July 29th, 2011
ST. MARYS — During a special meeting Friday afternoon, St. Marys Board of Education members adjusted personnel items and recognized one of their own.
Board members accepted the resignation of Ken Neff as St. Marys Middle School principal and the resignation of Mary Miller as St. Marys Middle School assistant principal. They then appointed Miller as principal of St. Marys Middle School, effective this upcoming school year.
MINSTER — Beer rookies and connoisseurs alike are invited to Four Seasons Park Saturday for the fourth annual beer tasting event, Bock and Rock.
The event begins at 4 p.m. for VIPs and at 6 p.m. for general admission today. General admission tickets for Bock and Rock are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the gate and include 15 sample tickets, a complimentary sampling glass, live entertainment and a sampling guide.
ST. MARYS — A local resident recently had his first foray into print, as he debuted his first novel.
St. Marys resident Jason Thornsberry penned “Family Debt: The Devil’s Due” under the name J.D. Thornsberry after he was inspired by events that happened to him at a haunted house.
“Somebody a couple of years ago asked me to go to a house they thought might be haunted and take some photographs,” Thornsberry said. “I ended up taking an audio recorder, and I started getting voices and things.”
ST. MARYS — Construction crews have been busy along the Miami and Erie Canal in downtown St. Marys.
Work will soon wrap up on repairs to the walking path along Lock 13. The path, which was destroyed during the Feb. 28 flood, sports a new, reinforced foundation.
G.M. Alspaugh, 85, of Celina, died on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1925, in Willshire, to Arnold and Ruah (Clouse) Alspaugh. On Jan. 11, 1948, he married Bonnie Burke, and she preceded him in death.
He is survived by four sons, Albert (Dayle) Alspaugh of Rockford, Terry (Beth) Alspaugh of Decatur, Ind., Mark (Rhonda) Alspaugh of Celina and Todd (Melissa) Alspaugh of Greenville; two sisters; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Harold R. (Ray) Siler, 78, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home in Greenfield, Mo.
He was born on June 30, 1933, in Mendon, and lived as a child there and in Indian River, Mich., where he graduated from Onaway High School in 1951.
Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Panama in 1953. He worked for 35 years at the Ford Motor plant in Lima as a skilled tradesman. Ray fixed the machines that kept the line rolling until his retirement in 1991.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday night to accept the resignation of Elementary Principal Julie Willoughby and to accept the hire of four new employees.
Superintendent Kim Waterman said Willoughby accepted a position at another Ohio elementary school.
“Mrs. Willoughby got an elementary position in Urbana at Urbana East Elementary,” Waterman said. “It’s a third and fourth grade elementary school with about 350 students.”
NEW KNOXVILLE — The shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has halted construction projects across the nation, is having little impact on a local airport.
On Tuesday, the FAA shutdown forced the entity to furlough 4,000 workers and suspend $2.5 billion in airport construction linked to federal grants. While the Neil Armstrong Airport in New Knoxville receives federal grants from the FAA, the shutdown is not currently impacting the facility.
CELINA — Throughout its long high school and ACME tournament runs, the Minster baseball team has relied on its pitching and defense to carry it.
Both deserted the Wildcats on Wednesday night, as Bowling Green scored six runs on four Minster errors to defeat the Wildcats, 6-2, in the winners bracket semifinal of the 2011 ACME State Tournament held at Montgomery Field in Celina.
Minster now must work its way through the loser’s bracket with three straight wins in two days if it wants to earn an ACME state title.
ST. MARYS — A St. Marys optometrist, who already faces a rape charge, was indicted on six more sex crimes, including two rape charges, and now faces life in prison if convicted.