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October 18th, 2011

BOE Candidates Appear At Forum

October 18, 2011

ST. MARYS — A group of local school board candidates participated in a debate Monday evening.

The seven candidates competing for the two positions on the St. Marys Board of Education participated in a debate sponsored by the St. Marys Education Association to a crowd of residents, teachers and students.

The debate was monitored by Randy Elsass, who questioned candidates Ronda Shelby, Ken Koverman, Josie Slater, Brian Little, Bob Valentine, Keith Jacobs and John Lampert.

Driver In Court

October 18, 2011

CELINA — A Korean man accused of causing a collision that took the life of a 3-year-old Minster girl made his initial appearance in court on Monday.

Flanked by a translator, Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, appeared in Mercer County Municipal Court on a charge of vehicular manslaughter, a fourth-degree felony. The charge stems from a Saturday morning collision at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township. Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, of Minster, died from injuries suffered in the collision.

October 17th

Weather Helps Walk

October 17, 2011

ST. MARYS — Mother Nature cooperated on Sunday as an annual festival returned with some new additions.

The 42nd annual Kiwanis Walk with Nature Fall Festival attracted a large crowd to Memorial Park, fueled in part by a warm autumn afternoon. Walkers hit the towpath along the Miami and Erie Canal to take part in the walk. As they returned, walkers were greeted with a variety of activities, including a farmers’ market as well as Civil War re-enactors, a car show and live music.

Troops Answer Call To Duty

October 17, 2011

ST. MARYS — Hundreds of people packed the gym at Memorial High School on Sunday to pay their respects to members of a locally based Ohio Army National Guard Unit that is slated to serve in Afghanistan later this year.

October 16th

Minster Girl Killed In Collision

October 16, 2011

CELINA – A 3-year-old Minster girl was killed in a collision Saturday morning and the driver is being held on criminal charges.

October 14th

District To Teach Bus Safety

October 14, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local school district is joining others throughout the nation in reminding students and residents about the importance of school bus safety.

The St. Marys City School District is participating in National School Bus Safety Week beginning Monday. This year’s theme, “Be aware — know the danger zone,” stresses the importance of students being cautious any time they must cross the street.

Cards To Spread Sunshine

October 14, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Elementary and middle school students will be digging through their couches next week to help raise money for the New Bremen/New Knoxville Rotary Sunshine Project.

The fundraiser, Rays of Sunshine, sponsored by the New Bremen Middle School Student Council, will be held Oct. 17-25. Students have been encouraged to find loose change to help raise money for an accessible playground that will be built in Bremenfest Park next year. Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce Director Scott Frey spoke with students Friday afternoon about the fundraiser.

Riders To March At Invite

October 14, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local marching band will be showcasing its skills at a statewide event.

The St. Marys All-Brass Marching Band will be performing at the 2011 Buckeye Invitational at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. today.

The event began at 9 a.m., and the day’s activities will end with a special performance by The Ohio State University Marching Band at 7:05 p.m.

St. Marys Band Director Dane Newlove noted the St. Marys All-Brass Band had to apply to be featured in the invitational.

Bike Ride To Benefit Group

October 14, 2011

ST. MARYS — Bicycle enthusiasts can converge on St. Marys on Saturday to raise money for a nonprofit that benefits the developmentally disabled.

Area families can participate in the Good for Business Canals Locks and Bagels 2011 Family Fun Ride, a second-ever family bike ride.

“The nonprofit Good for Business started three years ago when funding for people with disabilities was cut so drastically, we wanted to find a way to develop alternate sources for people with disabilities to find jobs,” Good for Business Director Karen Blumhorst said.

Rangers Learn Fire Lessons

October 14, 2011

NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville/Washington Township Fire Department visited New Knoxville Local School Thursday to teach students about fire safety.

Students started the day with a fire drill. Throughout the day, classes viewed a video about different fire safety related topics and also had a lesson with the visiting fire department. At the end of the fire safety program, students were given informational material and a small gift.

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