February 27th, 2012
BOTKINS — High school has been a juggling act for Botkins’ resident Christine Johnson. However, she has learned to handle her busy schedule with precision.
The 18-year-old Botkins High School senior has maintained a 3.8 grade point average, and she has done it with a flurry of activities. No matter what she tries, she seems to always come out successful.
Kathryn â€śKittyâ€ť Luecke, 92, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Otterbein â€“ St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete with Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Robert W. Springer 95, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 29, 1916, in St. Marys, the son of Kathryn (Makley) and Clarence W. Springer, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 23, 1940, he married Roma M. Walters, and she died Nov. 4, 1995.
John Timothy â€śJackâ€ť Tilton, 58, of Harrod, died at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his residence in Sun Valley Camp Grounds.
He was born Oct. 13, 1953, in Bluffton, the son of Virginia Powell and Vernon Eugene Tilton. On March 2, 1998, he married Elaine C. Shaw, who survives in Harrod.
Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating.
TFriends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at bayliffandson.com
Betty J. Ford, 77, of 516 Ruth St., Wapakoneta, died at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, in Lima.
She was born March 2, 1934, in Belleview, Mo., the daughter of Lillian (Winters) and William Reed, who preceded her in death.
She married Allen Ford and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2001. She also was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Joe Myers.
By LANCE MIHM
More often than not, a five year old can be amused easily. Making crafts, drawing pictures or playing games can keep them happy.
But while rural Moulton resident and five-year-old Jacob Ott may sometimes partake in those activities in his pre-kindergarten class at the Wapakoneta Learning Center, he takes his threshold for thrills to a whole new level.
Ott recently competed in the Grand National Tractor Pulling championship Jan. 29 at Power Show Ohio in Columbus and placed third nationally.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Unable to see the difference they were making in a national fundraising cause, two Wapakoneta women started their own to help those living within their community.
Candlelight Missions, which Mandy Tangeman and Cindy Colaprete began six years ago, has stayed on a relatively small scale, but itâ€™s just what the pair was hoping to accomplish.
In tough times, a local business owner thought about closing the door on his dream.
But an opportunity arose by the late “Man in Black”, which gave Art Your Mind Design owner Mike Smithson guidance — and an opportunity for him to do design work for one of his favorite musicians.
Smithson, who has owned his downtown Wapakoneta business since June 2011, recently received an e-mail from Bill Miller, who developed the idea to create a Johnny Cash Museum to be built this summer in Nashville, Tenn.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins started strong and nearly finished strong.
But they hit a wall in the second quarter and never fully recovered, suffering a 54-46 defeat at the hands of the Kenton Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Kenton High School.
Wapak scored just two points in the second quarter on a Travis Bertram jumper at the 4:53 mark.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run the final three minutes of the quarter to take a 22-14 lead at the half.
PIQUA — Freshman Mitchell Goubeaux hit the two most important free throws of his high school career in the final seconds as the Botkins Trojans claimed a 50-49 victory over the Fort Loramie Redskins in a Division IV first-round sectional tournament game Friday night at Piqua High School.
The game was tied up 40-40 with 1:25 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Redskins senior Tyler Miracle drained a three-point shot to instantly rejuvenate his teammates.