Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
NEW KNOXVILLE — State mandates to address teacher evaluations and to change standardized testing requirements are inflating the staff budgets of districts already surviving budget cuts.
New Knoxville Superintendent Kim Waterman said she doesn’t expect a larger budget for 2013, despite the school spending more than its projected revenue. The school has looked at bus routes, staff and other costs for areas to cut, but staff hours are increasing because teachers need continued training to keep up with state mandates.
ST. MARYS — Strengthening the city’s General Fund, being proactive on the economic development front and maintaining services for the residents of St. Marys are among the goals St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan unveiled to councilors during Monday night’s St. Marys City Council meeting.
McGowan gave his annual report to councilors, an action required each year under the Ohio Revised Code. In his report, McGowan touched upon some highlights of 2012 as well as his major goals for 2013.
ST. MARYS — A member of Auglaize County Junior Fair royalty now has a new crown to add to her collection.
University of Dayton freshman Sarah Wilker, the daughter of Gene and Cindy Wilker of St. Marys, took home the title of Ohio Fairs Queen for 2013 following a competition during the first week of January in Columbus. Wilker qualified for the event when she was named the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen in July.