May 8th, 2012
ST. MARYS — A local girl has moved on in a speech competition, after winning the state level this weekend.
On Saturday in Lima, Clare Caywood competed at the state level of the God, Flag and Country speech contest.
“I was surprised because the boy who spoke before me was really good, and I was ready to get second place,” Clare said of her first-place win at state.
After winning first, Clare will move on to the national level.
“Next, I go to the national competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 7,” she said.
Gladys M. McGee, 86, of 1125 Shimp Drive, Celina, died at 8:05 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at the Celina Manor.
She was born on Oct. 11, 1925, in Celina, to Thomas B. and Lillie (Coate) McGee, and they preceded her in death.
She is survived by a sister; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her four brothers; three sisters.
Charles Gary Kitchen, 68, of 16244 Ohio 66 North in rural St. Marys, died on Friday, May 4, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on April 24, 1944, in Lawrence County, Ky., to Milton G. Kitchen and Lydia Newsome, and they preceded him in death.
On March 28, 1964, in Olive Hill, Ky., he married Calista Middleton, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 12.
ST. MARYS — An Allen County man was arrested Saturday after fleeing a home in rural Auglaize County.
According to a news release issued by Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, deputies arrested a Lima man on Saturday after he was chased out of a home on Sante Fe Line Road. At approximately 8:53 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to Sante Fe Line Road on a report of a house burglary in progress. The suspect had fled from the home after being stopped by the homeowner.
CELINA — Two area men face felony charges after Celina police officers allegedly found them in possession of a handgun that has the serial numbers filed off.
The two men were suspect in vehicle break-ins in the area of Wilkins Street.
At 3:45 a.m. Monday, officers were responding to a call of two suspects going through a vehicle parked at 606 Wilkins St. In route they were flagged down by a subject near Logan and Elm streets. That subject, Joseph Vian, was the son of one of the victims.
MINSTER — Four runs in the first inning by the Fort Recovery Indians was all they needed as they defeated the New Knoxville baseball team 4-1 in the opening game of the Division IV sectional tournament held at Hanover Street Park in Minster.
St. Henry defeated Marion Local 1-0 in the second game despite being no-hit until the seventh inning. Second-seeded New Bremen will face the Redskins this week in a sectional final.
LIMA — The St. Marys first doubles team of Josh Parker and Kevin Dammeyer finished fourth at the Western Buckeye League tournament on Saturday.
After advancing to Saturday’s action with a win on Thursday, Dammeyer and Parker fell to Shawnee’s Derek Smith and Garrett Diltz in a semifinal match, 1-6, 1-6.
Parker and Dammeyer lost to Rex Axbell and Anthony Kennard of Wapakoneta in a third-place match, 1-6, 1-6.
ST. MARYS — Grand Lake Health System’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital was recently named in the top four in the state in resident satisfaction.
CELINA — The Lake Improvement Association’s membership drive is in full swing, as the group is working to expand to 2,012 members this year.
“I am very happy to report that the membership is running well ahead of last year’s pace, so the effort that everyone is putting forward is working,” LIA Trustee Dave Eyink said. “We’ve got a lofty goal this year, we want to get 2,012 members this year, which is substantially more than we had last year.”