October 26th, 2011
WAPAKONETA ‚ÄĒ The rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist started on Tuesday with the victim recounting the events of an October night in 2009.
The victim, who was 69 years old at the time of the alleged crime, recounted how Douglas Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, St. Marys, allegedly engaged in unconsented sexual conduct with¬† her on the evening of Oct. 12, 2009. Wine owns Douglas Wine Family Optometry.
CRIDERSVILLE ‚ÄĒ A local village was filled with witches, superheroes and bumble bees, as they kicked off a community holiday tradition.
The village of Cridersville held their annual Halloween Parade and Festival on Monday evening down Main Street and in the fire station.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a community tradition,‚ÄĚ Cridersville resident and costume contest emcee Stacey Myers Cook said.
Myers Cook said she was pleased with the overall turnout for the parade and festival.
The state of Ohio and the widow of a former Wapakoneta police chief reached a settlement last month regarding the wrongful imprisonment of her husband, and a state judge approved the deal earlier this month.
WAYNESFIELD ‚ÄĒ Waynesfield village residents will be offered a chance to chime in on whether or not they want Waynesfield Village Council members to continue in their attempt to work with providers to make natural gas available to villagers.
Village Administrator Fred Rowe told councilors Monday that months of gathering information is finished and the time is now to move ahead with the project.
Councilors must decide if they want to spend approximately $25,000 to do a feasibility study in order to determine if it is beneficial to move forward on a deal.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team clinched a playoff berth with its 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday.
According to the Web site joeeitel.com, which tracks the Harbin computer points, the Redskins are unofficially fifth in Division II, region 8.
The top eight teams in each region qualify. The top four teams get to play their opening round games at home.
Wapak can clinch a home game with a win Friday night against Kenton. A win would guarantee the Redskins either a third- or fourth-place finish in the points, depending on what other teams in the region do.
Virgil D. Hudson, 96, of St. Marys Township, died at 5:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Golden Living Center ‚Äď Valley in St. Marys.
He was born January 23, 1915, in rural Auglaize County, to Louise (Hoewischer) and Albert Hudson. On May 9, 1948, in St. Marys, he married Esther G. Prueter, who died Nov. 15, 1975.
He is survived by a daughter, Connie Sue Backlund, of Flat Rock, N.C.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Corinne ‚ÄėCorky‚Äô Arlene Youngs, 85,, of Celina, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at St. John‚Äôs Hospital in Anderson, Ind.
She was born Oct. 24, 1925, in St. Marys, to the late Ruby (Minckley) and Cecil Mallory. On May 1, 1945, she married William T. Youngs, who died Sept. 21, 2002.
LIMA ‚ÄĒ Armed with a new defensive scheme and a new line-up since the last time the two teams played, the Wapakoneta Redskins erased the memories of a past loss to St. Marys on Saturday night.
The Redskins won a sectional title with a three-game sweep of Auglaize County rival St. Marys ¬†at Lima Senior High School.
The 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 Division II sectional final win means Wapakoneta advances to the district tournament for the first time since 1997.
Avenging a regular season loss to the Roughriders didn‚Äôt feel too bad to Wapak coach Keith Rambin and his Redskins, either.
SIDNEY ‚ÄĒ The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers celebrated a team win Saturday night in a chess match of a game.
With injuries depleting his corps, Tiger varsity coach Gary Spencer credited his entire team for Saturday‚Äôs exciting victory over the Sidney Lehman Catholic Cavaliers ‚ÄĒ a game which came down to the final seconds.
As Spencer watched two-way starter Gabe Wilcox and then Cody Baker go down to injury, his coaching staff shuffled in and replaced tired or nicked up players.
Wapakoneta City Schools plan to join other districts from around the state in officially voicing its opposition to a bill which would transfer public money to support private education.
Wapakoneta Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said on their agenda for Tuesday‚Äôs board meeting is approval of a resolution opposing House Bill 136. St. Marys City Schools also recently approved a similar resolution. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Horner described the bill as ‚Äúhorrible,‚ÄĚ with ‚Äúproblems written all over it.‚ÄĚ