July 25th, 2011
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins held a reception honoring the Rev. Bob Carterâ€™s 35th year in ministry July 17 at the church.
However, despite all that time, Carter still feels there is a much longer way to go.
â€śI am still planning on doing it for quite a while yet,â€ť Carter said. â€śI still think God has a purpose for me yet in the ministry.â€ť
Of those 35 years, Carter has served the last 4 1/2 years at Botkins. After receiving the call to come to Botkins, he feels he has found a place to call home.
The NCAA has told Ohio State that it wonâ€™t face the most severe charges possible in the memorabilia-for-cash and tattoos scandal that cost football coach Jim Tressel his job.
Investigators said they found no evidence that Ohio State failed to properly monitor its football program or any evidence of a lack of institutional control, according to a letter sent to the university and released Friday.
NCAA investigators also said they have not found any new violations.
By CARLA MEYER
A local favorite will be coming back to town to perform at the fair.
Soulâ€™d Out Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Auglaize County Fair Gospel Tent.
The group is based out of Georgetown has become a regular to the county fair, and this will be their fifth consecutive year performing in the gospel tent.
â€śWeâ€™ve had them here for a couple of years,â€ť Gospel Tent Committee member Tom Knoch said. â€śTheyâ€™re really good. They are four young men â€” super Christians.â€ť
By LANCE MIHM
Wapakoneta lost one of its favorite sons Wednesday when Walter Stinebaugh, 88, died at Wapakoneta Manor surrounded by his family.
After marrying his wife, Jean, in 1942, the couple were both working full-time at the Lima Locomotive Works when Stinebaughâ€™s dream of going into carpentry began to come to fruition.
â€śIt started out simply as remodeling,â€ť said Barb Haehn, one of Stinebaughâ€™s three children. â€śOver the next couple of years, it just kind of evolved.â€ť
The coupleâ€™s other children are Tina Helmstetter and Ralph Stinebaugh.
John Edward Link, 84, of Lima, died 1:25 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2011, at Springview Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Wapakoneta, the son of Dorothy Marie (Kuhn) and Edward George Link, who preceded him in death. On April 28, 1948 he married Audrey M. Fisher and she died on Nov. 18, 2004.
GARDNER, Kan. (AP) â€” High school football coaches are always eager for fall practice to start, and that rings especially true in small towns all across the Midwest, where every store closes up and every light is turned off except for those at the stadium on a Friday night.
Some coaches are even more anxious to get started this season.
Take a quick perusal of the top of the time sheets from the 13-14 and 15-over age divisions at the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships last weekend at Wapakoneta WaterPark and youâ€™re likely to see some familiar names.
You will also see some names that you will likely be hearing a lot in the near future.
Fans of Wapakoneta swimming should be used to hearing names such as Fleagle and Kantner.
Now they can add Miller, Sammons and Sutton to that list.
Itâ€™s not just the larger livestock that have a potent odor, a first-year 4-Her taking a duck project says one of the things he learned about them was that they stink.
Grayson Ford, of Spencerville, said he did â€ślots of stuffâ€ť to get ready for his prefair interview Thursday in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Filling out books for both his duck and boiler projects, Ford said he answered questions and wrote down information about poultry, including what they eat and their weights.
A local business owner is the newest member of a foundation in Wapakoneta, designed to help the community.
Sandra Huffman, who is the owner of PT Works, in Wapakoneta, was recently inducted into the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) as a new trustee.
â€śIâ€™m honored to be sitting among this group of people,â€ť Huffman said. â€śIâ€™m proud to even be asked.â€ť
In continuing efforts to control expenses, the new Auglaize Acres administrator recently recommended several contractual changes.
The Auglaize County commissioners approved those changes, recommended during the past few weeks.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said making the changes and watching finances is as important as ever with the new state budget decreasing the Medicare rate the Acres receives by 9 percent beginning July 1.
â€śWeâ€™re looking at ways we can be most efficient and good stewards of money,â€ť Pierce said. â€śIts a tight economy and weâ€™re looking to control expenses.â€ť