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LIMA — Employees with the Allen County Engineer’s Office give to a needy family every Christmas. This year they sent a care package to a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan as their Christmas present along with a letter thanking them for their service to our country.

The Allen County Engineer’s Department received a very patriotic thank-you in return.

Dave and Linda Houchin, of Lima, have a daughter, Amanda “Bear” Houchin, serving in Afghanistan. She is a 2005 graduate of Bath High School and a 2009 graduate of Cleveland State University. She entered the US Army the summer of 2012 and graduated basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She was sent to Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., and graduated as a second lieutenant in the fall of 2012.

She was deployed to Afghanistan in October. Dave Houchin is the Bridge Superintendent at the Allen County Engineer’s Office. He told the staff about the needs of Houchin’s unit, and thought the Engineer’s Office could help her platoon out at Christmastime.

Each department accepted funds from its employees and bought supplies for the platoon. Personal items such as chewing tobacco, soap, baby wipes, gum, etc. were gathered and shipped in individual boxes to Houchin’s” unit, which is a part of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. The boxes were an overwhelming success and according to the email Houchin sent to her family, “they were a big hit.”

As a way of thanking the Allen County Engineer’s Department, Houchin’s platoon sent a flag that had flown in Afghanistan along with a certificate of authenticity to the office. The certificate has a photo of a soldier saluting a flag, and that soldier is Houchin. The flag was taken down from the site and shipped to the County Engineer’s Office, where it has been folded and placed in a sealed container for safe keeping.

Kalida High School uses Facetime for 2014 Homecoming Court

KALIDA — Kalida High School crowned its 2014 king and queen on Feb. 14. Unfortunately, the person who was crowned king was unable to attend the ceremony because of an illness. Thanks to modern technology, the king was virtually in attendance with Facetime through an iPad. The Kalida Wildcat mascot sat in for the missing king during the ceremony.

The 2014 Homecoming King is Luke Kaufman and the 2014 Homecoming Queen is Katelyn Kortokrax.

Representing the homecoming court were seniors Derek Verhoff and Liza Medvedeva along with Cody Niese and Kiersten Recker, freshmen Adam von der Embse and Brianna Good, juniors Noah Verhoff and Mariah Deopker, sophomores Wes Basinger and Laine Laudick.

Fort Jennings Cub Scouts holds Pinewood Derby

FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings Cub Scouts held its Pinewood Derby.

First place in the Tigers division went to Dylan Tumlinson; second place to Ian Howbert and third to Ian Stechschulte. Best in Show for the Tigers went to Ian Howbert.

First place in the Wolves division went to Brayden Hart; second place to Wyatt Brinkman and third place to Carson Gilchriest. Best of Show was won by Wyatt Brinkman.

First place in the Bears division went to Cameron Gasser; second place Andrew Aldrich and third place to Trent Siefker. Trent Siefker won Best of Show as well.

First place in the Weblos I division wen to Andrew Bowers; second place to Cole Steele and third place to Joseph Klir. Best of Show was won by Joseph Klir.

First place in the Weblos II division went to Jared Liebrecht; second place to Jack Sellman and third place to Eric Wieging. Best of Show was won by Derek Weyrauch.

The Pack Winner was Brayden Hart; and the Outlaw Race Winner was Ryan Aldrich (RyDog Racing).

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