August 26th, 2014
Richard E. Buffenbarger, 59, of Wapakoneta, died Friday morning, Aug. 22, 2014, at his residence. He was born Sept. 25, 1954, to the late Glenn E. and Eulabelle Jenkins Buffenbarger.
Richard worked at the Auglaize Industries Workshop in New Bremen for 41 years.
The Wapakoneta Family YMCA will be having a modified shutdown schedule for maintenance this year.
Beginning yesterday and continuing throughout the rest of the week the Y will have maintenance activities underway causing some areas to have limited access.
The facility will also be closed beginning Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day weekend.
Mike Swaney Buick-GMC celebrated 30 years as a local business Saturday by hosting a 5k and family fun run — an event that not only commemorated Swaney’s years in Wapakoneta, but also benefited a local non-profit organization.
More than 40 runners who ranged in age from children under 12 years old to adults aged 50 and over competed in the race. Medals were awarded to the top three men and women, as well as the top three in each age group.
Community Markets in Wapakoneta invited locals to celebrate its 50th anniversary with special deals and activities at the Food & Fun Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the store.
Katie Hostler, Community Markets Fun Fest organizer, said the 50th anniversary marks a significant milestone for the company. She said Community Markets is hosting similar celebrations at each of its stores, which span across Ohio and into Indiana.
Vickie D. McCollum, 53, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:47 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Lima Memorial health System. She was born in Lima, the daughter of Carl and Barbara Jean (Newland) Martin. Her mother, Barbara Jean Norman, survives in Wapakoneta, and her father is deceased. She was married to Gary McCollum, and he is deceased.
Donald L. Mack, 84, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at his residence. He was born Jan. 29, 1930, on the family farm near Buckland, to the late Carl Lavonne and Tessie Lola Reed Mack. He married JoAnn Thompson Jan. 4, 1953, and she survives.
By BRAD FRANK
The Wapakoneta Redskins overcame a rocky start to their scrimmage Saturday but settled down to show some positive outcomes, as Wapakoneta topped the Minster Wildcats, 21-14, in three quarters of football.
Quarterbacks were not subject to live tackling in Friday’s scrimmage, as officials’ whistles often blew with the QBs sitting in the pocket or scrambling for yardage.
Kicks and punts were allowed but blocking and tackling on returns were not.
RAWSON — The 2013 season was a big disappointment for the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football team.
The Tigers finished 2-8 overall and 2-4 in the Northwest Central Conference, however at Cory-Rawson High School on Friday, W-G showed improvement and talent along with some techniques that need some ironing out.
“Overall, we need to clean up our performance, but we are coming together nicely,” said Tigers coach Tyler Turner.
For newly hired Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher Dylan Shepherd, teaching is a family affair.
The 22-year-old recent college graduate is the third member of his family to teach at Wapakoneta City Schools. The legacy began with his grandfather, Willard Heintz, Jr., who was a mathematics teacher at the high school beginning in 1975. His uncle, Darrell Heintz, is also a mathematics teacher who is celebrating his 30th year at the high school.
“An adventure of a lifetime” is how one local woman described her mission trip to Tanzania, which took her to many villages, tribes and landmarks of the African country in July.