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June 1st, 2012

Local places third in FFA competition

June 1, 2012

Placing in the top three in anything at the state level is a once in a lifetime achievement for most.

A recent Wapakoneta graduate has done it in back-to-back years.

Tyler Armstrong, 18, placed third in the placement category in swine proficiencies during FFA competition.

Last year, the son of Candy and Keith Armstrong, placed second in the same category.

He said he had been hoping for first place, but he was still happy with the overall results.

Merl Robert Lauth, 80

June 1, 2012

Merl Robert Lauth, 80, of Findlay, passed away with his family at his side at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at The Heritage in Findlay.
He was born Dec. 15, 1931, in North Vernon, Ind., to the late Jeanetta (Kelso) andFrancis Merle Lauth. On Nov. 6, 1953, he married Mary Sue Davis, and she survives.

Craig O. Weaver, 68

June 1, 2012

Craig O. Weaver, 68, of Wapakoneta died 7:18 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2012 at James Cancer Center, Columbus.
Mr. Weaver was born March 25, 1944 in Lima to Forrest E. and LeDonna M. Baber Weaver, who survive in Lima.
On Oct.17, 1964 he married Pamela J. Hardesty who survives in Wapakoneta.
Mr. Weaver graduated from Shawnee High School and Northwestern Business College. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and received an honorable discharge in 1968. He then went to work in the print industry until he retired in 2008.

Ruth Ann Frey, 72

June 1, 2012

Ruth Ann Frey, 72, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:57 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Van Wert Hospice Center.
She was born May 19, 1940, in Richmond, Ind., the daughter of Mildred (Layman) and Harold Laine, who preceded her in death. On March 4, 1972, she married Richard D. “Dick” Frey, and he survives.

Shawn Sidel, 36

June 1, 2012

Shawn Sidel, 36, of Lima, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 29, 1975, in Lima, the son of the late Julia (Smith) and the late Keith Sidel. He married Teresa Sidel, who preceded him in death.
There will be no visitation or services.

Gerelda G. “Gerry” Anthony, 83

June 1, 2012

Gerelda G. “Gerry” Anthony, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.

Wapakoneta heads back to Columbus

June 1, 2012

COLUMBUS — The battle continues.

Thanks to some defensive greatness, a gritty performance on the mound, and more timely hitting the Wapakoneta Redskins are playing for the first team state championship in school history.

Wapakoneta advanced to the Division II title game with a 3-2 win over the West Holmes Knights (23-7) in a semifinal matchup Thursday morning at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Wapak seeks ‘final moment’

June 1, 2012

Wapakoneta fans easily outnumbered fans from Millersburg West Holmes by a nearly two-to-one margin during the state semifinal 3-2 win on Thursday.

The Redskin faithful has always produced a solid following to most sports events — even prompting an inquiry from the Ohio High School Athletic Association so they could spread the news.

Wapak fans have seen some very good teams make it to high levels come the end of the season.

C’ville discusses overtime, pay

June 1, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — As an area village’s leaders begin to discuss their pay package for 2013, the discussion of the police chief’s pay sparked a lengthy conversation.

Cridersville Village Council Finance Committee members discussed the first three pages of the pay package for 2013, and a question was brought up — to keep Cridersville police chief on hourly pay or switch him to salary.

May 31st

Bark park sparks talks

May 31, 2012

With more than a dozen passionate supporters clamoring Wednesday for a dog park in the city, city leaders agreed to visit area dog parks and take inventory of possible ground for a dog park in the city of Wapakoneta.

Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, intends to develop a list of available ground in the city’s current park system among Veterans Memorial Park, Heritage Park, Harmon Park, Belcher Park and the new park as well as other possible city ground.

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