March 12th, 2014
Donald L. “Mick” McDermitt, 81, of St. Marys, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital after a long battle with leukemia.
He was born on Aug. 31, 1932, in New Bremen, the son of Clarence “Shorty” and Cordelia (Quellhorst) McDermitt.
Don graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School in 1950. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 and served four years. After his military time, he worked as a mechanic at Dull’s Texaco Service Station.
Thomas L. Gabel, 82, formerly of New Knoxville, died on Sunday, March 15, 2014, at Gulfside Regional Hospice in Zephyrhills, Fla.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1932, in Columbus, to William Henry and Ruth (McPherson) Gabel.
On Jan. 31, 1953, in Washington, D.C., he married Gloria June McHugh, who died on Jan. 2, 2000.
He later married Ruth Hildreth in 2001, who survives in Columbus.
CELINA — Deputies in Mercer County are investigating a fatal collision that took place this morning.
At approximately 6:59 a.m. today, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office received a call from a person, who was driving a hydraulic crane on Ohio 29 and Harris Road, reporting his vehicle was struck in the rear.
Paul D. Helmer, 20, of 435 Parker Street, St. Marys, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on Oct. 29, 1993, in Dayton, the son of Derrill and Deborah (Rogge) Helmer.
He is survived by his father, Derrill Helmer, of St. Marys; his mother, Deborah Helmer, of Dayton; his paternal grandparents, Sherrill (Kay) Helmer, of Dayton; maternal grandfather Dan (Shirley) Rogge, of Dayton; maternal grandmother Diane Daley, of Dayton.
ST. MARYS — Deputies from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a rural St. Marys man.
At approximately 1:15 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office received a call of a male hanging from a bridge support in the 7000 block of Washington Pike. Deputies and detectives from the sheriff’s office responded to the scene and located a deceased male hanging upside down from the bridge with his leg caught in a guardrail support post.
WAPAKONETA – The Marion Local Flyers won their first district title in a decade with a dominating defensive effort in a 44-34 win over the Arlington Red Devils in a Division IV district title game at Wapakoneta High School on Friday night.
Marion Local held Arlington to seven or fewer points in three of the four quarters en route to the district championship.
ST. MARYS — A local law enforcement official says a proposal that would require ignition interlock devices for first-time OVI offenders in order to drive strips oversight from county judges.
Ohio State Reps. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) introduced House Bill 469, also known as Annie’s Law, on Thursday. The bill would require first-time OVI offenders to use an ignition interlock device in order to operate a motor vehicle. Annie’s Law is named for Annie Rooney, who was killed by a drunk driver in July.
The Grand Lake St. Marys area and the area’s leagues had numerous players named to the Associated Press Northwest All-District lists released on Thursday night.
St. Marys junior Isaac Fitzgerald and Roughrider sophomore Nathan Wilker both received special mention all-district honors.
Celina’s Ryan Hoyng, a 6-3 junior who averaged 20.3 points per game, was named Second Team all-district. Logan Delong and Mason Ross of Celina were both special mention.
TIPP CITY — New Knoxville senior Haley Horstman walked slowly to the bench after fouling out in the final half minute of Thursday night’s regional semifinal. Fans from both sides in the filled-to-the-brim gymnasium at Tippecanoe High School stood and gave a curtain call ovation for the finish of a record-setting four seasons and one last tournament run for the New Knoxville girls basketball team she helped stoke.