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March 12th, 2012

Century Grill Opens

March 12, 2012

“Leader Look Back,” is a collection of stories and headlines from 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week. This week’s edition examines stories from March 5 to March 11, 1937, 1962 and 1987.

75 years ago: Memorial High School lost to Wapakoneta 35-15 in a district tournament game in Kenton. Four seniors — Norman Arnett, Ed Yoder, Otto Glass and Warren Broyles — were given the chance to start for the Riders.

Expo Highlights Businesses

March 12, 2012

ST. MARYS — Approximately 20 local businesses took part in the first-ever business expo on Saturday, sponsored by a fledgling business organization in St. Marys.

The St. Marys Community Partnership took over the Union Hall on South Street for the St. Marys Business Expo. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., served as a way to pair local businesses with residents throughout the community.

Pit Bulls Attack Celina Man

March 12, 2012

CELINA — The Celina Police responded to a call of a subject being attacked by a pit bull at 4:22 p.m. Friday.

Officers arrived to find the victim was in a basement of a home at 214 Elm St. The attack was ongoing as officers arrived and the victim was pinned in the far corner of the basement by the dogs involved.One of the dogs was hanging on his left leg and he could not reach the basement stairs.

March 9th

Annual Bowling Event Set To Return

March 9, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local organization pairing mentors and children is hosting its annual fundraiser next week.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties is putting on its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event next week.

“It is the 16th at 7 p.m.,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties Executive Director Abby Balster said. “Bowling begins at 7 p.m.”

Flamingoes Invade Region

March 9, 2012

NEW BREMEN — Flocks of flamingos have taken over the yards of area residents who are helping raise money for a local charity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert counties has teamed up with Preferred Insurance Center for a fundraiser that is sending pink flamingos to the yards of New Bremen and St. Marys residents.

Driver Found Guilty In Death

March 9, 2012

CELINA — A Korean man was found guilty of causing an accident that claimed the life of a Minster girl in October.

During a change-of-plea hearing in Mercer County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon, Jinghao Xu, 50, pleaded no contest to one count of vehicular homicide, a fourth-degree felony. The charge stems from an Oct. 15 collision at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township. Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, of Minster, died from injuries suffered in the collision.

Tavern To Host Pool Event

March 9, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local tavern will hold a fundraiser this weekend to benefit the an Ohio charity.

The Friendly Tavern, located at 115 S. Main. St., St. Marys, will be selling chicken dinners and holding a doubles pool tournament on Saturday to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region.

Friendly Tavern employee Sondra Thatcher said chicken dinners will cost $7 per dinner and will be served starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and will continue to sell until they are gone.

Que's To Reopen

March 9, 2012

NEW BREMEN — A business displaced by a fire that swept through a downtown New Bremen building has relocated and will reopen next week.

Que’s Barber Shop, which was housed in the same building as Fireside Pub, will reopen March 15 at 201 N. Main St., New Bremen. The barbershop, along with the restaurant, sustained severe damage during a fire on Feb. 27 that saw flames shoot through the top of the building.

March 8th

Library Talks Finances

March 8, 2012

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Community Public Library Board of Trustees reviewed the library’s 2012 permanent appropriations at the regular meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Among the adjustments made from the temporary appropriations, $3,000 was moved to the facilities maintenance and repair fund and the children and young adult line items were combined into one fund.

March 7th

Investigation Continues In Cases

March 7, 2012

CELINA — The investigation into a double homicide and home invasion in Mercer County continues.

In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the investigation into the homicides of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube on Nov. 29 and 30, near Fort Recovery, and the home invasion of Kathy and William Fair, near Mendon, are still  being investigated. The two cases have not been linked although there are several similarities to the crimes.

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