Brenda and Bryan Ridings recently lost ‚Äúsomeone‚ÄĚ close to them.
However, they were more than happy to see the ‚Äúperson‚ÄĚ go.
Under the tutelage of Rebecca Manger at the Athletic Club in downtown Wapakoneta, the couple combined to lose 182.2 pounds in the past 18 months.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs a whole person,‚ÄĚ Bryan said with a chuckle. ‚ÄúEven better, we lost our trainer, and one of the kids.‚ÄĚ
The proposed budget for Auglaize County Common Pleas Court is expected to decrease by more than $17,300 in 2012 with some unknowns in a few areas.
The decrease is reflected in salaries due to a retirement but the request actually accounts for a 3 percent pay raise for remaining employees in the office.
The proposed employee salaries line item at $144,225 is $14,800 less than 2011 with decreases also seen in worker‚Äôs compensation and PERS for a total proposed budget of $232,934 in 2012.
For its county portion of funding, the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District requested the same amount in 2012 that it received in 2011.
District Administrator Nancy Fisher explained they get a flat amount from the Auglaize County commissioners each year ‚ÄĒ¬†in 2012 they are again requesting $139,653 ‚ÄĒ with the state providing a matching percentage.
‚ÄúLast year it was 78 percent, sometimes its more, sometimes its less, we never know what we‚Äôre going to get until July,‚ÄĚ Fisher said.
Kay I. Guyer, 57, formerly of 00855 Noble Road, St. Marys, died at 7:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born July 5, 1954 in Huntingdon, Pa., to Irene (Rutherford) and J. Ralph Bowser.
Surviving is a son, Charles Guyer, of Huntingdon, Pa.
Private family services will be held. Burial will take place in Huntingdon, Pa.
Online condolences may be expressed at millerfuneralhomes.net.
Arrangements are being handled by Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Lola M. Brautigam 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Fort Recovery, to Zella and Floyd Eichenauer, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 27, 1963, she married Donald Brautigam and he survives in Wapakoneta.
Vicky J. Kiefer, 50, of Wapakoneta, died at5:19 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2001, at St. Rita‚Äôs Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 6, 1961, in Madison County, Ind., the daughter of J. Wanda (Robertson) and Kimley Douglas, who preceded her in death. On May 5, 2000, she married Barry A. Kiefer, and he survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a son, Jason Brewer, of Columbus; three grandchildren, Cameron Rose, Chase Rose, and Lily Rose; a brother, Steve Douglas, of Indiana; and a sister, Judy Gerard, of Elwood, Ind.
Marie E. Bilyj, 88, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Dover, N.H., died at 6:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Otterbein Cridersville.
She was born July 10, 1923, in Crawfordsville, Ind., the daughter of Clenna (Odle) and George Galloway, who preceded her in death.
She was married to Stephen A. Bilyj for 34 years, and he died Sept. 5, 1998.
Florence C. Wireman, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Alger, the daughter of Nellie (Williams) and Harry Coppler, who preceded her in death. On March 3, 1949, she married John F. Wireman, who died Feb. 21, 2003.
Fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the Wapakoneta Redskins‚Äô 56-42 loss to the Marion Local Flyers on Tuesday night, Redskins varsity girls basketball coach Rusty Allen still hadn‚Äôt emerged from the home lockerroom.
Once he did, Allen knew what the first question was going to be.
‚ÄúIt was the call,‚ÄĚ Allen said.
‚ÄúThe call‚ÄĚ was what Allen would later describe as a ‚Äúphantom charge‚ÄĚ against senior guard Tasha Helmstetter.
BOTKINS ‚ÄĒ The Anna Rockets girls basketball team remained undefeated by easily taking care of Botkins in a 58-35 win Tuesday.
Anna jumped out to a big lead early, capturing an 18-7 lead in the first period and never looked back.
‚ÄúThey are a very good team,‚ÄĚ Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said. ‚ÄúThey get up and down the court in a hurry. We were able to force them into some outside shots but it wasn‚Äôt enough.‚ÄĚ
Anna‚Äôs quickness got them plenty of second shots, as they pulled down 13 offensive rebounds in the contest.