February 10th, 2012
VAN WERT — The Van Wert Cougars used their clear size advantage to cruise to a 54-39 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Van Wert High School.
The game turned in the second quarter when the Cougars outscored Wapak 16-3 to take a 26-11 lead into the lockerroom.
Van Wert held the Redskins without a field goal for a span of 13:36, starting late in the first quarter and extending into the first five minutes of the third.
Five weeks ago, after a 61-47 loss to the Bath Wildcats, Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach Matt Bradley challenged his team to ramp up its defensive effort.
Since that time, a span of seven games, the Redskins have given up no more than 55 points in any game.
They went 2-5 over that stretch, one of the toughest on the schedule with quality opponents such as Defiance, Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton.
And it wonâ€™t get any easier Friday when veteran coach Dave Froelich brings his Van Wert Cougars to town.
Two residents of Auglaize Acres — who have a passion for baking — were recently reunited after many years.
Two former school cooks, 103-year-old Myrtle Delong and 93-year-old Leola “Dolly” Meyers, worked together as cooks at Northridge Elementary School in the 1960s and 1970s and were recently reunited when Delong became a resident of the short-term stay unit at Auglaize Acres.
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members plan to discuss financial concerns of the village next week which could result in placing a levy on the ballot or even dissolving the village at the crossroads of Ohio 65 and Ohio 67.
Councilors called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday to discuss solutions for their financial problems. They plan to discuss the possibility of putting a police levy on the ballot to help a budget that councilors feel the village cannot balance in light of state cuts to municipalities.
BOTKINS — Botkins Board of Education members voted to approve the final plan for a project agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new school. The board made the move at its regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday.
“The project is still in the design phase and this doesn’t really change that,” Superintendent Connie Schneider said. “This just formalizes the agreement for both the school board and the OSFC. It allows funding to start flowing in for the project.”
Juanita E. Cockerell Robinson Turner, 91, of Rochester Hills, Mich. and formerly of Cridersville, died at 6:07 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Waltonwood Assisted Living in Rochester Hills, Mich.
She was born April 5, 1920, in Springfield. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Fannie Rich Cockerell. On May 11, 1957 she married Cyrus Arthur Turner who died March 26, 2003.
Mrs. Turner was retired from the Ex-Cello Corporation/Textron where she worked with in quality control for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Frederick J. Cook, 79, of 1023 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1932, in Auglaize County, to Gertrude (Schneider) Hugh Cook, and they preceded him in death. On July 3, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Patricia Ann Wurster, and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons, Mark Cook, of Springboro, Dennis Cook, of St. Marys, and Dan Cook, of St. Marys.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.
Larry Fledderjohann, 68, 12093 Plattner Pike, St. Marys, died 9:46 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Oct. 5, 1943, in Lima, the son of Gladys (Stroh) and Vernon Fledderjohann. He married Paula Bubp on June 27, 1964, and she survives at the residence.
COLDWATER â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins tried to claw their way out of the hole.
Unfortunately, the hole was just a little too deep â€” two points too deep, in fact.
Wapak rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points but came up just short of a comeback win, falling to the Coldwater Cavaliers 52-50 in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Tuesday night at Coldwater High School.
The loss dropped the Redskins to 10-7 on the season.
In a game of momentum swings, the final Cavsâ€™ swing was too much to overcome.
A mild winter has left the Auglaize County engineer in a unique predicament of what to do with extra salt.
To date this winter, the county has dispatched snowplow trucks 12 times and spread 923 tons of a stone and salt mixture. At this same time last season, county trucks had been sent out 41 different times and applied 4,132 tons of grit mix.
“We were in the middle of an icing event at this time last year where we experienced heavily packed snow and ice compounded with lower than average temperatures,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said.