ST. MARYS — After edging up slightly in October, unemployment numbers in Auglaize County fell by 1 percent in November.
In data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County’s unemployment rate settled in at 6.4 percent, down 1 percent from its October rate of 7.4 percent. A year ago, the unemployment rate for the county sat at 8.4 percent.
Erika Thornsberry, Lipscomb
NASHVILLE — Erika Thornsberry, a Lipscomb freshman and St. Marys Memorial grad, scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in Lipscomb’s 76-65 win over Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon in the Bisons’ final game before the new year. Thornsberry went 3-for-5 from the floor in 14 minutes. Thornsberry averages 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Delanie Wolf, Ashland
WAPAKONETA — A drug sweep of the area Monday by local law enforcement officers ensnared more than a dozen people on a myriad of drug-related charges.
Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Task Force members started early Monday, arresting 13 people in Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Celina and Lima.
BUCKLAND — A Buckland woman was injured as she tried to save her dog from a fire that engulfed her home early this morning.
The dog perished in the fire and Becky Krites, 45, who suffered burns from trying to save him, was transported by Cridersville EMS to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima and then transferred to Columbus for further treatment.
“It looks like she was injured trying to get back in to get the dog out,” Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said of the former Buckland Village Council member.
SIDNEY — An inmate at the Shelby County Jail hanged himself early Monday morning.
According to a news release from Shelby County Sheriff John R. Lenhart, at 6:13 a.m., Ronald Walling was found hanging by a bed sheet in his cell during a routine inmate check. Jail staff immediately began CPR and paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after Walling was found. Walling was pronounced dead at 6:46 a.m.
ST. MARYS — After inclement weather postponed an annual holiday festival, the activities kicked off again for Winterfest Sunday in Memorial Park.
The St. Marys Optimist Club sponsors the annual festival, which brings exotic animals, ice skating, Santa Claus, cookies and hot chocolate, entertainment and a live nativity to town each year.
ST. MARYS — A group of fifth-grade students is foraying into television as part of a new program.
A group of some fifth-grade students have created the St. Marys Intermediate School News Crew, where they are either creating the school’s morning announcements or putting together features for special assignments around the building.
St. Marys 45, Coldwater 34
St. Marys senior guard D.J. Manning exploded for 20 points on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point arc and St. Marys pulled away from Coldwater in the second half on Saturday night at Murotech Court.
J.D. Meyer added 13 points for the Roughriders.
Austin Bruns led Coldwater with 12 points.
Minster 44, Fort Loramie 43
MINSTER — Claire Fischer drained a free throw with five seconds left to give Minster a 44-43 win over rival Fort Loramie on Saturday afternoon at Minster.
Minster rallied back from a deficit in the third quarter with a big run spurred by Bridget Geiger and Tara Clune.
Clune scored a team-high 14 points (eight of those in the second half) and Geiger added 12 points for the Wildcats (10 of those in the third quarter and all 12 in the second half).