May 30th, 2013
May 30: A Computer Basics class will be held at 5:30 p.m. today. Please call or stop by the library to register. Class size is limited.
NEW BREMEN — Gov. John Kasich discussed where budget negotiations are going, funding for Grand Lake St. Marys, aid programs and school dollars Wednesday night at the American Legion in New Bremen, where he addressed Auglaize County Republicans during the Auglaize County Republican Women’s Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner.
The Minster boys and girls 3200 meter relay teams both won regional titles to highlight the first day of competition at the Division III regional track meet at Piqua on Wednesday.
Both will advance to the state championships next week at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Marion Local leads the girls standings after the first day with 14 points. Minster is third.
The Minster boys are atop the boys standings with 27.5 points after the first day.
MINSTER — The students learn the most from failures, teacher Ted Oldiges told the Minster Civic Association members Tuesday night at Arrowhead Golf Club in Minster.
When the rocket club started competing in 2009 with approximately 20 seventh and eighth graders, Oldiges was just looking to broaden their experiences.
“I wanted them to have something more on their college resumes than ‘I played sports, I played sports, I played sports,’” he said.
The first competition the team was disqualified.
Gerald H. Siebert, 72, of 3228 Swawp Road in Celina, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013, at his residence in Celina.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1940, in Celina, to the late Harold and Opal (Linn) Siebert.
Survivors include his son, Mark Siebert, of Whitehouse; daughters and son-in-law, Amy Siebert of Whitehouse, Trina and Dave Elieff of Liberty Center; four grandchildren; a brother.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Roy Butts.
Allen W. Ridgway, 55, of Michigan City, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013, at home.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1957, in Bluffton, Ind., to Vaughn Emery and Lettie Marie (Miller) Ridgway. Allen is survived by his children, Heather (Michael) Wilson and Eric (Monaka) Ridgway, both of St. Marys; seven grandchildren; his sister, Mary Howard of LaPorte and his brother, Keith Ridgway of Batesville, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Michael “Speaky” Speakman, 67, of 823 Greenvale Ave. in St. Marys, ultimately defeated cancer on his own terms when he was finally called home at 3:28 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family and cat, Phoebe.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1946, in Van Wert, to Ralph and Betty (Severn) Speakman.
On May 20, 1972, in St. Marys, he married Trudy Solomon, who survives.
SPENCERVILLE — The Minster boys and girls track and field teams ran away from the field to sweep the Division III district titles at Spencerville on Saturday afternoon, while New Knoxville and New Bremen will be sending athletes to Piqua this week for the regional meet, as well.
Division III District Track Meet at Spencerville Photos:
ST. MARYS — Fire crews from two local departments helped battle a garage fire on Oliver Street Sunday night.
The St. Marys Fire Department received a phone call at 7:58 p.m. Sunday reporting a garage fire at 809 Oliver St. When crews arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames and threatened to spread to the main structure.
FOSTORIA — The St. Marys track team is sending four more individuals to the regional meet after strong performances in the Division II district meet at Fostoria on Friday evening.
After the St. Marys girls 3200 meter relay team punched its ticket for Lexington earlier in the week, four Rider individuals placed in the top four on Friday to advance.