February 23rd, 2012
CANTON — Botkins senior Logan Bauer returned home a state champion Wednesday as he won the state diving championship in finals at Canton.
But it wasn’t easy.
Bauer and Canton Central Catholic diver Alex Gonzalez were neck-and-neck throughout the entire competition. Gonzalez had a slight lead after the first dive, but Bauer recaptured the lead after the second dive and lead through the fourth dive.
Gonzalez again captured the lead after the fifth dive and was a fraction of a point ahead going into the final two dives.
With the first five-year road construction plan nearly completed, a second five-year plan enters the infancy stages.
Wapakoneta City Council Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks Committee members decided Wednesday to start developing a road reconstruction schedule for the next five years after learning the previous road construction plan is nearly complete.
The Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) honored seven local businesses Wednesday as it held it’s eighth annual Progress Award Breakfast.
“In today’s economic climate it is important to do this,” Chamber President Dan Lee said. “It is important show that Wapakoneta is still moving forward. We still have a lot of investment in Wapakoneta.”
Brian Dicken, Northwest Regional representative from Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s office, was the guest speaker at the event.
For a 2009 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, the decision to return to her hometown will be based primarily on opportunity and less on allegiance.
Heather Wells, who was a member of the school’s top five students, is studying biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and intends to study veterinary medicine after college graduation.
The photographer asked Ryan Kremer for a “game-face” pose.
Kremer clenched his face, looking as tough as he could, for all of three frames before a smile burst onto his face.
He was having too much fun.
And who could blame him? Prior to his freshman year he spent his winters as a benchwarmer on the basketball team.
His cousins swam at Delaware High School and suggested he take up the sport. So he did.
Boy, did he.
SIDNEY — By controlling the paint both offensively and defensively, Mechanicsburg ousted Botkins, 61-41, in the second round of the Division IV Southwest District Tournament Tuesday night.
With the loss, Botkins ends its season with an 8-12 mark. The Indians, now 17-4, advances to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Fort Loramie contest.
Trojans varsity coach Don Mack said the Indians’ defense proved to be the difference in the game.
Nearly 170 people turned out for a public meeting held Tuesday by Auglaize Neighbors United (ANU) to gather information about the proposed wind turbine project in the county.
ANU member Mike Burton used a PowerPoint presentation to provide a different outlook on how the proposed wind turbine project will affect Auglaize County residents when compared to statistics being put forward by representatives of Mainstream Renewable Power Inc., the private company investigating the possibility of putting a wind farm in the county.
Giving high school seniors a realistic, hands-on experience, an economics teacher is teaching students in his class by having them play the stock market.
Wapakoneta High School economics teacher Bill Dellinger has been teaching his students financial investment lessons this way for 20 years, but for the first time this year, he is making the experience more competitive as the 30 high school seniors battle it out for 14 weeks against students across the country in the Capitol Hill Challenge.
For the next year, a Botkins High School graduate plans to do her best to promote the work of area livestock producers and the benefits of beef.
Jamie Baumer, who is attending the University of Findlay, blushed as 2011 Auglaize County Beef Queen Kaylee Fisher placed the sash around her neck and the tiara upon her head. Baumer smiled as she was named the 2012 queen during the Auglaize County Cattlemen’s Association banquet held Tuesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
By CARLA MEYER
From high school to college, a past honor student has always been involved in many organizations as well as athletics, all while maintaining a high academic standard.
Corey Lotridge, who was fourth in his high school graduating class of 2010 at Wapakoneta High School, had a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), and earned a 34 on his ACT in high school.