The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-23T08:29:21-04:00 Card Joins Classroom2014-08-23T08:29:21-04:002014-08-22T17:48:51-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW BREMEN — Tess Moeller, of Chickasaw, says teaching in city schools, while never the environment she saw herself in long-term, taught her that the less students had the more they needed their teachers.</p><p> “The kids didn’t have as much home support,” Moeller said. “Knowing they felt the safest and most loved when they came to school made me know what an impact teachers can have on students.”</p><p> A graduate of the Marion Local and the University of Toledo, Moeller has a degree in middle childhood education with concentrations in math and language arts. She has a master’s degree from Marygrove College, and is in her ninth year of teaching and her first year at New Bremen High School, where she’ll teach fifth grade math.</p><p> “When I was in high school English, my teacher Miss Yates was in her first year of teaching and she had so much enthusiasm,” Moeller said. “She taught me to think deeply, more critically, and make a difference.”</p><p> Moeller’s goal has always been to teach near where she grew up, helping students have light bulb moments. Starting the new year, Moeller said she wasn’t nervous, but she was excited, especially with this year’s focus on developing the character of her students.</p><p> “Truly, in addition to having all that knowledge, it’s important to teach that what you’re like on the inside is as important,” she said listing the positive qualities the school is developing. “All these things you can’t really see looking at them. It’s what they can do that makes a difference.”</p><p> Moeller said her husband, Ben, and two girls, Delaney and Jayda, keep her on her toes. She said she was excited to help kids have light bulb moments in the classroom, and those build on a foundation of relationships.</p><p> “Students don’t care how much we know unless they know how much we care,” Moeller said.</p>St. Marys, OHJANICE BARNIAKNew Card Joins ClassroomThe Evening Happenings2014-08-22T10:27:27-04:002014-08-22T10:27:27-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 23:</strong> The Governor's Cup Regatta is today.</p><p> Bluesfest is today at K.C. Geiger Park in St. Marys.</p><p> The Dog Days of Summer Dog Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at True Value Hardware in Minster.</p><p> IT Services Manager Fred Miller will help you Access eBooks on Multiple Devices. Bring your Kindles, Nooks and tablets to learn how to download eBooks from  FJ Stallo Memorial Library. Call the library at 419-628-2925 to register. Class size is limited.</p><p> Couponing 101 at the New Knoxville Public Library will be held at 10 a.m. today. Please bring $2 on the day of the event to purchase the supplies package to enhance your couponing experience. Call 419-753-2724 or stop by the library to register. Class size is limited. You must sign up a week in advance to get the supply packet.</p><p> <strong>Aug. 24:</strong> The Governor's Cup Regatta is today.</p><p> 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.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWeekend HappeningsThe Evening Turns River Red2014-08-21T15:51:56-04:002014-08-21T15:51:56-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A portion of the St. Marys River turned red on Thursday.</p><p> St. Marys Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven said an equipment failure at an industrial account on McKinley Road caused approximately 55 gallons of food grade red dye to be sent into the wastewater system of the city of St. Marys. After passing through the city's system, the water was then discharged into the St. Marys River — as is typical with the finished water at the facility.</p><p> "We've contacted the EPA and EMA and there is no environmental impact," Foxhoven told The Evening Leader. "Because of their equipment failure, it got into our system and passed through undetected and then into the river. There was no reason it would have been detected because it basically was just food coloring."</p><p> Foxhoven said the incident remains under investigation. He declined to identify the source of the spill.</p><p> "We will work closely with the EPA on what needs to be done and work with the account to make sure this doesn't happen again," Foxhoven said. "It's been documented."<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderSpill Turns River RedThe Evening Gets Life2014-08-20T08:37:30-04:002014-08-20T08:37:30-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — Trevin Sanders will more than likely never see the outside of a prison cell.</p><p> Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Ingraham sentenced Sanders to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the murders of Colleen and Robert Grube in November 2011. The sentence was identical to the one handed down to codefendant Bryant Rhoades last week.</p><p> Sanders pleaded guilty in February to two counts each of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary as part of a plea deal. Sanders was not eligible for the death penalty because he was a juvenile at the time of the crimes.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderSanders Gets LifeThe Evening To Rock Park2014-08-18T09:16:10-04:002014-08-18T09:16:10-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — K.C. Geiger Park will once again echo with the sounds of blues as an annual music festival returns this weekend.</p><p> The 2014 Riverside Bluesfest kicks off on Saturday with a slate of bands the blends nationally known acts with local artists. In addition to live music, the one-day festival will feature a slew of food and beverage vendors as organizers continue to tweak the event.</p><p> “We are trying to make it a little more unique,” said Dave Stilwell, an organizer of the event.</p><p> The park opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and the ticket office at 11 a.m. The gates to the festival open at noon with music starting at 1 p.m. with local band The Red Briar. At 2:30 p.m., Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points featuring Wade Baker hit the stage; the Kelly Richey Band plays at 4:20 p.m.; the Scotty Bratcher Band performs at 6:10 p.m.; the Bart Walker Band plays at 8 p.m.; and the Shane Dwight Band closes the festival by taking the stage at 10 p.m.</p><p> Tickets are $15 presale and $20 the day of the event. Proceeds from the event will help the K.C. Geiger Park Improvement Committee continue its efforts to make the park a viable attraction for local residents.</p><p> Presale tickets can be purchased at the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, Beer Barrel, all five Schwieterman Pharmacy locations, Pantry Pride, Kroger, Dogs-R-Us, America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, the Dutch Mill Cafe, Tailgaters Toot n Tell, Dave’s BBQ, Chief in Celina and Java Nation. For more information, visit</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderBluesfest To Rock ParkThe Evening Rundown2014-08-18T09:11:33-04:002014-08-18T09:11:33-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 18:</strong> Kids in Kindergarten and older are invited to the FJ Stallo Memorial Library at 1 p.m. today to watch a classic movie.</p><p> A Meet the Teacher Craft will be hosted at New Bremen Public Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. Make a craft at the library and bring it to your new teacher that night. All ages are welcome. Sign up is required at 419-629-2158.</p><p> The Minster Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Happenings2014-08-15T13:37:29-04:002014-08-15T13:37:29-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 16:</strong> Bremenfest is today.</p><p> Waynestock is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. today.</p><p> <strong>Aug. 17:</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><p> The St. Marys Rotary Club's Summer Concert Series will take place at 7 p.m. today at the PAC in Memorial High School.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWeekend HappeningsThe Evening Looks To Future2014-08-15T08:59:41-04:002014-08-15T08:59:41-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — This school year, Memorial High School senior Faith Ann Sharpin will no longer work at Subway but will be gaining business and pharmacy experience.</p><p> Sharpin will be in the DECA program at MHS and has a new job as a sales associate at Schwieterman Pharmacy. Sharpin said her duties will vary, but she loves the people she works with and gets along with everyone there. In the afternoons, Sharpin will deliver medications to peoples’ houses or to Otterbein. Her other duties include answering the phone, scanning peoples’ medications, and working the cash register.</p><p> “It’s a big change, but I definitely love it a lot more,” she said.</p><p> After high school, Sharpin said she wants to become a pharmaceutical representative.</p><p> “You just go around to different doctors in your local area and talk about different medicines for different diseases and stuff like that and give them ideas about what the future holds for medicines,” Sharpin said.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMeredith EnkoffRider Looks To FutureThe Evening Rundown2014-08-14T11:28:57-04:002014-08-14T11:28:57-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 14:</strong> New Bremen Public Library will host story time for 3 to 5-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. today.</p><p> Preschool Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. today at New Knoxville Public Library. Kids ages 3-5 (not yet in Kindergarten) are welcome.</p><p> Enjoy a sweet treat at the New Knoxville Public Library today. Drop by between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to decorate a cupcake.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Sentenced2014-08-13T09:30:01-04:002014-08-13T09:30:01-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — Bryant Rhoades — who remained defiant and professed his innocence throughout his sentencing — will spend the rest of his natural life behind bars without the possibility of parole for his role in the aggravated murders of Colleen and Robert Grube in November 2011.</p><p> Rhoades was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole during a lengthy court hearing Tuesday afternoon in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. Earlier in the hearing, Rhoades entered a guilty plea by way of an Alford plea to two counts each of aggravated murder, with gun specifications, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in a plea agreement struck with prosecutors that dismissed the death penalty specifications in the aggravated murder charges. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain his or her innocence but admits the state has enough evidence to more than likely obtain a conviction in the case.</p><p> During the hearing, Rhoades indicated his desire to use an Alford plea because he was unwilling to roll the dice at a trial and risk a death penalty sentence if convicted. Rhoades indicated he believes he is innocent but that he could not prove it. He also claimed he made false statements to detectives.  <br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderRhoades SentencedThe Evening