November 3rd, 2011
Donna J. Haines, 80, of 1414 Nagel St., St. Marys, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
She was born on Jan. 18, 1931, in St. Marys, the daughter of Adrian “Hap” and Grace (Langsdon) Howell.
She married Richard Haines II on June 10, 1951, and he survives at the residence.
CELINA — A Korean man accused of causing a collision that killed a 3-year-old Minster girl last month recently appeared in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
A grand jury indicted Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, on one count of vehicular homicide, a fourth-degree felony. Xu appeared in court on Oct. 25 and is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9, where he is expected to enter a plea to the charge.
ST. MARYS — A committee for a local board of education met to discuss the options for tennis courts located at the district’s new complex during a meeting Wednesday afternoon, ultimately deciding on the straight-line option, which would be located parallel to the current high school student parking lot.
The Minster football team is in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1991, led by the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked defense and a balanced offense that features a veteran offensive line and two standout running backs.
The Wildcats (7-3) will travel to Springfield Catholic Central (8-2) on Saturday in a re-match of last season's first round playoff game from last season. Minster upset the top-seeded Irish in that game.
The Wildcats are an even more confident bunch this season.
The following attachments contain information regarding State Issue I, which will appear on Tuesday's ballot.
Ruth L. (Wollam) Casanova, 84, of Douglassville, Pa., formerly of Norton, died on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.
She was born in Hood River, Ore., to Harry and Gail (Hamilton) Wollam, and they preceded her in death.
She married Albert J. Casanova, and he preceded her in death.
She is survived by a sister; her loving family.
She was preceded in death by one son.
Private family services will be held. Burial will follow in Hamilton Bethel Cemetery in Union Township near Mendon.
Abigail Juliana Wells, infant, died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill., because of complications incurred during her birth.
She was born to Leighton and Mandi Wells, and her mother preceded her in death. Her father survives her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.
Mrs. Amanda Weigandt Wells, 31, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, surrounded by her family at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Ill., because of complications incurred during the birth of her daughter, Abigail Juliana (AJ).
Mandi was born on Feb. 7, 1980, in Minster, to Richard and Juliana Weigandt, and they survive her in Minster.
On Sept. 15, 2007, in Syracuse, Ind., she married Leighton Wells, and he survives her.
NEW BREMEN — An area business group moved ahead with the next step in bringing a new business to its town.
Members of the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation went ahead with the next step in the Brookside Laboratories project during their meeting Tuesday evening.
MINSTER — On Tuesday, Minster residents will head to the polls to decide the fate of a number of issues.
One of these issues will be the renewal of a five-year Permanent Improvement Levy for Minster Local Schools.
“We have records that show that this levy has been in place since before 1976,” Minster Local Schools Superintendent Brenda Boeke said in a recent address to the Minster Service Club. “So for 35 years we’ve had a commitment by this community to support the levy. We appreciate that greatly.”