November 30th, 2011
ST. MARYS — A local festival and parade returns this weekend, welcoming Santa into town.
Winterfest and the Santa parade will take place on Sunday, officially kicking off the holiday season in St. Marys.
Winterfest, which is put on by the St. Marys Optimist Club, will start first — beginning with a popular winter-season activity.
“We’ll have ice skating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” Optimist Winterfest Chair Virg Bertke said.
She noted the ice skating was a new event last year.
MINSTER — An area family practice has been selected as one of 44 practices in the state to participate in a pilot project.
St. Marys running back D.J. Manning earned second-team All-Ohio honors and St. Marys senior center Austin Rupard was named Special Mention All-Ohio when the Associated Press released its Division III All-Ohio teams on Tuesday afternoon.
The teams are based on the recommendations of a state media panel.
Manning, a senior, rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season — setting the school rushing record and the single-game rushing record against Sidney in the season opener.
ST. MARYS — The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office released that the following roads are closed: Briggs between Deep Cut and State Route 197, Townline Lima at Buckland Holden and County Road 66A between Seibert and County Road 168 because of high water.
The Marion Local at New Knoxville boys basketball game scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 has been postponed because of the Flyers' run to the state championship football game and Homecoming has been pushed up a week at New Knoxville.
The make-up date for the Marion Local game now set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a 6 p.m. junior varsity tip-off.
Homecoming activiies will now be held on Friday, Dec. 9 against Waynesfield-Goshen. That game is a 6:30 p.m. JV tip-off.
MARIA STEIN — Maybe nothing illustrates the next-man-in-line mentality of the Marion Local football program better than Justin Rutschilling, the Flyers’ own proverbial rags to riches story.
Just a junior varsity player from a season ago as a junior, Rutschilling worked his way into becoming a first team All-Midwest Athletic Conference player on both offense and defense this fall.
The St. Marys Athletic Department has 205 tickets available for Saturday’s boys basketball game at New Knoxville.
On Tuesday, parents of varisty and junior varisty boys basketball players and parent of varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders may pick up a maximum of two tickets at 5:30 p.m. in the high school main office.
On Wednesday season ticket holders may pick up a maximum two tickets starting at 5:30 p.m. in the high school office.
A quartet of Wapakoneta Redskins were named to the Division II All-Ohio football lists, which were released on Monday.
Wapak running back Connor Pickens earned first team All-Ohio honors. Pickens rushed for 1,611 yards this season.
Safety Kevin Kraft and offensive lineman Chris Schwartz were both second teamers.
Linebacker Brendan Wilson took third team honors.
The Divisions III and IV All-Ohio lists will be released on Tuesday afternoon and the Division V and VI lists will be released on Wednesday afternoon.
NEW BREMEN — Members of a local historical society are trying something new this year with their annual holiday event.
Members of the New Bremen Historic Association are holding their Christmas Tree Festival at the Lockkeeper's House in conjunction with the village of New Bremen's tree lighting.
"Usually we have it in our museum," said Diane Paul, a Christmas Tree Festival organizer. "A lot of people in New Bremen don't know what the Lockkeeper's House is about, so this gives us a chance to show them."
NEW KNOXVILLE — Principal Linda Tebbe announced that the Kroger Technology Fund has raised almost $5,000 since its inception at the Board of Education meeting Monday night.
“We’ve collected almost $5,000 since May,” she said. “It’s just unbelievable.”