August 5th, 2011
Arthur D. Pursley, 76, of Madison, died 5:20 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2011, at Madison Health Care. He was born Feb. 24, 1935 in Lima, to Rose Ethel (Hatcher) and Lorenzo Dow Pursley. Both parents are deceased.
Mr. Pursley retired from the U. S. Air Force and had worked for NAS.
Survivors include one brother, Jim (Nadean) Pursley, of Vista, Calif., and a sister, Cecilia Hicks, of Forest.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard and Benie Pursley; and sisters, Elsie Secor, Viola Stough, Jane Pursley Hoyt, Mary Louise Pursley and Betty Painter.
A Wapakoneta FFA and Fryburg Happy Farmers member completed a rare feat Thursday by capturing a showmanship Triple Crown.
Kaylee Fisher, who won the Dairy Market Steer and the Beef Market Steer showmanships, earned the title of âShowman of Showmenâ in the Showmanship Sweepstakes Thursday in Show Barn No. 1.
As she stood with her fellow competitors in front of the announcerâs table before they announced the âShowman of Showmen,â Kaylee replayed in her mind herself showing all the animals.
For Ali Muir, showing her animals in the Junior Fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Calf Show at the Auglaize County Fair is just part of being in the Muir family.
Muir, 16, of Waynesfield, who showed several cattle Wednesday afternoon in the Junior Fair competition, has been showing cattle for 11 years. She said she got involved in 4-H after watching her older sister.
âMy sister showed here (at the Auglaize County Fair),â Muir said of her sister, Candace. âSheâs out of 4-H now, since sheâs 21.â
She said she has had a busy schedule showing her animals.
The Auglaize County Patriots will host a town hall-style meeting to educate the public on Ohioâs Senate Bill 5.
At 7p.m. on Monday, State Sen. Cliff Hite will be in Wapakoneta at the Grand Plaza to educate the community on this new law and how it benefits that state of Ohio.
Hite, who served as a high school teacher and football coach at Findlay High School, was elected as a legislator to the Ohio House of Representatives before being appointed to fulfill the term of state Sen. Steve Buehler.
Hite also served on the state Education Committee during his terms in the House.
For decades, demolition derbies have been the last hurrah for countless cars.
A quick look at the math â 88 counties in Ohio, 88 county fairs: thatâs a lot of demolition and a lot of cars.
And thatâs just Ohio.
Then in the wake of the oil crisis of the 1970âs Detroit stopped building cars like tanks.
The shelf life for derby cars is, obviously, very short. Even for the oneâs built like tanks.
For the hard-core derbiast, finding the perfect derby car is getting more and more difficult.
One 4-H competitor had been there before. The other had narrowly missed.
Needless to say, Lee Turner and Paige Klopfenstein were pleased with this yearâs results.
Lee took home first place in the Junior Fair Dairy Steer Show, and Paige showed the champion market steer Wednesday during the Junior Fair Dairy and Market Steer shows at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Turner repeated, as he also had the grand champion in the dairy class last year.
An experienced sheep showman, 18-year-old Kaleb Vondenhuevel, of Wapakoneta, hasnât just been around sheep during his 10 years of 4-H and he doesnât plan to quit raising them once he graduates next year.
âIâve been around sheep my entire life,â said Kaleb, who grew up on a farm where they were raised and hopes to continue raising them long after heâs done showing them at the Auglaize County Fair.
Area 4-H members showed off their hogs during Wednesdayâs Junior Fair Market Hog Show at the Auglaize County Fair.
Participants led their hogs around the swine arena as they were judged on their size and coat.
âThey want really big muscles in the pigs and a big loin â the line down their back,â Wes Hirschfeld said after showing a gilt. âThey want a very full look.â
The St. Marys student said this is his 11th year in 4-H, and he started out as a Cloverbud. It is his seventh year of showing pigs.
Wes noted all of the other fair events he is participating in this year.
Any sport involving speed has an inherent risk of danger to it.
Throw in large, powerful, and almost completely unpredictable live animals and you take it to another level.
Fair goers taking in the harness racing program Wednesday night at the Auglaize County Fair saw first-hand how quickly things can go wrong.
As a field of five horses lined up behind the gate for the start of the fourth race in the program, the outside horse, Kel Forever, reared up.
The 3-year-old colt fell over, dumping the sulky and driver Trent Bates, of Celina, to the track.
Eleanor Sprague, 97, of Cridersville, formerly of Lima and Fort Myers, Fla., died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born June 6, 1914, in Lima, the daughter of Frances M. (Baker) and Earl Marshall. On July 30, 1932, she married Floyd H. Sprague and he died March 4, 2002.
Surviving is a son, Larry E. Sprague, of Lima.
Services are at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Otterbein-Cridersville community room, the Rev. Phyllis Fetzer officiating..
Contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Otterbein-Cridersville or St. Ritaâs Hospice.