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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.

July 30th

Vehicles Stolen In Celina

July 30, 2012

CELINA — The Celina Police Department is investigating two stolen vehicle reports that occurred during the weekend.

Fair Opens

July 30, 2012

WAPAKONETA — The 160th version of the Auglaize County Fair is now in full swing.

“It’s going terrific,” Auglaize County Fair Manager Fred Piehl told The Evening Leader Sunday morning. “They are still going in and we are putting the finishing touches on everything.”

Sunday’s schedule saw a full slate of events, including the 4-H Style Review, Open Class Beef Breeding Show, wrestling and truck wars.

Piehl said the 4-H members in the county are one of the largest contingents in the state.

Picnic Honors Tradition

July 30, 2012

NEW BREMEN — When runners took off for the Firemen’s Picnic Memorial 5K Saturday morning, they left with an extra bit of motivation.

“One thing that was different this year was we did a shadow run during our 5K,” New Bremen/German Township Firefighter Nate Neikamp said.

Tony Utz, of the 37th infantry brigade based at Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan, and a firefighter for the New Bremen/German Township Fire Department, ran a 5K Saturday morning in Afghanistan.

July 27th

Local Students Travel To National Youth Event

July 27, 2012

ST. MARYS — Two St. Paul’s United Church of Christ youths spent a few days on the campus of Purdue University earlier this month, joining a group of teens from across the nation for an event that occurs every four years.

Rededication Plans Move On

July 27, 2012

WAPAKONETA — Former elected officials and representatives from throughout Auglaize County are to lead a courthouse rededication ceremony this fall.

Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, the ceremony is open to everyone and is to be followed by an open house throughout the afternoon. A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 23, also has been set.

Unemployment Edges Up

July 27, 2012

ST. MARYS — After months on the downswing, unemployment rates across the region edged slightly higher in June.

In data released earlier this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent to settle in at 5.8 percent for June. That figure put the county among the lowest in the state. Mercer County, which has the lowest unemployment in the state, saw an increase of  0.4 percent to 4.6 percent for the month. Last year, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate sat at 7.9 percent.

Patrol Arrests Up

July 27, 2012

ST. MARYS — In six months, troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have made more than 30 drug-related arrests in Auglaize County.

In data released earlier this week by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers statewide have made 3,963 arrests during the first six months of 2012. Lt. Scott Carrico, of the Wapakoneta Post, said troopers have been focusing on the Interstate-75 corridor.

Daughter, Father Reunite

July 27, 2012

ST. MARYS — When he gave his daughter up for adoption, Matt Paul, a college student in Arizona at the time, knew it was what was best for her.

“I had no future yet,” he said. “I was still in college, I had a part-time job, and her mother was the same that I was.”

Having been raised by a loving adoptive family himself, Paul said his positive experience helped him come to the decision.

“I think if I would not have gone through it, I might not have thought about it, but I had a great childhood,” he said.

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