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August 23rd, 2011

The Rev. Ned A. Meckstroth, 79

August 23, 2011

The Rev. Ned A. Meckstroth, 79, of Plymouth, Ind., passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at his residence at Miller’s Assisted Living, where he had resided since 2006, of natural causes.  

He was born on Oct. 9, 1931, in New Bremen, the son of the Rev. Arnold W. and Martha (Katterhenry) Meckstroth, and they preceded him in death.

On Aug. 17, 1960, in Red Bud, Ill., he took Jo Ann Herschbach as his bride, and she survives him.

Firm Nets $1M Grant

August 23, 2011

ST. MARYS — An Ohio-based firm netted a $1 million federal grant to help bring a methane digester to the region.

New Faces Dot Halls

August 23, 2011

ST. MARYS — Local school administrators  met with new staff members as part of an annual welcome luncheon held Monday.

August 22nd

Karl A. Willrath, 33

August 22, 2011

Karl A. Willrath, 33, formerly of Celina, died on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at his residence in Bradford.

He was born on July 22, 1978, in Frankfurt, Germany, to Wayne E. and Marsha A. (Colson) Willrath, and they survive him in Celina.

He is also survived by 12 aunts and uncles; numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick and Sons - Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, with the Rev. Bob Sweeney officiating. Burial will be held in Buck Cemetery in Celina.

Frederick R. Gilleo, 80

August 22, 2011

Frederick R. Gilleo, 80, of Oakland, Mich., died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at his daughter’s residence in Celina.

He was born on Jan. 2, 1931, in Detroit, Mich., to Glen and Anna (Larkin) Gilleo, and they preceded him in death.

In 1984, he married Nancy Podeski, and she preceded him in death in October 2009.

He is survived by four children, Pam (Jerry) Fleck of Celina, Doug (Cindy) Gilleo of Celina, Willis Gilleo of Celina and Gene (Lisa) Gilleo of Celina; two sisters; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Emily Jean McCune, 79

August 22, 2011

Emily Jean McCune, 79, of rural Mendon, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the Golden Valley Living Center in St. Marys, with her family by her side.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1931, in her lifelong residence in Auglaize County, the daughter of Merle and Catherine S. (Brodbeck) Shimp, and they preceded her in death.

On June 21, 1951, she married Harold E. McCune, and he survives her. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Cars Roll Into Festival

August 22, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Cars of all makes, models and colors lined the lots along Lock One in New Bremen as part of an annual show.

The Bremenfest Muscle and Classic Car Show went on for its fourth year this weekend, netting cars from all over the area.

“We’ve got probably a four or five county area here — from Mercer County, Allen County and of course Auglaize,” Bremenfest Committee member Randy Hirschfeld said. “We’ve got some nice locals. It’s a nice variety of cars.”

Cooks Show Off Chili

August 22, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Almost 30 teams competed in the Bremenfest Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, all vying for the top spots and bragging rights for the best chili in New Bremen.

Participants lined the perimeter of the Crown Pavilion in New Bremen since Saturday morning preparing 28 pots of chili that would be judged on by festival-goers and by Bremenfest judges.

Sisters Steph Heitkamp and Sheila Wenning, both of New Bremen, dressed up as Stepford wives for their “perfect Stepford chili.”

August 19th

Friday Local Sports Round-Up and Saturday Leader Lookahead

August 20, 2011

Boys Golf: Minster 2nd, St. Marys 8th at Celina Invitational

CELINA — Area high school golfers took aim on a sunsplashed day good for scoring at the 25-team Celina Invitational at the Fox’s Den on Friday.

The Minster boys golf team finished second (315), St. Marys took eighth (330), Celina finished 14th (342) and Wapakoneta took 16th (344).

Everyone was chasing Napoleon, which distanced itself from second-place Minster with a 304 team score. Napoleon was keyed by medalist Brandon Lambert, who fired a five-under 67.

St. Marys plays final football tune-up in Chicken Bowl

August 20, 2011

Urbana outscored St. Marys 28-10 in three quarters of football in the Chicken Bowl scrimmage at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.

St. Marys scored the game’s first 10 points.

St. Marys struck first in the scrimmage with a long D.J. Manning run. Manning scampered 69 yards down to the Urbana two yard line, punching it in on the next play for the two-yard score with 10:18 left in the first quarter.

St. Marys added a Jarret Taylor field goal from about 25 yards out to make it 10-0.

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