October 20th, 2011
ST. MARYS — Two of the three mayoral candidates for the city of St. Marys appeared at a public forum and told voters why they should be the next mayor.
Incumbent Democrat Greg Freewalt and Republican challenger Patrick McGowan appeared at the informational session hosted by the St. Marys Rotary Club. Nonpartisan candidate Pam Hobler was invited to appear at the forum but declined the invitation because of time conflicts with her job. Hobler supplied written responses that will be included among the other candidates’ answers.
Mildred K. Knoth, 97, of formerly of Coldwater, died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Gardens at St. Henry.
She was born on Jan. 8, 1914, in St. Peter, to John and Elizabeth (Koesters) Jutte, and they preceded her in death.
On Sept. 2, 1933, she married Henry J. Knoth, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2002.
Bernice J. Thomas, 91, of 303 Morton St., Celina, died at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Mercer County Community Hospital, following a sudden illness.
She was born on Aug. 16, 1920, in Lima, the daughter of William and Minnie (Johnson) Hubble, and they preceded her in death.
She married William Thomas on May 6, 1939, and he preceded her in death in March 1974.
Division IV Volleyball at Coldwater
COLDWATER — Auglaize County’s two Division IV volleyball teams had their seasons end at the hands of tough Midwest Athletic Conference opponents in sectional semifinal matches at Coldwater High School on Tuesday night.
New Knoxville took state-ranked Parkway to the brink in the nightcap, but the Panthers rallied to take the final game 17-15 and win the match, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23,23-25, 17-15.
ST. MARYS — A local senior citizen organization has been helping veterans share their war experiences for the past year.
The Auglaize County Council on Aging’s Vet-2-Vet program allows local veterans to talk with fellow veterans the first Friday of each month. Trena Chiles, outreach specialist and wellness coordinator for the ACCA, said the program started from interactions with her own father.
ST. MARYS — Local students have been utilizing some new equipment in their school to enhance what they are learning in their classrooms.
Students at St. Marys Primary School recently received new computers in their computer lab, bringing their equipment up-to-date with the computers and technology currently utilized in their classrooms.
“We got 26 new computers,” Principal Sue Sherman said. “They are awesome.”
ST. MARYS — A group of local school board candidates participated in a debate Monday evening.
The seven candidates competing for the two positions on the St. Marys Board of Education participated in a debate sponsored by the St. Marys Education Association to a crowd of residents, teachers and students.
The debate was monitored by Randy Elsass, who questioned candidates Ronda Shelby, Ken Koverman, Josie Slater, Brian Little, Bob Valentine, Keith Jacobs and John Lampert.
CELINA — A Korean man accused of causing a collision that took the life of a 3-year-old Minster girl made his initial appearance in court on Monday.
Flanked by a translator, Jinghao Xu, 50, of Hamilton, appeared in Mercer County Municipal Court on a charge of vehicular manslaughter, a fourth-degree felony. The charge stems from a Saturday morning collision at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township. Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, of Minster, died from injuries suffered in the collision.
Harold C. Phlipot Sr., 90, of Versailles, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Versailles Healthcare Center.
Harold was born on Aug. 30, 1921, in Shelby County, to John and Margaret (Didier) Phlipot, and they preceded him in death.
On April 20, 1949, Harold married Juliana (Hoelscher) Phlipot, and she survives.
Roy A. McMurray, 96, St. Marys, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 4, 1915, in Celina, to Arthur and Imogene (Eshelman) McMurray, and they preceded him in death.
On Sept. 3, 1980, he married Norma Jean Horn Turner, and she survives him.
He is also survived by three stepsons, Gene (Gretchen) Turner of St. Marys, Ted Turner of Celina and Joe Douglas (Faye) Turner of George Town, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.