Archive - 2013 - News Article
ST. MARYS — A former mayor has decided to seek a seat on St. Marys City Council this year.
Greg Freewalt confirmed to The Evening Leader he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Ward City Council seat in the May primary. Current 3rd Ward Councilor Bill Slemmons announced he plans to retire at the end of the year — opening the door for Freewalt to seek the position.
NEW BREMEN — For New Bremen residents Ben Tuttle, 15, and Paul Luft, 16, life as typical high school students changed entirely when their guitar teacher Jeff King approached them with the idea of creating a country band.
“He kind of put us together,” said Luft, the band’s lead vocalist.
Luft had been taking lessons from King for about a year, then stopped for a year.
Around the time he resumed lessons, Tuttle also started taking lessons from King.
“It was pretty exciting,” Ben said.
ST. MARYS — Trishina Thomas, a mother of three, remembers her big sister, Robbi Burke, in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program when she was a child.
“She had a different lifestyle than I had,” said Thomas, who now has three children in the program. “That gave me hope.”
ST. MARYS — Residents in the 2nd Ward of St. Marys will have a new face representing them on city council next year.
Dennis Vossler, who has served on St. Marys City Council for 18 years, confirmed to The Evening Leader he plans to retire and will not seek re-election this year. Vossler will leave office once his term expires on Dec. 31.
“I knew this was going to be my last year,” Vossler said. “I’ve been at it for 18 years and now it’s time to let someone else take a swing at it.”
ST. MARYS — While the rest of the world may make resolutions to get better every January, Michelle Evans encourages patients and spouses at the first meeting of the year of the St. Marys Parkinson’s Support Group to set a goal to maintain what they have.
“To stay the same is huge,” said Evans, co-coordinator of the group.
ST. MARYS — A Wapakoneta resident was honored Saturday night for her dedication to the field of law enforcement and her community.
Members of the Auglaize County Fraternal Order of Police presented Mary Wagner with its law enforcement officer of the year award. Wagner, who has worked for the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for 18 years as a parole officer, said she did not expect her name to be called during Saturday’s ceremony.
“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 Jan. 15 to Jan. 21, 1938, 1963 and 1988.
75 years ago: St. Marys City Councilors discovered a previously approved pay raise could not pertain to them because under Ohio law, pay increases for council would go into effect for the next group of city councilors after an election.
Ralph Siferd, of Wapakoneta, announced his candidacy as a county representative.
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.