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November 25th, 2011

Tri Star Students Hold Meal To Help Others

November 25, 2011

ST. MARYS — Students from the Mercer and Auglaize county area took time out of their school day to serve an early Thanksgiving meal as part of an annual fundraiser.

The students at the Tri Star Dennings Building in St. Marys prepared and served an early Thanksgiving dinner for their peers, administrators and others during the annual event on Wednesday.

Center Holds Shoe Collection

November 25, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local organization is working to raise money through collecting used shoes.

The Family Life Center of Auglaize County is hosting the Barney the Shoeman Program, in conjunction with the Hands Across the Sea Foundation, through Nov. 30. The program "gives your old shoes a second chance, and makes shoes affordable to those who otherwise must go bare-foot," according to the Hands Across the Sea Foundation's website.

Merchants Gear Up

November 25, 2011

ST. MARYS — As bargain hunters braved the early morning hours today in search of deals, an army of retailers were hard at work beforehand prepping local stores.

“We’ve been preparing for a couple of weeks now,” St. Marys J.C. Penney Store Manager Peggy Martin said. “Our schedule is done three weeks in advance so we know who will be working and we are working on getting the merchandise ready to go. So, it’s been more than a few days of preparing.”

November 23rd

Vehicle Strikes, Kills Child

November 23, 2011

SIDNEY — A 3-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday following a collision with a car.

According to a news release from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Riverside Drive at approximately 5:39 p.m. to a report of a car that collided with a child.

Deputies determined a 2005 Hyundai was traveling west on Riverside Drive (Ohio 47), when a child ran into its path. The driver attempted an evasive measure in order to avoid hitting the child but was unable to do so. The vehicle struck the child in the roadway.

Village Tackles Snow Parking

November 23, 2011

NEW BREMEN — During their meeting Tuesday evening, area councilors took the first step in addressing an issue that comes up each winter.

New Bremen Village Councilors passed the first reading of the ordinance to enact street parking regulations when snow reaches a certain height.

New Bremen Police Chief Doug Harrod noted the village has had an issue with being able to plow public streets because of parked cars.

Barrels Delivered

November 23, 2011

ST. MARYS — As local residents take to the stores on Friday to begin holiday shopping, one local business owner says he hopes those shoppers pick up a little extra for those in need.

The annual Toys for Tots campaign kicked off this week. Local Coldwell Banker owner Steve Mackenbach delivered barrels to more than two dozen local businesses and factories with the goal of collecting toys for the annual Goodfellows program, which distributes the items to needy families in the St. Marys School District.

November 22nd

District Earns Ranking

November 22, 2011

MINSTER — Members of the Minster Board of Education received more details regarding the district’s state ranking during their meeting on Monday.

“We did fantastic,” Minster Superintendent Brenda Boeke said. “We are very, very proud of the fact that we’re 13th. A lot of thanks to our staff and our students — they worked very hard.”

The Ohio Department of Education used a performance index score to rank more than 900 school districts in the state of Ohio.

Cards Welcome Grandparents

November 22, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Area kindergarten students showed their appreciation to their grandparents Monday afternoon at an annual celebration.

New Bremen Elementary held its Grandparent’s Day, an hourlong program in which students sang songs while teachers Donna Schmitmeyer and Debbie Miller shared with the grandparents what students have told them about their grandparents. Miller began the program thanking the grandparents in attendance for all they’ve done for their grandchildren.

Drug Investigation Leads To Indictments

November 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — Five area residents were arrested on Monday as a result of investigations by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.

In a news release, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said the suspects were arrested following a six-month drug investigation by the task force.

Those arrested were:

• Gloria J. Steinke, 61, of St. Marys, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.

• Ralph D. Biederman, 49, of St. Marys, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.

November 21st

Church Opens Doors

November 21, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local church gave thanks Sunday morning in celebration of finding a permanent home.

New Community Church, now located at 1025 Greenville Road, St. Marys, recently opened its doors in a new location after 11 years without a permanent building.

“We’ve come a long way,” the Rev. Tom Schwind said to the congregation at Sunday morning’s open house. “We’ve stood together, we’ve worshiped together and now we’re ready to go out (to the community).”

 

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