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September 21st, 2011
ST. MARYS — After months of teetering back and forth, unemployment rates in Auglaize County tumbled more than half a percent in August.
According to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate settled in at 7.4 percent — down from 8.1 percent in July. The unemployment rate a year ago was 8.6 percent.
CELINA — Four Mercer County residents were arrested as a result of drug investigations by members of the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.
In a news release issued to The Evening Leader, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the four were indicted and arrested for alleged drug trafficking. The investigation was conducted by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force — a combined effort of law enforcement agencies in Mercer and Auglaize counties. Grey noted the Celina Police Department also assisted in the apprehensions.
Facing charges are:
ST. MARYS — Live trapping of squirrels in the city of St. Marys will soon begin with one caveat — the furry critters must be released and cannot be killed.
St. Marys Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock said residents may trap squirrels but they cannot kill the animals. Any squirrel that is caught must be released alive.
NEW BREMEN — A festive group of creatures has hit the streets of New Bremen as part of what has now become an annual tradition.
The Pumpkin People are officially out today in New Bremen, adding fall spirit to the storefronts around the village.
WAPAKONETA — An Auglaize County man died Saturday night from injuries suffered in a crash along County Road 33A.
According to a news release from Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers responded to a crash at 11:57 p.m. Saturday along County Road 33A, east of Bay Road.
ST. MARYS — A group St. Marys lovers gathered at a shelter house on Grand Lake St. Marys Saturday afternoon to meet and mingle about the history of the town they all had lived in at one point.
Two months ago, Gary Gibson created the Facebook group “If you grew up in St. Marys, you remember…”. The group was created after a discussion between Gibson and fellow member Kim Wiehe-Kaylor.
ST. MARYS — Walkers gathered for a stroll along Grand Lake St. Marys for the fifth annual Parkinson’s Awareness Walk Saturday morning to raise money and awareness for the disease.
Auglaize County Council on Aging Social Worker Michelle Evans said the walk also allows word to spread about a local support group.
“The walk helps get awareness out about our Parkinson’s support group,” she said, noting that the group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
ST. MARYS — A traveling exhibit in the county has a portion located in town, featuring items from a local collection.
"New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" is a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute presented by the Auglaize County Historical Society and the Auglaize County Public District Library.
The St. Marys Community Public Library features a locally based arm of the exhibit, noting musical instruments from St. Marys resident Jeff Squire's collection, as well as pieces found in the St. Marys library.
NEW BREMEN — Superintendent Ann Harvey will be leaving the district at the end of the month, as she accepted a position as superintendent at the Auglaize County ESC Thursday night.
Harvey said she anticipates her last day in New Bremen to be Sept. 30, and she will begin work at the Auglaize County ESC in early October. She said she is looking forward to the challenge.
ST. MARYS — For six years, residents and area musicians have joined together to open their hearts for one person.
Bill “Blood” Jolliff has put on “Blood’s Heart Jam” ever since he was the recipient of a fundraiser.
“Mine was in 2006,” Jolliff said of his quadruple bypass surgery. “I started them after that. This will be my sixth one.”
“Blood’s Heart Jam 2011” kicks off this afternoon at Varsity Lanes.