August 3rd, 2011
With the high school football season less than a month away, we will post preview capsules of WBL and MAC football teams as the coaches send them in.
The Evening Leader's Fall Sports Preview will be released on Friday, Aug. 19 and be inserted in that day's Evening Leader. Also look for a special online-only area football preview that will be downloadable from TheEveningLeader.com.
Updated on Monday, Aug. 8:
WAPAKONETA — Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubba’s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
“It’s pretty easy now,” Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. “Every year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.”
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are “fun and cute.”
WAPAKONETA — Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.
Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the couple hundred pound animals.
“I am kind of hoping I place pretty good,” Cody Schlater said. “This is my first year doing dairy.”
ST. MARYS — A local city officially welcomed its visitors during an annual event Monday afternoon.
The city of St. Marys welcomed six visitors from Germany to its city during a lunch with city administration, as part of the annual German visit to St. Marys through the St. Marys-Lienen Sister City Organization.
“I welcome you to St. Marys, Ohio, U.S.A.,” Mayor Greg Freewalt told the six Germans at the city building. “We certainly welcome you here.”
WAPAKONETA — When Kayla Schneider’s name was announced as the 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she broke into a subtle smile — later saying all the contestants were deserving.
On Monday, Wapakoneta’s Schneider and St. Marys’ Patrick Schwartz were crowned as royalty over the 159th Auglaize County Junior Fair.
Schwartz said the selection gave him a feeling of accomplishment after being chosen.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Schwartz said. “I grew up wanting to be selected someday.”
ST. MARYS — State officials in Columbus are in the process of determining if the illness of a Montgomery County resident is related to toxins in Grand Lake St. Marys.
CELINA — Minster’s hopes for an ACME state title found a roadblock in the personage of Vandalia Butler catcher Lance Straley.
Minster had the tying run thrown out at the plate and bowed out of the state ACME tournament with a 3-2 loss to Vandalia Butler on Friday night.
Minster (17-8) appeared to be on the verge of evening the score and seizing the momentum in the loser’s bracket game when Ethan Wolf lined a single into centerfield with runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the sixth.
Landen Thomas Phlipot, 3 months, of 25 S. Main St., New Bremen, died on Saturday morning, July 30, 2011, at his residence of natural causes.
He is the son of Joey and Jessica (Pohlman) Phlipot, and they survive him.
He is also survived by a sister, Hailee; his grandparents, Ted and Diane Pohlman of Yorkshire, Tina Philpot of Piqua and Andy and Brianna Phlipot of Minster; his great-grandparents, Clete and Rose Dirksen of Darke County, Gene and Mary Lou Phlipot of Minster and John and Sandy Eilerman of Minster; his godparents, Brittney Homan and Otto Schwieterman.
Jack J. Emrick, 45, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System, Emergency Room, from injuries suffered in an accident at his home site near Wapakoneta.
He was born on Feb. 7, 1966, in Lima, the son of James Walker and Ruth (Thuman) Emrick. His mother survives in Wapakoneta, and his father died on April 19.
ST. MARYS — Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs have the opportunity to stroll through the woods near the location of what is believed to be the initial settlement of St. Marys.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Ryan Wendel, 18, established a walking path through the woods behind Varsity Lanes in St. Marys. The parcel is believed to be near the original settlement of Fort St. Marys, which became part of St. Marys.