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December 30th

NK Ends Year

December 30, 2011

NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Village Council held its year-end meeting Thursday night, passing a slew of ordinances in preparation for a new year.

Councilors passed the second reading and waived the third on a wage ordinance, after deciding to give electric department on-call workers an hour of pay at their Dec. 13 meeting.

“When we came out of executive session (on Dec. 13), we didn’t pass anything,” Mayor Keith Leffel said. “What I’d like to do is have the second reading and waive the third reading.”

December 29th

NYE Event to Benefit Lake

December 29, 2011

CELINA — Area residents can ring in the new year Saturday night while helping benefit Grand Lake St. Marys.

Romer’s Catering will again host its Save the Waves New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Saturday night, and a portion of each ticket will be donated to the Lake Restoration Commission.

Romer’s Catering Director of Sales and Marketing Angela Schmitz said the success of last year’s event prompted its continuation this year.

TV Ties: Village Has Television, History Connection

December 29, 2011

NEW BREMEN — For fans of the History Channel’s popular antique show, “American Pickers,” it’s no secret that one of the show’s stars has a soft spot for bicycles, but what may not be so known is when the two pickers find some sort of cycle, they turn to a local museum for some help.

“American Pickers,” which runs new episodes at 9 p.m. on Monday, follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they “pick” barns, basements, junkyards and more searching for antiques across America.

December 28th

St. Marys Library To Host Crafters On Friday Mornings

December 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — Beginning in January, area crafters will have a meeting place to socialize with fellow crafters while working on their latest creation.

The St. Marys Community Public Library will host Friday Morning Handicraft Time starting Jan. 7. Adult Services Coordinator Beth Keuneke said the meeting will fill a void in the community.

“There are other places — not right in this community — that do have knitting circles and that kind of thing,” Keuneke said. “I thought I’d try it and see if it would work here.”

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.

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