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December 2nd

New Shop Opens Downtown

December 2, 2011

ST. MARYS — An apparel store opened its doors in downtown St. Marys Friday morning to area residents, offering a variety of school and custom, embroidered apparel.

Victory Apparel, located at 124 W. Spring St., St. Marys, offers a slew of local school apparel, including St. Marys, New Bremen, New Knoxville, Minster, Wapakoneta and Spencerville, in addition to a variety of Ohio State University apparel. Business Manager Sheila Goins said the owners of the local shop decided to expand into St. Marys to fill a need.

Third time not a charm: Hauber and Kirtland too much for Coldwater

December 2, 2011

MASSILLON — The white screen-printed 34 on Christian Hauber’s Kirtland Hornets jersey is cracked and faded like a distressed t-shirt. Everyone else’s numbers  are crisp and intact.  

It’s no fashion statement, though. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound fullback earns every bit of the jersey’s degradation with a tough running style that has his team celebrating its first-ever state championship.

Kirtland captured the Division V state crown with a 28-7 win over Coldwater on Friday to cap a perfect 15-0 season.

Officials Urge Caution

December 2, 2011

ST. MARYS — In the wake of this week’s snow storm, local officials are urging motorists to keep informed as winter draws closer.

“It’s really important to listen to weather forecasts this time of year,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said. “We try to put up notices early on our Facebook page early enough to catch them. We also don’t want people to think that if we put up a notice and we don’t get it that we are crying wolf.”

Frederick J. Schmitmeyer, 88

December 2, 2011

Frederick J. Schmitmeyer, 88, of South Lincoln Street, Minster, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys of natural causes.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in Minster to Emma (Thieman) and Henry Schmitmeyer. On Aug. 23, 1947, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater, he married Alberta (Wellman) Schmitmeyer.

Billie J. Pinson, 78

December 2, 2011

Billie J. Pinson, 78, of 4710 Mud Pike, Celina, passed away at 9:56 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

She was born on March 3, 1933, in Summit, W.Va., to Benjamin and Brady (Massey) Lafferdy.

On April 21, 1951, she married her husband of 60 years, Clarence Pinson, who lives in Celina.

Mary Lou Nagel, 84

December 2, 2011

Mary Lou Nagel, 84, of 217 Sturgeon St. in St. Marys, died at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

She was born on July 18, 1927, in St. Marys, to Edwin and LaVere (Hudson) Martin.

In 1958, she married LeRoy L. Nagel, who survives.

She is also survived by:  three sons, David Nagel  of Bowling Green, Kim (Kay) Nagel  of Union City, Tenn., Kevin Nagel  of St. Marys; 11 grandchildren   17 great-grandchildren.

Marie E. Wente, 90

December 2, 2011

Marie E. Wente, 90, of New Bremen, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1921, in Maria Stein, the daughter of Fred and Helen (Walterbusch) Luebke. She was married on May 4, 1946, in Maria Stein to Leo R. Wente; he died on May 5, 1988.

New Bremen Lights Tree

December 2, 2011

NEW BREMEN — An area village held its annual holiday kick off ceremony Thursday evening, officially turning on its holiday lights.

The New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary’s Christmas Tree Lighting was Thursday in Lock One Park, and it included hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa.

Investigators Probe Double Homicide

December 2, 2011

CELINA — A father and daughter were found dead Wednesday morning at their residence, bound with duct tape and dead from gun shot wounds.

December 1st

Otterbein Visitor Notes Available Benefits For Vets

December 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — A representative of the Veterans Service Commission spoke to area veterans about benefits they can obtain through the Department of Veterans Affairs Wednesday afternoon at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices.

Auglaize County Veterans Service Commission Investigator/Veterans Services Officer Lynne Skaggs explained to attendees some of the requirements to obtain pensions, health care benefits, transportation, compensation and financial assistance through the VA.

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