ST. MARYS — Local students listened to a recent graduate about the dangers of texting while driving during their health classes on Wednesday.
Shelby Core, a 2011 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, visited the students in Monica VanderHorst’s health classes on Wednesday to discuss texting while driving, a topic she chose to cover during an advocacy project in one of her classes at Ohio Northern University.
ST. MARYS — The city’s top engineer has been named interim safety-service director in St. Marys.
Mayor-elect Patrick McGowan confirmed to The Evening Leader he has appointed current Engineering Superintendent Craig Moeller to serve as the city’s interim safety-service director. Current Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, so that he could accept the same position with the city of Celina.
Rea M. Bowersock, 95, of rural Spencerville, died at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born on April 25, 1916, in Union Township, the daughter of Isaac and Pearl Irelan Shank, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 5, 1932, she married G. Harold Bowersock, and he preceded her in death on July 2, 2008.
Irene P. Sommer, 84, of East Fourth Street, Minster, died on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster. She had been a resident there for 13 years.
She was born on Feb. 2, 1927, in Coldwater, to William and Anna Schoenlein, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 19, 1946, in Minster, she married Fred F. Sommer, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1996.
Rebecca May Dysert, 83, of 618 W. South St., St. Marys, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1928, in Mercer County, to Leota (Keiber) Brincefield, and they preceded her in death.
Thursday, Dec. 22
Shawnee at New Knoxville
Del. St. John’s at Celina
Elida at Coldwater
Sidney Lehman at Minster
Sidney Lehman at St. Marys
Allen East at Spencerville
Crestview at LCC
Anna at Russia
Jackson Center at Botkins
Fort Loramie at Houston
Whitmer at Lima Sr.
O-G at Fostoria
New Knoxville 50, Spencerville 27
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville girls basketball team got out to a 10-0 lead against Spencerville and went on to nearly double-up the Bearcats in a 50-27 victory on Tuesday night.
The Rangers had their offense going from the opening tip as they scored 10 straight points, including three layups, in the first three minutes of the game.
Paige Lehman led the Rangers with 12 points. Haley Horstman added 11 points.
WAPAKONETA — Since its campaign kick-off in October, the United Way of Auglaize County has raised more than $240,000 of its $300,000 goal this year to aid Auglaize County residents in need.
Though many have reported their results, United Way of Auglaize County Director Randy Fisher said approximately 18 workplace campaigns have yet to report.
“Some of our major donors out there have yet to contribute to this year’s campaign,” he said.
ST. MARYS — After edging up slightly in October, unemployment numbers in Auglaize County fell by 1 percent in November.
In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate settled in at 6.4 percent, down 1 percent from its October rate of 7.4 percent. A year ago, the unemployment rate for the county sat at 8.4 percent.
Erika Thornsberry, Lipscomb
NASHVILLE — Erika Thornsberry, a Lipscomb freshman and St. Marys Memorial grad, scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in Lipscomb’s 76-65 win over Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon in the Bisons’ final game before the new year. Thornsberry went 3-for-5 from the floor in 14 minutes. Thornsberry averages 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Delanie Wolf, Ashland