Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
ST. MARYS — It’s a cold Sunday afternoon in January, but at Lost in the 50s Diner, it might as well be derby season in the summer, as competitors zip down a 16-volt electrified slot car track with the cars they design and race most weekends at speeds from 30 and 70 mph, although one track, a new track, has a record of 140 mph from the last owner.
ST. MARYS — Roughrider Marissa Schrolucke will have several college classes under her belt by the time she graduates in May.
Schrolucke, 18, participates in the post-secondary program offered between Wright State University Lake Campus and Memorial High School.
MINSTER — Minster high school and middle school students were asked to pledge to stop verbal, physical, relational and online bullying Friday afternoon during a special assembly that focused on leadership.
Speaker Jerry Ackerman illustrated the problem, noting while verbal and physical bullying are common, and relational bullying occurs when a group ostracizes outsiders, many students would text or post online material that they would never say to a person.
That’s an act he called cowardly.
ST. MARYS — The city of St. Marys finished 2012 with its highest income tax collections in four years.
Last year, the city collected $3.99 million in income taxes, which eclipsed the $3.74 million it hauled in during 2011. The $3.99 million also surpassed the $3.60 million it collected in 2009 and the $3.9 million it collected in 2010.
“I’m glad we are up,” St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan told The Evening Leader. “That’s good, but our expenses have been up as far as operations and we are looking at those now.”
CELINA — Students at Wright State University Lake Campus will have the opportunity to get paid for exploring their interests in six local companies thanks to a $1.3 million grant to reimburse companies for hiring the students.
Lake Campus representative Julie Miller helped write the grant, which required some up-front, committed companies who said they would host the interns.
ST. MARYS — Several members of Memorial High School’s show choir Glitter N Gold lounged on stage in the auditorium after school, awaiting the start of their practice and taking advantage of the free time to laugh and listen to music.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2, Memorial High School will host the Solo and Ensemble all-day event. Until then, Glitter N Gold members, as well as both choirs and the band, will be furiously practicing their songs.
ST. MARYS — There will be at least two new faces on St. Marys City Council next year.
Longtime city councilors Bill Slemmons and Ron Ginter confirmed to The Evening Leader they will not seek re-election this year and will leave office when their terms expire. Slemmons, the 3rd Ward Councilor, has served on council for 18 years, and Ginter, a councilor-at-large, has served for 20 years.
ST. MARYS — The latest edition of a local weight-loss challenge kicked off Tuesday night.
The Grand Health Challenge began with the orientation meeting at St. Marys Memorial High School. Deb Zwez, publisher of the Wapakoneta Daily News, spoke first and introduced the rules of the challenge.
ST. MARYS — The wells at the center of a crude oil leak east of St. Marys have been shut down.
Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson told The Evening Leader the order has been given to shut down the wells until officials can investigate what caused a crude oil leak in the area of Ohio 29 and Plattner Pike Friday night. Clean-up crews have been busy cleaning crude oil from the site since the weekend. Some of the crude oil reached a nearby creek before crews contained the leak.
LIMA – Two 17-year-old females are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 155 Ecstasy pills, worth nearly $5,000 during a traffic stop in Allen County.
Troopers stopped a 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis, with Ohio registration, for a turn signal violation, on Eureka Street, near McPherson Avenue in the city of Lima at 11:08 p.m. Monday. Criminal indicators were observed and an Allen County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the Ecstasy pills.