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July 11th, 2014

Lavina L. Stolte, 99

July 11, 2014

Lavina L. Stolte, 99, of Otterbein Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Otterbein Cridersville.  

She was born on Nov. 25, 1914, in New Knoxville, the daughter of Christian and Sarah (Kuck) Melter.

She was a 1932 graduate of New Knoxville High School.  

On Nov. 9, 1935, she married Robert F. Stolte, the love of her life, who preceded her in death on May 10, 1994.  

She had been a resident of Otterbein Cridersville since 1996.

Thomas Ferris, 83

July 11, 2014

Thomas Ferris, 83, of Beavercreek, formerly of Winston-Salem, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1931, in St. Marys, to the late William and Johanna Ferris.

Thomas served during the Korean War as an Sp4 for the United States Army. He was an officer for the American Welding Society and was the top volunteer for the Shepherd Center in Wintston-Salem, N.C. He worked for Westinghouse and Hobart.

Heavy Metal Fundraising

July 11, 2014

Old refrigerators, pieces of scrap metal from area farms, schools and homes along with the more large-scale donations of some local industry all added up to a big boost for football players of all ages in St. Marys.

The Roughrider Touchdown Club raised more than $7,100 during a recent scrap metal drive. That comes out to more than 50,000 pounds of scrap metal from more than 80 families and companies around St. Marys. St. Marys varsity football players helped move the heavy scrap a large metal containter that was filled once and was filled up a second time.

Officers Probe Break-in

July 11, 2014

WAPAKONETA — Investigators in Wapakoneta are probing a break-in at a local business.

At 4:50 a.m. today, the Wapakoneta Police Department received an alarm call from Cashland, 1254 Bellefontaine St. When the first officer arrived on the scene, he observed a person inside the business. Additional officers arrived on the scene and surrounded the building. They then made entry and the assistance of the K-9 unit. No one was located inside the building and it is believed the subject fled before the building could be surrounded.

July 10th

Melissa Stolz Schlarman, 49

July 10, 2014

Melissa Stolz Schlarman, 49, of Bismarck, N.D., formerly of Celina, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Stanford Hospital in Bismarck, N.D., of natural causes.

She was born on Dec. 8, 1964, in Celina, to parents Marvin Stolz and Rita Piper of Celina.

She was formerly married to Joe Schlarman of Powell.

Kirk A. Fritz, 61

July 10, 2014

Kirk A. Fritz, 61, of Perrysburg, passed on Friday, July 4, 2014, at 10:17 p.m.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1952, to the late Harold Richard and Mary Lou Lybarger Fritz. 

He married Judith L. Smith on Nov. 2, 1991, and she survives in Perrysburg.

Kirk was a department manager for Lowes, a sales associate for Bass Pro Shop and he was also a member of Perrysburg Alliance Church. 

Through his years, he had been a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach and umpire and had coached summer baseball for Perrysburg High School. 

Mary Rose Pruitt, 84

July 10, 2014

Mary Rose Pruitt, 84, of Brandon, Fla., died at 6:25 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, under hospice care.

She was born on May 31, 1930, in Auglaize County, to Elbert and Emma (McElroy) Edmiston, who preceded her in death.

2 Arrested On Drug Charges

July 10, 2014

CELINA — Two Mercer County residents were arrested on Wednesday after a traffic stop during up heroin.

In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said his office received a tip that heroin was being transported from Dayton to Mercer County. Investigators believed the ultimate destination was Celina.

July 9th

Daily Rundown

July 9, 2014

July 9: Book Bingo & Ice Cream Party for Kids’ End of Summer Reading will be held at 11 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library.

A DNA Necklace Craft will start at 3 p.m. today at New Knoxville Library.

The St. Marys Community Public Library Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. today.

The New Bremen Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. today.

The St. Marys Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. today.

Anna Rita Heckler, 94

July 9, 2014

Anna Rita Heckler, 94, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Gardens of Celina, of natural causes.

She was born on May 25, 1920, in New Weston, to parents Julius and Amelia (Dorsten) Mestemaker, both of whom preceded her in death.

On Aug. 24, 1946, she married Albert Heckler, who preceded her in death on March 29, 2013.

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