Archive - 2013 - News Article
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Police Chief Doug Harrod will retire this year, after spending a career in law enforcement, but also in the community. Friends gathered with him to celebrate retirement Wednesday afternoon at the Lockkeeper’s House.
When Harrod began in law enforcement, inspired by his father, he walked into the Wapakoneta Police Department on his 21st birthday for his first day of work.
“It was something I always wanted to do,” he said.
CELINA — Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced two arrests this morning in the double homicide of Robert Grube, 70, and daughter Colleen Grube, 47, of east Fort Recovery, after a 16 month investigation.
ST. MARYS — Organizers of a local park improvement day are looking for volunteers to help add manpower to their roster.
The St. Marys National Little League will be hosting a park improvement day at K.C. Geiger Park at 9 a.m. April 6. The goal of the project is to help spruce up K.C. Geiger Park for the upcoming season.
“We are asking for help from the community on this,” said Brian Engle, an organizer of the event. “Everyone has worked together.”
ST. MARYS — After edging up to start the year, the unemployment rate for Auglaize County in February decreased.
In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, down from 6.2 percent in January. Last year, the unemployment rate sat at 6.8 percent.
NEW BREMEN — At the beginning of the new year, the village of New Bremen saw a change in ownership in one of its dental offices.
NEW BREMEN — The Ohio Chapter of The Wheelmen hosted its annual swap and memorabilia meet at the Bicycle Museum of America on Saturday, selling rims, prints, medals and more.
Artisan Mark Weaver wheeled in a new exhibit, a custom, handcrafted bicycle he made himself in Collingswood, N.J., in his shop at Weaver Cycle Works. The bike is part of an exhibit about bicycles that are made in America open now at the museum in New Bremen.
ST. MARYS — Hundreds turned out for the annual Bunny Trail event winding through the city of St. Marys Saturday morning.
Friends Mindy Pond and Mindy Cable were some of the first to hit the registration table in Kmart to get a list of the more than 30 businesses that opened their doors to children.
“We mostly take them for the interaction with the public,” Pond said. “It’s a ritual to take the girls every year.”
ST. MARYS — Austin Zumbrogel was destined for leadership, although he did not actively seek it.
Zumbrogel is president of Memorial High School’s FFA Chapter, and is drum major for the high school’s band. He did not accept these roles for the power or for the recognition, but because he loves being a part of both organizations.
As FFA President, Zumbrogel leads all the meetings.
ST. MARYS — When Ingrid Hagby Johnsen came to the United States in August, she carried one suitcase, but had packed a list of worries that could have filled two more.
“The day before I left I was freaking out — ‘what do I need to pack?” Johnsen said. “What is my host family going to be, will I get any friends at school, where will I sit at lunch,’ all those questions that really don’t matter that much. But it’s scary.”
ST. MARYS — A federal report released Friday indicates that last year’s alum application reduced the internal phosphorus load of Grand Lake St. Marys by 55 percent — a revelation one local lake official calls a success for the lake.