Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS — As sirens wailed through the air, screams could be heard coming from the school bus turned over off U.S. 33. The first responders calmed down the frantic parents and the students’ peers, as others worked to free the trapped children and unconscious driver from the inside of the vehicle by cutting open the top of the bus. Luckily, everyone was extracted safely, but to those in the audience, it represented their worst fear.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The village of New Knoxville will welcome two new additions to its police force, as councilors approved the hiring of two auxiliary officers Tuesday night at their regular meeting.
“This has been in the works for a couple months,” Mayor Keith Leffel said. “Eric (Morris), the police chief, came to us a few months back and floated the idea of bringing on a couple of auxiliary officers. These auxiliary officers would be no different than the auxiliary for the sheriff or the county, and other police departments use them.”
NEW BREMEN — Councilors untabled an ordinance and moved forward with the legislation, making all A-1 agricultural zones exempt from the height of grass requirement.
During their meeting Tuesday evening, councilors debated not exempting noxious weeds in the legislation — mainly thistles.
“Even though you alleviate them, they’re going to come from other places, too,” Councilor John Schwartz said. “Once they get airborne, they travel miles and miles.”
NEW BREMEN — After experiencing a leak in the roof during the summer, administrators are working to assemble a team to create a plan of action for building maintenance on New Bremen Elementary School.
Superintendent Howard Overman said a contractor came out and took samples of the roof and recommended that approximately 80 percent of the roof be replaced.
ST. MARYS — After less than six months on the job, the city’s safety-service director is resigning.
Jason Little, who was hired by Mayor Pat McGowan in February, announced his resignation this morning. McGowan told The Evening Leader Little was unable to sell his home in Washington Courthouse and that his wife accepted a teaching position in its school district.
ST. MARYS — During Saturday’s SummerFest parade, attendees may have noticed the giant birthday cake holding 60 birthday candles.
As another SummerFest has passed this weekend, it also recognized the 60th anniversary of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, whose SummerFest Committee puts on the festival every year.
Saturday, Aug. 11 — Family Day
7:30 a.m. — Saturday morning breakfast by Agape — Kiwanis Tent
8 a.m. — Senior Moments Morning — Entertainment Tent
8 a.m. — Pony Run — Canal Towpath toward 40-Acre Pond. (Registration at 7:30 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. — Roughrider 5K — Canal Towpath toward 40-Acre Pond. (Registration at 7:30 a.m.)
9 a.m. — Craft show, South Street Parking Lot
“Leader Look Back” is a collection of stories and headlines from 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week. This week’s edition examines stories from Aug. 7-13, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Approximately 3,500 yards of broken concrete from St. Marys and Wapakoneta roads was used as rip-rap at Lake St. Marys in an effort to prevent erosion. Lake Foreman John Sunderland noted $1,900 was appropriated for dredging the lake.
ST. MARYS — Shoppers braved the cooler temperatures and cloudy skies Friday afternoon for an annual downtown St. Marys sale.
The SummerFest Super Sidewalk Sales kicked off at 10 a.m. Friday along Spring Street and will run throughout the weekend. Replay Consignment Shop Owner Rachelle Breland said the weather conditions caused her to limit the amount of clothing she placed on the sidewalk.
ST. MARYS — An annual fundraiser benefitting a county agency kicked off this week, enabling residents to nab a few deals while helping out the Auglaize County Council on Aging.
The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) opened its annual garage sale Thursday.
Activities Director Evelyn Hartley noted she has been preparing for the garage sale for a month.
“We started collecting items the first week of July,” Hartley said. “We got items from anybody and everybody.”