February 10th, 2012
By CARLA MEYER
Four local families from Wapakoneta are ecstatic regarding a recent proclamation signed this week by Gov. John Kasich.
The week of Feb. 7-14 is to be designated as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in Ohio â€” as Kasich signed the document this month.
Kasich noted thousands of children are born with birth defects every year, including approximately 40,000 children in the U.S. who begin life with one or more than 35 identified forms of congenital heart defects.
With Wapakoneta facing costly sewer upgrades, the Clean Water Affordability Act introduced Thursday by a U.S. legislator could provide some relief for the city and the city’s utility consumers.
A Wapakoneta administrator would support the measure if it provided such relief to the city which acted proactively and whose residents keep the city solvent.
A recent tragic accident claimed the life of a Mercer County teen while she was driving in Putnam County. She accidently drove her car off the roadway and entered a nearby pond.
Seventeen-year-old Brianna Coon, of Rockford, called 911 for help, but the sinking vehicle soon trapped the youth and took her life.
Chiefs of two Wapakoneta departments say developing a plan and rehearsing a possible emergency exit — even in a person’s mind — can help a person stay calm and contribute to saving a motorist’s life.
Hoping to save teens and their parents some money and find them beautiful dresses to wear to prom, one local Relay for Life team is again planning a Prom Dress Exchange.
“I think the last few years have been financially difficult on people either directly or indirectly, and they want to save and make money,” said the event organizer Tiffany Fullenkamp. “This also gives them the opportunity to support a well known organization (the American Cancer Society) on a local level.
VAN WERT — The Van Wert Cougars used their clear size advantage to cruise to a 54-39 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Van Wert High School.
The game turned in the second quarter when the Cougars outscored Wapak 16-3 to take a 26-11 lead into the lockerroom.
Van Wert held the Redskins without a field goal for a span of 13:36, starting late in the first quarter and extending into the first five minutes of the third.
Five weeks ago, after a 61-47 loss to the Bath Wildcats, Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach Matt Bradley challenged his team to ramp up its defensive effort.
Since that time, a span of seven games, the Redskins have given up no more than 55 points in any game.
They went 2-5 over that stretch, one of the toughest on the schedule with quality opponents such as Defiance, Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton.
And it wonâ€™t get any easier Friday when veteran coach Dave Froelich brings his Van Wert Cougars to town.
Two residents of Auglaize Acres — who have a passion for baking — were recently reunited after many years.
Two former school cooks, 103-year-old Myrtle Delong and 93-year-old Leola “Dolly” Meyers, worked together as cooks at Northridge Elementary School in the 1960s and 1970s and were recently reunited when Delong became a resident of the short-term stay unit at Auglaize Acres.
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members plan to discuss financial concerns of the village next week which could result in placing a levy on the ballot or even dissolving the village at the crossroads of Ohio 65 and Ohio 67.
Councilors called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday to discuss solutions for their financial problems. They plan to discuss the possibility of putting a police levy on the ballot to help a budget that councilors feel the village cannot balance in light of state cuts to municipalities.
BOTKINS — Botkins Board of Education members voted to approve the final plan for a project agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new school. The board made the move at its regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday.
“The project is still in the design phase and this doesn’t really change that,” Superintendent Connie Schneider said. “This just formalizes the agreement for both the school board and the OSFC. It allows funding to start flowing in for the project.”
Juanita E. Cockerell Robinson Turner, 91, of Rochester Hills, Mich. and formerly of Cridersville, died at 6:07 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Waltonwood Assisted Living in Rochester Hills, Mich.
She was born April 5, 1920, in Springfield. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Fannie Rich Cockerell. On May 11, 1957 she married Cyrus Arthur Turner who died March 26, 2003.
Mrs. Turner was retired from the Ex-Cello Corporation/Textron where she worked with in quality control for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.