May 25th, 2012
The class president and captain of the football team soon will add another accomplishment to his long list of achievements as he joins the ranks of a U.S. soldier.
Chris Schwartz, the 18-year-old son of Laura and Brent Schwartz, of Wapakoneta, begins his future at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall, after six weeks of basic training in July.
Mary Carolyn McKinley, 93, formerly of rural Spencerville, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Hill View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Platte City, Mo.
She was born Jan. 2, 1919, in Logan Township, Auglaize County, the daughter of Effie (Peterson) and Philip Grassley. On June 26, 1937, she married William Olin â€śBillâ€ť McKinley, who died July 30, 1989.
Surviving are a son; Philip M. McKinley, of Platte City, Mo.; and a daughter; Kathleen (Thomas) Hennon, of Spencerville.
Owen â€śBuzzâ€ť Noland, 88, of St. Marys, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Iva L. Kiser-Dowler, 98, of Cridersville, died at 12:56 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born Nov. 16, 1913, in Duchouquet Township, Auglaize County, to Dorothea (Naumberg) and C. Cal Carter. On May 23, 1936, she married Vernon Lyle Kiser, and he preceded her in death May 9, 1995. On June 13, 1998, she married John Russell Dowler of West Milton, and he preceded her in death Dec. 18, 2000.
From staff reports
TIFFIN — One streak ended, but another streak continues.
Wapakoneta Redskin junior pitcher Johnny Crawford watched his consecutive scoreless streak end when he surrendered his first run in 45 innings when the Padua Franciscan Bruins scored in the bottom of the second inning, but the Redskins continued their winning streak in the state playoffs with a 7-1 win.
For the past two years, the city of Wapakoneta’s general fund expenditures totaled approximately $4 million, and in the past two years, the city has gained nearly $1 million in Safe Routes to Schools grant money — an impressive number to two city leaders.
Councilors-at-large Dan Graf and Tom Finkelmeier Jr. pointed out those grants represent nearly 25 percent of the city’s annual $2 million general fund budget, which pays primarily for safety-services and roads.
A Wapakoneta High School teacher plans to use products she won through a grant to better her classroom and curriculum.
Math intervention specialist Michelle Knippen received third-place for an essay she wrote for the grant, earning $200 worth of product from the Friends Business Source catalog.
Items she requested, which she said would aid her in her teaching are two magnetic pizzas for working on fractions, two containers of outdoor chalk, 10 packs of index cards, and two packs of sticky notes.
A Wapakoneta High School top student plans to turn her fascination with the sky into a career.
Mallory McDevitt, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, plans to study electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., in the fall.
“I would like to work with airplanes, and the building and designing of them,” McDevitt said. “I have a big fascination with the sky. And with being a pole vaulter, I like the idea of flying.”
The graduating class of 2012 at Wapakoneta High School earned nearly $2 million in scholarships from universities throughout the nation.
Award presenter Van Wright, assistant to the vice president for external relations at Bowling Green State University, handed out several scholarships to prospective Falcons, and while he spoke he gave the senior class a few pieces of advice.
With more than 382 years of experience between them, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members recognized 13 employees upon their retirement.
The retirees, including teachers, a technology specialist, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, a custodian, and a para-educator, received appreciation gifts from the Board during its regular meeting Tuesday.
“You’re leaving a big hole in the district,” school board member Ron Mertz told the retirees.