April 16th, 2012
NEW BREMEN — It all started with a laugh, and after a year and a half of fundraising, planning and designing, the Sunshine Playground structure is now standing in Bremenfest Park.
Approximately 55 volunteers split into five teams Saturday morning to put together the structure of the 100 percent handicapped accessible playground. The Sunshine Playground will be the only handicapped accessible playground in west central Ohio.
ST. MARYS — Approximately 250 volunteers joined together Saturday to make Auglaize County a better place by completing projections simultaneously across the county during the United Way of Auglaize County’s Day of Caring.
ST. MARYS 6, ELIDA 4
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys baseball team again found a way to deliver in the clutch in the late innings.
The Roughriders won their second last at-bat win in as many nights with three runs in the top of the seventh to rally past the Elida Bulldogs 6-4 on Friday night.
St. Marys improved to 9-4, 3-1 in the Western Buckeye League.
Steven Paulus went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs batted to lead the Riders at the plate.
ST. MARYS 12, ELIDA 2
ELIDA — St. Marys’ Harle Smith homered and doubled while driving in four runs as the St. Marys softball team run-ruled the Elida Bulldogs in five innings, 12-2, on Friday night.
Smith collected three hits to lead a nine-hit Roughrider hitting attack.
Shelby Goodwin drove in two runs for St. Marys. Kiley Schamp tripled, had two hits and an RBI. Katlyn Brown and Paige Dicus each added an RBI.
ELIDA — The St. Marys boys tennis team got above .500 in Western Buckeye League play with a 5-0 clean sweep of Elida on Friday night.
“It was our best match as a team throughout the line up this season,” St. Marys head coach Bill Ruane said.
Troy Newlove won first singles for the Roughriders over Elida’s Ardie Sayoto, 6-3, 6-1.
St. Marys’ Cole Brooks won second singles over Elida’s Chris Ellison, 7-5, 6-0.
The Riders’ Jason Freewalt won third singles over Aric Thompson, 6-1, 6-2.
"Leader Look Back," is a collection of stories and headlines from 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week. This week's edition examines stories from April 10 to 16, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: The East Siders defeated the West Siders 28 to 5 in a game of kitten ball played at Memorial Park.
The Dr. F. W. Everist property, located on South Wayne Street, was damaged by a roof fire. The estimated loss was $50.
ST. MARYS — Local high school students will be putting on a benefit as a way to raise money for their peers to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer.
The St. Marys choirs are putting on a benefit concert on April 21.
"This is benefitting our trip to the World Choir Games," St. Marys Memorial High School Choir Director Christy Taylor said. "The World Choir Games brings choirs from all over the world to perform together and separate."
NEW BREMEN — Among the streets full of garage sales, the Friends of the New Bremen Public Library is having a sale of its own.
The group is hosting a book and bake sale, which ran until 5 p.m. Friday and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, at the library, located at 45 W. Washington St., New Bremen. The sale can be accessed through the door at the side of the building.
WAPAKONETA — A two-day enforcement initiative in Auglaize and Mercer counties netted nine felony arrests with more than $20,000 in drugs seized.
Seven local law enforcement agencies joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol in its Operation Shield program targeting traffic safety and criminal activity in the two-county area on Tuesday and Wednesday.
MARIA STEIN — The Ohio tourism business is a $38 billion industry, according to Director of Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism Amir Eylon.
“Tourism is a big business in the state of Ohio,” Eylon said Thursday afternoon at the 25th Anniversary Auglaize and Mercer Counties Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Awards Luncheon. “In 2010, visitors spent $25 billion, they generated $38 billion in total sales. Employment wise, they sustained 439,000 full-time equivalent jobs and they generated $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.”