March 16th, 2012
Despite initial concerns about when Auglaize County may be reimbursed for grant-funded renovations at the courthouse, the Auglaize County commissioners no longer are anticipating any delays.
While the commissioners authorized an advance of the $1.16 million which they are still owed from a state grant covering HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and lighting portions of the project, from the countyâ€™s general fund into the countyâ€™s permanent improvement Fund this week, Commissioner Doug Spencer said it was an accounting issue.
In 2009, Rebecca Luthman had numerous luminaria and 14 torches taken out in her name by members of the public and the team formed to support her.
For Melissa Deal, the torches were the most she had ever seen for one person. Deal, who has been involved with the luminaria and the torches for approximately five years, returned this year to organizing the luminaria for the 15th annual Relay for Life.
While the torches have been discontinued, Deal and the rest of the Relay for Life Committee have given a couple twists to the luminaria.
Alma Anna (Feil) Camper, 103, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at The Gardens, Wapakoneta. She was born April 9, 1908, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Anna (Aufderhaar) and William Feil.
A 1925 graduate of Blume High School, she was the last surviving member of her class. After graduating high school, she went to business college and worked as a secretary in Lima.
On Dec. 26, 1926, she married Floyd (Sam) Camper, and he passed away Jan. 23, 1986.
David R. â€śNortonâ€ť Martin, 59, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his residence.
He was born July 16, 1952, in Lima, to Mary Ann Frank and Clinton C. Martin, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 15, 1974, he married Carole Lyons, who survives in Lima.
John W. Gossard 71, formerly of Wapakoneta, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Dade City, Fla.
He was born Nov 30, 1940, the son of Opal (Webb) and Victor Gossard.
He married Delores Joseph, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Dennis (Sandi) Gossard, and Bill Gossard; a daughter, Kim Nunes; a step-son, Shawn (Jane)Stevens; a sister, Ginger Jacobs; a brother, William Gossard; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Gossard and Glen Gossard.
He was retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber after many years of service.
COLUMBUS (AP) — Defending champion Anna ran its winning streak to 50 by defeating Findlay Liberty-Benton 58-41 in a Division III semifinal on Thursday.
The Rockets (27-0) now have the 10th longest streak in Ohio girls history. They’ll face Columbus Africentric, champions in 2007 and 2008, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ohio’s two U.S. senators agree Ohio’s and the nation’s highway system needs major repairs and upgrades, but they split their vote on a two-year, $109 billion federal transportation bill which passed the Senate on Wednesday.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman supported the bill’s aim, but he balked at increasing the national deficit to fund the infrastructure improvements bill. He was one of 22 senators to vote against the bill.
Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Fred Pepple’s office recently took on two new interns — two German students who are digging deeper into their law studies.
Twenty-year-old Isabel Lischewski, who attends the University of Muenster, in Germany, came to Wapakoneta to study common law and experience law hands-on.
“I liked working with Judge Pepple,” Lischewski said. “He had interesting tasks for me, and he made an effort to explain stuff, like why he did what he did.”
A former local resident does everything she can think of to make family trips as enjoyable as they can be.
Her dedication has paid off.
Elizabeth Vining, 44, of Laurelville, recently earned the “Hospitality Hero of the Year” award at the 24th annual Hocking Hills Tourism Association Dinner in Logan held in February.
Vining said she felt privileged to be recognized for her efforts.
With certification from the state and now certification from a major transportation company, a greater effort needs to be placed on sharpening the message about Wapakoneta’s new industrial park, a business organization member says.
The city’s 471-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center received the Ohio Department of Development’s Job Ready Sites certification in October 2010, one of the first five in the state, and in February CSX Corp. certified the site under its new Select Sites program, one of first five in the country.