February 6th, 2012
Basketball and golf run in the Hefner family and 9-year-old Jonathan Hefner is following suit.
The third-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School lists his favorite hobbies as sports, specifically basketball and golf, but also football.
“I started playing golf when I was 3 with my grandpa,” said Jonathan, who says they continue to play together in the summer and are sometimes joined by his dad.
The son of Jennie and Jason Hefner said it was his father who taught him to play basketball.
FINDLAY â€” Twenty-four hours after a tip-to-buzzer win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team found itself on the other end of the scoreboard.
The Liberty-Benton Eagles jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 55-33 win over the Redskins on Saturday night at Liberty-Benton High School.
Coached by 500-game winner Steve Williman, Liberty-Benton took a 15-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
BOTKINS â€” A strong team effort for the New Bremen Cardinals allowed them to travel into Botkins Saturday night and defeat the Trojans 67-48 in a non-league game played at Botkins.
â€śOur kids really responded tonight,â€ť Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. â€śIt was nice to see the energy they used after the heartbreaking loss we suffered Friday night. I thought we really responded well.â€ť
â€śTheir pressure hurt us a little bit tonight,â€ť Trojans head coach Brent Meyer said. â€śWe also didnâ€™t shoot very well from the floor shooting 29 percent.â€ť
ST. MARYS â€” For 16 seconds, the score was tied.
From there on out, it was all Wapak.
The Wapakoneta Redskins rolled to a convincing 60-40 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at St. Marys High School.
Jake Buzzardâ€™s 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Redskins a 3-0 lead. It was the closest St. Marys would get the rest of the way.
â€śAny time you can beat your rival on their home floor, in a conference game, good crowd, it feels really good,â€ť Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said.
ST. MARYS â€” One-year-old Nala seemed oblivious of the new adventure her life was about to take on. She rolled around on the ground, fetched sticks, and greeted everyone, who would lend a petting hand, with a healthy purr. But one thing was certain. A connection was made.
Lori Moon, of Newport, R.I., learned about her new kitten Nala through Sueâ€™s Animal Rescue Teamâ€™s (SART) Web site. Since she was coming to the area for business, she called and set an adoption appointment this week. The two hit it off instantly, and Nala is now resting comfortably in her new Rhode Island home.
Preliminary design work is underway to extend New Knoxville utilities to the county airport outside village limits.
A meeting held this week introduced key parties involved in the utility and drainage redesign project at Neil Armstrong Airport.
â€śWe set preliminary timelines,â€ť Airport Manager Sean Stroh said.
He anticipated early site survey work, including topographic surveying, beginning next week. Design work should be done by the end of summer and the project bid out by August.
â€śA lot depends on the bids,â€ť Stroh said of costs.
Weather alerts, road closures and other emergency information is getting out to Auglaize County residents more quickly through posts to Facebook and tweets on Twitter.
Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said he decided to broadcast his information through the new social mediums in an effort to disseminate information faster.
The idea came about while Anderson, who is working on his meteorology degree, began talking to residents and fielded repeated questions about how information could be broadcast to the public in a more timely manner.
Talon Scott Lee, 3, of Cridersville, died at 3:27 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, in Lima. He was born April 16, 2008, in Lima, the son of Rebecca Lee and Scott Flynn, who survive in Cridersville.
Looking at a proposed budget with a diminishing general fund cash carryover, the new Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee chair intends to examine the city’s budget line-by-line during the next week.
She also is open to a proposal made Thursday to reduce the income tax credit for people working outside the city.
Every time a local professional baseball player travels, he takes with him a duffel bag of books.
On the bus, in the hotel, while he waits, wherever he is, Brian Garman reads.
“I spend a lot of time in a book,” said the 2006 Wapakoneta High School graduate, who pitched last season for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.