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.
Concerned parents, grandparents and students at Wapakoneta City Schools approached the board of education during a meeting this week to ask about forming an anti-bullying committee.
Three mothers spoke about situations in which their sons had been involved and for which they felt they were punished unfairly after they stood up for themselves against alleged bullies.
â€śIâ€™m here as a voice for my son and all children who have been bullied and harassed,â€ť said Kim Wright.
At an invitation-only meeting, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained the school districtâ€™s financial situation and an impasse with the teacherâ€™s union on a new contract resulting in the school board offering its â€ślast, best and final offer.â€ť
Approximately 50 business people and government officials attended the meeting at Wapakoneta High School ascertain information concerning what has been offered to the teachers through contract negotiations and the districtâ€™s financial situation.
The directive â€” make payment to American Municipal Power (AMP) and be done with the project.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended Thursday paying $533,570 for its participation in an AMP power plant for costs associated with the unfinished coal-fired plant and end its obligation to the project.