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September 12th, 2011

Operators HAM It Up

September 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — A group of amateur radio operators from Auglaize and Mercer counties converged on Grand Lake St. Marys Saturday to take part in a contest that had them contacting people from as far away as China and Russia.

The Reservoir Amateur Radio Association once again took part in the Ohio State Parks On the Air program — a contest that pitted clubs from across Ohio. The event was sponsored by the Portage County Amateur Radio Service. Each club was tasked with contacting as many of the 75 state parks as possible during the eight-hour window.

Survivor Reflects On Escape

September 12, 2011

CELINA — A Celina native recounted his brush with death on Sept. 11, 2001, as part of a ceremony paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate price that day.

Jerry Winhoven had a first-hand view of the terrorist attack on New York City and the World Trade Center that fateful September morning. Winhoven, who was in one of the towers during the attacks, shared his story as the keynote speaker during a ceremony in memory the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park in Celina.

September 9th

Attacks spurred changes in county

September 9, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local county official says the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, forced emergency personnel across Auglaize County to reassess its capabilities in the event of a local disaster.

“It created a lot of work for us,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks a decade ago. “One was changing our plans and we updated a lot of plans.”

Firefighters reflect on Sept. 11

September 9, 2011

ST. MARYS — Firefighting was in the blood for St. Marys Firefighters/Paramedics Nick Scott and Doug Beougher.

The two were hired to the St. Marys Fire Department in October 2006, and both had family members who also served as first responders. Scott’s father was a firefighter, while Beougher’s grandfather, father, uncle and brother are all firemen.

“We both come from firefighting families,” Scott said.

Industries holds annual picnic

September 9, 2011

NEW BREMEN — A local employer gave its clients the day off as part of an annual get-together on Friday.

Auglaize Industries clients feted the end of summer with an annual celebration, as they ate, played games and enjoyed each other’s company.

“This is our client appreciation picnic,” Director Greg Ferrall said. “We hold an annual client picnic, and we do a Christmas party also, which is the last Friday that we work in December.”

The picnic, Ferrall said, is a way to give back to the clients.

Lake Campus Dean Visits Group

September 9, 2011

CELINA — A local campus head spoke to a networking group about her rise to her current career position during the group’s monthly meeting.

Bonnie Mathies, the dean of Wright State University Lake Campus, spoke to members of the Auglaize/Mercer Women in Business Networking Association and members of the Lake Campus’ Women Supporting Women group.

Mathies’ speech was titled “Who Knew” — and she described her journey from her college graduation to being named dean of the Lake Campus in May.

CSX Man Killed In Accident

September 9, 2011

WAPAKONETA — A Cincinnati man was killed Thursday morning after he was pinned between two CSX railcars.

According to a news release issued by Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, Dennis A. Hemme, 59, of Cincinnati, was killed after he was pinned between two train cars on the CSX rail just south of Taylor Road in Auglaize County. The sheriff’s office received a phone call reporting the incident at 5:16 a.m. Thursday.

September 8th

NB BOE To Host Tour

September 8, 2011

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Board of Education members urged residents to attend the tour next week in an effort to obtain input on what steps to take with the elementary building.

The board viewed pictures of damaged plumbing and electrical lines that were recently taken in the tunnels of the elementary building in addition to reviewing a script of the tour they took before the August board meeting. Board members agreed the condition of the building cannot be allowed to continue to deteriorate.

Cell Phone Policy Revamped

September 8, 2011

ST. MARYS — Local high school students entered this school year with a new policy change that allows them to use their cell phones during the school day.

St. Marys Memorial High School students are allowed to keep their cell phones on during the day — during certain times of the day — which was a change in the school’s previous policy on cell phones and other wireless communication devices.

CSX Engineer Killed In Accident

September 8, 2011

WAPAKONETA — A CSX railroad engineer was killed this morning in an accident on the CSX railroad tracks near Taylor Road close to the Auglaize-Shelby County border just off of County Road 25A.

Investigators at the scene were still evaluating evidence as of press time this morning, but he said it appears the engineer of the train was pinned between the engine and a railroad car during a switching operation.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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