October 20th, 2011
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer season came to an abrupt end as the Elida Bulldogs pulled off a 3-0 upset win in a Division II sectional semifinal Wednesday night at a rain-soaked Shawnee Field.
In a match that more closely resembled water polo than soccer at times, players raced through and slipped in puddles as the ball skipped all over the field.
A steady rain began falling early in the afternoon and only seemed to intensify as the match wore on.
Sound fiscal policy for the past decade and more paid off, a city elected official says, because city administrators have learned the city is in a stronger position to take advantage of state and federal funds for future street improvement projects.
State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, and state Rep. Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, spoke in detail Wednesday on the need to approve Issue 2 during a public meeting sponsored by the Auglaize County Patriots at the Wapakoneta Eagles.
The issue, which was an attachment to the recently passed budget bill in Ohio, limits some of the negotiating powers for public workers such as policeman, fireman, and teachers. Both legislators immediately came out in support of the issue and dispelled what they called myths about the issue.
A new physician has come back to her home area to practice in a familiar place.
Botkins Local Schools graduate Jamie Szelagowski recently moved back to the area and now works at a local family practice â€” one in which she used to be a patient.
â€śI always knew I wanted to be a doctor,â€ť Szelagowski said, â€śand now I get to work with the doctors I grew up with.â€ť
Szelagowski is the newest physician at Auglaize Family Practice Center, in Wapakoneta, along with physicians she had growing up, Parmie Herman, and George Herman and Deron Horman.
With multiple commercial and retail businesses locating in the past year in Celina and St. Marys to the west and in Bellefontaine to east of Wapakoneta, a city councilor questioned if enough is being done here to attract new stores.
Wapakoneta 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf shared his concern with the work being done by the city on the commercial and retail front since most of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) staffâ€™s energies seem to be devoted to filling the Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.
BOTKINS â€” With the Nov. 8 general election fast approaching, Botkins residents have discussed the different advantages and disadvantages of building a new school with state funds through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
For one small group in Botkins, the disadvantages hit home.
As part of the project, the school is discussing the purchase of small area of land surrounding Belle Circle Drive for the use of an access point to the proposed school building site. That site is currently home to a small trailer court.
The economic recession has forced cuts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, but they continue to focus on their No. 1 priority, the top agriculturalist in the state says.
Former Mercer County farmer and ODA Director Jim Zehringer said the ODA, similar to all governmental agencies, is looking at cuts to help with the down economy, but that they are maintaining their top priority â€” keeping food safe.
ELIDA â€” The Waynefield-Goshen Tigers hung tough, but could not overcome a strong Ottoville Big Green squad in a Division IV volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday at Elida High School.
The Big Green (9-11) were taller and deeper and fed a relentless line of power hitters to the front row in a 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 sweep of W-G.
â€śI think my girls faced up to that rather well,â€ť Tigers coach Karen Dunson said. â€śThey talked and they moved. We got some plays on the net that I think were really nice. Once they got used to the game, we were picking more stuff in the back.
The Wapakoneta Redskins remain fourth in the latest high school football computer ranking released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Tuesday afternoon.
Wapak (8-0) trails Trotwood-Madison (8-0), Kings Mills Kings (8-0) and Tipp City Tippecanoe in the Division II, Region 8 points.
Only the top eight teams in points in each region qualify for the playoffs. The top four teams will have a home game for their playoff opener.
Rick Thomes, 55, of Wapakoneta, OH was found dead Monday Oct. 17, 2011 at his residence.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of his death.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.