High school, Head Start to get $100K each
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The Celina City Schools district has been awarded $200,000 through Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's K-12 School Safety Grant Program.
Celina High School and Mercer County Head Start will each receive $100,000 safety grants, according to a news release from DeWine's Office. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
MARIA STEIN - Lindsey Koenig will move from being a Flyer to riding on the Express.
The Marion Local senior will continue her education and volleyball career next season at Owens Community College in Toledo, joining one of the best junior college programs in the nation. [More]
Obituaries on November 29th, 2022
Robert Dale "Buddy" Steiner, 75, of St. Marys, died 7:15 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022. [More]
Angela Rindler Sottile, age 45, formerly of Coldwater, passed away at Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati on Friday, November 25, 2022 after a long illness. [More]
Ronald L. Miars, 73, of St. Marys, died 11:32 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Carol J. Katterheinrich-Doseck, 69, New Knoxville, died at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2022, at her residence. [More]
Norma Jean Standiford, 92, of Rockford passed away on November 24, 2022 at Divine Nursing and Rehabilitation - Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
Ronald D. Lauth, age 80, of St. Marys, Ohio, passed away on November 26, 2022 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - City councilors have been asked to vacate a portion of a downtown alley to assist a company with its plans to turn a three-story building into a new business.
ST. MARYS - City council members on Monday night heard first reading of a resolution to authorize the Community Improvement Corporation to sell the former Ohio Army National Guard Armory building.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday heard first reading of an ordinance to award PAB Construction Co., Coldwater, a $358,400 bid to replace the curbs and gutters on State Route 274.
COLDWATER - Coldwater village officials on Monday heard first reading of a pay ordinance to effectively give a 6% raise to most staff.
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ST. HENRY - St. Henry village officials on Monday heard the village will have to start paying back a $248,350 loan taken out in 2020 for the purpose of exploring a wastewater treatment facility expansion.
West Bank Stories
My wife Gosia and I like flea markets. Gosia discovered the expansive Schleeters Auction and Flea Market in St. Marys. Last Saturday she brought me there to browse.
Alumni Notes
The women's Division I college volleyball postseason starts this week with the NCAA tournament getting underway.
Ball State, the Mid-American Confe
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Compiled By Tom Haines
The Fort Recovery girls basketball team dropped to 0-2 at Mississinawa Valley Monday night, fading in the second half on the way to a 50-33 loss.
CELINA - Numbers are picking up again for the Celina swimming and diving team.
The Bulldogs finished 10th in the girls division of the Western Buckeye League championships last season while the boys were eighth.
COLDWATER - Coldwater swimming coach Matt May expects a rebuilding year after several years of solid state-qualifying performances.
The Cavaliers have just one swimmer from the state meet last season.
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery boasts four returning district qualifiers on the girls team and a pair of accomplished returners on the boys team.

The Indians have nine girls swimming this season, with three seniors leading the way.
MARIA STEIN - Fourth-year Marion Local swim coach Danielle Hartke has high hopes that her squad will improve on last year's accomplishments.
With several swimmers that competed at district returning this season, the Flyers are looking to make a bigger impact in the postseason.
MINSTER - The Minster swimming team will be going through a bit of rebuilding after having some solid seasons featuring qualfiers to the state meet.
Coach Dawn Schwieterman has a smaller squad this season that does feature several returning district qualifiers.
NEW BREMEN - First-year New Bremen swimming coaches Steve Hemmelgarn and Amanda Kuck will look to build on the success from the past several years, including having state meet competitors last season.
ST. MARYS - After some exceptional showings at the Western Buckeye League and state meet performances, St. Marys returns to look to move up the league ladder.
CELINA - The last three years, Celina has been so close to winning its first Western Buckeye League wrestling title finishing third last season after being the runner-up the previous two season.
COLDWATER - The wrestling season will get started on schedule for Coldwater and the Cavaliers will have their full squad for the season opener after the football team lost in the regional semifinals.
ROCKFORD - Parkway will look to its veterans to help keep up the positive progress on the wrestling team this season.
Coach Jeff Farmer has six letterwinners returning with two returning after district qualifying performances last season.
ST. MARYS - With three straight Western Buckeye League wrestling championships under its belt, the St. Marys wrestling team is gearing up for another run to the title this season.
CELINA - Coming off back-to-back Western Buckeye League titles, Celina's girls bowling team has to replace a pair of seniors and brings up four freshmen.
COLDWATER - Veteran Coldwater bowling coach Rick Hartings has a loaded talent roster for both his boys and girls bowling teams as the Cavaliers look for another run to state.
FORT RECOVERY - While the Fort Recovery boys bowling team returns a number of letterwinners from last season's sixth-place showing in Midwest Athletic Conference action, the Indians' girls team will look to rebuild this season.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local brings back four senior girls as it looks to improve on a winless season last year.
Ali Bruns returns after earning seco
MINSTER - Coming off a 12-7 season, the Minster boys look to get through sectionals for the first time in school history.
Leading the way for the W
NEW BREMEN - After fielding a young roster last season, the New Bremen girls can hope to take a step forward in 2023.
Marina Nelson, who led the te
ROCKFORD - The Parkway boys bowling team brings back seven bowlers while adding enough numbers to have a JV team.
Junior Corey Stachler is the most
ST. HENRY - After just missing out on a trip to state last season, St. Henry's bowling team will look to rebuild with just one returning starter from last season when the Redskins went 4-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play.
ST. MARYS - After finishing third in the state tournament last year, the St. Marys girls team returns all but one bowler and comes in with an eye on returning to state.
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By Gary R. Rasberry
LIMA - The first 1 1/2 quarters of the Marion Local-Columbus Grove saw a knockdown battle of defense.
But once the Flyers got some offense going, they refused to yield.
The Flyers advanced to the program's 16th state championship football game after shutting out the Bulldogs 27-0 in the Division VI state semifinal on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium in Lima. The shutout is the state-record 11th of the season for the Flyers, who have outscored opponents 410-10 the last 10 games. [More]
Obituaries on November 28th, 2022
Michael Stephen Vann, 62, of Rockford passed away at 2:23 AM on November 26, 2022 at his home. [More]
Vivian D. Clune, age 90, of St. Henry, died Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - Many industrial parks throughout Mercer County are maxed out and a general lack of available, developable land is a fly in the ointment in otherwise positive local happenings, according to area department heads and elected officeholders.
CELINA - The company formerly known as Dayton Power & Light will make its largest investment in decades in the area as part of a broad initiative to modernize the energy grid, local officials said.
CELINA - A Celina man was hospitalized and his girlfriend was arrested after she allegedly stabbed him on Thanksgiving Day, according to a Celina Police Department news release published on Sunday.
New Bremen beats LCC to get back to state championship
WAPAKONETA - After falling behind 21-6 midway through the second quarter, New Bremen faced an uphill battle to advance to the Division VII state title game.
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Compiled By Tom Haines and Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina boys basketball team slumped in the second quarter on the way to a 66-39 loss to Versailles in the season opener at the Fieldhouse.
By William Kincaid
MENDON - Dozens of area firefighters spent Thanksgiving battling a rural house fire that quickly spread to other structures and vehicles and caused a propane tank to explode in a massive fireball.
Roughly 50 firefighters from Mendon Union, Celina [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - With star big man Austin Parks out injured, junior Jace Turner got the chance to lead St. Marys.
Turner shot 10-for-10 from the field and totaled 21 points, Evan Angstmann added 19, and the Roughriders rolled to an 81-42 win over New Knoxville in the boys basketball season opener at Grand Lake Health System Court on Friday. [More]
Obituaries on November 26th, 2022
Treva E. Albers, age 78 of Minster, Ohio, died on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at her home surrounded by family. [More]
Jerry W. Powell, age 91, of Celina, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 24, 2022. [More]
Kurt D. McAfee, age 68 of Coldwater, died Wednesday, November 22, 2022, at his home. [More]
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CELINA - Developers of Boardwalk Village, a walkable vacation rental community along West Bank Road that opened in June, plan to sell a new line of c
Santa needs help during Christmas
Rick Rose is Santa's helper in Celina. Every Christmas season he dons a red suit, white beard and a jolly demeanor as he helps get word back to the North Pole.
CELINA - Mercer County acting prosector Erin Minor has been selected to fill out the remaining two years of Matt Fox's term as county prosecutor.
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One of the saddest stories I ever covered for a newspaper was the 1998 death of a 19-year-old Wright State University-Lake Campus student named Lynn Topp at the hands of hideous murderer Timothy K. Rodeheffer.
Spencerville shoots 60% in win over St. Henry
SPENCERVILLE - As St. Henry got back into the game in the second half, the hope was that Spencerville would cool down.
Trouble was, the Bearcats stayed hot, shooting 60% from the floor to hold on for a 72-66 win over the Redskins in the 2022-23 boys basketball lidlifter in Spencerville.
Area Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Coldwater outscored Lima Central Catholic 33-13 over the final three quarters to improve to 2-0 on the season with a
By William Kincaid
Merrymakers and Christmas enthusiasts can start the season off on the right elf shoed foot by wassailing to well-lighted, holiday themed spectaculars in Coldwater, Celina and Wapakoneta.
Gift of Lights got underway Wednesday night at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds while Merry and Bright Christmas Lights kicks off tonight at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Both events charge a fee per vehicle. [More]
Obituaries on November 25th, 2022
Dorothy "Chris" Chunnic, 67, of Saint Marys, died 3:40 P.M. Monday, November 21, 2022, at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Jerry Powell, 91, Celina, died Nov. 24, 2022, at this residence.
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Linda A. Yaney, 75, formerly of New Bremen, died Nov. 18, 2022, at her residence in Sidney. [More]
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Auglaize County Board of Elections reported a 58.8% turnout in this year's gubernatorial election cycle after certifying results on Wednesday.
Board of elections director Michelle Wilcox previously predicted abount a 60% turnout.
The Outsider
Hunters in the 19th and early 20th centuries outdid themselves risking life and limb with questionable ammunition. For example, when hunters ran out
Flyers look to reach title game
A Thanksgiving morning football practice has become a tradition at Marion Local, as the Flyers often have played football this late in the season.
Cards look to reach title game
Back in the Division VII state semifinals for the first time since 2020, New Bremen is looking to punch its ticket to the state title game for the second time in school history on Saturday at Mercy Health/Wapak Ford Field in Wapakoneta.
Division I 
Both games Friday, 7 p.m.
Lakewood St. Edward (13-1) vs. Gahanna Lincoln at Mansfield Arlin Field.
Cincinnati Moeller (13-1) vs. Springfield (12-1) at Piqua Alexander Stadium.
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