February 3rd, 2012
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.
Like the people the volunteers of an annual event help to hope, organizers say they hope their efforts this year help the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Greater Auglaize County return to stronger participation numbers.
Wapakoneta resident Laura Kelley, who has been involved since organizers first held a local Relay for Life 15 years ago, is one of this year’s organizers for the event which has moved to the Auglaize County Fairgrounds from Harmon Field and switched to mid-June from mid-May.
Once the nerves subsided, nearly every shot one team took tickled the twine, while the other team struggled to rattle the rim.
The offensive onslaught continued the entire first half as the Wapakoneta Redskins held a 16-0 lead before St. Marys hit a long-range bomb at the first-quarter buzzer. The struggles continued in the second quarter as the Redskins built a 36-7 half-time lead en route to a 61-27 victory.
WAYNESFIELD â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers earned a much needed Northwest Central Conference win, defeating the Fairbanks Panther 66-50 Thursday night in Waynesfield.
The Tigers are now 9-8 overall and 5-1 in NWCC play.
â€śOur shooting started out great,â€ť W-G varsity coach Ted Patton said.
The Tigers started with a 20-12 lead in the first quarter of play. Hard defensive pressure prevented the Panthers from scoring.
Fairbanks caught up late in the second with rebounds.
â€śRebounds did help us initially. They kept us in the game,â€ť Fairbanks varsity coach Brock Oakes said.
A new bill being introduced by two senators would require Congressional members to divest themselves of stock holdings or place them in a blind trust.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, and Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, penned and sponsored the Putting the People’s Interests First Act of 2012 which would build on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, or the STOCK Act, which is aimed at preventing Congressional members from using inside information gained on Capitol Hill to make money on the stock market or to increase their stock portfolio.
ANNA — Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. executives officially announced Wednesday the company plans to invest $98 million at its engine plant in Anna to make high-tech components for its new transmission and to help Honda start its comeback in the United States after tough fourth quarter.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who visited the plant for the ceremony, addressed the crowd of several hundred during the company’s announcement.
Statistically there isnâ€™t a lot riding on Friday nightâ€™s showdown between the Wapakoneta Redskins and the St. Marys Roughriders.
Like thatâ€™s ever mattered before.
The cross-county foes renew their rivalry with little else on the line besides bragging rights and momentum heading into the home stretch of the season.
Neither team is a contender in the Western Buckeye League standings, where they share identical 1-4 league records.
Both teams are trying to salvage seasons that are on the verge of spiraling out of control.
A small, 6-pound dog disappeared from her owners during a snowy weekend in January, and was found days later. Owners say it was a miracle she survived.
The Claytons — Meisha, 19, Monique, 11, and their mother, Tina, had lost their 7-year-old pomeranian, Coco, prior to a snowy weekend on Jan. 20, and were emotionally devastated. They hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst.
“I personally think that this is proof that God exists because I couldn’t see how a little dog like her could survive in snow,” Meisha said.
Mildred A. Botkin, 93, formerly of 1033 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her daughterâ€™s residence in Xenia where she had resided for the past two years.
She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Rockford, the daughter of Frances (Witter) and John Alspaugh.
On June 11, 1946, she married Charles Botkin, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2010.
Surviving is a daughter, Jean Rupert, of Xenia.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Miller-Long in St. Marys, with the Rev. Tim Smith, officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Jody M. Heppeard Hughes, 47, of Celina, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born Dec. 18, 1964, in Celina, the daughter of Mary Heppeard Massengill and Bill R. Hughes, who both survive.
Also surviving are three sons, Richard Kupper, of Wapakoneta, William Brown, of Celina, and Randy Hughes, of Washington; and two daughters, Kaylea Beougher, of Celina, and Sherri Kupper, of Wapakoneta.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at The Lordâ€™s Church in Celina, with the Rev. Randy Christian officiating.
There will be no visitation.