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December 28th

Local Teacher Wins Award, Moving On

December 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys teacher was named the top teacher for 2011 by a local organization.

St. Marys VFW Post 9289 recently named Kathy Jeffries its Teacher of the Year. Jeffries, a special education teacher, teaches at St. Marys Memorial High School.

“First they have a local winner, and then that winner goes on to the district level and could go on to the state and national level,” Jeffries said.

Taxes Down

December 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — Income tax receipts for November were off more than $40,000 from last year’s figures.

Last month, the city collected $262,863.34 in income taxes, down from $305,963.27 in 2010. The figure also is less than the totals collected in 2008 and 2009, which were $335,802.92 and $301,738.72, respectively.

December 27th

Troopers Urge Safety

December 27, 2011

ST. MARYS — With local highways expected to be busy with holiday traffic, a local state trooper stressed safety as motorists hit the road.

“The biggest thing this time of year is weather related,” said Sgt. Brian Jordan of the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. “I know we are supposed to get some snow this week.”

While driving in inclement weather, Jordan cautioned against tailgating.

“The biggest thing we see is assured cleared distance,” Jordan said.

December 26th

Chief: Trust Your Instincts

December 26, 2011

ST. MARYS — In the wake of a string of home invasions stretching from Lima to Dayton, a local police chief says there are a handful of things residents can do to keep homes — and themselves — safe from criminals.

“You should trust your intuition,” St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven said. “Animals have it. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.”

December 23rd

Investigation Continues

December 23, 2011

FORT RECOVERY — Investigators say they have made some progress in the double homicide of a father and daughter last month in Fort Recovery.

In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said deputies and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation from the Ohio Attorney General's Office Special Investigation Unit continue to comb evidence in the murders of Robert and Colleen Grube. The father and daughter were found bound and murdered on Nov. 30 in rural Fort Recovery.

Tree a Labor of 'Love'

December 23, 2011

NEW BREMEN — For New Bremen resident Jacki Love, putting together memorials for local servicemen and women really is a labor of love.

Love started putting organizing different ways to recognize those who are serving in the armed forces a few years ago, and she recently has set up a holiday recognition for them in the form of a Christmas tree, which will be up through the holidays.

Kindness Carried Family

December 23, 2011

MINSTER — During his time serving in Iraq, SPC Patrick Minnich received calendars from his wife full with acts of kindness she had encountered from the community.

Rangers Show Off Talents

December 23, 2011

NEW KNOXVILLE — Raylee Smith, Bobby Fu, Carly and Haley Fledderjohann and Morgan Leffel rounded out the top three performances in the Spanish Club Talent Show Thursday afternoon, as Rangers showed off a slew of talents for the annual event.

Dana Miles kicked off this year’s event, singing “Everyone Has a Song” while playing the bells.

“Everyone has a song,” Dana sang. “No one can steal it, for it is yours.”

December 22nd

Teens Learn Dangers Of 'TWD'

December 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — Local students listened to a recent graduate about the dangers of texting while driving during their health classes on Wednesday.

Shelby Core, a 2011 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, visited the students in Monica VanderHorst’s health classes on Wednesday to discuss texting while driving, a topic she chose to cover during an advocacy project in one of her classes at Ohio Northern University.

McGowan Appoints Interim SSD

December 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — The city’s top engineer has been named interim safety-service director in St. Marys.

Mayor-elect Patrick McGowan confirmed to The Evening Leader he has appointed current Engineering Superintendent Craig Moeller to serve as the city’s interim safety-service director. Current Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, so that he could accept the same position with the city of Celina.

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