May 8th, 2012
ELIDA — Elida varsity coach Todd Grapner frankly has seen enough of Johnny Crawford.
The Wapakoneta Redskins left-hander threw 12 innings of shutout baseball in two games against the Bulldogs this season.
Tuesday night, he tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead Wapak to a 2-0 win on a Division II sectional final at Ed Sandy Field in Elida.
It was his sixth straight shutout.
BATH TOWNSHIP — The momentum was gone but the lead wasn’t.
In the end, that was all that mattered.
The Wapakoneta Redskins completed their Division II softball sectional semifinal game Tuesday by blanking the Van Wert Cougars 3-0.
Wapakoneta scored two quick runs in the first inning Monday before lightning and rain ended play in the second inning.
The Redskins wouldn’t score again until the top of the seventh on Tuesday.
BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans came up just short in their Division IV baseball first-round tournament game, falling by a 4-3 score to the Fairlawn Jets on Tuesday at Botkins Community Park.
Fairlawn took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning and never trailed. The Jets made it a 3-0 game in the second before Botkins scored once in the bottom half of the second and once more in the third to close the gap to 3-2.
An attempt to build a 125-foot wind turbine last year in the city prompted Wapakoneta City Council members to review city ordinances and building codes to best deal with renewable energy sources, or green energy.
Now more than a year’s worth of work by council’s Lands and Buildings Committee members is before councilors for their approval. During Monday’s council meeting, councilors heard the first of three readings of two pieces of legislation aimed to help residents know what is acceptable and what is not.
A local museum director hopes to start a midnight movie tradition.
Beginning Saturday, The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is hosting a midnight showing of a science fiction once a month, on the 56-foot diameter Astro Theatre in the museum.
“Midnight movie screenings are a long tradition in the sci-fi genre,” The Armstrong Air and Space Museum Executive Director Chris Burton said. “The series will also feature films not commonly experienced in a cinema setting.”
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members voted unanimously to pay off a debt in anticipation of unincorporating the village in November.
During the April council meeting, councilors approved a move transferring $37,000 from its savings to pay off a sewer loan and set aside another $7,400 to pay on the wastewater lagoon project.
Councilors continue to move in the direction of unincorporating, or dissolving the village, and discussed the issue during a brief meeting on Monday.
Charles Gary Kitchen, 68, 16244 State Route 66 North, St. Marys, died Friday May 4, 2012 at his residence.
He was born April 24, 1944, in Lawrence Co., Ky., to Lydia Newsome and Milton G. Kitchen. On March 28, 1964, in Olive Hill, Ky., he married Calista Middleton, who died Feb. 12, 2012.
Surviving is a son, Garrett Kitchen, of St. Marys; and three daughters, Penny Ashley of Wyandotte, Mich., Roberta Kitchen, of Wapakoneta, and Leslie Kitchen, of St. Marys.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Bill Maki officiating.
Ruth D. Oehlhof Bowersock, 93, died at 2:35 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Stuart, Fla.
She was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Spencerville, the daughter of Trilby (Rupert) and George Oehlhof, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 10, 1943, she married Gerald V. Bowersock, who preceded her in death on March 27, 1993.
Charles Kitchen, 68, of St. Marys, died Friday, May 4, 2012 at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Catherine M. Grundish, 93, of St. Marys, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Golden Living Center â€” Valley in St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Miller â€” Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.