February 25th, 2014
Five Wapakoneta City Schools students participated in the Fraternal Order of Eagles “God, Flag, and Country” speech contest this past Sunday at the Eagles Lodge in Wapakoneta.
In an informational packet sent to local schools, Herb Limbert, chairman of the God, Flag and Country committee, said “the purpose of this program is to instill in our young people a deeper understanding of the place of God, Flag and Country in our common lives, to make them more aware of their heritage and to make it more meaningful to them in the world today.”
Police responded to a large fight outside of Lulu’s bar in Wapakoneta at 2:28 a.m. on Sunday.
Upon arrival, officers observed two intoxicated males fighting in the street in front of the bar.
One of the subjects appeared to have been hit in the back of the head.
The suspect is a 33-year-old male, of Wapakoneta. According to a police report, the suspect's wife was also struck during the altercation. She requested a rescue squad, and she later refused transport.
The victim was Billy Nichols, 35, of Lima.
Eldon D. Bowsher, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:05 a.m., Friday at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Lima, to Pearl and Clara Marie Puschel Bowhser. Â He married Jean M. Naumburg on June 11, 1945, and she survives in Wapakoneta.
Mr. Bowsher had been a clerk at Teledyne and had also been a carpenter and farmer. Â He was a member of Buckland United Church of Christ where he had held many offices. Â
He was a member of the Auglaize County Farm Bureau and a former board member of the Buckland School District. Â He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors.
Marilynne J. Schroer, 85, formerly of 2208 Kensington Drive, Saint Marys, and a resident of Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Otterbein Saint Marys. She was born April 4, 1928, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of L.E. and Bernice (Kohler) Brandt. She married Elvin â€śGeneâ€ť Schroer on May 9, 1948, at Saint Markâ€™s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta and he preceded her in death on March 11, 1998.
With two teammates having already clinched state tournament berths, Wapakoneta Redskins junior Colton Brown nabbed a 2-1 win on an ultimate tiebreaker to join Dallas Ambos and Landon Hall at the state meet in Columbus this week.
Three of Wapak’s four district qualifiers advanced to state for the first time, while junior Heath Newman finished fifth and is an alternate for the state meet.
The Redskins concluded the two-day Division II district wrestling tournament Saturday at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
SPENCERVILLE — The Wapakoneta Redskins held the Elida Bulldogs scoreless in the second period Saturday, the impact from which could be felt the rest of the game.
The Redskins went from a 10-6 first-period lead to a 23-6 advantage at halftime.
Not only did the shutout in that period allow the Redskins to build their lead before halftime but it gave them the benefit of the game’s time being on their side, too.
Wapak’s lead hovered between 15 and 20 points for much of the second half, never having it threatened by Elida.
The long trip to northern Ohio was well worth it.
The Wapakoneta Redskins made the more than two-hour trip to Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton and returned to Auglaize County with a sectional championship.
Wapak won the Division I boys bowling sectional tournament Friday and qualified for the district tournament. After three games and six Baker matches, Wapak had the top score (3,878) among 13 teams.
The top four teams from each sectional advanced to this Saturday’s district tournament.
From staff reports
Wapakoneta Redskins freshman Josee Kaeck put together her best average of the season Saturday and it advanced her to districts.
The Redskins as team, however, were 19 pins shy of qualifying for districts, as they finished fifth Saturday at their sectional tournament needing a top-four effort to advance in the state tournament.
The Redskins totaled 2,971 pins after three games and six Baker matches Saturday in a Division I sectional tournament at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton.
CRIDERSVILLE — Laughter and smiles filled the meeting room at the Cridersville Fire Station on Friday night as many families gathered for Family Movie Night to watch the movie The Croods.
The event was sponsored by Cridersville Health Care and the Cridersville Fire Department. Cridersville Health Care provides the snacks, drinks and movies, while the fire department provided a great viewing space and the proper equipment to project the movie onto the wall.
BOTKINS — In anticipation of next month’s competition, Fairlawn and Miami East school choirs joined Botkins Local School in a full-day workshop dedicated to the improvement and interaction of the small school choirs last week.
Botkins vocal teacher Melissa Grunden organized the event along with the visiting choir directors.
“It’s almost like an all-day bootcamp,” Grunden said. “Just repetition, but, also, I think in hearing other groups, that also kind of kicks them into gear — it ups the excitement a little bit.”