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December 16th

BASKETBALL: Elida holds off Redskins' rally

December 17, 2011

ELIDA — The result may have been predictable.

How it happened, on the other hand, was anything but.

The Wapakoneta Redskins held the Western Buckeye League favorite Elida Bulldogs in check and mounted a late rally but came up just short in a 46-41 loss Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.

BASKETBALL: Russia streaks past Trojans

December 17, 2011

RUSSIA — The Botkins Trojans came out with a vengeance.

The Russia Raiders finished with one.

Ultimately, it was the Raider streak that endured as they took home a 68-50 win over Botkins.

The Trojans opened up at an 8-4 deficit, but then hit their stride, it seemed they scored every trip down the floor as they built up a 23-17 lead in the first quarter.

“They were simply beating us on the dribble,” said Russia varsity coach Paul Bremigan. “Botkins has a very athletic team this year. We knew what they were going to do coming in and we still couldn’t stop it.

BASKETBALL: Perry trips Tigers

December 17, 2011

LIMA — Perry Commodores senior Kevontae Steele scored 23 points to lead Perry to a 54-47 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Perry High School.

The Tigers held onto a narrow 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Steele scored seven points in the final stanza to pace Perry. His three to open the quarter gave the Commodores a lead they would not relinquish.

W-G fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northwest Central Conference.

Perry is 2-2, 1-0 in conference play.

Fees jump in 2012

December 16, 2011

The only increase expected in the Auglaize County coroner’s budget for 2012 is an increase in autopsy fees.
Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag requested an increase of $3,000 to $28,000 in contract services for fees paid for autopsies which are sent elsewhere.
A contract with the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for autopsy services during 2012 charges $1,200 per autopsy including routine toxicology, travel reimbursement at the current IRS standard mileage business rate, and responsibility for transportation to and from the Lucas County facility.

Student gives food to feed families

December 16, 2011

After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-old’s mind was to use the winnings to help needy families have a nice Christmas meal.
Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer took prize money she won for placing second at the Auglaize County District Public Library, for a gingerbread house she made for an annual holiday contest, and bought canned goods to donate to the school’s food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.

Fighting bullies

December 16, 2011

Concerned parents, grandparents and students at Wapakoneta City Schools approached the board of education during a meeting this week to ask about forming an anti-bullying committee.
Three mothers spoke about situations in which their sons had been involved and for which they felt they were punished unfairly after they stood up for themselves against alleged bullies.
“I’m here as a voice for my son and all children who have been bullied and harassed,” said Kim Wright.

Cost analysis: City schools explain position on negotiations

December 16, 2011

At an invitation-only meeting, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained the school district’s financial situation and an impasse with the teacher’s union on a new contract resulting in the school board offering its “last, best and final offer.”
Approximately 50 business people and government officials attended the meeting at Wapakoneta High School ascertain information concerning what has been offered to the teachers through contract negotiations and the district’s financial situation.

One and done: Committee recommends lump sum payment

December 16, 2011

The directive — make payment to American Municipal Power (AMP) and be done with the project.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members recommended Thursday paying $533,570 for its participation in an AMP power plant for costs associated with the unfinished coal-fired plant and end its obligation to the project.

King bee: Males go head to head during bee

December 16, 2011

From words like “cricket” to “muscular,” students at Waynesfield-Goshen Schools went head-to-head during the school’s annual spelling bee.
The last two standing, seventh-grader Jarrod Bly and eighth-grader Quintin Werner, went back and forth for a few dozens of rounds reciting the correct letters to spell words, until Bly was crowned champion.
Werner got stumped on the word “pristine,” and Bly had a chance to correct the spelling and spell another word to win, but he was unable to correct it, so the pair continued on.
Then the couple both struggled with the word “competently.”

Larry Snider, 72

December 16, 2011

Larry W. Snider, 72, of Lima, died of an apparent heart attack at his residence Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.
He was born Nov. 21, 1939, in Waynesfield, to Vaila Mae (DeCamp) and Harold L. Snider. On Feb. 17, 1962, he married Sharron C. Stahler Feb. 17, 1962 and she survives in Lima.
Surviving is a son, Brad A. Snider, of New Haven, Ind.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. David Ross officiating. Burial with full military rites by VFW Post 8445 will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta.

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