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November 2nd, 2011

Minster Voters To Cast Ballots For Renewal Levy

November 2, 2011

MINSTER — On Tuesday, Minster residents will head to the polls to decide the fate of a number of issues.

One of these issues will be the renewal of a five-year Permanent Improvement Levy for Minster Local Schools.

“We have records that show that this levy has been in place since before 1976,” Minster Local Schools Superintendent Brenda Boeke said in a recent address to the Minster Service Club. “So for 35 years we’ve had a commitment by this community to support the levy. We appreciate that greatly.”

November 1st

Full Slate For Council-At-Large

November 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — The race for the three St. Marys City Council-at-Large seats has a field of former and current officeholders as well as a newcomer.

Incumbents Ron Ginter, 813 Lake Ave., and Jim Harris, 413 Concord Ave., are seeking re-election as Kristine Collins, 216 Walnut St., and Lyndella Andrews, 702 Columbia St., are seeking to regain a spot on city council. Joining the four is political newcomer Bob Fitzgerald, 1713 Fenway Court, who brings the slate of candidates to five.

Baby Boutique Open To Public

November 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local organization has opened shop to the public to provide baby-related products to area residents at a lower cost.

The Baby Boutique, of the Family Life Center of Auglaize County, is now open to the public. The once member-only boutique provides new or gently used baby products at a discounted rate. Family Life Center Director Candice Dicke said the change was made to bring awareness of what the center has to offer area residents.

October 31st

Wapakoneta Cleared For Playoffs

October 31, 2011

WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said officials with the Wapakoneta City Schools met with Dr. Dan Ross, Commissioner of the OHSAA and his Assistant Commissioners at their office in Columbus.

"After having a discussion, we are happy to say that we will be participating in the Ohio High School football playoffs," Horner said in a statement. "We wish all the students athletes participating in any sport good luck in their playoff or tournament. Wapakoneta City School officials will not have any further comment."

Weekly Happenings

October 31, 2011

October

Oct. 31: The New Knoxville Community Library will hold storytime from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

A Zumba class will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. today at Woodland Rollerdome in St. Marys.

November

Nov. 1: The F.J. Stallo Memorial Library of Minster will hold storytime from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today for 3 to 5-year-olds.

5 To Face Off For NB BOE

October 31, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Five candidates will be competing for two open slots next week in the New Bremen Board of Education election.

Scott Bertke, Kami Fox, Troy Grillot, Robert Parker and Timothy Paul are on the ballot for two spots in the Nov. 8 election.

Bertke, a lifelong resident of New Bremen, said he is interested in joining the school board because he would like to serve the community.

Heroes, Cartoons Turn Out For Cider Time

October 31, 2011

NEW BREMEN — The products of hours of hard work and an abundance of creativity were on display Sunday afternoon at Crown Pavilion as area children and adults participated in the annual Cider Time Parade and costume contest.

The annual event, organized by the American Legion Post 241, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 241 and the New Bremen EMS, began with a parade through New Bremen, starting at La Piazza and ending at Crown Pavilion, where participants were met with donuts and cider.

October 28th

A Soldier’s Story

October 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys native went back to school to speak about his experience as a soldier with a unique duty to eighth-grade students on Friday at St. Marys Middle School.

La Vern “Vern” Pax visited all the eighth-grade middle school students in their social studies class periods on Friday, explaining what his duties were as a member of the Honor Guard.

DECA Kicks Off Competitions

October 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — A group of local junior and senior high school students recently competed in a district competition as part of a class.

Memorial High School students in DECA — or Distributive Education Clubs of America — attended the District 3 Fall Leadership Conference held Oct. 5 at Ohio Northern University.

"It was a general competition to introduce the students to some of the competitive events they will work on throughout the year," DECA Adviser Heidi Lisi said.

Wine Guilty Of GSI

October 28, 2011

WAPAKONETA — After almost 13 hours of deliberations spread across two days, a jury in the rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist issued a verdict.

The jury of six men and six women found Douglas Wine, 52, guilty of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of sexual battery and rape, a first-degree felony.

While Wine was indicted on the rape charge, Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple instructed jurors they could consider the gross sexual imposition and sexual battery charges as lesser included offenses.

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