March 26th, 2012
While they still have two more performances on the horizon as the school year draws to a close, the nine seniors, who are members of Singsation saw the Music & More competition hosted by the Wapakoneta High School as their their last hurrah and a culmination of four years of hard work.
TROY — Removing direct payments from the 2012 Farm Bill leaving farmers to rely more heavily on crop insurance grabbed the attention of farmers and others gathered Saturday at the 21st annual Farm Forum.
The event, held at Troy Christian Elementary School, is hosted by House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester.
While talk revolved mainly around the 2012 Farm Bill, many other topics both inside and outside the farming industry were touched on by Boehner and members of a select panel.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members again are turning to a reduction-in-force (RIF) process in an attempt to save money for the district.
During Tuesday’s meeting, board members will vote on the RIF of one employee, an elementary music teacher due to “financial reasons and changes in curriculum” as stated in the resolution.
By CARLA MEYER
A Wapakoneta City Schools faculty member comes from a long line of teachers.
Wapakoneta Middle School science teacher Bart Smith has graded his last test, taught his last lesson and has packed up his classroom, as he recently retired from the school district.
Smithâ€™s mother and grandmother also dedicated their careers to teaching.
â€śMy mom was a Spanish teacher here, and she taught Spanish at the high school,â€ť Smith said. â€śShe used to run the Pepsi stand for the Spanish Club at the (Auglaize County) fair, and I helped her do that when I was a kid.â€ť
COLUMBUS — Elida needed just four seconds to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Senior Reggie McAdams flicked the opening tip out to teammate Dakota Mathias, rolled to the basket, took Mathias’ 30-foot alley-oop pass and slammed it hard through the rim.
It was all downhill from there for St. Clairsville as the Western Buckeye League champion Bulldogs rolled to a dominating 61-27 win over the Red Devils in a Division II boys basketball state semifinal Friday at Value City Arena.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Six years ago a Wapakoneta womanâ€™s son was killed in an accidental shooting.
The pain hasnâ€™t lessened in that time, and with the passing this week of the sixth anniversary of 18-year-old Josh Martinâ€™s death, Brenda Martin again issued a plea to families everywhere.
â€śPlease talk to your loved ones about gun safety,â€ť Martin said as tears streamed down her face.
By LANCE MIHM
Twelve-year-old Seth Thuman has a thing or two to teach most people about what it is truly like to roll with the punches.
Seth suffers from a rare form of atypical meningioma, a type of brain cancer. Despite countless brain surgeries, Seth is proceeding through life with the typical youthful vigor a person expects to see out of children approaching their teens.
R. Bruce Adair, 66, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:33 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral home in Wapakoneta.
James Eugene Luttrell 65, of Olathe, Kan., died at 9:08 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Olathe Medical Center.
He was born April 16, 1946, in Nowata, Okla., to Beatrice Mildred (Brentlinger) and Nile Preston Luttrell. On June 12, 1965, he married Cheryl Lynn Long who survives in Olathe, Kan.
Also surviving are two sons, James E. Luttrell, of Independence, Mo., and Scott A. Luttrell of Olathe, Kan.; and a daughter, Tracy L. Syrokosz of Olathe, Kan.
Mark Joseph Martensen, 57, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at his home.
He was born Aug. 3, 1954, in Columbus on August 3, 1954, to Joan and Hank Martensen. His mother survives and his father preceded him in death. On Aug. 24, 2002, he married Lori Martensen, formerly of St. Marys, who survives.