November 30th, 2012
Ruth E. Leugers, 88, of St. Marys died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in the emergency department of JTDM Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born on May 15, 1924, in Celina to Edmund J. and Frances K. (Meyer) Pax.
On Nov. 20, 1946, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, OH she married Lloyd “Louie” Leugers, who preceded her in death on April 5, 2001.
ST. MARYS — For Memorial High School senior Megan Schmehl, life — for the moment — is all about school and sports.
Schmehl participates in cheerleading, soccer, and is on the bowling team at St. Marys. She played stopper and sweeper for the soccer team. Schmehl just joined the bowling team this year, after being recruited by the coach since she was a freshman.
“They’ve been trying to get me to do it for like, four years now,” Schmehl said. “I could never do it until the dual sporting came into play.”
ST. MARYS — An army of volunteers will soon take to the St. Marys Armory all in the name of giving this holiday season.
Goodfellows, which distributes toys and food to needy families within the St. Marys School District, is accepting applications for this season. St. Marys Community Foundation Administrator Mike Makley said the program has been active in the community for more than 50 years.
Ethel Jean Brewer, 71, of 712 W. North St., St. Marys, died at the Lima Memorial Hospital Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, after a brief illness. Ethel was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Sneedville, Tenn. the daughter of Norman and Grace (Cinnamon) Mullins.
Her father died shortly after Ethel was born, and she was lovingly raised by her mother and stepfather, Reuben Standifer.
She married Dean A. Brewer on Dec. 10, 1957, in Sneedville and on May 31, 2011, he preceded her in death.
Richard H. Brackman, 90, of 1528 State Route 716, Maria Stein, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center.
He was born on June 6, 1922, in Maria Stein to Vincent H. Brackman and Rosa E. Bohman, who preceded him in death.
ST. MARYS — The holiday season kicks off in St. Marys on Sunday as two winter events come together.
Winterfest and the Festival of Lights will take place in the area near the shelterhouse on High Street, between the Miami and Erie Canal and the St. Marys River. Winterfest will start at 3 p.m. with a parade through the streets of downtown St. Marys and end with Santa Claus making an appearance. Local musicians also are set to perform in the shelterhouse. Acts will play every 15 minutes from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with Christmas music during breaks.
CELINA — A year after a double homicide rocked a rural Mercer County town, Sheriff Jeff Grey says investigators are continuing to make progress in the case.
On Nov. 30, 2011, Robert and Colleen Grube were found duct taped and shot to death in their rural Fort Recovery home. There were no signs of forced entry into the home. The investigation into the deaths of the father and daughter has included hundreds of interviews and a review of scores of pieces of evidence. Members of the Ohio Attorney General's Office also are assisting in the case.
ST. MARYS — Local residents in search of a piece of pizza will soon have another option to satisfy their craving this week.
Dan Egbert, owner of the Woodland Rollerdome, will open Rinkside Pizza on Friday. The pizza place is located inside the skating rink and will replace the snack bar. Egbert and his wife, Victoria, have been working on the upgrade for the past year.
“We felt like the food needed to be upgraded,” Egbert said.
ST. MARYS — A three-year labor of love for a St. Marys native recently turned into his first published book.
“Harney Peak Revealed,” which hit bookshelves and online retailers, traces the historical importance of one of South Dakota’s hidden treasures. The book, penned by Bradley Saum — a 1985 graduate of Memorial High School — took several different shapes before the author settled on its format.
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys Roughriders tipped off boys basketball season with a 55-34 victory over Greenville.
As both teams seemed plagued by season-opening jitters and ice-cold shooting, Greenville led after the first quarter, 8-7 only to have St. Marys out-score them 14-2 in the second period to take a 21-10 lead into the locker room at intermission.