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June 24th, 2011

Weekend Happenings

June 24, 2011

June 25: The Reach for Two food drive starts today and runs through July 4. Barrels are located at Kroger and Pantry Pride in St. Marys. The Spencerville Summerfest ends today. Moulton Homecoming will be held today.  The Covered Bridge Farmers Market in Memorial Park will be held from 8 a.m. to noon today in St. Marys.

Celina PD Arrests 2 For Huffing

June 24, 2011

CELINA — The Celina Police Department has made arrests in two separate incidents that involve suspects abusing a household product by huffing.  In the first incident officers were called to a home at 7:23 a.m. May 31 after neighbors saw a teenager that appeared to be huffing paint, sitting on the porch.  Officers arrived to find Kyle A.

Authors Shed Light On St. Marys Native

June 24, 2011

ST. MARYS — Two authors stopped at a local library to speak on a writer with ties to the area who was a household name in his prime, as part of a presentation Thursday evening.

Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziak presented on their biography on St. Marys native Jim Tully, titled “Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler,” at the St. Marys Community Public Library.

Green Plant Comes To Celina

June 24, 2011

CELINA — The city of Celina and SolarVision, LLC, broke ground on the Celina Renewable Energy Center  Thursday, marking the beginning of construction on the sixth and largest solar power installation for SolarVision in Ohio.

SolarVision President Greg Kuss said the center is a unique project.

“This is the only installation like this in the world that I’m aware of,” Kuss said. “This is a historic day. This doesn’t happen every day”

June 23rd

Local Official Eager To Get Started

June 23, 2011

NEW BREMEN — A local village recently named a new official to its ranks, as the former employee recently relocated to the East Coast.

Angela Hamberg was recently hired as the economic development director, and she was officially sworn into the position last week

Hamberg, who lives in New Bremen with her husband, Joe, and her three sons, Andrew Micheal, Cole Hamberg and Benjamin Hamberg, said she went for the position because of her ties with the community.

“I have lived in New Bremen for 13 years,” Hamberg said.

Park Sees Flurry Of Visitors

June 23, 2011

ST. MARYS — A new addition to K.C. Geiger Park should be open for play in the coming weeks.

During a parks and recreation meeting earlier this year, a group of residents inquired about the feasibility of installing a frisbee golf course at K.C. Geiger Park. St. Marys Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock green-lit the plan and said he expected the course to open soon.

June 22nd

Church To Host Concert

June 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — The Wayne Street United Methodist Church will be holding the first-ever Waynestock Living for the Rock concert on July 23 in the church sanctuary.

The all-day event will feature a variety of music, including some local talent. The lineup includes Just Us Gospel Quartet, Bill Parrish, Awaken Band, Days Apart, Lori Triplett and Harlend Band. Doors will open at 2 p.m. with the first band set to play at 2:30 p.m.

Keith Jacobs said he expects Just Us Gospel Quartet and Triplett to be a large draw.

Summer Concert Series Starts Sunday

June 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — Locals looking to stay in town and still be able to hear local bands, can head over to Memorial Park as the 2011 Rotary Summer Concert Series kicks off on Sunday.

Six performers will be featured this year during the program, which has been occurring in St. Marys for more than 20 years, Chair Jeff Squire said.

“Rotary sponsors the Summer Concert Series, and as part of the Rotary Club, I’m the chair of the concert series,” Squire noted.

Rates Edge Up

June 22, 2011

ST. MARYS — After months on the decline, the unemployment rate in Auglaize County edged slightly higher in May.

According to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent, an increase of 0.3 percent from April’s 7.3 percent. Last year the unemployment rate for the county was at 9 percent.

June 21st

City Unveils 2012 Budget

June 21, 2011

ST. MARYS — Members of a city committee got the first glimpse of the 2012 budget for the city of St. Marys.

St. Marys Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock unveiled the preliminary 2012 budget during a finance committee meeting Monday night. The proposed measure clocked in at $44.73 million, more than $3 million less than the 2011 budget of $47.85 million. As of June 17, the city has incurred expenditures of $16.45 million. In 2008, the city spent $50.39 million. It spent $45.85 million in 2009 and $40.17 million in 2010.

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