October 21st, 2011
WAPAKONETA — A county organization will be hosting a festival this weekend to spread awareness of domestic violence.
The Festival of Hope: Families Standing Together in Peace, hosted by the Auglaize County Crisis Center, will be held Sunday in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The festival begins at 2 p.m. with a vigil at Salem United Methodist Church. After the vigil, attendees are invited to participate in a walk to Veterans Memorial Park.
NEW BREMEN — Students of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) will be traveling around New Bremen this month for their annual fall fruit sale.
The sale, which runs through Nov. 14, helps the group pay for various activities it participates in throughout the year.
“The money raised goes toward the chapter in general and helps pay for trips, contests and leadership conferences,” Adviser Katy McGovern said. “It’s a general fund that helps to cover our students’ costs.”
ST. MARYS — A local law enforcement group recently moved into its new headquarters in the city of St. Marys.
The Fraternal Order of Police in Auglaize County purchased an old church building at 520 W. North St., St. Marys, to serves as its new lodge. FOP President Mark Ernst said the purchase now gives the organization a permanent home.
ST. MARYS — A local principal recently joined a small group of educators to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as part of a partnership between school districts and a branch of the military.
St. Marys Memorial High School Principal Dave Lewis was nominated by Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew Sanford to participate in a refueling mission Oct. 13 at Rickenbacker Airport.
Oct. 21: Easy Campgrounds, 14338 Kossuth Road, St. Marys, will host a House of Horror at 8 p.m. today. The two-story indoor, haunted house is 0.2 miles north of U.S. 33 next to beside Easy Campground. Admission is $6.
Woodland Haunted Trails, located behind the roller rink on Ohio 703, will be open from dusk to 1 a.m. today. Admission is $8 per person or $14 for the trails and skating.
ST. MARYS — Two political newcomers will be squaring off on Nov. 8 for the 1st Ward seat on St. Marys City Council.
Republican John Bubp, 52, 609 Farrington Court, and nonpartisan candidate John A. Burd Sr., 56, 115 Hickory St., are vying for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Mike Kleinhenz.
Bubp, who works at Honda, said he decided to get involved in city government after his children graduated from high school.
ST. MARYS — State Rep. Robert Sprague spoke about the progress that has been made by the legislature Thursday night as the keynote speaker at the Auglaize County Republican Party fall rally.
When Sprague arrived in office in February, the state was facing an $8 billion budget deficit. He noted that 40 percent of the budget goes toward education and 33 percent toward Medicaid.
“Two programs that are absolutely critical to our state make up 73 percent of the budget,” Sprague said.
A St. Marys football team looking to get healthy and back on the winning track will seemingly find the right opponent in the Van Wert Cougars to accomplish those goals.
St. Marys could use some home cooking after two weeks away from Skip Baughman Stadium.
The Riders’ losing streak reached three last week after the wheels fell off in the second half of a 35-7 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf. The Titans scored 28 unanswered second-half points to drop St. Marys to 3-5 and 2-5 in the Western Buckeye League.
MINSTER — A missed extra point last week against Versailles may not have closed the door on Minster’s playoff hopes, but it did make Week 9 a must-win for the 5-3 Wildcats.
The 21-20 loss last week dropped Minster to eighth in the latest projected computer points rankings. That means the Wildcats (5-3, 3-3 MAC) will have to at least split their final two games and may need some help to get into the post season.
Division II Volleyball at Lima Senior
St. Marys, Wapakoneta to collide in sectional final on Saturday
LIMA — St. Marys teamed up to advance to the sectional final when Defiance’s blocking schemes frustrated the Roughrider volleyball team’s best hitter.
The Roughriders’ attacks came from all different sources in a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night in a Division II sectional semifinal at Lima Senior.