The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-20T08:28:45-04:00 Excels On Golf Course2014-09-20T08:28:45-04:002014-09-19T18:00:17-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Carter Bowman used to be a football player.<br /> When he was 6, Bowman’s father took him golfing for the first time, and it was then they discovered that Bowman had a talent for the sport.<br /> By age 10, he was golfing every weekday starting at 6 a.m., when he and his grandfather would play 18 holes.<br /> “Once I picked it up, I got to be pretty good at it, and in eighth  grade, I helped out with the (high school) golf team and in going to their matches and helping them out I realized that my scores then were pretty close to being varsity as an eighth grader,” Bowman said.<br /> On the days when he and his grandfather would golf in the morning, Bowman would stay at the course while his grandfather went to work and play all day until his grandfather picked him up again at 5 p.m. Bowman spent all day on the golf course practicing during the week.<br /> “I don’t know that there’s anybody that I don’t know out at Northmoor,” he said.<br /> Everyone there treats him like family, he said.<br /> “It’s just a great sport,” Bowman said. “You can clear your mind and relax and get to know people and learn a lot of things. There’s no wall ...You can keep getting better and better every day that you play.”<br /> Bowman recently broke the school golf record with a score of 31 on nine holes. He bested the previous record by one shot. He said he hadn’t gone into the meet thinking he would try to pull this off, although he had been close to breaking the record several times before with scores of 33. The further along he got, though, the more it seemed like a possibility and he kept it in the back of his mind.<br /> “We were going down the 18th hole and I had a two-putt to break it, and it was probably one of the best feelings,” Bowman said.<br /> With the WBL tournament in the books, the Riders are now looking at sectionals, districts and state competitions. Bowman has made it to districts all three years on his own, but fell just short of going to state every time.<br /> “Last year, I missed it by one stroke, so that’s one of my main goals going into this year,” he said. “Going into sectionals, we can advance as a team ... and that’s one of our goals for this year, because we haven’t (done that) since probably ‘04. We’ve had a pretty good season ... We’ve gotten better and better as the season went on, so I think we have a pretty good chance of moving on as a team.”<br /> Bowman’s grandfather passed away last year, and every stroke Bowman has taken and every round he has played has been in his grandfather’s memory.<br /> “My grandfather always told me that if I kept my head on straight and focused, that I could do whatever I wanted to do with golf, so I keep that in the back of my head,” he said. “I think about going out every day with him and all that he did for me.”</p>St. Marys, OHMEREDITH ENKOFFRider Excels On Golf CourseThe Evening Arrested In Meth Probe2014-09-19T10:03:42-04:002014-09-19T10:03:42-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — Four people were arrested on Thursday as a result of an investigation in connection with an alleged methamphetamine lab.</p><p> On Thursday, Mercer County deputies and Celina police officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for a residence and property located at 2521 Mud Pike, Celina. Two active methamphetamine cook operations were allegedly discovered while serving the search warrant.</p><p>  Taken into custody were the following individuals:</p><p> • Lloyd Fickert, 57, owner of the property, 2521 Mudpike, Celina.</p><p> • Richard Craw, 51, 4837 St Rte 29, Celina.</p><p> • Chester Sullivan, 42 ,123 East Walnut St., Coldwater.</p><p> • Kevin McDowell,  47,  107 Bayview Drive, Celina.</p><p> All four were arrested and incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility being held initially for possession of a controlled substance, and bond was set for $25,000 cash by Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.</p><p> Deputies seized the following:</p><p> • 400 grams of marijuana</p><p> • 16 firearms</p><p> • 60 ounces of liquid methamphetamine</p><p> • Prescription pills</p><p> • Drug paraphernalia which would include: scales, packaging items and marijuana pipes.</p><p> Deputies were assisted on scene by an agent with BCI&I whose specialty is securing and cleaning of methamphetamine labs.  Deputies were also assisted by the Celina Fire Department and Squad, with additional equipment from the Chickasaw Fire Department.</p><p> Additional charges are expected to be filed, and the case will be sent and reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author available4 Arrested In Meth ProbeThe Evening Visits County2014-09-19T09:27:38-04:002014-09-19T09:27:38-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A familiar face visited Auglaize County on Thursday as part of a re-election effort for Gov. John Kasich.</p><p> Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor was the guest speaker at the Auglaize County Republican Fall Dinner at Galaxy Starlite Campground in St. Marys. Taylor has been touring the state as the re-election campaign revs up as Election Day draws closer.</p><p> “There’s a lot of excitement out there in the hope for Ohio,” Taylor said during a media availability. “It’s great to get out and talk to some of our grassroots folks  — we are talking about where we came from three-and-a-half years ago.”</p><p> Taylor said she is proud of fact that the Kasich administration was able to close an $8 billion budget gap without raising taxes as part of their first biennial budget. In fact, Taylor said the administration was able to make significant tax cuts for Ohioans.</p><p> “We are trying to talk about what is happening in the state of Ohio,” Taylor said.</p><p> “It’s been great to see people in their home communities and hear from them one-on-one about how they feel things are in Ohio.”</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderTaylor Visits CountyThe Evening Injured In Collision2014-09-18T09:05:34-04:002014-09-17T16:24:41-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW KNOXVILLE — Three people were injured in a collision that involved two commercial vehicles in New Knoxville Wednesday morning.</p><p> According to a report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, a Maharg, Inc., garbage truck was parked in the northbound lane of Ohio 29 and its driver, Mark Ganger, 42, of Van Wert, exited the vehicle to collect trash. A 2006 International semi driven by Nicholas Lore, 41, of St. Marys, was also northbound on Ohio 29 and attempted to pass the garbage truck.</p><p> The semi's right, front corner clipped the left rear of the garbage truck. The garbage box separated from the truck and struck Ganger, who was walking beside the truck.</p><p> Tracy Harner, 42, of St. Marys, was in the sleeper berth of Lore's truck and suffered nonlife threatening injuries. Lore and Harner were transported to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.</p><p> Ganger was transported to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and was later transferred to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.</p><p> Lore received citations for failure to maintain assured cleared distance and failure to properly wear a seat belt. The semi, owned by Norris Milk Hauling of Wapakoneta, was empty at the time of the collision.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike Burkholder3 Injured In CollisionThe Evening How To Pack A Better Lunch2014-09-18T09:00:58-04:002014-09-17T16:09:05-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: How To Pack A Better LunchThe Evening Adds To Its Ranks2014-09-17T09:21:57-04:002014-09-17T09:21:57-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader MINSTER — The Minster Area Life Squad shared a double victory with village councilors Tuesday night.</p><p> The squad has been seeking members for six months to swell its ranks and offer an ability for more time off for members.</p><p> Squad President Travis Sudhoff said an influx of interested members are getting trained for their volunteer duties. They’ve also achieved success as a team in earning the support of Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney as their new medical director after taking on additional training to comply with the hospital’s requirements.</p><p> Every month squad members take one to two hours of continuing education courses, many of which are free in the area. Those classes that require payment the squad pays for at no cost to the trainee.</p><p> Board member Nicole Clune congratulated the emergency medical team on its work to be accepted by Wilson Memorial so it could continue to provide services to local residents.</p>St. Marys, OHJanice BarniakSquad Adds To Its RanksThe Evening Rundown2014-09-16T09:07:06-04:002014-09-16T09:07:06-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Sept. 16:</strong> Free Computer Classes will be held at 1 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library. Three sessions cover the most basic skills from using the mouse to surfing the Internet.</p><p> The Minster Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today.</p><p> A storytime will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the New Bremen Public Library.</p><p> Tava Ridenour and her miniature horse will be at the New Bremen Public Library during storytime today.. No need to sign up.</p><p> A Teen Book Club will be starting for girls in grades four through six at FJ Stallo Memorial Library from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Probe Fatal Crash2014-09-15T07:36:32-04:002014-09-15T07:36:32-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader WAPAKONETA — A Waynesfield woman died in a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon.</p><p> According to a report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers received a call about a crash at 1:31 p.m. Sunday on Middle Pike Road, just west of Ohio 196. Sharon K. Feikert, 73, of Waynesfield, was driving a 2008 Honda Fit east on Middle Pike Road when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the road for an unknown reason. The vehicle then traveled through a corn field, struck a tree and overturned. The tree fell on top of an unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway.</p><p> Feikert was wearing a seat belt. She was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Indian Lake EMS and Wayne Township Fire and EMS.</p><p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderTroopers Probe Fatal CrashThe Evening Dumping Becoming Serious Issue2014-09-16T09:07:50-04:002014-09-12T18:34:24-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — City officials are in the process of developing policies to help curb illegal dumping and other unsanctioned activities at the former landfill.</p><p> In the past few weeks, the city has dealt with a number of issues at the facility ranging from illegal dumping to nonresidents taking mulch and other materials from the location. St. Marys Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven said the issues are starting to become a serious problem.</p><p> “Basically we have people dropping stuff off that they shouldn’t be dropping off and taking things that they shouldn’t be taking,” Foxhoven said. “They need to understand what is acceptable and what is not.”</p><p> Residents within the St. Marys School District are allowed to take mulch and firewood from the facility. The materials are for personal use and cannot be resold by individuals or businesses.</p>St. Marys, OHMIKE BURKHOLDERIllegal Dumping Becoming Serious IssueThe Evening Happenings2014-09-12T15:44:02-04:002014-09-12T15:44:02-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Sept. 13:</strong> The third annual Harvestfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds east gate entrance.</p><p> The St. Marys Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today next to Dave's BBQ on Celina Road.</p><p> Kids of all ages are invited to the New Knoxville Library from 11 a.m. to noon today to watch classic cartoons.</p><p> Zombiefest will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight today at the second shelterhouse along East Bank Road in St. Marys.  </p><p> <strong>Sept. 14:</strong> A free community dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the ROC, 702 E. Spring St., St. Marys.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWeekend HappeningsThe Evening