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March 30th, 2012

DECA Students Shine

March 30, 2012

ST. MARYS — A group of high school students have the opportunity to head to Salt Lake City for the national portion of their competition after winning in Ohio.

There were 27 members of the St. Marys Memorial High School DECA — or Distributive Education Clubs of America — team who competed at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference March 16-18 in Columbus.

Entities To Offer Drug Take-Back

March 30, 2012

ST. MARYS — Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to provide area residents with a safe way to dispose of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs.

Jack Clinton Willeke, 40

March 30, 2012

Jack Clinton Willeke, 40, of St. Marys, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was born on Feb. 29, 1972, in Bellefontaine, to Wayne E. Willeke and Lillian Mary (Thaxton) Willeke, and his father preceded him in death. His mother survives him in Bellefontaine.

On Dec. 30, 2000, in New Bremen, he married Kendra Grimm, and she survives.

Dorothy M. Hittepole

March 30, 2012

Dorothy M. Hittepole, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence.

She was born in Botkins, to Joseph and Clara (Freistuhler) Werling, and they preceded her in death.  

On Feb. 17, 1947, she married Chester E. Hittepole Sr., and he preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2011.

She is survived by two children, Chester E. Hittepole Jr. and Sharon Shoup, both of Wapakoneta; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother; a sister.

Norma Jean Pottorf Whetstone, 88

March 30, 2012

Norma Jean Pottorf Whetstone, 88, of Sidney, passed away at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Born on March 26, 1924, in Piqua, Norma Jean was a daughter of Alonzo and Pearl (West) Moyer, and they preceded her in death.

She married Robert Pottorf, and he preceded her in death on April 10, 1980. In 1983, she then married Eldon Whetstone, and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2001.

Robert E. Bender, 49

March 30, 2012

Robert E. Bender, 49, of Shreve, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at his residence after a two-year, very strong battle with a rare cancer and most recently kidney failure.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1962, in St. Marys, to Robert Lee and Claudia (Goldenetz) Bender, and his father preceded him in death in 1999. His mother survives him in St. Marys.

In June 1983, he married Christine Unkel Bender, and she survives him in Shreve.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Alyssa Bender (Mike) Eikleberry and Teresa Bender, both of Shreve.

March 29th

Fleagle heads to YMCA Nationals

March 29, 2012

Josh Fleagle, a homeschool student from rural St. Marys who has swam YMCA, club and now USA Swimming, will compete at the YMCA Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, next week, where he will be competing in seven events over just a few days.

Fleagle will defend his 100 meter freestyle national title  along with swimming in six other events packed into the week.

On April 2-5, Fleagle will swim in four individual events and three relay events with teammates  and local swimmers Jared Fleagle, Jared Deubler, Matt Feltz, Matt Hollman and Peyton Jones.

Middle School Students Prep For Performances

March 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — St. Marys Middle School students are bringing a classic Shakespearean play to the local stage with two performances this weekend.

Approximately 20 students at St. Marys Middle School are presenting “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Zach Durnell and co-director Sonya Jaros.

“I chose this play primarily to give the kids a new experience, and I thought it would be an authentic experience, something they could learn from and something they could use in their own lives,” Durnell said.

Cardinals Ready To Rock

March 29, 2012

NEW BREMEN — Bright colors, “groovy” music and a slew of smiles filled the auditorium Wednesday afternoon, as New Bremen Elementary fourth-grade students performed a dress rehearsal for their musical, “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began,” for students in the kindergarten through second grade.

Under the direction of New Bremen Music Teacher Mary Thornsberry, “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began” features seven popular rock songs and a variety of relevant facts, costumes and choreography.

Jack Clinton Willeke, 40

March 29, 2012

Jack Clinton Willeke, 40, of St. Marys, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was born on Feb. 29, 1972, in Bellefontaine, to Wayne E. Willeke and Lillian Mary (Thaxton) Willeke, and they survive him in Bellefontaine.

On Dec. 30, 2000, in New Bremen, he married Kendra Grimm, and she survives.

He is also survived by two stepsons, Eric Enriquez and Danny Williams, both of St. Marys; a stepdaughter, Alyssa Williams of St. Marys; a brother; two grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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