November 14th, 2011
Families in need of assistance this holiday season are being asked to submit their information as soon as possible to the local â€śShop with a Copâ€ť program.
â€śWe try to find those who are in most need and work with the other organizations so as not to duplicate services but to help as many as we can,â€ť said Jerry Sawmiller, who serves as chair for the annual holiday assistance program.
Sawmiller is a detective sergeant with the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior right guard Chris Schwartz was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year when the All-Western Buckeye League football teams were released on Friday.
Schwartz, who will attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY in the fall, earned the honor in a vote by the WBL coaches.
He was a key cog in an offense that led the league in rushing yards with 3,073 yards on the ground in the regular season.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller is adding to his growing list of honors.
After being named the Western Buckeye League boys soccer Player of the Year, Faller was selected Division II Second-Team All-State by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association and First-Team All-District by the Northwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association on Friday.
Faller was the first Wapakoneta boys soccer player to ever be named the WBL Player of the Year.
Defiance Bulldogsâ€™ Doug Herrett was voted the district Player of the Year. The Coach of the Year was Bath Wildcatsâ€™ Jeremy Winegardner.
A Wapakoneta Elementary School student is a typical third-grader â€” she loves to read, draw and play.
But Mayra Aguirre can do one thing that is atypical â€” she is bilingual. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
â€śMy mom and dad know Spanish and lived in Mexico, but I grew up here,â€ť Mayra said. â€śI grew up my whole life here so I know English. My mom does not know a lot of English but she is learning more and more.â€ť
Mary Jo Pfenning, of St. Marys, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in the Emergency Department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.
James Kenneth â€śKennyâ€ť Sturgill, 73, of Harrod, died at 6:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Powell River, Va., the son of Lona Caudill and James Hobart Sturgill. On July 5, 1964, he married Marlene Owsley, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, James â€śKeithâ€ť Sturgill, of Lima, Shawn Sturgill, of McConnelsville, and Jason Sturgill, of Harrod; and a daughter, Sherry Beidelschies, of Harrod.
Mary Margaret Ramsey, 99, 423 Huffman Street, St. Marys, died at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center, where she had made her home for the past two years.
She was born Aug. 1, 1912, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Clara (Rohrbach) and Charles F. Teeters. On April 24, 1935, she married Walter â€śPeteâ€ť Ramsey and he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1977.
She is survived by two daughters, Joan Paul, of New Bremen, and Mary Holtzapple, of St. Marys; and a son, Walter Ramsey Jr., of Belleville.
Mary Martha Riethman, 84, of rural Anna, died at 12:45 a.m., Sat.urday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
She was born July 29, 1927, in Botkins, the daughter of Alma (Monger) and Edwin Kinstle, who preceded her in death. On June 7, 1950, she married Clarence H. â€śBudâ€ť Riethman, and he died March 21, 2007.
PIQUA â€” One-by-one, the Wapakoneta Redskins seniors stood before their younger teammates.
One-by-one, tears in their eyes, they told them, donâ€™t forget this feeling.
And donâ€™t let it happen again.
One of the greatest seasons in Wapakoneta football history came to a conclusion Friday night as the Trotwood-Madison Rams handed the Redskins a 27-6 defeat in a Division II regional semifinal at Piquaâ€™s Alexander Field.
Wapak ends its season with a 10-2 record. The 2011 Redskins were just the third team in school history to win 10 games and the second to win a playoff game.
A local high school senior is near to earning his Eagle Scout rank after 12 years of being a member of the local Boy Scouts.
Wapakoneta High School senior David Digiovanni recently completed his Eagle Scout project and his work recognized during a dedication ceremony held this past weekend.
The seventeen-year-old Troop 4 member spent the last year constructing a pet park in Buckland for his project while building stronger friendships with his fellow Boy Scouts.