Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
ST. MARYS — Five area residents were arrested on Monday as a result of investigations by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the suspects were arrested following a six-month drug investigation by the task force.
Those arrested were:
• Gloria J. Steinke, 61, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.
• Ralph D. Biederman, 49, of St. Marys, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.
ST. MARYS — A local church gave thanks Sunday morning in celebration of finding a permanent home.
New Community Church, now located at 1025 Greenville Road, St. Marys, recently opened its doors in a new location after 11 years without a permanent building.
“We’ve come a long way,” the Rev. Tom Schwind said to the congregation at Sunday morning’s open house. “We’ve stood together, we’ve worshiped together and now we’re ready to go out (to the community).”
ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man convicted of murder has filed an appeal in his case.
Gordon W. Diggle III, who was convicted in April of murdering Steven Casad on Sept. 8, 2010, has appealed his conviction to the Third District Court of Appeals in Lima. Diggle was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery charges.
According to online court documents, merit briefs on behalf of Diggle were due to the court on Tuesday. A date for oral arguments in front of the panel of judges has yet to be set.
ST. MARYS — Tri Star Career Compact students of the Skills USA Club donated more than 3,800 items Friday afternoon to Agape Food Pantry as a part of the school’s annual donation.
Agape Director Kathy Bayless said the food will feed approximately 14,000 area residents in need.
“The need this year is so great,” Bayless said.
Bayless said this year, 21 area families have been homeless, and the need for food at Agape Food Pantry is great. She told the students their donation will make an impact on the lives of area residents.
ST. MARYS — Despite an increase in income tax collections in October, the city of St. Marys still lags behind last year’s totals.
For the month of October, the city collected $374,039.37 in income taxes — approximately $11,000 more than the $362,461.17 it collected during the same period in 2010. The figure also surpassed the $294,590.60 it collected in 2009 and the $297,333.48 it collected in 2008.
ST. MARYS — Seniors from the county area received a lesson in how to read food labels as part of a presentation at the Auglaize County Council on Aging on Thursday.
Debbie Brown, a Family Nutrition Program assistant with The Ohio State University-Extention Office, helped the group of seniors at the ACCA dissect nutrition labels and what they can do to help their diets.
“Today, we’re going to talk about food labels,” Brown said.
MINSTER — Area residents will again have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and food at the sixth annual Thanksgiving Fellowship.
Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Knights of Columbus Hall in Minster. The Thanksgiving Fellowship meal includes several Thanksgiving classics, prepared by a veteran of the event.
NEW KNOXVILLE — In honor of the village’s 175th anniversary, a new record of the history of New Knoxville has been created.
A timeline, now on display in the village administration building, tracks the history of the village of New Knoxville, with a focus on the past 25 years.
ST. MARYS — The new director of the department tasked with helping to heal Grand Lake St. Marys has first-hand experience with the issues surrounding the waterway.
Gov. John Kasich appointed current Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer to serve as the new director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Zehringer, who previously served in the Ohio House, now leads a department that will be on the front lines in developing ways to restore the water quality of Grand Lake St. Marys.
ST. MARYS — Local high school students will be showcasing their musical and dramatic talents during the annual fall musical, which will run Friday through Sunday.
St. Marys Memorial High School students are presenting Godspell this weekend with three performances: at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“All tickets are general admission, and they are available at the door,” Director Anne Torres said.
Tickets will cost $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults.