Archive - 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS — The cafeteria at St. Marys Intermediate School has been abuzz with activity as part of a recent club that could yield future engineers and architects.
Approximately 80 students have signed up to take part in the Lego Builders Academy. The club, which held its first meeting last week, gives students a chance to build items with Legos while learning at the same time.
MINSTER — The 167 freshmen from New Bremen, Minster and New Knoxville schools will have a leg up come high school graduation time.
The students attended the first-ever Exploration Academy, a collaborative program put together by the Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce, the New Bremen, Minster and New Knoxville high schools, and different business professionals from all three villages. The event was held at the YMCA on Ohio 66 between New Bremen and Minster.
ST. MARYS — Water customers of the city of St. Marys should expect to pay more for the service as part of a proposed 34 percent rate increase during the next two years.
NEW KNOXVILLE — At the front of the sanctuary in First Church in New Knoxville stands a massive, glittering Christmas tree, bedecked with yellow lights and dozens of intricately carved wooden ornaments hanging from red strings. Each of these ornaments — among them a turtle dove carrying an olive branch, a Christmas tree, a candle and bells tied together with a ribbon — was handcrafted by 16-year-old Weston Hirschfeld.
NEW KNOXVILLE — An early morning fire on Sunday destroyed a home along Country Road 33A.
New Knoxville Fire Chief Scott Schroer said his department received a call shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday to respond to a fire at a residence located at 06833 County Road 33A, between Howell and Glynwood/New Knoxville roads. When crews arrived, the fire had spread to much of the structure.
“The second story and roof were engulfed,” Schroer said. “The house was a total loss.”
ST. MARYS — Cloudy skies and the threat of rain showers did little to quell the crowd that turned out to greet Santa Claus as part of his annual visit to St. Marys.
Amid an escort of police cars and fire trucks, Santa Claus made his way down Spring Street and into his house near the shelterhouse along the Miami and Erie Canal as Winterfest and the Festival of Lights kicked off on Sunday. Even before Santa made his way to his home, dozens of eager children lined up to tell him what they wanted for Christmas this year.
ST. MARYS — For Memorial High School senior Megan Schmehl, life — for the moment — is all about school and sports.
Schmehl participates in cheerleading, soccer, and is on the bowling team at St. Marys. She played stopper and sweeper for the soccer team. Schmehl just joined the bowling team this year, after being recruited by the coach since she was a freshman.
“They’ve been trying to get me to do it for like, four years now,” Schmehl said. “I could never do it until the dual sporting came into play.”
ST. MARYS — An army of volunteers will soon take to the St. Marys Armory all in the name of giving this holiday season.
Goodfellows, which distributes toys and food to needy families within the St. Marys School District, is accepting applications for this season. St. Marys Community Foundation Administrator Mike Makley said the program has been active in the community for more than 50 years.
ST. MARYS — The holiday season kicks off in St. Marys on Sunday as two winter events come together.
Winterfest and the Festival of Lights will take place in the area near the shelterhouse on High Street, between the Miami and Erie Canal and the St. Marys River. Winterfest will start at 3 p.m. with a parade through the streets of downtown St. Marys and end with Santa Claus making an appearance. Local musicians also are set to perform in the shelterhouse. Acts will play every 15 minutes from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with Christmas music during breaks.
CELINA — A year after a double homicide rocked a rural Mercer County town, Sheriff Jeff Grey says investigators are continuing to make progress in the case.
On Nov. 30, 2011, Robert and Colleen Grube were found duct taped and shot to death in their rural Fort Recovery home. There were no signs of forced entry into the home. The investigation into the deaths of the father and daughter has included hundreds of interviews and a review of scores of pieces of evidence. Members of the Ohio Attorney General's Office also are assisting in the case.