February 28th, 2012
Derek Jay of St. Marys recently competed in the Ohio Knights of Columbus Regional Free Throw Contest held at Sidney Lehman High School on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Jay, a seventh grader, won the regional title for the fourth consecutive year to earn his trip to the state contest to be held Saturday, March 17 in Columbus.
Jay hit 23 of 25 free throws (92%) to earn the victory and will attempt to win a third state title in his fourth overall trip to state-level competition.
NEW BREMEN — Groups of New Bremen residents gathered on West Monroe Street Monday night, watching as firefighters fought a blaze that engulfed a historic downtown building.
Fire crews were dispatched to Fireside Pub, 115 W. Monroe St., where the pub shares the building with Que’s Barbershop at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday. No one was injured in the fire, as the pub closes at 2 p.m. Mondays.
Upon arriving on the scene, fire crews began working to extinguish the fire.
ST. MARYS — City councilors Monday night approved the hiring of the new safety-service director.
Dean Rhoades, 89, of Bradenton, Fla., died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1922, to Glen and Glady (Keiber) Rhoades.
He is survived by his wife Shirley (Fryer); two sons Dale and Gary; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Dean had three brothers, Vernon, who is deceased, Charles, who survives in Greenwood, S.C., and his twin brother Gene, who survives in St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by a son, Doug.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Margaret Rider, 80, of St. Marys, died on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at her residence.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Kathryn “Kitty” B. Luecke, 92, of 120 S. West St., St. Marys, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Otterbein — St. Marys.
She was born on March 3, 1919, in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County, to Elmer and Mary (White) Youngs, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 18, 1956, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, she married Rodney S. Luecke, and he survives.
Ron Brumbaugh, 62, of Brookville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1949, to Charles Russell and Naomi Mae (Uhrig) Brumbaugh.
He is survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, Denise Henderson of Brookville and Karen and Nick Ranly of Minster; two nieces; two nephews; two great-nieces.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Potsdam Church of the Brethren, 22 E. Cross St., Potsdam, with the Rev. Robert Kurtz officiating.
The St. Marys boys basketball team begins tournament play tonight in the second game at Lima Senior against the Wapakoneta Redskins.
At Coldwater, New Knoxville and Minster play the lone game in the Division IV sectional of Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
ST. MARYS (5-15) vs. WAPAKONETA (7-13)
NEW BREMEN — Firefighters from several local departments have arrived on the scene of a fire in downtown New Bremen. Crews were initially called to Fireside Pub for reports of smoke before 7 p.m. Monday. Officials at the scene have confirmed to The Evening Leader no one was injured as the result of the blaze and that it was contained to one building. More information will be published once it is released.
CELINA — Law enforcement officials in Mercer County are trying to determine if a home invasion Saturday morning near Mendon is linked to a double homicide near Fort Recovery in November.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey held a press conference Monday morning to release details of a home invasion that took place shortly after midnight on Saturday at 12617 Dutton Road, just north of Ohio 117 near Mendon. Two people were inside the residence at the time — Kathy Fair, 47, and her father William Fair, 73.