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Archive - Jan 2013

January 16th

Oil Wells Turned Off

January 16, 2013

ST. MARYS — The wells at the center of a crude oil leak east of St. Marys have been shut down.

Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson told The Evening Leader the order has been given to shut down the wells until officials can investigate what caused a crude oil leak in the area of Ohio 29 and Plattner Pike Friday night. Clean-up crews have been busy cleaning crude oil from the site since the weekend. Some of the crude oil reached a nearby creek before crews contained the leak.

Mireille L. Stoker, 92

January 16, 2013

Mireille L. Stoker, 92, of 935 W. High Street in St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Naperville, Ill.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1920, in Coincy, France, to Lucien and Yvonne (Cheutin) Renoit.

On Oct. 7, 1946, at the Episcopal Church in Lima, she married Milton K. Stoker, who died in 1982.

Survivors include nieces, Deborah J. Anderson and Deborah Johnson; nephew Douglas Anderson; grand-nephews Jordan, Erik, Wesley, Carl and Derek; grand-niece Christina; numerous friends and a large extended family in France.

Bertha J. (Baltes) Siegrist, 89

January 16, 2013

Bertha J. (Baltes) Siegrist, 89, of 3704 State Route 127 in Celina, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on March 28, 1923, in Versailles, to the late Leroy and Ella (Frantz) Baltes.

On July 5, 1944, she married Cletus J. Siegrist, who  passed away on Nov. 12, 1987.

Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, David C. Siegrist of Celina, John R. and Barbara Siegrist of St. Marys, Helen and Clark Rasneor of St. Marys; four grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law; a sister and brother-in-law

Gerald L. Unroe, 74

January 16, 2013

Gerald L. Unroe, 74, of 5474 Behm Road in Celina, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1938, in Dayton to the late Virgil and Hermina W. (Plieman) Unroe.

On Oct. 27, 1989, he married Jacqueline Burden, who lives in Celina.

Pastor Vernon W. Clausing, 80

January 16, 2013

Pastor Vernon W. Clausing, 80, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Vernon was a former UCC pastor who is survived by his sons Jon (Han Soon) and Joel (Nadine); and grandchildren Madison, Lauren, Cole, Tenzin, Ashley, Sadie, and Meghan. He is further survived by his sister Ruth (Howard) Dickman; brother Lee (Sandra) Clausing; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends.

January 15th

Troopers Seize Ecstasy Pills

January 15, 2013

LIMA – Two 17-year-old females are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 155 Ecstasy pills, worth nearly $5,000 during a traffic stop in Allen County.

Troopers stopped a 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis, with Ohio registration, for a turn signal violation, on Eureka Street, near McPherson Avenue in the city of Lima at 11:08 p.m. Monday. Criminal indicators were observed and an Allen County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the Ecstasy pills.

Schools Prep For Mandates

January 15, 2013

NEW KNOXVILLE — State mandates to address teacher evaluations and to change standardized testing requirements are inflating the staff budgets of districts already surviving budget cuts.

New Knoxville Superintendent Kim Waterman said she doesn’t expect a larger budget for 2013, despite the school spending more than its projected revenue. The school has looked at bus routes, staff and other costs for areas to cut, but staff hours are increasing because teachers need continued training to keep up with state mandates.

Mayor Gives Annual Report

January 15, 2013

ST. MARYS — Strengthening the city’s General Fund, being proactive on the economic development front and maintaining services for the residents of St. Marys are among the goals St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan unveiled to councilors during Monday night’s St. Marys City Council meeting.

McGowan gave his annual report to councilors, an action required each year under the Ohio Revised Code. In his report, McGowan touched upon some highlights of 2012 as well as his major goals for 2013.

Willard “Will” B. Evers, 62

January 15, 2013

Willard “Will” B. Evers, 62, of Maria Stein, died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his home. He was born on Aug. 22, 1950, in Celina, to the late Gregor and Stella (Pleiman) Evers. 

He married Ellen Weitzel on Oct. 12, 1974, in Sharpsburg.  She survives in Maria Stein. 

January 14th

Wilker Named Ohio Fairs Queen

January 14, 2013

ST. MARYS — A member of Auglaize County Junior Fair royalty now has a new crown to add to her collection.

University of Dayton freshman Sarah Wilker, the daughter of Gene and Cindy Wilker of St. Marys, took home the title of Ohio Fairs Queen for 2013 following a competition during the first week of January in Columbus. Wilker qualified for the event when she was named the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen in July.

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