January 3rd, 2012
Michael D. â€˜Mikeâ€™ Hoffman, 73, of Lima, died at 8:12 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, Lima.
He was born April 29, 1938, in Logansport, Ind. He is the son of Mildred (Murray) and Robert E. Hoffman. Both parents are deceased. On Oct. 26, 1957 he married Janet R. Whitmer, who survives in Lima.
Mr. Hoffman was a plant manager with International Brake of Lima and also worked in sales with Prudential. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Lima First Assembly of God Church. He was a big Notre Dame fan and loved hunting.
David Raymond Kreitzer, 56 of Lima, died at 6:32am on Dec. 31, 2011 at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on April 2, 1955, in Springfield, Mass. to Hazel (Rudity) and Raymond Kreitzer, who both preceded him in death. Dave was raised in Wapakoneta where he graduated from high school in 1973.
On June 4, 2005, he married Donna M. Gerad, who survives in Lima.
Barbara M. Nagel, 88, of Wapakoneta, died 5:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at The Gardens, Wapakoneta, where she had resided for the past six years. She was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Rose (Strominger) and Wilbur Nagel.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Theresa Nagel, of Wapakoneta, 15 nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, William H., Robert G. and J. Paul Nagel.
Two weeks after an invitation only meeting where Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained their position to a select crowd, teachers took advantage of a public comment period to voice their side.
Teachers addressed Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members and administrators Saturday for more than two hours during a special meeting of the board.
BOTKINS — No matter what it might be, competitiveness has fueled Botkins High School junior Ethan Zimpfer to plenty of success whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic field.
Zimpfer is the son of Deb and Joe Zimpfer.
“He is the kind of person that gives 100 percent all of the time,” his father said. He is a very good athlete and he loves to win.”
LIMA â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys and girls swimming teams both finished seventh in the Holiday Invitational on Thursday at the Lima Family YMCA.
The Shawnee Indians won both groups.
In all, 18 boys teams and 17 girls teams competed in the annual event.
For the Redskins boys team, Ryan Kremer grabbed third in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100 freestyle.
Nate Hager took third in the 200 freestyle. He also placed sixth in the 50 freestyle.
Ryan Greve was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
Wapakoneta City School teachers are preparing for the worst — a possible strike — and hoping for the best — Wapakoneta City School administrators and board members reopening negotiations.
Wapakoneta City School Board of Education members voted 4-0 during a special board meeting Saturday morning to implement its “last, final and best” contract offer which took effect New Year’s Day. Board member Pat Gibson had an excused absence from the meeting.
December 30th, 2011
For three quarters, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team had no pulse.
Then senior Andy Faller hit a jumper from the left wing.
And freshman Adam Henderson ventured into a forest of blue and gold trees, grabbed an offensive rebound and stuck it back in the basket.
Then Faller drained a 3-pointer.
Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump.
Those three baskets ignited a 19-point fourth quarter as Wapak erased a nine-point deficit and pulled out a 39-35 win over the Marion Local Flyers on Friday at Wapakoneta High School.
From staff reports
1. Player eligibility investigated
With the Wapakoneta Redskins on the verge of possibly winning the Western Buckeye League title and securing a stronger position in the state playoffs, news spread of a player being ruled ineligible â€” possibly costing the 9-0 Redskins at the time to forfeit all their games.
News of the player possibly being ineligible and the subsequent decision by Wapakoneta City Schools administrators to voluntarily hold the player out of the final game traveled both wing and fling.
By CARLA MEYER
After three decades of making memories, friends and the news, the leader of the Wapakoneta Daily News is retiring.
One word can sum up her whole experience â€” rewarding.
Publisher Dianna Epperly packed up pictures and awards Friday afternoon during her last day of work at the newspaper â€” but not only packing up these tangible items â€” she also packed up memories she collected during the past 34 years. Memories, she says, that will last a lifetime.