November 15th, 2011
No major problems have been reported to local officials due to the storm that passed through the area Monday afternoon and night, Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson says.
Wind gusts approached approximately 35 miles an hour during the storm that passed through at approximately 5:30 p.m. A tornado watch was in effect for the county until 8 p.m.
â€śThere was some localized flooding and some power outages in the St. Marys area,â€ť Anderson said. â€śFor the most part we got through it pretty good.â€ť
With a nickname like the â€śMastodons,â€ť itâ€™s tough to go wrong.
Morgan Quellhorst knew that much as a freshman.
Quellhorst, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, signed her national letter of intent to play college basketball at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne on Monday at Wapakoneta High School, honoring a verbal commitment she made as a sophomore.
â€śFreshman year, we went there for volleyball and we watched one of their games,â€ť Quellhorst said Monday. â€śAnd it was just so cool. It was big, and they had the Mastodon, and it was different.â€ť
Patricia Deubler, 60, of St. Marys, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Mary Jo Pfenning, 79, 241 N. Spruce St., St. Marys, died at 8:49 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Hospital in St. Marys following a sudden illness.
She was born April 22, 1932, in St. Marys, the daughter of Erma (Sprague) and William Suchland. On Oct. 2, 1952, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, she married J. Philip Pfenning, who died Dec. 11, 2007.
Approximately 25 children gathered Saturday morning into the Wapakoneta Elementary School cafeteria to construct with Legos any type of structure they wanted.
Appropriately, the overall winning entry was a bridge designed by Jacob Schreiner as the competition is designed to introduce and build a bridge between children and the construction industry. The competition was organized by members of the Lima Ohio Area Chapter 374 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
Families in need of assistance this holiday season are being asked to submit their information as soon as possible to the local â€śShop with a Copâ€ť program.
â€śWe try to find those who are in most need and work with the other organizations so as not to duplicate services but to help as many as we can,â€ť said Jerry Sawmiller, who serves as chair for the annual holiday assistance program.
Sawmiller is a detective sergeant with the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior right guard Chris Schwartz was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year when the All-Western Buckeye League football teams were released on Friday.
Schwartz, who will attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY in the fall, earned the honor in a vote by the WBL coaches.
He was a key cog in an offense that led the league in rushing yards with 3,073 yards on the ground in the regular season.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller is adding to his growing list of honors.
After being named the Western Buckeye League boys soccer Player of the Year, Faller was selected Division II Second-Team All-State by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association and First-Team All-District by the Northwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association on Friday.
Faller was the first Wapakoneta boys soccer player to ever be named the WBL Player of the Year.
Defiance Bulldogsâ€™ Doug Herrett was voted the district Player of the Year. The Coach of the Year was Bath Wildcatsâ€™ Jeremy Winegardner.
A Wapakoneta Elementary School student is a typical third-grader â€” she loves to read, draw and play.
But Mayra Aguirre can do one thing that is atypical â€” she is bilingual. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
â€śMy mom and dad know Spanish and lived in Mexico, but I grew up here,â€ť Mayra said. â€śI grew up my whole life here so I know English. My mom does not know a lot of English but she is learning more and more.â€ť
Mary Jo Pfenning, of St. Marys, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in the Emergency Department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.