The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-26T08:18:33-05:00 Collect For Agape2014-11-26T08:18:33-05:002014-11-26T08:18:33-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — While they may be Riders, Cardinals or Bulldogs by day, students at Tri Star united as humanitarians against hunger in collecting for a local food drive that donated almost 6,000 items this week.</p><p> Teacher Rob Menker said the annual holiday tradition has continued for at least 16 years; the total amount over all the years topped 40,000 after the students’ most recent haul.</p><p> Students have collected money this school year, organizing fundraisers like hot dog and donut sales to raise money.</p><p> They brought a truck with a trailer to accommodate their groceries as the food bank prepped long tables for sorting the dry and canned goods.</p><p> “A lot of them took money out of their own pockets, 10 or 20 bucks,” Menker said. “I’m really impressed with the way they all came together.”</p><p> Agape Director Kathy Bayless said that, thanks in part to students like those in Tri Star many families will have a good Thanksgiving.</p><p> “It will be turkey with all the fixings,” she said.</p><p> The food bank was full Tuesday, a day the bank gives food, and people lined the hallways waiting to be approved for their food, and for many, turkeys.</p><p> A good samaritan went to Kuck’s Farm this year and anonymously donated 35 turkeys to Agape, and Family Video donated 40 vouchers to pick up turkeys at their location.</p><p> With the First Church in New Knoxville adding 20 turkeys to that number, those who aren’t visiting a more fortunate family member’s house will be able to give their family the Thanksgiving experience.</p><p> But when asked if the crowd at the door was due to the holiday, Bayless shook her head.</p><p> “Every food day is like this. We serve 1,954 households,” she said.</p><p> This year the need is up roughly 10 percent from last year’s 25,000 people served in western Auglaize County.</p><p> “Hunger is a real issue,” she said, with seniors and families most vulnerable.</p><p> One thing the pantry is struggling with right now is the rising cost of food.</p><p> The bank used to be able to give bacon or hams at Christmas or ground beef.</p><p> Meat is a luxury now and the pantry is stretching dollars.</p><p> Bayless said ham won’t probably be on the menu for needy families this year because the cost is high, and the pantry will probably try to give turkey instead, as it stretches farther.</p><p> “Bacon is not affordable. We give a lot of chicken, hot dogs and bologna,” she said.</p>St. Marys, OHJanice BarniakStudents Collect For AgapeThe Evening Savory Sides For Thankgiving2014-11-21T13:46:05-05:002014-11-21T13:46:05-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderWho says all your sides have to be savory? Pears, honey, and baked sweet potatoes can go a long way next to stuffing and turkey. Try these recipes for a well-balanced holiday spread.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Savory Sides For ThankgivingThe Evening Braxton or Barrett2014-11-21T06:59:30-05:002014-11-21T06:59:30-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderCampus Insiders' Bonnie Bernstein, Pete Fiutak, and SB Nation's Matt Brown debate which Buckeye quarterback gives Ohio State the best chance to win the National Championship in 2015.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Braxton or BarrettThe Evening Rundown2014-11-19T10:56:23-05:002014-11-19T10:56:23-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Nov. 19:</strong> Preschool Dance Party at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 11 a.m. today.</p><p> FJ Stallo Memorial Library is hosting a cookie exchange from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Each participant should bring four dozen cookies to exchange with others. There will be door prizes and lots of fun. Adults only. Please call or stop by the library to register.</p><p> There will be an author visit at the St. Marys Community Public Library at 7 p.m. today. Former St. Marys resident Thomas Poetter will present his new book, “50 Christmases.”<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Rundown2014-11-18T10:00:09-05:002014-11-18T10:00:09-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Nov. 18:</strong> Preschool Story times will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at FJ Stallo Memorial Library.</p><p> Free Computer Class at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 1 p.m. today called “Facebook Fundamentals.” Call 419-394-7471 to register.</p><p> The Minster Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Weather Advisory Issued2014-11-16T12:20:23-05:002014-11-16T12:20:23-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <span class="userContent" data-ft="{"tn":"K"}">ST. MARYS — The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a winter storm advisory for the region from 7 p.m. Sunday to noon Monday. Snowfall of 3-5 inches is expected.</span></p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWinter Weather Advisory IssuedThe Evening Toys Enter Hall Of Fame2014-11-14T14:55:17-05:002014-11-14T14:55:17-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening LeaderThere are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>St. Marys, OHNo author availableVideo: Toys Enter Hall Of FameThe Evening Rundown2014-11-14T09:22:08-05:002014-11-14T09:22:08-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Nov. 14: </strong>Friday Craft Circle will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today at the St. Marys Community Public Library.</p><p> The 11th annual Cancer Association of Auglaize County Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in the basement of the St. Marys Eagles. Dinners are $8 and children 3 and under are free.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Rundown2014-11-13T09:18:08-05:002014-11-13T09:18:08-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Nov. 13: </strong> Books, Babies & More at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.</p><p> Story Time at the New Knoxville Library will be held from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today for those up through first grade.</p><p> Free Computer Class at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 6 p.m. today called “Facebook Fundamentals.” Call 419-394-7471 to register.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Maintain Clients' Innocence 2014-11-12T10:04:00-05:002014-11-12T10:04:00-05:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader WAPAKONETA — The lawyer representing Lori Ann Anderson, the Cridersville Elementary School teacher charged with 25 counts that include rape and sexual battery, confirmed Wednesday that the alleged victim is her son, and maintains that his client is innocent on all charges.</p><p> Richard Kerger, an attorney based in Toledo, said that he suspects the investigation began after Anderson’s son told police that he was allegedly raped by Anderson and her now ex-husband, Charles “Chuck” Wycuff, who is facing similar charges.</p><p> Kerger said he does not know why the alleged victim approached police, other than to say “something caused him to come forward.” Anderson filed for dissolution of marriage from Wycuff in 2003, according to online court records. It was granted in 2004. At the time the alleged crimes occurred, Wycuff was living with Anderson and her son, and was considered to be the child’s stepfather.</p><p> Kerger said the alleged victim is around 30 years old, which would mean he was between 12 and 15 years old when the crimes alleged occurred. Anderson’s son no longer lives in Ohio, Kerger confirmed.  Anderson’s offenses all stem from June 11, 1999, while Wycuff’s charges begin in 1997.</p><p> Kerger said Anderson and Wycuff had another son together, who would have been living at the residence while the alleged offenses occurred. Kerger said he has seen no indication that this child had any involvement with this case.</p><p> Kerger said his client maintains she is innocent on all charges, saying that Wycuff was the one who orchestrated the alleged crimes and that he was abusive and dominant towards her.</p><p> “It’s the truth,” Kerger said, adding Wycuff “absolutely” took advantage of her. “I think my client is relieved to be in a position to tell her story finally.”</p><p> Kerger said Anderson has been a first, second and third-grade teacher a Cridersville Elementary School for 27 years, and has taught that entire time “without any incident at all.”</p><p> “She has never been in trouble with the school or in any other respect,” he said.</p><p> Kerger said as of Tuesday, Anderson had received no formal notice that she had been fired from the school, but he said it would not surprise him if she was suspended pending the outcome of the trial. School officials have confirmed Anderson has been suspended without pay.</p><p> Anderson faces 25 charges, including rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, obstructing justice and obstructing official business. She entered an innocent plea and was ordered to post $150,000 bond with a 10 percent cash provision, which she did Monday.</p><p> Wycuff faces 54 charges, including rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Wycuff’s charges stem from alleged offenses committed in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Wycuff is represented by Rob Wiesenmayer II, of Wapakoneta, and was ordered to post $500,000 bond with 10 percent cash provision. He also pleaded innocent to all charges.</p><p> Wycuff was originally taken to the Auglaize County Correctional Center, but was transferred to Mercer County Jail Tuesday morning.  The reason why Wycuff was transferred could not immediately be confirmed by officials from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.</p><p> Wiesenmayer issued a statement Tuesday night.</p><p> “On behalf of Charles Wycuff, my name is Attorney Rob Wiesenmayer II, sand my office has been retained to represent Mr. Wycuff. I want it to be known that a my client maintains he is innocent of all charges pending against him. Further, it should be known that all of the allegations in this case have been made by one alleged victim. Mr. Wycuff intends to, with out help, defend himself sand be exonerated of any wrongdoing. We look forward to allowing the judicial process to run its course, allowing Mr. Wycuff to confront his accuser in open Court so that justice can be achieved. We would ask that everyone remember that in this country, anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”</p><p> The next court appearance for Wycuff and Anderson has yet to be set.</p><p>  </p><p>  </p><p> <br />  </p>St. Marys, OHJohn BushAttorneys Maintain Clients' Innocence The Evening