Archive - News Article
January 20th, 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 Jan. 17 to 22, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Less than a day after 15 hams and shoulders were stolen from a smokehouse on the John Seewer farm, north of St. Marys, 14 of the hams were recovered by Sheriff William Nieter and his deputy Arthur Lawler. Three were arrested, including one juvenile. Roy Gorman and Gus Hilmer were charged with meat stealing.
CELINA — Grand Lake St. Marys welcomed a new flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Friday morning with a chartering ceremony at the Celina Moose Lodge.
NEW BREMEN — An area organization is selling butterflies to adorn a unique park that is set to open in the region this summer.
The New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary Club is currently raising funds to build the “Sunshine Playground” — a 100 percent handicapped-accessible playground, which would be the only one of its kind in West Central Ohio — that will be located in Bremenfest Park in New Bremen.
ST. MARYS — A carbon monoxide detector may have saved a few lives on Wednesday.
St. Marys Fire Chief Joey Weaver told The Evening Leader a call came into the fire department at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday advising of a possible carbon monoxide leak at 1298 Neil Ave. Weaver said when firefighters arrived, they detected elevated levels of the odorless gas.
"The occupant called us to check it out," Weaver said. "They were complaining for some headaches and wanted us to check the residence for CO."
ST. MARYS — At 17-years-old, MMCS Brock Luedeke made a decision that has impacted the rest of his life.
At the time, Luedeke, the son of Edward and Ginger Luedeke of Union City, Tenn., and Mike and Mary Zimmerman of St. Marys, was a senior in high school, anticipating his 18th birthday and making plans to attend the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. A friend of his had recently joined the military and referred Luedeke to a recruiter.
ST. MARYS — As of Thursday morning, the United Way of Auglaize County had raised $285,000 for its 2011 campaign, just $15,000 shy of its $300,000 goal, and a few phone calls made a big difference.
“This morning, (United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director) Randy (Fisher) and I were on the telephone, and at one point, I thought he was going to come through the telephone line to get a high five,” Campaign Chair Rex Katterheinrich said at the fourth annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon.
WAPAKONETA — The Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA) and the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education may be closer to reaching a contract agreement after a non-binding meeting Wed-nesday with the federal mediator overseeing their case.
“Informal discussion has led to a conceptual agreement that may lead to a resolution,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said this morning.
WAPAKONETA — Law enforcement officials are searching the eastern portion of the county for burglary suspects.
In a news release, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said deputies and detectives from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching the Buckland area for suspects in a burglary that occurred early this morning.
At approximately 3:03 a.m. today, a passerby noticed someone in the Trupointe business located at 101 Main Street in Buckland and called the sheriff’s office.
ST. MARYS — After two hours of discussion and listening to a presentation, members of a local school board agreed to move forward with a scheduling change at the high and middle school levels during a special meeting Wednesday evening.
Members of the St. Marys Board of Education met Wednesday evening to discuss the switch from a traditional schedule to a trimester schedule — with the deciding factor being the fact that students would receive more instructional time in a trimester schedule versus the traditional schedule the upper-level schools currently use.
CELINA — Local officials charged with helping lead the effort to heal Grand Lake St. Marys released their goals for 2012.
“Our main goal for 2012 is very simple — an advisory-free lake,” Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Facilitator Tom Knapke told a crowd gathered for the commission’s progress summit on Wednesday. “That means you put your toes in the water — that’s very important. We’ve made great progress last year, but that’s our goal for this year.”