Archive - 2013
COLUMBUS — St. Marys Memorial senior Kelly Heitkamp made this year’s journey to state in the pole vault a business trip. Heitkamp closed the deal with a finish five places better and a foot higher than last year’s trip.
Heitkamp cleared 10 feet, six inches and wrapped up her record-setting senior season with a seventh-place finish in the Division II girls pole vault on Saturday morning at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
COLUMBUS — Minster junior relay runner Paul Dues stood just outside the wrought-iron gate at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium when a fan wearing a shirt from another part of the Ohio slapped the junior on the back, congratulated him and told Dues he had run the 1600 meter relay race for Minster years ago.
WAPAKONETA — Dogs donned bikinis and swimming trunks as part of the second-ever Humane Society of Auglaize County car wash Saturday afternoon.
The event, which was held at Greve Sales and Service in Wapakoneta, gave motorists a chance to stop by and get their vehicles washed for a free-will donation. Proceeds from the car wash helped cover operating expenses at the no-kill shelter.
COLUMBUS — Sometimes skill — and not practice — makes perfect.
The high jump was almost an afterthought event for Celina’s Michaela Wenning for much of the season. A standout hurdler, Wenning only practiced the event three times outdoors this spring.
“One of the times was this week,” Wenning said.
The Celina junior just happens to be the best girls high jumper in Division II.
COLUMBUS -- Minster junior Dominic Slonkosky wanted to make sure he at least brought the Wildcats’ 3200 meter relay team a fourth-place finish.
“I didn’t want to slow down or hit a wall,” Slonkosky said.
Slonkosky did a whole lot more than that with a blistering final lap that pushed the Wildcat quartet into third place with a new school record time.
WAPAKONETA — June is national Adopt-A-Cat month, and approximately 55 cats and kittens are hoping for adoption at the Humane Society of Auglaize County, where the facility is already over capacity.
“We’ve had some good adoption rates with the kittens,” said Sonya Osting on behalf of the no-kill shelter.
Last month the shelter adopted out five to 10 adult cats and 20 kittens. Unfortunately, the society has to turn down callers with cats or kittens every day because they are already over capacity.
CELINA — A suspect in the Grube double homicides has been bound over to the adult division of Mercer County Common Pleas Court on charges that he allegedly played a role in shooting deaths when he was 17-years-old.
Mercer County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Pat Zitter issued the ruling following a probable cause hearing Friday morning in the case against Trevin M. Sanders Roark, 19. Sanders Roark was charged in juvenile court in connection to the deaths of Robert Grube, 70, and his daughter Colleen Grube, 47, in November 2011.
WAPAKONETA — A 43-year-old Wapakoneta man died from injuries suffered in a three-vehicle collision near the intersection of Ohio 501 and Wapakoneta-Buckland Road, north of Wapakoneta.
Ronald Harruff was pronounced dead at the scene by Auglaize County Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag after the three-car crash at approximately 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
ST. MARYS — The director of the Auglaize County Red Cross announced his last day on the job will be Thursday, citing time constraints.
Ken Cline, who has been in the position for 18 months, announced his intentions to step down on Wednesday. Cline said the decision was tough to make and came in the wake of a fire at a home he has on Lake Erie. The home was destroyed and Cline has spent much of his time up north dealing with the issue.