkins High School.

It was the first league win of the season for the Trojans (4-3, 1-2 SCL).

Botkins’ Tyler Egbert led all scorers with 21 points, scoring 15 of those in the second half.

Ethan Zimpfer added 11 for the Trojans. Gabe Lawrence chipped in with nine and Josh Schwartz contributed eight.

Botkins led 17-11 after one quarter and stretched the margin to 32-24 at the half.

Diabetic care takes foothold

January 4, 2012

Taking care of feet is more important than many realize and takes more than pulling on socks and lacing up shoes each day, especially for diabetics.

“Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common reason for amputation of lower extremities in the U.S.,” Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said.

The ulcers most often occur on the ball of the foot or the bottom of the big toe, he explained. They also can occur on the sides of the foot, usually due to poorly fitting shoes.

Several crashes caused by icy conditions in Wapakoneta

January 4, 2012

Wapakoneta police officers responded early Monday morning to several crashes caused by icy roads from a New Year’s Day light snow.

Katlinn Cox, 21, 612 Perry St., was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control after she failed to negotiate a curve on Industrial Drive due to icy conditions and slid the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving into a 1998 General Motors Sonoma driven by Robin Wheaton, 57, of 217 N. Rauthland Ave., according to an officer’s report from the Wapakoneta Police Department.

Local shop keeps busy with bridal season

January 4, 2012

With the new year starting, this is currently the busiest season for bridal shows and prom dress shopping.

Local bridal shops, including Simply Elegant, are keeping up with the current trends and are preparing for trunk shows in the coming months to display gowns, veils and jewelry for that special day.

“A few weeks before Christmas is our quiet time,” Simply Elegant Formals owner Brenda Johns said. “There is time there to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Pamela Marie Carr-Fyke, 65

January 4, 2012

Pamela Maria “Sunshine” Carr-Fyke, 65, of 5212 Raywood Lane, Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Pemberton, passed away Sunday, Jan.1, 2012, at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
She was born on Dec. 6, 1946, in Botkins, the daughter of the late Wanda (Lotridge) and Elmo Stegeman.

January 3rd

Committee seats set: President names councilors to committee posts

January 3, 2012

With the departure of one long-time councilor, Wapakoneta City Council President Steve Henderson says he shuffled members on committees to match the best people to the challenges confronting the city.

“I think every committee is important and the work they do is vital to the success of the city,” Henderson said. “I hopefully have matched the interests and strengths of the councilors to the committees that best suit their talents.”

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