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August 3rd, 2012

Tentative Deal Reached

August 3, 2012

ST. MARYS — Officials with the United Steelworkers Union and Veyance Technologies reached a tentative agreement on a four-year deal after three months of negotiations.

In a news release, the USW announced the tentative agreement would cover 1,000 Veyance Technologies employees in St. Marys, Lincoln, Neb., Sun Prairie, Wis., and Marysville. The pact would run through July 2016.

Muir Takes Sweepstakes

August 3, 2012

WAPAKONETA — Between sketching out diagrams of a chicken in their notebook to taking notes from a friend on a dairy cow, the top showmen at the Auglaize County Fair learned how to show other animals in less than a week.

The Showman of Showmen Sweepstakes yielded its typical eight contestants competing for the title of top showman at the fair.

Banks Strike Deal

August 3, 2012

CELINA — Mercer Savings Bank (MSB) and The Peoples Bank Co. (PBC) jointly announced today the two banks have entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to transfer accounts, real estate and other assets from MSB’s branches in St. Marys and Coldwater to PBC. Under the terms of the agreement, The Peoples Bank Co. will assume most of the deposits and purchase the real estate and certain assets of the St. Marys and Coldwater offices. Mercer Savings Bank will retain all loans from both offices.

August 2nd

Union, Veyance Reach Tentative Deal

August 2, 2012

ST. MARYS — According to a United Steelworkers news release, its union agreed to a tentative four-year deal with Veyance Technologies. The deal includes the St. Marys facility and would run through the end of July 2016.

Following a series of informational meetings, union members will vote to ratify the pact. The contract covers more than 1,000 Veyance employees in other facilities including Lincoln, Neb., Marysville and Sun Prairie, Wis.

Siblings Hit Ring In Beef Show

August 2, 2012

WAPAKONETA — A pair of St. Marys siblings could be found Wednesday afternoon preparing their calves for the upcoming show.

Lee Ann Bertke and her brother, Todd, were brushing their two calves, creating shiny coats and making sure they were in tip-top condition for the judges before the Junior Fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Calf Show.

“My favorite part is showing how much I accomplished and just going out there and having fun,” Lee Ann said.

August 1st

Fire Burns Neil Ave. Home

August 1, 2012

ST. MARYS — A house fire on Neil Avenue Tuesday afternoon threw thick smoke into the air and caused close to $100,000 in damage.

Firefighters from the St. Marys Fire Department arrived on the scene of a house fire at 1501 Neil Ave. shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived, they quickly made entry into the residence.

Rabbits Hit Show Rings

August 1, 2012

WAPAKONETA — Though he’s not in school, Ryan Schwieterman has been studying over the summer to be as knowledgeable as he can about his 4-H project in preparation for the Auglaize County Fair.

“You have to know a lot of stuff,” the 11-year-old said Tuesday morning during the rabbit show at the fair.

In addition to his studies, Ryan, who was showing rabbits for the third time on Tuesday, has also kept busy taking care of his four rabbits.

“I’ve groomed them, cut their toenails,” he said.

July 31st

Neil Ave. Home Catches Fire

July 31, 2012

ST. MARYS — Crews from two local fire departments battled a house fire on Neil Avenue in St. Marys Tuesday afternoon.

Firefigthters from the St. Marys Fire Department and St. Marys Township Fire Department worked to extinguish a house fire at 1501 Neil Ave shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. There was extensive damage to the rear of the home and smoke poured from its roof and filled the surrounding area.

At this time, there is no official word if anyone was injured.

Vendors' Market Set For Saturday

July 31, 2012

ST. MARYS — This weekend visitors to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park can help a local nonprofit group in its mission to providing new additions to the attraction that help keep tourists coming back.

The Grand Lake VIP Association will be hosting its first-ever vendors’ market on Saturday in the campgrounds. The event, which is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be staged along the main road of the campgrounds.

Riders Sweep Crown

July 31, 2012

WAPAKONETA — Two St. Marys graduates were named the royalty of the 160th Auglaize County Fair Monday evening.

When Sarah Wilker’s name was announced as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she was surprised, even shedding a few tears after her emotional win.

“I was shocked,” Wilker said. “It’s definitely a great honor, and I’m very honored to represent Auglaize County.”

During her reign as the 2012 queen, Wilker said she will have to travel around the state.

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