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January 24th, 2012

Board Tours District

January 24, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local board members participated in an annual districtwide tour Monday morning.

Members of the St. Marys Board of Education, Lisa Tobin, Aaron Braun, Ralph Wiley, Brian Little and Ronda Shelby,  walked through the new high school-middle school complex, Dennings Vocational Building, St. Marys Primary School and St. Marys Intermediate School, as part of an annual board trip to see what their administration is requesting — which was submitted in December.

January 23rd

Driver Killed In Traffic Crash

January 23, 2012

CELINA — Deputies in Mercer County are investigating the county's first fatality of 2012.

In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said his office is investigating a single-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on Mercer-Darke County Line Road, just west of Cochran Road. At approximately 5:14 a.m. Monday, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office notified Mercer County Central Dispatch of a motor vehicle crash on the Mercer-Darke County Line Road. After Darke County deputies arrived, it was determined the crash occurred in Mercer County.

Weekly Happenings

January 23, 2012

Jan. 23: The St. Marys City Board of Education will hold a work session to tour the facilities today. The meeting will begin at the District Service Center, 1445 Celina Road at 7:30 a.m. The board will take action on revisions to the recently adopted 2012-13 school calendar before the beginning the tour.

There will be a Zumba class and a yoga class at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. respectively today at Woodland Rollerdome in St. Marys.

The St. Marys City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today.

Vendors Display Offerings

January 23, 2012

CELINA — Area wedding and party planners gathered at the Galleria of Celina Saturday and Sunday afternoon for Perfect Party Events & Catering’s third annual showcase.

A Reception For All Seasons opened at 1 p.m. Saturday with a room full of table settings, decorations and samples of food, drinks and photography. Event Manager Shelby O’Neill said the event provides an opportunity to show area planners what Perfect Party Events & Catering has to offer.

January 20th

Look Back In History

January 20, 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.

Coast Guard Celebration

January 20, 2012

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.

Butterflies To Add Personal Touch To Park

January 20, 2012

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.

CO Detected In Home

January 20, 2012

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."

Native Reflects On Service

January 20, 2012

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.

Campaign Reaches Goal

January 20, 2012

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.

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