Archive - News Article
August 9th, 2012
ST. MARYS — More than 20 girls took to the PAC stage at Memorial High School Wednesday night, dancing, smiling and curtsying in front of a packed crowd in hopes to be crowned the 2012 SummerFest Little Miss, a title that Emma Freewalt ultimately took home.
The 21 contestants were judged on an introduction, their model walk and an interview, and four were named to the 2012 SummerFest Little Miss Court. Emma, the daughter of Jeremy and Christie Freewalt, said she enjoyed her experience in the Little Miss SummerFest Pageant.
ST. MARYS — As one group of St. Marys youths arrived home, a group of Japanese youths came to visit as well.
The six St. Marys youth delegates and two chaperones arrived home from Awaji City, Japan, Monday evening, with the 11 youth delegates and two chaperones from Japan arriving in St. Marys Monday evening as well.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
7 p.m. — Little Miss SummerFest Pageant, Performing Arts Center, Memorial High School
Thursday, Aug. 9 — Supper and Sounds in Memorial Park
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Supper is served in Memorial Park
5:40 p.m. — Dinner Entertainment in the gazebo
6:45 p.m. — Opening ceremony - Memorial Park
7 p.m. - The Big Band Sound of AC Swing - gazebo
CELINA — The handler for the Mercer County K-9 unit has been suspended for more than a month in the wake of the animal’s death last week.
On Monday, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Deputy Chad Fortkamp, Zak’s handler, has been suspended without pay for 45 working days as a result of the events leading to the dog’s death last week. Grey noted the suspension equated to a $6,500 penalty.
CELINA — Dog lovers and their furry friends gathered at the shelterhouse at the Celina Rotary Dog Park Monday evening to remember one of their own — a fallen canine sheriff’s officer.
A group of area residents organized a celebration remembrance ceremony for Zak, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 who died last week after being left in the canine officer’s car.
ST. MARYS — The Evening Leader and the Wapakoneta Daily News will again have a $10,000 cash giveaway as a promotion for participating sponsors. The event, The $10,000 Dash for Cash, is being held after the success of previous giveaways.
This is the sixth time the newspapers have held a big-prize giveaway. Previously cars and gas cards have been given away.
Patrons can visit any of the 72 participating sponsors in The Evening Leader and Wapakoneta Daily News coverage area to enter.
WAPAKONETA — The grand champion market steer’s selling price, setting a new high-water mark for steers, highlighted the second day of the Auglaize County Fair livestock auction, but for the second consecutive year an emotional moment caused tears to flow for bidders and two exhibitors.
Caitlin Schaub sold the grand champion market steer for $20,000 to five buyers, far eclipsing the $11,600 paid for Paige Klopfenstein’s grand champion market steer last year.
ST. MARYS — Seven girls took to the stage on Sunday night, vying for the title of 2012 SummerFest Queen — in the end Brooke Hertenstein walked away with the crown and sash in front of a packed crowd at Memorial High School.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Hertenstein told The Evening Leader moments after being crowned. “I was not expecting it at all because I know all the girls did a pretty good job and I know it was really close.”
WAPAKONETA — An impaired Wapakoneta man struck the cruiser of a trooper from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and then attempted to flee the scene.
WAPAKONETA — A Wapakoneta man was killed in a wrong-way collision early Saturday morning on Interstate 75 near Cridersville.
At 12:55 a.m., dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) began receiving several reports of a pickup truck being driven south in the northbound lanes and troopers from both the Wapakoneta and Lima posts responded in an attempt to intercept the wrong-way motorist.
OSHP Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said before they were able to reach the motorist, he struck a commercial motor vehicle in a head-on collision.