August 4th, 2011
Any sport involving speed has an inherent risk of danger to it.
Throw in large, powerful, and almost completely unpredictable live animals and you take it to another level.
Fair goers taking in the harness racing program Wednesday night at the Auglaize County Fair saw first-hand how quickly things can go wrong.
As a field of five horses lined up behind the gate for the start of the fourth race in the program, the outside horse, Kel Forever, reared up.
The 3-year-old colt fell over, dumping the sulky and driver Trent Bates, of Celina, to the track.
Eleanor Sprague, 97, of Cridersville, formerly of Lima and Fort Myers, Fla., died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born June 6, 1914, in Lima, the daughter of Frances M. (Baker) and Earl Marshall. On July 30, 1932, she married Floyd H. Sprague and he died March 4, 2002.
Surviving is a son, Larry E. Sprague, of Lima.
Services are at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Otterbein-Cridersville community room, the Rev. Phyllis Fetzer officiating..
Contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Otterbein-Cridersville or St. Ritaâ€™s Hospice.
Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubbaâ€™s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
â€śItâ€™s pretty easy now,â€ť Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. â€śEvery year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.â€ť
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are â€śfun and cute.â€ť
Work continued Tuesday to refurbish the Wigwam in downtown Wapakoneta, after city officials granted an emergency variance.
G.A. Wintzer & Son President Gus Wintzer approached Wapakoneta City Council members Monday regarding a variance to extend the building to the north approximately 11 inches into the cityâ€™s right-of-way on Heritage Drive. The existing wall is being reinforced to ensure the integrity of the building, which housed chamber offices, and the YMCA served as city council chambers.
Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.
Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the thousand pound - plus animals.
â€śI am kind of hoping I place pretty good,â€ť Cody Schlater said. â€śThis is my first year doing dairy.â€ť
Barb Lewis has done pretty much all of it in her more-than 35 years in the horse business.
Lewis, of Upper Sandusky, has trained, jockeyed and now owns her own stable.
She had two horses entered in Tuesday nightâ€™s eight-race program at the Auglaize County Fair. Mad Hatter finished third in the first-division 2-year-old colts one-mile trot. And Jesseâ€™s Legend matched that result in the second-division 2-year-old colts one-mile trot.
Norma K. Sensabaugh Garn, 69, of Wapakoneta, and formerly of Spencerville and Erie, Pa., died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta, where she had resided since April 1.
She was born Oct. 8, 1941, in Sardinia, the daughter of Joy (Stotler) and Normal â€śPopeyeâ€ť Sensabaugh, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 20, 1979, she married Kaye Garn and he died June 23, 1997.
Mildred Margaret â€śMillieâ€ť Rayburn Porter Craft, 87, of Wapakoneta, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at her residence of natural causes.
She was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Clark Co., the daughter of Florence Margaret (Pilcher) and John Charles Rayburn, Sr., who preceded her in death. On Aug. 1, 1942, she married Harold Russell Porter, Sr., and he died in Feb. 1951. Then in Oct. 1955, she married Frederick Andrew Craft, and he died in Aug. 2005.
The Wapakoneta Redskins football team took to the practice field Monday for the first official day of coaching. The Redskins open the varsity football season Aug. 26 at Harmon Field against Bellefontaine.
2011 Wapakoneta Varsity Football Schedule
Friday, Aug. 12 -- vs. Findlay, 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
Friday, Aug. 19 -- vs. Minster/Triad, 6 p.m. (scrimmage)
Friday, Aug. 26 -- vs. Bellefontaine, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2 -- vs. Elida, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9 -- at Bath, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Celina, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23 -- at Defiance, 7:30 p.m.
When Kayla Schneiderâ€™s name was announced as the 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she broke into a subtle smile â€” later saying she knew all the contestants were deserving.
On Monday, Wapakonetaâ€™s Schneider and St. Marysâ€™ Patrick Schwartz were crowned as royalty over the 159th Auglaize County Junior Fair.
Schwartz said the selection gave him a feeling of accomplishment after being chosen.
â€śIts an awesome feeling,â€ť Schwartz said. â€śI grew up wanting to be selected some day.â€ť