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February 17th, 2012

BASKETBALL: Wapak wins first home league game in five years

February 18, 2012

Andy Faller and Kaleb Vondenhuevel were in the seventh grade the last time the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team won a Western Buckeye League game at home.

Friday night, in the final home WBL games of their careers, the two seniors saw the five-year drought come to an end.

Wapak overcame a sluggish start and held off the Shawnee Indians for a 63-58 win.

The Redskins had not won a league game at Wapakoneta High School since defeating the Celina Bulldogs on February 23, 2007.

Robert E. Becker, 87

February 17, 2012

Robert E. Becker, 87, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:54 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, in Wapakoneta.

S. Andrew Liming, 57

February 17, 2012

S. Andrew Liming, 57, of St. Marys, was found dead Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at his residence in St. Marys.
Arrangements are being completed with Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.

Ruth Rohrbach, 88

February 17, 2012

Ruth Eleanore Holtzhauer Rohrbach, 88, joined other family members and friends when she passed away at 4:15 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012.
She was the daughter of Olvina (Hoagland) and Joseph Holtzhauer.
She married Norman Rohrbach on May 11, 1946, whom she continued to love throughout her life.
She is survived by a son, James Rohrbach, of Sidney; a daughter, Theresa Kemmann, of St.Marys; a daughter, Rebecca Koverman, of New Bremen; and a son, Timothy Rohrbach, of New Knoxville.
Those who preceded her in death were her husband, Norman Rohrbach, and son, Norman Thomas Rohrbach.

Donald 'Don' Yost, 79

February 17, 2012

Donald “Don” William Yost, 79, of Wapakoneta, husband of Susan Kay McElroy Yost, died Tuesday evening, January 31, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Savannah.
Born in Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Frank Yost and the late Lois Hess Yost.
He was married to his wife for 53 years, and she survives in Wapakoneta.

Students paint downtown murals

February 17, 2012

A local organization is encouraging downtown visitors to “look up.”
Local students teamed up with the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership and a downtown building owner to create a second Victorian-style artwork.
Wapakoneta High School art students painted murals that are displayed in the windows above the Riverside Art Center and Custom Staffing Wapakoneta — on the upper level of the building.
The five murals create a scene with a painter and children set in the Victorian era in the building owned by Red Dog properties, at the intersection of Auglaize and Willipie streets.

Officials practice emergencies

February 17, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local school and county officials gathered at Memorial High School in St. Marys on Friday morning to practice their responses in the event of an emergency.
The Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held a tabletop exercise for first responders and school officials centered around a scenario of a vehicle crash into a substation along U.S. 33, near the high school. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson ran the various officials through a set of scenarios in real time and assessed their responses.

Cars challenge students

February 17, 2012

Imagine being given the task of making an operational moving vehicle using only index cards, tape and straws.
Sound pretty simple? Wapakoneta Middle School students found it is not quite as easy as it may seem.
“It took a lot longer than what you would expect,” student Wesley Temple said of the experiment. “There is always something you have to change.”
Temple’s group of five students is one of eight groups comprised of approximately 35 students that are participating in an education effort to enrich local gifted students.

Mildred Wolfal, 90

February 17, 2012

Mildred M. Wolfal, 90, formerly of St. Marys, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Santa Rita Nursing Center in Green Valley, Ariz.
She was born April 21, 1921, in Spencerville, to Amy (Snyder) and Ralph Clark. She married Clinton Wolfal
She is survived by a son, Richard Jones, of Dumas, Ark.; and a daughter, Susan Beahrs, of Sahuarita, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Koch.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

Helen Copeland, 93

February 17, 2012

Helen P. Copeland, 93, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System, surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Allen County, the daughter of Velma (Severns) and Don Hardin, who preceded her in death. On April 27, 1945, she married Richard R. Copeland, and he died March 14, 2001.

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