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October 21st, 2011
ST. MARYS — State Rep. Robert Sprague spoke about the progress that has been made by the legislature Thursday night as the keynote speaker at the Auglaize County Republican Party fall rally.
When Sprague arrived in office in February, the state was facing an $8 billion budget deficit. He noted that 40 percent of the budget goes toward education and 33 percent toward Medicaid.
“Two programs that are absolutely critical to our state make up 73 percent of the budget,” Sprague said.
ST. MARYS — A local hall of fame will be adding three more inductees as part of an annual ceremony this weekend.
The Memorial High School Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame will welcome J. Paul VanderHorst for academic/professional achievement, Robert W. Reed for service to St. Marys City Schools and John D. Kuenzel for athletic achievement during the induction ceremony Saturday at the St. Marys Eagles.
“This is our fifth class of inductees,” Memorial High School Alumni Foundation President Bill Kellermeyer said.
ST. MARYS — Two of the three mayoral candidates for the city of St. Marys appeared at a public forum and told voters why they should be the next mayor.
Incumbent Democrat Greg Freewalt and Republican challenger Patrick McGowan appeared at the informational session hosted by the St. Marys Rotary Club. Nonpartisan candidate Pam Hobler was invited to appear at the forum but declined the invitation because of time conflicts with her job. Hobler supplied written responses that will be included among the other candidates’ answers.
ST. MARYS — A local senior citizen organization has been helping veterans share their war experiences for the past year.
The Auglaize County Council on Aging’s Vet-2-Vet program allows local veterans to talk with fellow veterans the first Friday of each month. Trena Chiles, outreach specialist and wellness coordinator for the ACCA, said the program started from interactions with her own father.
ST. MARYS — Local students have been utilizing some new equipment in their school to enhance what they are learning in their classrooms.
Students at St. Marys Primary School recently received new computers in their computer lab, bringing their equipment up-to-date with the computers and technology currently utilized in their classrooms.
“We got 26 new computers,” Principal Sue Sherman said. “They are awesome.”
ST. MARYS — A group of local school board candidates participated in a debate Monday evening.
The seven candidates competing for the two positions on the St. Marys Board of Education participated in a debate sponsored by the St. Marys Education Association to a crowd of residents, teachers and students.
The debate was monitored by Randy Elsass, who questioned candidates Ronda Shelby, Ken Koverman, Josie Slater, Brian Little, Bob Valentine, Keith Jacobs and John Lampert.
CELINA — A Korean man accused of causing a collision that took the life of a 3-year-old Minster girl made his initial appearance in court on Monday.
Flanked by a translator, Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, appeared in Mercer County Municipal Court on a charge of vehicular manslaughter, a fourth-degree felony. The charge stems from a Saturday morning 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.
ST. MARYS — Mother Nature cooperated on Sunday as an annual festival returned with some new additions.
The 42nd annual Kiwanis Walk with Nature Fall Festival attracted a large crowd to Memorial Park, fueled in part by a warm autumn afternoon. Walkers hit the towpath along the Miami and Erie Canal to take part in the walk. As they returned, walkers were greeted with a variety of activities, including a farmers’ market as well as Civil War re-enactors, a car show and live music.
ST. MARYS — Hundreds of people packed the gym at Memorial High School on Sunday to pay their respects to members of a locally based Ohio Army National Guard Unit that is slated to serve in Afghanistan later this year.
CELINA – A 3-year-old Minster girl was killed in a collision Saturday morning and the driver is being held on criminal charges.