August 29th, 2011
The dark green Mercury draws the inspection of one couple and then favorable comments from some older teens.
The 1972 Cougar is one Wapakoneta nativeâ€™s dream come true and now his dream car brings on-lookers such as those on Saturday at the second-ever KAPOW (Kids: A Priority of Wapakoneta) car show on the grounds of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
In 1981, Charles Drexler bought the car from one of his friends. While the car was in nice shape, he started fixing it up every once in a while but more so after graduating in 1982.
A first-grader at Wapakoneta Elementary School says she is glad she lives here now rather than Texas.
â€śI like Ohio a lot better,â€ť said 6-year-old Lydia Brigham. â€śFirst, there are not killer bees here.â€ť
But, in addition to that, she said it also cools down in west-central Ohio.
â€śI donâ€™t want to stay indoors all my life,â€ť Lydia said. â€śEvery day in Texas was about 300 degrees.â€ť
And she does not like getting hot or sweating!
CELINA â€” The 2011 Governorâ€™s Cup Regatta capped off a summer of successful events held at Grand Lake St. Marys, adding to the recovery of tourism at Grand Lake St. Marys.
The annual event, which was canceled last year because of water quality issues at the lake, was a success this year, bringing excited racers and spectators alike to the area. Co-chair Allen Baskett said the success of the event showed the enthusiasm of the committee and the community for the race.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team rolled to an 11-1 win over the Temple Christian Pioneers on Saturday at Ryan Field in Wapakoneta.
Wapak jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the match and stretched it to 10-0 at the half.
Travis Bertram scored the Redskins first goal at 4:08 on an assist from Colin Mankin. And Bertram returned the favor to Mankin at 5:24.
Then Bertram punched in his second goal on an assist from Sam Hinegardner at 7:54.
Bertram finished with three goals. Mankin and Hinegardner had two goals apiece.
Pretty much the only thing Wapakoneta Redskins football coach Doug Frye was smiling about Friday night was the final score.
Fryeâ€™s Redskins trounced the Bellefontaine Chieftains 48-0 in the season opener for both teams at Harmon Field.
Wapak scored 21 points in the final four minutes of the first half to turn a 14-0 game into a rout.
In spite of what the scoreboard read, Frye saw room for improvement.
â€śIâ€™m happy with the start,â€ť Frye said. â€śBut not pleased.â€ť
The Redskins used two big plays from senior Kevin Kraft and a big game rushing by senior Connor Pickens to pull away to the win.
Jim Elshire remembers that day in the summer of 1986, the one when senior Kyle Stroh pulled into his driveway and told him the Redskins were going to win the next season.
And win they did.
A lot â€” becoming only the second Wapakoneta football team to go 10-0 in the regular season and the first to make the playoffs.
Elshire, the coach of that â€™86 team, was among the honorees in attendance at a reception and ceremony honoring the team Friday night before the Redskinsâ€™ season opener against Bellefontaine at Harmon Field.
Stroh remembers that day too.
WAYNESFIELD â€” The Triad Cardinals spoiled the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigersâ€™ season opener with a 39-22 win Friday night at Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger stadium.
Big third- and fourth-down plays by the Cardinals hurt the Tigersâ€™ chances for victory.
â€śThe biggest thing is coming up with big plays,â€ť W-G coach Gary Spencer said. â€śWe may have missed tackles but we need to learn from our mistakes and I think weâ€™ll be fine.â€ť
The sheriff at the Auglaize County Jail said goodbye to a long-time employee this week, and he filled his shoes with another familiar face.
Mark Fuerstenau, administrative captain of the 72-bed facility, took over Monday as executive director of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center in Lima. On Thursday, Lisa Wright was hired to fill his former position.
A student from Germany traveled all the way to the United States to dig deeper and learn more about law with a local judge.
Twenty-five-year-old Sven Renker, of Frohburg, Germany, just completed a three-week internship at the Auglaize County Common Pleas Court with Judge Fred Pepple.
Renker, who earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in law from the University of Dresden in Germany, interned here before continuing his studies in the field at the University of Munster â€” where he will soon start back up with fall classes.
A 1999 graduate of Wapakoneta High School and former homecoming king has made it a long way from home.
Todd Brown, who has been living in Hollywood, Calif., since 2001, is returning home in September with his band, Sons of Jack, to share what he has been up to with family and friends.