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January 2nd, 2012

NKPD Offers Serivce

January 2, 2012

NEW KNOXVILLE — A service is now available to New Knoxville residents and businesses interested in looking into their security.

The New Knoxville Police Department is offering a security service to help village residents and businesses make their property safer. The police department offers security surveys, in which officers will walk through and evaluate the security of a property, based on a list of items.

December 30th, 2011

Councilors Thank Trio

December 30, 2011

ST. MARYS — Local councilors recognized those who are leaving their city duties during their last meeting of the year Friday evening.

St. Marys City Councilors passed three resolutions of appreciation during their Friday night meeting, recognizing Todd Fleagle, Michael Kleinhenz and Greg Freewalt.

"It's been a pleasure working with them," Law Director Kraig Noble said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing them around the community, and I know they'll still be interested in what goes on in the community."

Local Health Challenge To Kick Off

December 30, 2011

ST. MARYS — With the arrival of the new year, area residents may again choose to compete in an annual competition while working toward a healthier lifestyle.

The Grand Health Challenge and Grand Health Family Challenge, organized by The Evening Leader and the Wapakoneta Daily News in conjunction with Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, are both set to return, as weigh ins being on Jan. 3.

4-Hike Series Along Canal To Warm Up Winter Season

December 30, 2011

ST. MARYS — Area organizations have partnered to present multiple opportunities for residents to get out of the house and explore nature this season.

"The Lockkeeper's Winter Canal Hike is the first of four hikes," Heritage Trails Park District Director Allison Brady said. "We have one per month for four months."

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.

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