July 30th, 2012
NEW BREMEN — When runners took off for the Firemen’s Picnic Memorial 5K Saturday morning, they left with an extra bit of motivation.
“One thing that was different this year was we did a shadow run during our 5K,” New Bremen/German Township Firefighter Nate Neikamp said.
Tony Utz, of the 37th infantry brigade based at Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan, and a firefighter for the New Bremen/German Township Fire Department, ran a 5K Saturday morning in Afghanistan.
About 200 cyclists are expected to compete in Sunday’s Colavita Zipp Time Trials event in St. Marys.
The nearly 12-mile event, which is one of nine races on a tour that has events in northwest and southwest Ohio along with eastern Indiana, returns to the Auglaize County Council on Aging for the third straight year. Registration starts on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and the time trials begin at 9 a.m.
ST. MARYS — Two St. Paul’s United Church of Christ youths spent a few days on the campus of Purdue University earlier this month, joining a group of teens from across the nation for an event that occurs every four years.
WAPAKONETA — Former elected officials and representatives from throughout Auglaize County are to lead a courthouse rededication ceremony this fall.
Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, the ceremony is open to everyone and is to be followed by an open house throughout the afternoon. A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 23, also has been set.
ST. MARYS — After months on the downswing, unemployment rates across the region edged slightly higher in June.
In data released earlier this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent to settle in at 5.8 percent for June. That figure put the county among the lowest in the state. Mercer County, which has the lowest unemployment in the state, saw an increase of 0.4 percent to 4.6 percent for the month. Last year, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate sat at 7.9 percent.
Thomas H. Weimert, 80, of 1140 S. Knoxville Ave., St. Marys, died at 3:04 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012.
He was born on Nov. 22, 1931, in Wapakoneta, to Carl and Rosella (Meyer) Weimert, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 25, 1984, he married Doris (Williams) Weimert, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 2000.
Harold “Gene” Hunsaker, 77, of 04249 Frahm Pike, rural Celina, died at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1934, in Celina, to John J. and Nevilla (Apgar) Hunsaker, and they preceded him in death.
On July 3, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Helen E. “Sis” Bowers, and she survives.
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys Lakers jumped on top of the St. Marys Legion baseball team early before eventually holding them off for what became a 12-10 victory at Memorial Field in St. Marys.
Earlier in the season, the Lakers let a late-game lead against the Legion slip from their hands, but this time around they held on for the win.
The Lakers popped the cork in the third inning with four runs and added six more through the fifth inning.
ST. MARYS — In six months, troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have made more than 30 drug-related arrests in Auglaize County.
In data released earlier this week by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers statewide have made 3,963 arrests during the first six months of 2012. Lt. Scott Carrico, of the Wapakoneta Post, said troopers have been focusing on the Interstate-75 corridor.
ST. MARYS — When he gave his daughter up for adoption, Matt Paul, a college student in Arizona at the time, knew it was what was best for her.
“I had no future yet,” he said. “I was still in college, I had a part-time job, and her mother was the same that I was.”
Having been raised by a loving adoptive family himself, Paul said his positive experience helped him come to the decision.
“I think if I would not have gone through it, I might not have thought about it, but I had a great childhood,” he said.