October 19th, 2011
ST. MARYS — Local students have been utilizing some new equipment in their school to enhance what they are learning in their classrooms.
Students at St. Marys Primary School recently received new computers in their computer lab, bringing their equipment up-to-date with the computers and technology currently utilized in their classrooms.
“We got 26 new computers,” Principal Sue Sherman said. “They are awesome.”
ST. MARYS — A group of local school board candidates participated in a debate Monday evening.
The seven candidates competing for the two positions on the St. Marys Board of Education participated in a debate sponsored by the St. Marys Education Association to a crowd of residents, teachers and students.
The debate was monitored by Randy Elsass, who questioned candidates Ronda Shelby, Ken Koverman, Josie Slater, Brian Little, Bob Valentine, Keith Jacobs and John Lampert.
CELINA — A Korean man accused of causing a collision that took the life of a 3-year-old Minster girl made his initial appearance in court on Monday.
Flanked by a translator, Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, appeared in Mercer County Municipal Court on a charge of vehicular manslaughter, a fourth-degree felony. The charge stems from a Saturday morning collision at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township. Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, of Minster, died from injuries suffered in the collision.
Harold C. Phlipot Sr., 90, of Versailles, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Versailles Healthcare Center.
Harold was born on Aug. 30, 1921, in Shelby County, to John and Margaret (Didier) Phlipot, and they preceded him in death.
On April 20, 1949, Harold married Juliana (Hoelscher) Phlipot, and she survives.
Roy A. McMurray, 96, St. Marys, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 4, 1915, in Celina, to Arthur and Imogene (Eshelman) McMurray, and they preceded him in death.
On Sept. 3, 1980, he married Norma Jean Horn Turner, and she survives him.
He is also survived by three stepsons, Gene (Gretchen) Turner of St. Marys, Ted Turner of Celina and Joe Douglas (Faye) Turner of George Town, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Leon J. Hein, 93, formerly of St. Sebastian, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Gardens at Celina.
He was born on March 25, 1918, in Chickasaw, to Henry and Clara (Ronnebaum) Hein, and they preceded him in death.
Robert Lee Haller, 86, a resident of Wyngate Retirement Community in Lima, formerly a resident of Otterbein St. Marys, died at 2:48 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System, following an extended illness.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1925, in Kossuth, Auglaize County, the son of Albert Theodore and Hazel Chesta (Gross) Haller, and they preceded him in death.
On June 1, 1946, he married Grace Irene Boyer, and she survives him.
WBL Cross Country Championships
KENTON — The St. Marys boys cross country team finished fourth and the girls squad finished sixth at the Western Buckeye League cross country championships, while the Van Wert boys and Shawnee girls teams captured league titles in Kenton on Saturday.
Runners raced in blustery, cold conditions on the new 3.1-mile circuit mowed out of the infield and surrounding land of the Hardin County Fairground track.
Aubrey Lynn Bruns, 3, of 196 Amsterdam Road, Minster, died around noon Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in the emergency room at Mercer Health following an auto accident.
She was born on Dec. 28, 2007, in Coldwater, to John and Rebecca Lynn (Kramer) Bruns, and they survive her in Minster.
She is also survived by two brothers, Keaton and Conner; her grandparents, Victor and Verene Kramer of Osgood and Gerald and Sandra Bruns of Minster; her great-grandmothers, Velma Bruns of Maria Stein and Theresa Schipper of Botkins.
Fred G. Swartz, 77, of 11103 State Route 364, St. Marys, died at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on April 5, 1934, in St. Marys, the son of Sam and Cynthia (Davis) Swartz, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 24, 1954, he married Janet Quellhorst, and she survives at the residence.