Archive - 2012 - News Article
ST. MARYS — The long-time council president in St. Marys is resigning at the end of the year.
In a letter sent to city councilors, St. Marys Council President Dan Hoelscher announced his plans to retire as the result of his retirement from Crown Equipment. In order to take advantage of his Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits, Hoelscher also must step down as council president. However, Hoelscher said he would like to be re-appointed to the position.
NEW KNOXVILLE — After a two-year freeze on salary, New Knoxville village employees will soon see a 2 percent raise.
Councilors approved the first reading of the wage schedule, which will begin in 2013, Tuesday night at their meeting.
“We have not given a raise for two years,” Mayor Keith Leffel said. “In July, we told our employees we’d look at where we were at on our income taxes and make a decision. We offered a small bonus at that time. We feel we want to offer this 2 percent (increase).”
CELINA — Several suspects are facing charges in connection with a drug bust and raid on a party last Saturday night.
The investigation began when the Celina Police Department received a complaint of suspicious activity at a motel room in the America’s Best Value Inn. Officers checked the registered occupant of the room and began observing the area.
ST. MARYS — St. Marys Memorial High School was abuzz with chatter Monday afternoon, with students, facility, staff and veterans in anticipation of its Veterans Day program.
The veterans being honored filed into the large, brick building just as the snow began to fall. They sat with their families around a large, bronze plaque that hung proudly like a centerpiece on the wall in front of them.
NEW KNOXVILLE — Veterans were welcomed into the gymnasium at New Knoxville Local School on Monday with a standing ovation during the school’s fifth annual Veterans Day program.
The Girl Scouts posted the colors to open the ceremony, and fourth-grade students led the crowd in the National Anthem. Attendees viewed a video made by New Knoxville art students, which featured pictures of local veterans. Senior Sara Clark, who narrated the assembly, provided a brief history on Veterans Day.
ST. MARYS — With the boom of a cannon, the third annual Veterans Day parade got started and gave all local residents a chance to pay tribute to those who fought for their freedom.
Residents lined Spring Street, waved flags and saluted the veterans as they made their way through the procession. St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan got the day started by welcoming those who came out on the sunny day.
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Historic Association's Christmas Tree Festival will return for its second year at the Lockkeeper's House next month, and area residents are encouraged to include something special for the display.
New Bremen Historic Association Trustee Diane Paul noted the event included several displays last year.
CELINA — A nationwide manhunt is underway for a 40-year-old man believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a Rockford woman on Thursday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Daniel C. Martin, 40, for murder. Mercer County law enforcement officials believe Martin played a role in the shooting death of Melinda S. Shinn, 26, inside her residence at 509 North St., Rockford. Martin was Shinn’s boyfriend at the time of the shooting. Martin’s red Ford Explorer was located in Fort Wayne, Ind., but he remains at-large as of press time.
ST. MARYS — Helping others drives Memorial High School senior Savanna “Van” Jones, who strives to do what she can for others through many aspects of her life.
“I want to help people,” Jones told The Evening Leader.
Jones keeps busy working two jobs — as a waitress at Bob Evans and as a game advisor at Game Stop — and also earns money selling some of her artwork online.
ROCKFORD — Law enforcement officials in Mercer County are searching for a 40-year-old man who is wanted in connection with the death of a Rockford woman Thursday morning.
Mercer County Dispatchers received a phone call at approximately 10:43 a.m. Thursday reporting a shooting at 509 North Street in Rockford. Rockford Police Chief Paul May entered the residence and found Melinda S. Shinn, 26, dead.