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February 14th, 2012

Citizen Honored

February 14, 2012

ST. MARYS — A Japanese resident who played a large role in a cultural exchange with the city of St. Marys received honorary citizenship Monday night.

St. Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan bestowed honorary citizenship to Junko Tagawa during Monday night’s St. Marys City Council meeting. Tagawa has assisted with the sister city program with Awaji City in a variety of capacities since living in St. Marys.

February 13th

BOE Talks Finances

February 13, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local board of education held a work session Saturday morning to discuss the financial state of the St. Marys City School District and the possibility of cuts and a levy in the future.

Treasurer Tom Sommer gathered financial information for the board to review in beginning its budget talks. Sommer gathered information starting from 2004, when voters passed the emergency levy. He also included the forecast that was recently approved by board members.

February 10th

Flavorful Fundraiser

February 10, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local high school organization raised money by providing dinner for the public as part of a fourth-annual event.

During the Memorial High School National Honor Society’s Wing Ding, residents could snack on a catered meal by 2Willy’s barbecue of half a chicken, potato chips, applesauce and a roll with butter from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Commons area before the St. Marys-Ottawa Glandorf basketball game on Friday.

Students Stress Salute

February 10, 2012

NEW BREMEN — A group of area sixth-grade students are on a mission to educate the public about a topic that they have become knowledgeable and passionate about over the first half of their school year.

Prison Sentence Stayed

February 10, 2012

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys optometrist’s prison sentence has been stayed, pending the outcome of his appeal.

Cards Learn Importance Of Donations

February 10, 2012

NEW BREMEN — Area high school students learned about blood donation at an assembly Thursday afternoon in preparation for a blood drive that will be held later this month.

New Bremen sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered in the high school auditorium to learn about donating blood. Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Jeri Garringer said she is a regular blood donor.

Bill Could Require Tests

February 10, 2012

ST. MARYS — A proposed bill in the Ohio House could mean motorists would have to brush up on current traffic laws before renewing an operator’s license.

House Bill 400, introduced by Youngstown Democrat Robert Hagan, would require anyone renewing an operator’s license to take and pass a written test required by those applying for a permit and take and pass the road exam every other renewal. The bill, which was introduced in December, has been assigned to the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

February 9th

Deputies Investigating Apparent Suicide

February 9, 2012

CELINA — Deputies are investigating the apparent suicide of a Rockford man in northern Mercer County.

According to a news release issued by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, deputies were dispatched to Township Line Road, north of U.S. 33, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday via a 911 call received by Van Wert County authorities.

Official Presents Info Regarding Staffing

February 9, 2012

ST. MARYS —Before the St. Marys Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, community members heard from a representative from the Ohio Department of Education.

Mary Lou Holly, who works in the Office of Finance and Program Services, is the Ohio Department of Education Regional Coordinator for District 2. Holly reviewed a presentation she created on a staffing analysis of the St. Marys City Schools.

Mayor Talks Goals

February 9, 2012

ST. MARYS — As his sixth week in office draws to an end, St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan briefed members of the St. Marys Rotary Club on his goals and aspirations for  the city.

McGowan talked about the city’s strengths and weaknesses as well as some looming financial issues. One of the city’s biggest assets, he noted, is its financial footing.

“The city is blessed with its finances,” McGowan said. “Overall we are in good shape.”

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