Buzzard sentenced for murder of Columbus man
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A Marion, Indiana, woman on Thursday afternoon was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years on one count of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony.
Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffery Ingraham handed down the sentence to Sarah Buzzard, 30, that had been negotiated in a plea agreement that spared her the death penalty for killing Ryan Zimmerman, 21, of Columbus. Buzzard had pled guilty on Dec. 23. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - It was a perfect Senior Night for the Celina wrestling team.
All five seniors recorded victories and the Bulldogs recorded pinfalls or technical falls in all their wins, picking up a 64-18 victory over Bath in Western Buckeye League dual match action at Celina High School on Thursday. The win moves Celina to 5-1 in league dual matches. [More]
Obituaries on January 21st, 2022
Ruby M. Greiwe, age 93, of New Bremen, died suddenly from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday afternoon, January 19, 2022. [More]
Charles "Chuck" Hein, 68, of Fort Recovery, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Paul E. Gates, age 82, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022, at his home near Rockford. [More]
Gerald (Jerry) Ruchty of Coldwater, Ohio died peacefully at his home on January 20, 2022 at the age of 89. [More]
Margaret H. (Peg) Houseworth, age 97, of Celina Ohio, passed away peacefully on January 19 2022 in Naples, Florida. [More]
Louise Ann "Lou Ann" Knoth, 88, Coldwater, died Jan. 20, 2022, at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Daniel J. "Peppy" Steinbrunner, age 67, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on January 19, 2022 at 4:35 pm at Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. [More]
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A 93-year-old New Bremen woman was killed in a single-car accident reported 1:32 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Amsterdam and Tri-Township roads in Auglaize County.
Woman discusses difficult pregnancy
CELINA - Lynn Rinderle, St. Henry, asked the crowd gathered at Alethia Christian Church on Thursday night if they believed God has a sense of humor.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County continues to see some of the highest reported number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.
Shawnee takes control to beat St. Marys
ST. MARYS - If you stepped out of the gym for a minute in the third quarter of Thursday's Shawnee-St. Marys girls basketball game to grab a bag of popcorn, you might have thought you walked back into a different game.
NEW BREMEN - Coming out of the half, New Bremen was firing on all cylinders. Parkway was decidedly not.
The Cardinals scored the first 11 points in
The Celina Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members between the boys' basketball JV and varsity games with Crestview on Saturday night.
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Marion Local jumped out to an early lead and held off Minster down the stretch to move to 12-4 on the season in a 53
Wedding experts are advising couples who are getting married in 2022 and 2023 to plan ahead and be flexible.
With numerous wedding celebrations res
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By Erin Gardner
CELINA - Dropping temperatures and a frozen Grand Lake may have people thinking about ice fishing and other winter activities.
But they should have a solid safety plan first, a state park official said.
Brian Miller, southwest district manager for Ohio State Parks and Watercraft, said there is no such thing as 100% safe ice. [More]
Obituaries on January 20th, 2022
John A. Kaiser, age 89, of North Star, Ohio, died on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at his home. [More]
Dorothy (Esmonde) Thomas-Brill, 70, formerly of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly [More]
Gary W. Hole, age 74, of Celina, passed away on January 18, 2022 at 11:09 pm at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta, Ohio. [More]
Zachary D. Hemmelgarn, age 32, of Powell, and formerly of New Bremen, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at his residence. [More]
Cora Diane Williams, age 55 of Celina, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at the Wayne Hospital in Greenville. [More]
Frances E. Brackman (Koesters), age 88 of Englewood, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. [More]
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The Plaza Shopping Center sold for $1.4M
CELINA - The Plaza Shopping Center on North Main Street and adjacent properties have been sold for $1.45 million to a New York real estate investor.
A local group has formed a new Political Action Committee to promote equity, access and diversity in Mercer County.
Mercer County LEAD, which stand
CELINA - One person has died and 284 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Mercer County county during the past week, according to a county health district news release.
MONTEZUMA - Mayor Steve Fortman advised councilors during Wednesday's meeting that excavation is expected to start this week on a drainage improvement project designed to alleviate recurring flooding in the village.
CELINA - Two people were arrested Tuesday during a Heroin Interdiction Team detail, according to a news release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.
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The St. Marys girls basketball team has started out strong this season, opening up 11-3 with a 4-1 record in the Western Buckeye League.
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St. Marys hangs on to defeat Marion Local
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - With the margin never stretching past six points, St. Marys' lead wasn't safe until the buzzer sounded.
Kendall Dieringer's five-point run late in the fourth made the difference, and Stella Huelsman's tying shot at the buzzer was tipped and fell short as the Roughriders pulled out a 50-47 win over Marion Local in girls basketball action at Grand Lake Health System Court on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on January 19th, 2022
Deborah Bruns, age 65, of Celina, died Friday, December 31, 2021 at IU Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. [More]
Hilda C. Homan, age 87, of St. Henry, died on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
John A. Kaiser, 89, North Star, died at his home on Jan. 18, 2022.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star. [More]
Jean F. Fortkamp, 86, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Rose M. Mackey, 95, of Evansville, formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed away January 17, 2022, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital. [More]
Madonna Mary (Seger) Poeppelman, age 69, of Yorkshire, passed away of natural causes Monday, January 17, 2022, at the Wayne Healthcare ER in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - A celebrated storyteller, author and teaching artist drew connections between quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and the folklore tales she was raised with.
Part of work pared down due to cost
CELINA - County commissioners last week approved the final piece of the Fort Recovery-Minster Road and Rolfes Road tile project after commissioners initially rejected part of it last fall after landowners complained it cost too much.
High number due to ODA lag in reporting
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported 330 new cases of COVID-19 since their last report on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 6,534 since the pandemic began.
ROCKFORD - Village councilors discussed creating an ordinance or amending an existing one to prohibit the parking of vehicles in private yards and on sidewalks.
COLDWATER - The Palace in Coldwater hosted wrestling on Tuesday night as the Cavaliers hosted county rival Parkway, Ada and Allen East for a Super-Tri.
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Tyler Koenig hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Spencerville the lead and the Bearcats held on at the line for a 53-51 win over St. Henry in a boys basketball game at Redskin Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Counties to discuss how to spend drug settlement millions
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer and Auglaize counties are part of a nine-county cluster that will have a say in how millions of dollars from opioid lawsuit settlements will be spent within the region.
Region 15, as it's known, also will appoint a member and recom [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
"How do you take 47 years of your life, who you are and what you become, and put that into three minutes?"
For Jessie Magoto, that is something she will try to do when the longtime Minster girls cross country and track and field coach will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OAT&CCC) Hall of Fame on Jan. 28 at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus. [More]
Obituaries on January 18th, 2022
Donald P. Ahrens, age 60, of Celina (formerly of Coldwater), died Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
William "Bill" Edward Paulus, age 73, of Russia, passed away of natural causes [More]
Etta Lou Crow, age 86, of Celina, Ohio passed away at the Miller House in Celina on January 12, 2022 after a lengthy illness. [More]
Ronald J. Schmiesing age 69 of Minster, Ohio died on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
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Trial date expected in early May, June
MINSTER - Councilors at a special meeting Monday received an update on a lawsuit stemming from the ongoing solar field contract dispute.
Alabama energy company Enpower Solar is suing the village for $10.5 million in damages.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday approved after third reading an ordinance amending the village zoning code. The legislation is retroactive to Jan. 1.
New Bremen catcher Vince Hulse signed a letter of intent with Bluffton University, committing to the Beavers to start his college baseball career.
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Coldwater traveled to Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek for the annual Baker Bash Bowling Tournament, which features an all-baker game format.
The University of Michigan formally introduced St. Marys graduate Mike Elston as the new defensive line coach on Monday.
Elston, who played on the
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