July 4th, 2011
Kaleb Helms comes off as a shy and soft-spoken 11-year-old boy. However, his actions often speak volumes.
After signing up for the Armstrong Air & Space Museumâ€™s Young Astronauts Club, he has made astrobiology study a huge hobby. Spawning from that quest for knowledge, the young man has been on an advertising campaign that is raising enough money to rival the donations of most businesses at the cash-strapped museum.
â€śHe has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three or four,â€ť Kalebâ€™s mother, Dee Helms, said. â€śHe has read every book that the library has on planets.â€ť
MINSTER â€” Two errors is human.
Nine is just ridiculous.
Even when you win.
Wapakoneta almost ruined Brandon Millerâ€™s nearly pristine pitching performance with nine errors but pulled out a 7-6 win over New Bremen in the opening round of the ACME baseball sectional tournament Friday at Hanover Park in Minster.
Miller drove in Josh Apple with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Wapak the win.
Despite four innings of no-hit baseball, Miller and Wapakoneta trailed 5-4 after four innings.
MINSTER â€” The Minster ACME baseball team continued its winning ways Friday night as it defeated New Knoxville 23-0 in five innings in the second game of the sectional ACME Tournament held at Minster.
Minster began the game with four runs in the first inning including a two-run home run to left field by Rob Wente. It scored four runs on four hits. Devon Poeppelman and Ryan Hoying also had doubles in the inning.
In the second inning, Minster scored two runs on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk to Doug Huber.
Ronald V. Burden, 70, Belle Center, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Lima, to Goldie (Thalman) and Edgar Vance Burden. On July 8, 1967, he married Janice Seymour and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jeremey (Jyoti) Burden, of McGuffey; and a daughter, Heather Lynn (Mark) Badertscher, of Belle Center.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Quickstep Pentecostal Church, Pastor Robert Dye officiating. Burial with full military honors by AMVETS Post 1994 Honor Guard will follow at Roundhead Cemetery.
The Indiansâ€™ performance against the Giants in San Francisco didnâ€™t raise the optimism level among Tribe fans. It probably didnâ€™t do much to encourage the guys who play, either.
After scoring four runs and being swept in the three-game series at AT&T Park, despite good pitching, it was important to demonstrate a pulse at Chase Field.
And the Indians came through, winning two out of three before heading for Cincinnati to play the last three of this yearâ€™s interleague games.
CONVOY â€” Wapakoneta is beginning to master the art of the sixth-inning rally.
And while that may not be good for coach Nick Sammetingerâ€™s blood pressure, itâ€™s good for the win column.
For the second night in a row, Wapak had to come from behind to win, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 6-3 win over Crestview in an ACME baseball game Wednesday in Convoy.
On Tuesday, Wapak scored three times in the sixth in a comeback win over New Bremen.
Two long-time county officials have announced their plans to retire at the end of the month.
Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Sue Ellen Kohler said it was with mixed emotions that she submitted her letter of resignation, with plans to retire on July 31.
Also submitting a letter of resignation with retirement planned for the same day was Auglaize County Recorder Ann Billings.
By CARLA MEYER
An outdoor pest, much like the emerald ash borer, that has been known to kill trees has reached Ohio in search of hardwood trees â€” and one local expert says it is only a matter of time before it is found in Auglaize County.
Asian long-horned beetles, which originated in Eastern China, have been identified in southern Ohio, in Clermont County east of Cincinnati. The insect feasts on hardwood trees which can potentially kill the tree.
The countyâ€™s driverâ€™s exam office isnâ€™t expected to move back to its location adjacent to the license bureau or title department on South Blackhoof Street any time soon.
The officeâ€™s lease, which expired Thursday, has not been renewed.
Lt. Goldie Jackson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said no action has been taken because the state is conducting a comprehensive review of every driverâ€™s exam office in the state to determine what decisions make the most sense financially, as well as offer the most efficiency and best serve customers.
Several boxes of paperwork eligible to be destroyed is to be shredded as decided during a meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Records Commission.
Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer Susan Rinehart said materials to be shredded fall under normal categories and length of times for which they must be kept as determined by the Ohio Revised Code.
â€śWeâ€™ve kept this stuff as long as we need to to maintain records,â€ť Rinehart said.