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April 9th, 2012

Diggle Loses Appeal

April 9, 2012

ST. MARYS — An appeals court upheld the convictions and sentences of a St. Marys man who killed another man outside a local bar in 2010.

Judges from the Third District Court of Appeals in Lima on Monday rejected an appeal filed by Gordon W. Diggle III to his convictions and sentences on murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery charges in the Sept. 8, 2010, beating death of Steven Casad in the alley behind the Friendly Tavern. Diggle was convicted of the charges last year following a jury trial in April.

Wing Crown Up For Grabs

April 9, 2012

NEW BREMEN — Chicken wing fans from around the region packed the New Bremen American Legion to taste, judge and visit with friends during the sixth annual New Bremen Sons of the American Legion’s MAC Wingfest.

“This year we have 10 vendors,” Wingfest Chair Rodney Suchland said. “Usually we have 10 or 12, so it’s about average.”

The doors opened at 4 p.m. Saturday, and a steady stream of people crowded the Legion to participate in the annual event that pits wing vendors from around the area for the top titles.

Children Hop Along Trail

April 9, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local businesses opened their doors to local children during an annual community event on Saturday.

Children hopped down the Bunny Trail in St. Marys on Saturday, making their way to local businesses and collecting various items during their trek.

“So far we’ve been to Family Video, McDonald’s, Subway, the Trading Company, the library, Vogel Insurance, State Farm, High 5, A Bit of Nature, St. Marys Living Center, the Council on Aging,” Matthew Ingersoll said.

April 6th

Chief Stresses Bike Safety

April 6, 2012

ST. MARYS — As spring sets in, a local police chief says motorists should be cognizant of the fact more vehicles will soon be hitting the road.

“It’s that time of year when we all have to be mindful and on the look out for more bikes, motorcycles and mopeds,” St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven said. “We all have to remind ourselves we share the road with these vehicles.”

Regarding bicyclists, Foxhoven said he has noticed a common misconception that could result in crashes.

Group Tackles Bullying

April 6, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local youth organization is working to combat bullying and will kick off its campaign later this month.

On April 21, Grand Lake Theatrix and Kidz Drama Klub will kick off an anti-bullying campaign with a 5K run/walk, “Run, Bully! Run.” Grand Lake Theatrix Director Vickie Shurelds said the group was looking for an event that would fit several of its needs when members chose to hold the run.

Choir, Band Earn High Marks

April 6, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local musicians recently received top honors during a competition held earlier this month and will soon be advancing to the state level.

The Memorial High School Symphonic Band, Symphonic Choir and Concert Choir received superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Large Group Adjudicated Event held March 16 and 17 in Celina.

The competition, Band Director Dane Newlove said, is done annually but this was a first for the groups.

Bunny Trail Saturday

April 6, 2012

ST. MARYS —  The St. Marys Community Partnership will be hosting the 2012 Bunny Trail Saturday.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will offer treats to participants as well as a chance to win the big basket. Children must be accompanied by an adult with his or her own transportation. There is no admission, but canned goods will be collected for Agape Food Pantry. Also, be sure to bring a good-sized basket.

Legion Honors Pair

April 6, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local veterans organization honored two residents who give their time and energy to help make St. Marys a better place to live.

St. Marys American Legion Post 323 honored Chris Wilson and Connie Triplett as its firefighter and teacher of the year during a meeting Wednesday night at the legion hall. Wilson, a member of the St. Marys Fire Department, has been a full-time firefighter for 10 years.

Program Offers App Advice

April 6, 2012

ST. MARYS — Tablets, smartphones and apps were the center of discussion at this year’s Business Person’s Breakfast Thursday morning at the St. Marys Community Public Library, as Verizon Wireless Advanced Solutions Architect Steve Johnston informed area businesspeople about the latest technology and how it can benefit businesses.

Johnston noted the results of the Gartner Report, which showed the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets.

April 5th

Riders Jump For Others

April 5, 2012

ST. MARYS — For the past few days, local elementary students have been raising money for a national organization and engaging in a little friendly competition.

Students in Sue Grothause’s physical education classes at St. Marys Intermediate School have collected donations the past few weeks and this week have had jump roping competitions starting Monday as part of Jump Rope for Heart.

“As a total, we’ve raised $3,140,” Grothause said. “Everything goes to the American Heart Association.”

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