Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
ST. MARYS — At the halfway point of the year, local municipalities are continuing to watch income tax receipts before tackling big-ticket items.
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Electrical Department was open to the public to view Sunday afternoon, boasting several new features including a loading dock, more storage and heat.
The 12,000 square foot building was completed last winter at a cost of $771,000, approximately $250,000 under budget. Village Administrator Wayne York said there were several factors that went into choosing to build the new facility during the recession.
WAPAKONETA — To date, six change orders have been approved for the Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said it’s about what they expected going into the approximately $8 million project, facing unknown factors particularly in the basement and attic areas.
“We were advised to allow for $250,000 in contingencies,” Lenhart said. “We’re at about $100,000 in change orders and we’re getting most of the way through the unknowns.”
ST. MARYS — Campers at Grand Lake St. Marys today will get a dose of the holidays.
The annual Christmas in July weekend, which started Friday, wraps up today with a slew of activities for campers. Today’s event kicks off with Santa arriving at 10 a.m. to pass out treats to children.
“The whole day is themed around Christmas,” Grand Lake St. Marys Park Manager Brian Miller told The Evening Leader.
NEW BREMEN — Five area school districts have been awarded a grant through the Race to the Top Innovative Program, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).
ST. MARYS — The paws are churning on a possible dog park in the city of St. Marys.
Members of the St. Marys Parks Advisory Board discussed the possibility of adding a dog park at Kiwanis Park, located off Beech Street. Robin Willoughby, the 4th Ward Councilor and a Kiwanian, noted the back portion of the park could make an ideal location for a dog park — a facility she has been vocal about for the past several years.
CELINA — A traffic stop and complaints from residents led to one of the largest heroin seizures in Mercer County Thursday night.
According to a news release from the Celina Police Department, officers gathered information to obtain a search warrant and executed it on a home located at 306 S. Brandon Ave. at 6:16 p.m. Thursday. Officers found three people inside the home. Once the three were secured, officers started to search the home and discovered a large amount of heroin as well as approximately $10,000 in cash during the two-and-a-half hour search.
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Board of Education members voted to accept a new calamity day resolution at their meeting Wednesday evening.
ST. MARYS — After receiving the recommendation from a committee to reject the bids to outsource second and third-shift custodial and cleaning services, members of the St. Marys Board of Education approved the motion during their meeting Wednesday evening.
The St. Marys Buildings and Grounds Committee recommended the board reject the bids and direct Business Manager Kurt Kuffner and Maintenance Supervisor Greg Adams to realign and restructure the Buildings and Grounds Department for future cost-saving measures.
CELINA — A Mercer County man was arrested Tuesday on drug charges.
According to a news release issued by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Jeremy D. Mott, 27, 410 W. Market St., Celina, was arrested on drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia charges during a traffic stop Tuesday. Officers allegedly witnessed a drug transaction involving Mott near a business on Grand Lake Road, near Havemann Road