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Dave Johnson, left, receives the Barbarshopper of the Year award from Lima Beane Chorus president John E. Wellmann.
Dave Johnson, left, receives the Barbarshopper of the Year award from Lima Beane Chorus president John E. Wellmann.
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Hardin ag hall winners named

The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 winners to be inducted. The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry.

The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, on East Carrol Street, Kenton. The public is invited to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $12. They are available at the Hardin County Extension office, 419-674-2297.

Franklin Garmon, of Dola, was a full-time farmer for 50 years and raised registered Shropshire sheep. He served as president of the Ohio Shropshire Sheep Association. His herd was known worldwide, as he sold Shropshire sheep to other countries. He was one of the original planners of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District, serving on the board for seven years, was a township trustee and Hardin County commissioner and helped start the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association. He and his wife, Ruth, and two other families started Simon Kent School, Harco Industries and the Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Laurie J. Laird graduated from Hardin Northern High School. She attended The Ohio State University landscape design short courses to prepare her for her professional career. She is the sole owner of New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, with stores in Ada and Kenton. Her stores hold educational seminars, and she made several presentations at various garden clubs and other organizations. She is a member of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.

Rex and Joan Sullinger were married in 1973 and lived on a dairy farm that they managed and later purchased. In 1975, the farm evolved into a field crops and beef cattle operation. Joan has been an elementary teacher at Benjamin Logan Local Schools, while Rex has worked at Silver Creek Supply. They have both been active in Hardin County agriculture. Rex has served on many committees and boards, and he testified before the Ohio Senate and House on agricultural issues. Both Rex and Joan have been active in the Hardin County Cattle Producers Board of Directors for many years. Joan has served as secretary, and she has been active in the Hardin County Fair serving on several committees. She currently serves as the secretary of the Ohio Cattlewomen’s Association, has served on the Ways and Means committee and is the editor of their newsletter. She and her husband have served as advisers to the Taylor Creek Lads 7& Lassies 4-H Club, received the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree from the Ridgemont FFA and are members of the Hardin County Farm Bureau.

Bernard and Virginia Williams both graduated from Mt. Victory School. Together, they have been involved with a beef cattle and crop operation for 68 years. They formerly raised hogs as part of the family operation, and Bernard worked for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Bernard was a member of the Ridgemont School Board, Hardin County Farm Bureau Board and served more than 20 years on the Mid-Ohio Electric Board.

Auglaize Educational Academy honored

The Auglaize County Educational Academy received the award of school of distinction by the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools. This award was presented to them for the 2012-2013 school year.

Chorus inducts officers

The Lima Beane Chorus presented Dave Johnson with the 2013 “Barbershopper of the Year” award.

The 2014 president is John E. Wellman.


Crites promoted by U.S. Navy

Randy Crites has been promoted to the rank Rear Admiral in the U.S Navy and assumed duty at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Hawaii.

Crites is a 1980 graduate of Shawnee High School and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in 1985, upon graduating from The Ohio State University with an engineering degree. He earned his master’s degree at The College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps commendation Medal and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


YMCA adds youth director

Katelyn Mefferd is joining the Lima Family YMCA as the youth development director.

Mefferd is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an additional focus in sports marketing and management. She is a 2009 graduate of Lima Senior High School.

As the teen leadership development director, Mefferd will be leading the FIRST robotics, FIRST Lego league, FIRST Jr. Lego league, teen leaders, achievers, power reading, youth in government and summer day camp programs as well as travel and adventure, the world service trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Christian Values Conference at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C.

Van Skyock joins Garmann/Miller

Theresa Van Skyock has joined Garmann/Miller & Associates as a designer.

She graduated from Purdue University in June 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics technology with concentration in construction and a minor in art and design. She is also a LEED Green associate.

Van Skyock’s worked at Kokosing Construction in Westerville prior to joining Garmann/Miller & Associates.

Pugh joins Thrivent Financial

Chad Pugh, of Convoy, has joined Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as an associate representative with the organization’s Mid America regional financial office.

Pugh will offer comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products at the office located at 10730 Lincoln Highway, Van Wert. He will be serving Allen, Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties.

Prior to joining Thrivent Financial, he worked at Palmer Donavin and served eight years in the military. He studied at The Ohio State University, The University of Maryland UC and The University of Northwestern Ohio. He is the assistant varsity softball coach at Crestview and attends Salem Presbyterian Church.

Pro-Pet welcomes new president

James Wiegmann has been appointed president of Pro-Pet, headquartered in St. Marys. He will report directly to chief executive officer W. Michael Wright.

Wiegmann served as senior vice president and then chief operating officer of Snack Alliance from 2002 to 2011. He was responsible for expanding the company’s manufacturing operations, entering new sales channels and integrating acquired businesses.

Prior to this, he was with Musco Family Olive Company, where he was integral in transforming them from a small food service into a national, multi-channel market leader. He has also held manufacturing and sales positions at some of the food industry’s most distinguished companies, having worked at Del Monte, Nestle and Frito Lay.


New ReStore manager announced

James Lewis was appointed by the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors to be manager of its ReStore. He succeeds Karen Wagner.

Lewis joined Habitat for Humanity-Lima Area, Inc. staff in June of 2011 as the store’s assistant manger. He previously worked in construction, managing a construction firm that worked in home construction and repair.

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