May 1st, 2012
John Walters, known as the Graveyard Groomer, is returning to Wapakoneta for the fourth time to spend time in graveyards — his third time to host a workshop for the Auglaize County Historical Society.
A national event aimed to bring communities across the country together will be celebrated locally this week.
The National Day of Prayer ceremony is scheduled to be held at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.
The Rev. Mark Bauer, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said this event is important because it brings the communities together.
“This event brings people together to share in prayer,” Bauer said.
ST. MARYS — An NBA Hall-of-Famer spoke to church members and other visitors Sunday at the St. Marys Church of the Nazarene on memory education and applying it to every day life in a personal walk with God.
As the world sees it, the former Ohio State Buckeye and New York Knicks great Jerry Lucas was successful. However, the pro basketball Hall-of-Famer’s goal is not to be remembered for what he did in sports.
Wapakoneta High School junior Alex Koch was especially excited for the event, because he had the opportunity to take his father’s 1987 Oldsmobile 442 out to pick up his date Annie Henderson, a Wapakoneta High School junior.
This vehicle was special because it was the same transportation that his father drove to pick up his date for their prom when they were in high school and his wife when they got married.
During the summer of 2011, a 2009 Wapakoneta High School graduate came back to her hometown to give back.
Georgetown College (Kentucky) student Devon Golden, a member of the Georgetown Tigers women’s basketball team, helped recruit blood donors for an American Red Cross blood drive for two youths, Jason Strauser and Jesse Doseck, who died from cancer. Earlier this month, she received the Auglaize County Youth of the Year Award for 2011 from the American Red Cross in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties.
Plans are in the works for the Wapakoneta High School varsity softball team to travel to Florida in 2013.
Redskins varsity softball coach Bill Sammons presented plans for the team to play in a tournament at Cocoa Beach during spring break next year to Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a recent board meeting.
He anticipated between 14 and 16 players making the trip, with those going being high school juniors and seniors or other members of the varsity team.
Sometimes it’s not the team that makes the most plays that comes out on top. Sometimes it’s the one that makes the fewest mistakes.
Friday night, that team was the St. Marys Roughriders.
St. Marys took advantage of a slew of miscues in the first three innings to post a 5-1 win over the rival Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity baseball game at Wapakoneta High School.
ST. MARYS — Courtney Knippen and the Wapakoneta softball team pounced on St. Marys pitching from the start to take any drama out of the game against its Auglaize County rivals.
The Redskins sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 15-1 run-rule victory in five innings at K.C. Geiger Park on Friday.
Knippen started and finished the scoring outburst with a pair of extra-base hits.
BOTKINS — The Riverside Pirates rolled to an 8-1 win over the Botkins Trojans in a non-league varsity baseball game Friday at Botkins Community Park.
Riverside held the Trojans to just three hits while knocking out 12 of its own.
Botkins’ lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Pirates scored one in the first, two in the fourth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Evan Dietz was 1-for-3 with a double for the Trojans.
Seth Hoying was tabbed with the loss.
Doyle V. Snider, 85, of Lima died 12:15 p. m., Friday, April 27 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 19, 1927 in Unio-polis to Oscar and Nellie Butler Snider, who preceded him in death. He married Frances â€˜Frankieâ€™ Polick March 13, 1948 and she preceded him in death Dec. 26, 1993. He married Betty Kohli Sept. 16, 1995 and she survives in Lima.