Arcanum News: Happy birthday Betty Kuhn!


Betty Kuhn will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 8. Her family is asking friends and neighbors to send her a birthday greeting. Betty lives at 3736 State Route 49, Arcanum, Ohio. She is the widow of Perry Kuhn and has five daughters Leora (Kuhn) Minnich of Nappanee, Indiana, Marlyn (Kuhn) Shellabarger of Brookville, Janet (Kuhn) Dunwoody of Ansonia and Eva (Kuhn) Custer of Greenville; and one son, William of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Erija Nealeigh, 2012 AHS grad, has been awarded the first Lauren Hill Scholarship. Erija is a biology major and a senior at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of David and Christa Nealeigh of rural Arcanum; and the granddaughter of Bill and Brenda Fillers of rural Greenville. Erija had followed the circumstances surrounding the late Lauren Hill’s battle with cancer and her desire to play basketball for the Lady Lions; she was very thankful and blessed to have received the scholarship that stands for the legacy that Lauren left to “give a voice to others.” Ms. Nealeigh plans to continue her education and pursue a doctorate degree in occupational therapy this fall at Huntington University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Arcanum basketball is finishing up for the season with some great successes. Both the junior high teams did well in the cross county conference this year and in the season ending tournaments.

Congrats to the Middle School Girl’s basketball teams. The seventh-grade team finished as the CCC runners-up and lost to Bethel in the championship game of the tourney. Congrats to the members of the team: Eva Siculan, Aiden O’Brien, Laney Fourman, Elanor Pease, Allie Berry, Maddy Byrne, Halle Baker, Hannah Smith, Haylie Henninger, Jose McCollugh, and Trista Hollinger. The eighth-grade Lady Trojans also finished as CCC runners-up and lost to Franklin-Monroe in the championship game. Members of the eighth-grade team include Elliana Sloan, Gracie Garno, Samatha Hartzell, Camelle Pohl, Kayla O’Daniel, Audrey Heiser, Macy Skelton, Sydney Artz and Ally Lock.

Arcanum hosted the boys CCC boys’ basketball tournament last weekend and the eighth-grade boys were crowned champs after defeating National Trail. Members of the boys’ team are JT Whittaker, Luke Wilson, Jack Shannon, Cody Ross, Cade Brubaker, Carter Gray, Braden Garbig, Austen Cuttarelli, Austin Smith, Zach Coppess and Grant Delk.

The girls’ high school basketball tournament was held at Franklin-Monroe High School in Pitsburg. In the Arcanum tournament game against Northwestern, Alexis Abner scored her 1,000th career point in a heartbreaking loss to the Lady Warriors. The varsity Lady Trojans finished their season with a 13-10 record.

Save the date! The Friends of Bears Mill will host their annual Soup’n Bowl Fundraiser on March 12, where you can enjoy homemade soups in homemade bowls! Tickets are limited and available at the mill or online at

The fourth annual Serve Arcanum Day will be held on May 6. This project involves the students of Arcanum High School (assisted by teachers and community members) going out into the community to serve the citizens through a variety of service projects. When asked why they are doing this – high school Principal Jason Stephan responded with this statement, “The goal of Arcanum High School is to provide the best experience possible for our students through love, service, and care. This is The Trojan Way. When our students graduate, we want them to have a service-oriented mind. We want the students of our high school to want to help make our world a better place through purposeful acts of kindness. We also want to give something back to the community that shows such strong support for our school. So let us show you how The Trojan Way CAN make a difference.” If you have any questions, please contact the AHS Principal Jason Stephan at 937/692-5174 or email him at [email protected].

Congratulations to Arcanum High School baseball player Conner Pohl on his commitment to play baseball at The Ohio State University!

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ~ Carl Reiner

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” ~Hal Borland

“To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.” ~W.J. Vogel

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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