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December 2nd

New Shop Opens Downtown

December 2, 2011

ST. MARYS — An apparel store opened its doors in downtown St. Marys Friday morning to area residents, offering a variety of school and custom, embroidered apparel.

Victory Apparel, located at 124 W. Spring St., St. Marys, offers a slew of local school apparel, including St. Marys, New Bremen, New Knoxville, Minster, Wapakoneta and Spencerville, in addition to a variety of Ohio State University apparel. Business Manager Sheila Goins said the owners of the local shop decided to expand into St. Marys to fill a need.

Officials Urge Caution

December 2, 2011

ST. MARYS — In the wake of this week’s snow storm, local officials are urging motorists to keep informed as winter draws closer.

“It’s really important to listen to weather forecasts this time of year,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said. “We try to put up notices early on our Facebook page early enough to catch them. We also don’t want people to think that if we put up a notice and we don’t get it that we are crying wolf.”

New Bremen Lights Tree

December 2, 2011

NEW BREMEN — An area village held its annual holiday kick off ceremony Thursday evening, officially turning on its holiday lights.

The New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary’s Christmas Tree Lighting was Thursday in Lock One Park, and it included hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa.

Investigators Probe Double Homicide

December 2, 2011

CELINA — A father and daughter were found dead Wednesday morning at their residence, bound with duct tape and dead from gun shot wounds.

December 1st

Otterbein Visitor Notes Available Benefits For Vets

December 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — A representative of the Veterans Service Commission spoke to area veterans about benefits they can obtain through the Department of Veterans Affairs Wednesday afternoon at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices.

Auglaize County Veterans Service Commission Investigator/Veterans Services Officer Lynne Skaggs explained to attendees some of the requirements to obtain pensions, health care benefits, transportation, compensation and financial assistance through the VA.

Wild Wednesday

December 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — Local students had a hands-on look at science as part of a group's annual visit to their school.

Students at St. Marys Primary School received a visit from COSI on Wheels on Wednesday, where they learned about wildlife.

"We talked about habitats — there are four different ones you have in Ohio," COSI Outreach Educator Jordan Rader said. "We also talked about wildlife biologists and the different things they do."

Wine Trial Set

December 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys optometrist is scheduled to stand trial again in February on a different set of alleged sex crimes.

Douglas J. Wine, 52, 227 Candlewood Place, is scheduled to stand trial on two counts each of rape, first-degree felonies, gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies, and sexual battery, third-degree felonies, starting Feb. 6 in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court. According to online court documents, seven days have been set aside for the trial.

Semi, Sedan Crash Sends 1 to Hospital With Injuries

December 1, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Troopers with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a crash at the intersection of State Route 66 and State Route 219, with one person being injured on Thursday.

Troopers were dispatched to the intersection at 6:17 a.m., and they are investigating the two-vehicle injury crash involving a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle.

November 30th

Residents to Vote for CIC’s ’12 Holiday Card

November 30, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Residents of a local community will have the opportunity to pick a village organization’s holiday card for next year.

During the New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary Club’s Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, residents will be able to vote on the New Bremen Community Improvement Corp.’s 2012 Christmas card as part of the CIC’s Christmas Card Photo Contest.

Santa Parade, Winterfest on Sunday

November 30, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local festival and parade returns this weekend, welcoming Santa into town.

Winterfest and the Santa parade will take place on Sunday, officially kicking off the holiday season in St. Marys.

Winterfest, which is put on by the St. Marys Optimist Club, will start first — beginning with a popular winter-season activity.

“We’ll have ice skating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” Optimist Winterfest Chair Virg Bertke said.

She noted the ice skating was a new event last year.

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