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January 15th, 2015

Carl O. Stranburg

January 15, 2015

Carl O. Stranburg, 77, of Grove City, Ohio, and formerly of Warren, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 with his family present.
Carl was born Dec. 14, 1937, son of the late Carl J. (Jip) and Myrtle Bengston Stranburg. He was born and raised in Tiona.
He was employed by Struthers Wells until its closing, and also the Warren County Courthouse.
Carl was an avid fisherman, hunter, and Steelers fan. He loved his hunting camp on Six-Mile. Carl served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He enjoyed spending time with his buddies at the American Legion Post 135 and the Sheffield VFW.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

January 15, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards on February 22 and the list of who
will be nominated for an Oscar has been announced. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman
lead the nominations list with nine each. Meryl Streep nabbed her 19th nomination,
and Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive acting nod. Four Brits were
nominated this year in the Best Acting categories, Felicity Jones has been nominated
along with fellow British actress Rosamund Pike and Eddie Redmayne and Benedict

January 14th

Lady Chucks hand Lady Dutch District 9 League loss

January 15, 2015

The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team lost a 67-38 District 9 League contest to the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks Wednesday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.

Accidental fire destroys Taft Road home

January 14, 2015

A Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a Taft Road residence in St. Marys has been ruled accidental with no suspicious circumstances suspected.
The Crystal Fire Department was dispatched around 10:33 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported chimney fire at 162 Taft Rd., however upon arriving at the scene they encountered a fully engulfed two-story wood frame structure. In addition, heavy smoke could be scene from the road.
CFD Chief Bill Kraus said the home is a total loss with damage estimated at $250,000.

Budget transfers among items reviewed by board

January 14, 2015

During their recent meeting the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution indicating there will be no increase in the real estate tax for 2015-16 school year by more than the index amount of 2.4 percent set by the Department of Education for the district
The index is valued at approximately three-fourths of a mill.
Superintendent Brian Toth said he does not anticipate there to be a tax increase.

Highland explores 'home rule' charter to fight Seneca

January 14, 2015

JAMES CITY – The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is exploring a plan to adopt a "home rule" charter to fight a proposed Seneca Resources "injection well."
If adopted by voters, the charter would guide most municipal affairs in place of state law.
The Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) contends the township could better fight Seneca through a "home rule" charter.
Highland Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Joe Milstead and Paul Burton Sr. discussed the "home rule" concept Wednesday at their meeting at the township building in James City.
No action was taken. 

Doris A. Paar

January 14, 2015

Doris A. Paar, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Doris was born Dec. 30, 1928 in Daguscahonda, daughter of Jacob and Ann (Bosnik) Paar.
After graduating from Central Catholic High School, she was employed by Stackpole Carbon Company in St. Marys until 1962. She then moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and retired from Civil Service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Doris was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court 95, in St. Marys.
She is survived by brother, Anthony (Linda) Paar; and a sister, Patricia Eckert.

Cloy O. Rhines

January 14, 2015

Cloy O. Rhines, 84, of 110 Lecker Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at his home.
He was born June 12, 1930 in Hallton, a son of the late Ralph and Frances Simmerline Rhines.
He married Beverly Bankovic Rhines at Queen of the World Church, she survives.

Ardith Pauline (Trumbull) Johnson

January 14, 2015

Ardith Pauline (Trumbull) Johnson, 89, of Toby, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in Greensburg where she had relocated to be closer to her son Doug following a debilitating illness.
Ardith was born May 26, 1925 in Brandy Camp, daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth (Jefferson) Trumbull.

Multiple fire units respond to Taft Road fire

January 14, 2015

A structure fire broke out Wednesday morning shortly after 10:30 a.m. at 162 Taft Rd. in St. Marys. Multiple units from St. Marys and Johnsonburg responded to the fire. Preliminary reports list Fox Township and Ridgway on standby as well.

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