April 10th, 2014
LIMA — A first-inning grand slam by Alexis Schwartz was enough cushion for the rest of the game, as the Wapakoneta Redskins senior blasted a pitch over the wall in right field to give her team a 4-0 lead with zero outs in the frame.
The four runs proved to be enough as the visiting Redskins posted a 5-3 win Wednesday over the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds in a non-league varsity softball game at Faurot Park in Lima.
The Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene will hold its first ever Community Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, featuring a black light Easter egg hunt and several other activities for children up to grade five and their families.
The church is located on the corner of Benton and Court Streets, and the event will run from 1 to 3 p.m.
Senior Pastor Stephen Ambrose said the event was planned as a way to engage with members of the community.
The City of Wapakoneta was recently recognized by a national organization for its reliable electric operations.
The American Public Power Association, based in Washington, D.C., awarded the city its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation on April 7. According to a news release, the designation is given to communities for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric services.
During Tuesday’s Auglaize County Health Department Board of Health meeting Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons provided board members with the county health rankings report for 2014. Parsons also gave out copies of the 2010 report to help compare the trends over the past five years.
“The thing that interests me most is the trend in our county over the past five years, did we go up, did we go down?” Parsons said. “And unfortunately we’re going down in most of the areas, sometimes it’s not much.”
The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved the supplemental contracts for two assistant coaches and accepted the retirement of a kindergarten teacher at a regular board meeting Tuesday night at the Gardenia Board Office.
Debra Shenk, a kindergarten teacher at Cridersville Elementary School, will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Her retirement will officially go into effect on June 30.
The bats finally came alive for the Wapakoneta Redskins in the fourth inning as they grinded out a 2-1 victory over the Van Wert Cougars in a Western Buckeye League varsity softball matchup Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
Renee Lovett had a stellar outing on the mound for Redskins, who limited the Cougars’ offense to just four hits. Lovett pitched a complete game and one earned run.
Robert D. Lee, 72, of Jackson Center, died at 5:09 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center, in Lima. He was born Oct. 9, 1941, in Spencerville, the son of Dean and Thelma (South) Lee, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 27, 1965, he married Grace A. Shepard, and she died Nov. 18, 1997.
City council heard from a a variety of committees and guest speakers at its regular meeting Monday night.
The Lands and Buildings Committee, chaired by At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber, met on March 25 and discussed certain properties within the city that were considered deteriorating.
For St. Marys native Sara Berelsman sharing her life story with people comes easy.
A former writer, Berelsman put her story into a book that was published last November, My Last Rock Bottom, which chronicles her journey through depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism and important life choices.
Berelsman visited the Wapakoneta YMCA Monday morning to spend some time talking and sharing with senior citizens, in coordination with the Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA).
ST. MARYS — Pets without homes have another option as they wait for their forever homes.
The Animal Resource Foundation, or ARF, was started in 2011 in Auglaize County by a group of animal lovers who committed to volunteering their time. Their goal was to be different from the local humane society in one fundamental way — it is a rescue, not a shelter.