September 9th, 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.
Thursday, Sept. 8
St. Henry at Minster, 5:30 p.m.
St. Marys at Elida, 6 p.m.
New Knoxville at Parkway, 5:30
New Bremen at Fort Rec., 5:30
Celina at Defiance, 6 p.m.
Bath at Wapakoneta, 6 p.m.
Elida at St. Marys, 5 p.m.
New Knoxville at Botkins, 5 p.m.
Defiance at Celina, 5 p.m.
Wapakoneta at Bath, 5 p.m.
St. Marys at Coldwater, 5 p.m.
LCC at Wapakoneta, 5 p.m.
Kathryn G. “Kathy” Welker, 58, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, surrounded by her family.
She was born on March 23, 1953, in Lima, to William “Bill” and Emmagene (Keller) Cool. Her mother survives in Wapakoneta, and her father preceded her in death.
On March 19, 1983, she married Thomas C. Welker Sr., and he survives her.
Myrtle Lietz, 92, of St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller – Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys.
Buddy Dials, 70, of St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at his residence.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
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.
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.
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.
MINSTER — On Tuesday, Minster Village Councilors agreed to craft an ordinance for a four-way stop at the intersection of Garfield and Third streets.
Minster Village Administrator Don Harrod said during a recent traffic survey, 342 cars passed through the intersection in a four-hour period on a Thursday morning.
“So there’s a lot of traffic down through there,” Harrod said.
CELINA — A local university is working with area companies in hopes to provide well-educated employees to fill existing voids in the local job market.
Wright State University Lake Campus now offers a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a focus on manufacturing. S. Narayanan, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the main campus, wanted to start the program in Celina and chose Ruby Mawasha to serve as the director of the new program at the Lake Campus.