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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.

December 21st

Campaign Nears Milestone

December 21, 2011

WAPAKONETA — Since its campaign kick-off in October, the United Way of Auglaize County has raised more than $240,000 of its $300,000 goal this year to aid Auglaize County residents in need.

Though many have reported their results, United Way of Auglaize County Director Randy Fisher said approximately 18 workplace campaigns have yet to report.

“Some of our major donors out there have yet to contribute to this year’s campaign,” he said.

Unemployment Plunges

December 21, 2011

ST. MARYS — After edging up slightly in October, unemployment numbers in Auglaize County fell by 1 percent in November.

In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate settled in at 6.4 percent, down 1 percent from its October rate of 7.4 percent. A year ago, the unemployment rate for the county sat at 8.4 percent.

December 20th

Drug Bust Nets 13

December 20, 2011

WAPAKONETA — A drug sweep of the area Monday by local law enforcement officers ensnared more than a dozen people on a myriad of drug-related charges.

Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Task Force members started early Monday, arresting 13 people in Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Celina and Lima.

Fire Destroys Home In Buckland

December 20, 2011

BUCKLAND — A Buckland woman was injured as she tried to save her dog from a fire that engulfed her home early this morning.

The dog perished in the fire and Becky Krites, 45, who suffered burns from trying to save him, was transported by Cridersville EMS to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima and then transferred to Columbus for further treatment.

“It looks like she was injured trying to get back in to get the dog out,” Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said of the former Buckland Village Council member.

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