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December 30th

Michael Hoffman, 73

December 30, 2011

Michael D. “Mike” Hoffman, of Lima, died at 8:12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.

Tera Remington, 40

December 30, 2011

Tera Remington,, 40, of Logansport, Ind., died at 5:14 p.m., Dec. 18, 2011, in Missoula, Mont.
She was born Feb. 24, 1971, in Logansport, Ind., the daughter of Maxine (Webb) Tharp.
Surviving are two daughters, Alexis Marie, of Fontana, Calif., and Megan Kristine, of Seymour, Ind.
Private burial will be held at a later date. No burial is planned.
Arrangements are being handled by Cremation of the Rockies in Missoula, Mont.

Martin Menchhofer, 91

December 30, 2011

Martin E. Menchhofer, 91, of 706 Magnolia Drive, St. Marys, and formerly of Mercer County, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born March 15, 1920, in Mercer County, the son of Kathryn (Powell) and John Menchhofer.
On April 12, 1942, he married Margaret “Marge” L. Hay and she survives at the St. Marys Living Center.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Menchhofer, of South Bloomingville, and Steve Menchhofer of Rockbridge; and a daughter, Sherry Howey, of Columbus.

Staying the same: Clerk budgets to remain same in 2012

December 30, 2011

The Clerk of Courts Office budget is expected to remain the same in 2012, while the Municipal Court Clerk Office budget should decrease in the new year.
“We were definitely hit this year with added expenses with Sue Ellen (Kohler) retiring,” Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth said of the former longtime clerk. “We don’t forsee those added expenses next year,” she said.

Time for a change: Local physician takes new post

December 30, 2011

Dr. Thomas Freytag will show up to his family practice at 1252 Lincoln Drive in Wapakoneta today just like he has every weekday for the last 25 years.
Sadly, when the office closes at the end of the day, he will not return.
Freytag is giving up his long-time practice to fill a full-time position as occupational medical director at Lima Memorial Hospital. It was obvious Freytag discussed his wrestling with the decision before he made it. However, he said he felt the change was the best move for everyone involved.

Winterizing a car for the coldest season

December 30, 2011

With a shot of snowfall this week, motor vehicle experts stress the importance of making sure vehicles are in proper condition and winterized for this heavy weather season.
To avoid car issues during this winter season, residents should make sure each car in the household is ready to drive in the harsh weather, says a local expert.
“It is important to keep up proper maintenance and to follow the owner’s manual,” RRR Tire Services Manager Nick Riethman said.

Martin Menchhofer, 91

December 30, 2011

Martin Menchhofer, 91, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.

December 29th

BASKETBALL: LCC tops rattled Redskins

December 30, 2011

LIMA — Scoreboard?

It didn’t matter.

Whatever it had to say was secondary.

All that truly mattered was the condition of two young men.

For the record, the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds defeated the Wapakoneta Redskins 62-45 in a non-league varsity boys basketball contest Thursday night at LCC’s Herr Gymnasium.

But a scary sequence just 29 seconds into the second half made the final score an afterthought.

Lost ‘person’ not missed

December 29, 2011

Brenda and Bryan Ridings recently lost “someone” close to them.
However, they were more than happy to see the “person” go.
Under the tutelage of Rebecca Manger at the Athletic Club in downtown Wapakoneta, the couple combined to lose 182.2 pounds in the past 18 months.
“That’s a whole person,” Bryan said with a chuckle. “Even better, we lost our trainer, and one of the kids.”

Cuts for court: Decreases reflected in Common Pleas budget

December 29, 2011

The proposed budget for Auglaize County Common Pleas Court is expected to decrease by more than $17,300 in 2012 with some unknowns in a few areas.
The decrease is reflected in salaries due to a retirement but the request actually accounts for a 3 percent pay raise for remaining employees in the office.
The proposed employee salaries line item at $144,225 is $14,800 less than 2011 with decreases also seen in worker’s compensation and PERS for a total proposed budget of $232,934 in 2012.

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