By William Kincaid
CELINA - The Mercer County Fair that starts today traces back to 1852 when it got off to a bumpy start as a one day event, according to the Mercer County Fair 2022 Media Guide.
The admission price in 1852 was a mere 25 cents for anyone 21 and older, per the guide history compiled from numerous sources, including magazine and newspaper articles. [More]
Australian Sam Cooley wins Minster PBA tournament
By Gary R. Rasberry
MINSTER - Sam Cooley admitted that his first trip to Minster last year wasn't a successful one.
The Australian certainly made up for it in his second trip, as he came out of qualifying as the top seed, then bowled well in the stepladder final to win the PBA Central Region Kremer Roofing Classic at Community Lanes on Thursday afternoon. [More]
Obituaries on August 12th, 2022
Edwin Alan Linn passed away on Sunday, August 7, at 4:00 a.m. at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago just days after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. [More]
Thomas Joseph Stelzer, age 86, of Coldwater, died Thursday August 11, 2022 at Celina Manor. [More]
Susan Jane Tomberlin, 87, of St. Marys Twp. (Villa Nova), OH died 7:00 a.m. Friday July 29, 2022. [More]
James Leo Barga, age 90, formerly of Rossburg, passed away of natural causes Monday evening, August 8, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - A Fort Recovery poultry facility was identified as the source of a valid pollution complaint on Aug. 1, the third such valid complaint against the facility in the past three or four years.
CHICKASAW - Crews are making steady progress on a $1.74 million infrastructure project and the renovation of a barn that will become the new Chickasaw village hall within the next several months.
CELINA - The virtue of patience is about to pay off for city officials.
After decades of trying to figure a way to expand on the city's stormwater drain system to alleviate flooding, the city is ready to begin what mayor Jeff Hazel calls "phase one" of the project.
NEW BREMEN - The 2022 Little Miss Bremenfest Pageant is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the James F. Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School.
This year, 11 girls going into first grade will compete for the title of 2022 Little Miss Bremenfest, according to a pageant news release.
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Minster's girls golf team was runner-up at the Allen East Invitational at Colonial Golfers Club in Harrod on Thursday.
The Wildcats finished with a team score of 422, 23 strokes behind first-place Hopewell-Loudon. Parkway came in fourth with a team score of 435.
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By Joseph Gilroy
ST. MARYS - The school district will hold a public meeting to discuss the idea of arming teachers at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the St. Marys high school auditorium.
Superintendent Bill Ruane at Wednesday night's regular school board meeting addressed House Bill 99, state legislation which allows local school districts to decide whether to permit certain school staff members to be armed on school grounds. [More]
Obituaries on August 11th, 2022
Linda Gale Morris, 66, of Wapakoneta, OH died 1:52 p.m. Friday August 5, 2022 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, OH. [More]
Edith J. Wissman, age 94 Of New Bremen, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 1:48 A.M. at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Annette Franck, 74, of rural Celina, OH died 9:19 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022 at her residence. [More]
Mari-Lynn (Nolan) Reed age 89, died Tuesday August 9, 2022, at her home in Cold [More]
Phyllis I. "Perky" Hawkey, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Vancrest of Hicksville. [More]
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Area man arrested for drug possession
CELINA - A Celina woman originally arrested for an outstanding drug trafficking warrant on Tuesday faced more serious felony charges on Wednesday in connection with a fentanyl-related death in 2022.
CELINA - The ever evolving Mercer County Fair blasts off Friday with an exciting first day lineup filled with sharks, axe throwing, the world's finest canine athletes and of course, the opening night country concert spectacular.
CELINA - Efforts to secure a new home for the Mercer County Health District have stalled, board of health members learned during their Wednesday morning meeting.
WAPAKONETA - Cases of COVID-19 continue to mount in Auglaize County with no clear cause, mirroring a trend seen in nearby counties, the state and the nation.
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Good weather took hold over the Mercer County Elks on Wednesday for the annual Gary Broering Memorial girls golf tournament, honoring the longtime St. Henry golf coach and Elks member.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The Mercer County Educational Service Center welcomed a robust turnout at a Tuesday night open house of its new headquarters at 540 E. Market Street.
The public was invited to view the spacious, fully reconfigured and remodeled facility that allows officials to gather under one roof and provides plenty of room for professional development and direct student services such as therapies and assessments. [More]
Obituaries on August 10th, 2022
Vivian W. Hodge, age 88 of Celina, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. [More]
Junior B. Schmidt, 64, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022, at his residence. [More]
James L. Barga, 90, Rossburg, died Aug. 8, 2022, at Briarwood Village, Coldwate [More]
Annette Franck, 74, Celina, died Aug. 6, 2022, at her residence.
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COLDWATER - The new superintendent of Coldwater Exempted Village Schools on Tuesday night shared his appreciation for the welcome he has received since coming on board earlier this month.
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Coldwater repeats as county golf champs
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The rainy conditions on Tuesday did little to dampen the outstanding performance of the Coldwater boys golf team as it successfully defended its Mercer County Invitational championship at the Mercer County Elks.
Auglaize County grand champion sells for $225,000
By William Kincaid
COLUMBUS - An Auglaize County teen and her steer named Cruiser shattered a record at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction on Sunday afternoon at the WCOL Celeste Center.
Ryleigh Egbert's Grand Champion Market Beef went for $225,000, smashing the previous record of $140,000 set in 2011. In fact, the whopping sale amount for Cruiser represents the highest bid on any animal ever since the Sale of Champions began in 1968, according to the Ohio State Fair. [More]
Minster, Coldwater hosting pro bowling action this week
By Gary R. Rasberry
Football season is close to getting underway, but for this week, bowling rules in the Grand Lake area as Minster and Coldwater host events for the Professional Bowlers Association.
Minster gets the first shot at action on the lanes with the PBA Central Region Kremer Roofing Classic that begins today and wraps up Thursday at Community Lanes. [More]
Obituaries on August 9th, 2022
Michael L. Baucher, age 68, of Celina, passed away on August 8, 2022 at his residence in rural Celina. [More]
Linda Gale Morris, 66, of Wapakoneta, OH died 1:52 p.m. Friday August 5, 2022 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, OH. [More]
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CELINA - A new $2 million electric distribution facility will be financed through a low interest loan program.
City council members at Monday night
ST. MARYS - City council members during their regular Monday meeting approved an ordinance to borrow $12 million for the new city municipal building.
The ordinance was approved after three readings and a public hearing held shortly before the regular meeting.
AUGLAIZE COUNTY - A 31-year-old man was killed Saturday after being thrown from a motorcycle on State Route 385, east of New Hampshire.
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NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday heard first reading of a resolution authorizing an application to Ohio Public Works Commission for funds to reconstruct Plum and Park streets and Eastmoor Drive.
MARIA STEIN -- Gaining community input on a possible building project and addressing staffing issues as district enrollment continues to grow are among the goals for the upcoming school year outlined by Superintendent Mike Pohlman at Monday night's Marion Local school board meeting.
ST. HENRY - A group of about 10 community members attended Monday's board of education meeting to discuss installing cameras at the St. Henry Community Center.
COLDWATER- Village council members at Monday's regular meeting gave second reading of an ordinance to crack down on people putting non-licensed items on public right-of-ways.
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The Celina girls golf team opened its season with a strong showing at the Lincolnview Invitational at Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert.
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