One thing was quite evident from the Wapakoneta High School academic competition team. Confidence will never be a problem.
The team is made up of the same members for the second year in a row. Seniors Chris Schwartz, Joey Jose and Cole Thrush, junior Ross Kohler, and sophomores George Jose and Austin Klingler are making a name for themselves. After many years of lukewarm results, the group is making Wapakoneta a force on the academic competition trail.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield-Goshen junior Kaylee Patton needed 16 points Thursday night to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in her varsity girls basketball career.
And she needed less than two quarters to do it.
Patton passed the mark with a reverse layup with 1:37 left in the half, then went on to score a team-high 24 points to lead the Tigers to a 56-40 win over the Perry Commodores in the Northwest Central Conference opener for both teams.
â€śItâ€™s amazing,â€ť Kaylee Patton said. â€śMy teammates really help me out. They hit some outside shots and that let me get to the inside.â€ť
A new cruiser topped the list of budget requests for the Auglaize County sheriff in 2012.
In presenting his requests Thursday to the Auglaize County commissioners, Sheriff Al Solomonâ€™s proposed budget of more than $4.3 million is $56,000, or a 1 percent increase, from 2011.
Included in the budget was a $5,000 increase to $95,000 for law enforcement supplies, a $5,000 increase to $200,000 for jail supplies, and a $6,500 increase to $16,500 for jail equipment.
With the cityâ€™s debt accounts funded for the final two years of payments, the Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee chair intends the general fund money paid into those accounts in the past can finally pay for other needed equipment.
Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells and his fellow Finance Committee members reviewed debt funds and various other city accounts during Thursdayâ€™s budget meeting held at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.
Ned A. Glass, 72, 710 Stoneybrook Dr., St. Marys, died at 6:37 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born March 11, 1939, in Noble Township, Auglaize County, the son of Ruth (Rasneor) and Ivan â€śMikeâ€ť Glass. On Dec. 26, 1959, at St. Peterâ€™s Evangelical & Reformed Church in New Bremen, he married Christine F. Richey, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Michael Glass, and two daughters, Christi Mae Buehler, and Angela L. Glass, all of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Dougie Allen Glass and Jeffie Allen Glass.
Charles â€śRogerâ€ť McKinniss, 80, of Ray, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the Laurels of Worthington.
He was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Coalton, the son of the late Frances Clark McCamic and Charles McKinniss. He married Rosemary Mehrle McKinniss, who survives.
Also survivng are two sons, Charles McKinniss and Eric (Tammy) McKinniss; three daughters, Kathleen McKinniss, Amelia McKinniss and Jennifer (Ken) Padgett; two brothers, Larry (Rosemary) McKinniss and Chester McKinniss; a sister, Crystal (Don) Cook; 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Gladys L. Kidd, 68, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 26, 1943, in Toledo, the daughter of Florence (Mosher) and Frederick Siglow, who preceded her in death. She married Lawrence Kidd, and he survives in Columbus.
With Wall Street profits back, a new federal initiative should help residents on Main Street with their finances, a U.S. legislator says.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureauâ€™s (CFPB) â€śKnow Before You Oweâ€ť initiative which should make credit card and mortgage terms easier to understand, would explain key prices, and would be written in plain language without legal jargon as well as be shorter in length. A prototype created by CFPB is two pages, much shorter than the industry average of 5,000 words.
With a requested budget for 2012 nearly the same as last year for the Auglaize County Veterans Services Commission, the biggest surprise came when officers said they were considering not coming back to the Auglaize County Administration Building.
â€śOur office is very, very busy as you know,â€ť Auglaize County Veterans Services Director Doug Howard said. â€śWe love where we are. If we could stay out there we would.â€ť
The Auglaize County engineer submitted a figure he did not expect to get when he requested more than $10.4 million for his 2012 budget.
His appeal stressed the countyâ€™s need.
The request is approximately $5 million more than the revenue in the Motor Vehicle and Gasoline Tax Fund for 2011.
â€śI know Iâ€™m not going to get it, but this is to reflect the need,â€ť county Engineer Doug Reinhart told the Auglaize County Commissioners during his budget hearing on Wednesday. â€śI do this every year. It looks like Iâ€™m asking for the world, but we need it.â€ť