'Everything related to veterans'
By William Kincaid
CELINA - It's been said the Museum of the Soldier is more a ministry than an actual museum because of the way in which veterans tend to open up about their experiences when they enter the former Coca Cola bottling plant in Portland, Indiana.
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Celina advances with victory over Kenton
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - The first time Celina and Kenton squared off in girls soccer, the Bulldogs came away with an 8-2 victory.
Saturday's rematch in the Division II sectional final was a much different game.
Taylor Klingshirn's rebound goal with 15:43 remaining in regulation broke a 1-all tie as the Bulldogs survived for a 2-1 victory to advance to the Elida district semifinals. [More]
Obituaries on October 25th, 2021
Kurt D. Lauth, 64, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died suddenly at 10:35 A.M. Friday, October 22, 2021, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Donald Fifer II, 63, Celina, died Oct. 23, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort W [More]
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CELINA - A local family has offered a sizable reward for anyone who can find a missing family member: Betty, a long-haired, fluffy black cat.
The Seals family is offering $500 for Betty's return. She was last seen near Kerns Fireplace on Tama Road north of Celina.
Vote '21
Three candidates are vying for two Washington Township trustee seats at the Nov. 2 general election. Newcomers A.J. Knapke and Jake Gaerke will take on incumbent Dale Boeckman. Trustees maintain township roads and ditches, mow, plow snow and maintain four cemeteries.
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The cross country postseason got underway on Saturday at Findlay and Columbus Grove as a number of area teams moved on to this Saturday's regionals at Tiffin.
When the Coldwater girls soccer team took on Crestview in the tournament opener, it was a question of which star forward would take over.
The Caval
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Aerial Fast and Kendall Dieringer scored within the first three minutes of the second half to lift St. Marys to a 2-
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Official says items pose no danger; pilot is out of the hospital
By William Kincaid
MONTEZUMA - Plane fuel and chemicals that spilled from a downed crop duster in May are contained in a tank, pile of dirt and absorption booms lying on county land and are expected to be removed within a month, a county official said.
"We have been continually working on this. We're hoping to have this concluded very soon," said Mike Robbins, director of the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
NEW BREMEN - A couple early bad snaps by New Bremen could have been game-changers, but the Cardinals persevered and rolled to a 34-8 victory over Fort Recovery Friday night in the regular season finale at Cardinal Stadium.
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Obituaries on October 23rd, 2021
Charles "Charlie" Lee Sapp, 83, of Rockford passed away at 12:24 pm on October 21, 2021 at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville. [More]
Barbara L. Walter, 85, of Saint Marys, died 1:50 A.M. Friday, October 22, 2021, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
James R. Pfeffenberger, age 91, a native of Celina, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, October 21, 2021, at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Lavern R. "Shots" Bruns, age 76, of St. Henry, died on Thursday October 21, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Joseph Hughes, 36, Celina, died Oct. 20, 2021, at Ohio State University Hospita [More]
Elizabeth L. Luedeke, 90, Fort Loramie, died Oct. 22, 2021, at Ohio Living Dorothy Love, Sidney. [More]
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Legislation is on Monday's agenda
CELINA - City council is slated to vote Monday on legislation that would make Celina a sanctuary for the unborn and effectively outlaw abortion in the city.
Commission gives OK for first phase
CELINA - The city planning commission on Thursday night approved a site plan review that will allow for the construction of cottages and townhouses on West Bank Road.
Residents in Mercer and Auglaize counties will vote on several fire levies at the Nov. 2 general election.
ST. MARYS - Independent candidates Kathy Fleagle and Frank D. Thomas have filed to run for treasurer of the city of St. Marys after incumbent Dennis Pfeffenberger, who has served since 2013, did not file to run for re-election.
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths and 37 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, according to Friday's county health department news release, raising the cumulative death toll to 73 and number of cases to 4,699.
Tama Road between State Route 118 and Now Road in Hopewell Township will close for a bridge replacement on Oct. 26, according to a news release from the Mercer County Engineer's Office.
St. Marys shuts out Celina in Battle of Grand Lake
CELINA - First-year St. Marys football coach Bo Frye said his team did what needed to be done on Friday night in the 103rd meeting of the Battle of Grand Lake with Celina.
ANNA - With an outright Midwest Athletic Conference title on the line, Marion Local's opportunistic defense was plenty good enough to cover up any mistakes.
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St. Henry raced out to a 34-0 lead before a pair of late touchdowns gave Delphos St. John's a more respectable finish as the Redskins prevailed 34-14 in Friday's regular season finale in Delphos.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Having just lost his father two days prior, Dr. Alex Kor said he wasn't sure if he could make it to Celina High School on Thursday.
But in the end, Kor, a podiatrist who practices in Lebanon, Indiana, said he was glad he had taken the morning off to share with students the story of his parents, Holocaust survivors Michael and Eva Kor, and give voice to their enduring legacy of hope and forgiveness. [More]
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - The Coldwater girls soccer team entered the tournament on a two-game losing streak, but it was firing on all cylinders Thursday night.
Ava Giere scored the first three goals and Blair Muhlenkamp added a pair as Coldwater rolled to a 5-0 win over Crestview in the Division III sectional final at Cavalier Stadium. [More]
Obituaries on October 22nd, 2021
Joshua Allen Bruggeman, age 46 of Sidney, Ohio, passed away on October 19, 2021 at Wilson Health Hospital in Sidney. [More]
Susan June Hecht, age 73, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on October 19, 2021 at Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. [More]
James R. Pfeffenberger, 91, Celina, died Oct. 21, 2021, at Miller Place, Celina [More]
P. Garry "Chip" Whitacre, age 57 of Celina, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his home in Celina. [More]
Lavern R. "Shots" Bruns, 76, St. Henry, died Oct. 21, 2021 at Briarwood Village [More]
Ronald "Ron" Aaron Swaney, age 61, of Sidney, Ohio passed away at Wilson Health in Sidney on October 21, 2021 at 2:47 am. [More]
Rosemary Heitkamp age 93 of McCartyville, Ohio died peacefully at 4:30AM on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Otterbein St. Marys. [More]
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Fire marshal to probe another fire
CELINA - The State Fire Marshal's Office is expected to investigate a fire that broke out Thursday at a building owned by auctioneer Tim Levi.
Rockford Fire Chief Rob Belna deemed the building a total loss.
CELINA - A Marion, Indiana, woman charged with 18 felonies, including two counts of aggravated murder, now has two court-appointed lawyers in addition to her two retained defense attorneys.
CELINA - Four men are vying for two Jefferson Township trustee seats in the Nov. 2 general election.
They include incumbents Kent Marbaugh and Keith G. Houts and newcomers Luke D. Baucher and John Gordon Hudson.
ST. MARYS - Incumbent first ward city council member John A. Bubp, a Republican, is being challenged for the seat he has held since 2011 by write-in candidate Bobby Adams, who did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him.
COLDWATER - No injuries were reported in a house fire in Coldwater that caused an estimate $50,000 in damages, according to Coldwater Assistant Fire Chief Tom Gross.
CELINA - A Celina man accused of having sexual contact with a female relative has been found guilty in Mercer County Common Pleas Court and faces a possible maximum sentence of 21.5 years in prison.
Celina starts postseason with big victory
CELINA - Efficient and quick.
A perfect description for Celina's opening match of the Division II volleyball tournament against Rossford on Thursday night at the intermediate school gym.
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Joey Vanderhorst's goal with 12:20 to play in the first overtime lifted St. Marys to a 5-4 victory over Wapakoneta in the Division II boys soccer sectional final on Thursday at Roughrider Field.
Minster chief member of inaugural class
MINSTER - Participating in a top-notch FBI training program had long been a goal for Minster Police Chief David Friend. A veteran of four decades in
Social turmoil affects enrollment around state
CELINA-The Wright State University-Lake Campus Police Academy has been very successful in producing law enforcement officers, said academy commander Mark A. Ernst.
Agency wrapping up its first year
ST. HERNY - A few months shy of finishing out its first year, the new Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District based in St. Henry has found its footing and is moving in the right direction, ambulance officials said.
Group formed to ease trauma
CELINA - Sometimes the people who help others are in need of a little help themselves, and a network of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) specialists are stepping in to aid their fellow first responders.
CELINA - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread more than a year and a half after its emergence, health care professionals who treat the virus say evidence-based medicine and factual information are some of the best treatments and protectors from the disease.
State Fire Marshal investigating fires
By Sydney Albert
MINSTER - Only days after a barn caught fire on Shelby Road, the home at the same property also caught fire Wednesday and the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
The Minster-Jackson Township Fire Department was called to the house at 3601 East Shelby Road around 9:42 a.m. Wednesday after a hired farm hand reported the fire. The husband and wife who live in the house were not home at the time, according to Minster Fire Chief Richard Prenger. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. MARYS - Wednesday evening was one of those nights where everybody got into the act at Roughrider Field.
St. Marys scored four times in the first nine minutes and never looked back in opening Division II girls soccer tournament action with an 11-0 win over Van Wert. [More]
Obituaries on October 21st, 2021
Richard F. Krites, 88, of Saint Marys, died 6:10 A.M. Sunday, October 17, 2021, at his daughter's residence in New Knoxville. [More]
JoAnn S. Grieves, 83, Botkins, died at 6:55 p.m. Oct. 19, 2021 at VanCrest of St. Marys. [More]
Virginia Lou Bair passed suddenly at Celina Manor on October 18.
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CELINA - Employees at The Brass Knuckle tattoo and piercing shop, 122 West Fayette Street, will have to complete mandatory training after repeatedly refusing to let health officials conduct a routine inspection.
More than 20 kids, 3 staff test positive
CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials are monitoring an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at Celina Middle School.
During Wednesday morning's
Four candidates are vying for two Franklin Township trustee seats at the Nov. 2 general election.
They are incumbents Neal Klosterman and Ron Niekamp and newcomers Aaron "A.J." Homan and Joe Karafit. Trustees maintain township roads and ditches, mow, plow snow and maintain four cemeteries.
NEW BREMEN - School board members at their Wednesday meeting passed a resolution readjusting the millage of a permanent improvement levy that reportedly will result in lower taxes for residents.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections staff removed the party affiliation of 2,787 registered voters this week in accordance with state law.
The county, as of the 2020 presidential election, had 29,403 total registered voters.
MONTEZUMA - Vintage photos, a village logo and a way for local residents to ask questions were among suggestions at Wednesday's council meeting for the village website currently being created.
Cavs, Panthers win to set up rematch
COLDWATER - Coldwater and Parkway are moving on to a matchup in the Division III volleyball district semifinal after sweeping their sectional finals at the Palace on Wednesday.
COLDWATER - Brian Harlamert knew that he would be getting a call from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association regarding its hall of fame sometime.
Jill Schmitmeyer continues to be dominant on the golf course.
The University of Findlay junior and St. Marys graduate set a school record last week
Big-time rivalry games in football, like Ohio State-Michigan or Cal-Stanford, are made for the final week of the regular season.
Based on the rotat
With just one weekend remaining in the high school football regular season, the postseason begins to loom large for area teams. At the moment, it appears six WBL and seven MAC teams will keep on playing next week in the newly expanded OHSAA football playoffs.
Booster Field
Last Meeting: Alex Klosterman's 21-yard field goal with 6:12 remaining in regulation gave the Flyers a 17-14 win in Shelby County on Sept. 27, 2019. The teams did not play last year due to the truncated COVID-19 schedule.
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Peyton Otte, QB Marion Local
23 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Flyers' 24-21 win over Coldwater.
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