January 25th, 2012
Jobs are the elixir for the economic ills ailing this country. Jobs are key to close the gap between the rich and the poor, the key to the middle class hanging onto to their homes. Jobs are the key to education and making sure the free market rules, President Barack Obama said Tuesday during his State of the Union address.
Auglaize County maintenance workers have spent many of their spare hours cleaning the heavy duty metal door knobs and brass plates for 36 doors inside and outside the Auglaize County Courthouse.
“We started about four weeks ago,” county maintenance man Dave Masonbrink said. “We are spending time whenever we have it cleaning them.”
For three quarters, St. Henry and Wapakoneta battled toe-to-toe.
Then, suddenly, St. Henry stomped on the toes of its namesake and left them black-and-blue as it pulled away to a 53-47 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game at Wapakoneta.
Trailing 37-33 late in the third quarter, St. Henry went on a 15-1 run â€” including 10 unanswered points to start the fourth quarter â€” to take a 48-38 lead with 3:15 left in the game.
Wapak was held without a field goal for a span of 8:31 during the run.
WAYNESFIELDÂ â€” In what Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Ted Patton called one of his teamâ€™s best overall outings of the season, the Tigers downed non-league foe Hardin Northern, 61-42, Tuesday night.
The Tigers improve to 6-7 on the season and Hardin Northern falls to 2-14 for the year.
â€śThis is probably the best team effort we have had,â€ť Patton said. â€śWe have had injuries all year and we have been playing with different groups all year,â€ť Patton said. â€śThis is the fourth game with this group and I think this was our best team effort and probably are best scoring balance we have had.â€ť
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team hammered down a 68-36 victory over the Fairlawn Jets on Tuesday night at Botkins High School.
The win boosted Botkinsâ€™ record to 7-6 overall and 4-4 in Shelby County League play.
Botkins didnâ€™t waste any time establishing a mood of high intensity.
After winning the tip, the Trojansâ€™ grabbed two buckets right away and finished the quarter with a seven-point run to take a 13-10 lead.
The Rev. Donald E. Davis, 86, of Celina, died at 7:24 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Mercer County Health in Coldwater.
He was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Celina, the son of Mable (Gaus) and Russ Davis. On May 8, 1947, he married Virginia L. Grunden, who survives.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tess Ann Davis.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethany United Methodist Church in Celina, with the Rev. Rick Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Ellis Cemetery in Montezuma.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina.
Trouble attracting financiers is delaying a project to provide solar energy to the city of Wapakoneta, but city leaders remain optimistic progress will be made this year.
SolarVision Inc. Vice President Michael Dickman, who appeared before Wapakoneta City Council during Monday’s meeting, updated councilors on the solar energy project expected to have been started by the end of 2011. He shared the company’s difficulties in contracting with financiers to fund the project is delaying its start.
Walking and exercise should continue to be the primary focus of the park systems in Auglaize County and the city of Wapakoneta, according to a report released to Wapakoneta City Council members — an emphasis city administrators have placed on existing and future parks.
A local gallery has plans to recognize young artists with an exhibit dedicated just for their work.
The third annual Riverside Art Center Youth Show is set to begin Saturday with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We are trying to promote art in schools and for the students,” Gallery Director Anna Fisher said. “This (subject) is where a lot of kids shine and they need an outlet that makes them feel good about themselves.”
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling team finished fifth in its home invitational on Saturday at Wapakoneta High School.
Colerain scored 240 points to pull out the team win at the Wapakoneta Invitational. Vandalia Butler was second at 207.5 followed by Bellevue (197), Hilliard Bradley (192) and Wapak (156).
In all, 10 teams competed in the meet.
For the Redskins, Holden Hengstler was the only individual winner. Hengstler took the top spot at 170 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Bellevueâ€™s Brendan Adkinson in the title bout.