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February 2nd, 2012

Family thankful to have missing dog back

February 2, 2012

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 Botkin, 93

February 2, 2012

Mildred A. Botkin, 93, formerly of 1033 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her daughter’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 Heppeard, 47

February 2, 2012

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 Lord’s Church in Celina, with the Rev. Randy Christian officiating.
There will be no visitation.

February 1st

Jody Heppeard, 47

February 1, 2012

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 Lord’s Church in Celina, with the Rev. Randy Christian officiating.
There will be no visitation.

Fatalities down: Traffic fatalities down in 2011

February 1, 2012

A year ago, troopers across the state were asked one question under the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s new mantra — Trooper Shield — what were they going to do each day to contribute to a safer Ohio.

Poll worker recognized

February 1, 2012

An 82-year-old Kossuth woman carried on a strong family tradition of serving at the polls to help Auglaize County voters.

Emaline Core followed in the footsteps of her father, her brother and her husband serving as a poll worker in Salem Township. Her retirement after 44 years was recognized by the Auglaize County Elections Board and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday with a proclamation.

Wapak YMCA campaign aims to change lives

February 1, 2012

Longtime Wapakoneta businessman Van Wright stood in the middle of a community room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA he helped build more than 10 years ago. All eyes in the room were on him.

“We’re in one business — the life changing business,” Wright said. “No one has more value at the Y than another, we’re all Y members, we’re all part of the same community. There’s only one way that can happen — and that’s with the scholarship campaign.”

Nancy Horner, 73

February 1, 2012

Nancy Louise Horner, 73, formerly of St. Marys, died at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 30, 1212 at Van Wert Manor.
She was born Feb. 11, 1939, in Salem Township, Auglaize County, near St. Marys, the daughter of Viola N. (Shaner) and Raymond S. Ginter.
Surviving are three sons, Aaron Horner, of St. Marys, Alan Horner, of St. Marys, and Andrew Horner, of St. Marys; and a daughter, Ann Wilker, of Van Wert.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Bill Maki officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.

Louis Boltz, 89

February 1, 2012

Louis Charles Boltz, 89, 638 Southway Drive, St. Marys, died at 4:28 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at The Gardens in Celina.
He was born Feb. 9, 1922, in St. Marys, the son of Elizabeth (Moeller) and Harry Boltz Sr. On Aug. 29, 1941, in Adrian, Mich., he married Millicent A. Chiles, who died September 2, 2002.

Joseph Brockert, 83

February 1, 2012

Joseph “Joe” F. Brockert, 83 of Lima, passed away at 10:12 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 5, 1928,, in Lima, the son of Anna (Drexler) and Gilbert Brockert. On Aug. 12, 1948, he married Bonnie Oen and she survives.

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