Action prompted by recent legislation
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City council members plan to retool their procedural rules following public confusion that arose a few months back when a piece of controversial legislation advanced to subsequent readings without an affirmative vote.
Councilors in late October voted 4-2 against passing on to second reading legislation that would have declared Celina a sanctuary city for the unborn and effectively outlawed abortion in the city. [More]
Marion Local outlasts Fort Recovery
By Gary R. Rasberry
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local boys basketball coach Kurt Goettemoeller had the perfect word to describe the Flyers' game against Fort Recovery on Friday night.
"It was a slugfest of a game, and I knew it was going to be," said Goettemoeller after his [More]
Obituaries on January 15th, 2022
Jodia Kay Long, 60, of St. Marys, OH died 9:12 a.m. Sunday January 9, 2022 at Versailles Health Care Center in Versailles, OH. [More]
Joe Steven Martin, 74, of Celina, OH died Thursday January 13, 2022 at his residence. [More]
H. June Bertke age 86 of Maria Stein, Ohio died at 8:48 AM on Friday, January 14, 2022 at The Gardens of St. Henry, Ohio. [More]
William (Bill) H. Coble, age 70, of Liberty Township, OH passed away Jan. 11, 2022. [More]
Alice L. Haynes, 91, Van Wert, died at 4:15 a.m. Jan. 14, 2022, at Vancrest-St. Marys. [More]
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Owner Shyla Houser serves up classic homemade comfort food
MENDON - Shyla's Cozy Diner, 124 N. Main St., Mendon, opens today from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. serving up owner Shyla Houser's take on homemade comfort food classics in an old-fashioned diner atmosphere.
CELINA - Two people were arrested on drug trafficking charges on Friday, according to a news release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.
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CELINA - Mercer County Health District Board of Health members hired two new employees during their first meeting of the year Wednesday.
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NEW BREMEN - To the aggressor goes the spoils.
New Bremen came out firing to open the second half and quickly took command of what had been a competitive game.
ST. HENRY - After two quarters, St. Henry looked like it was on its way to an upset win over unbeaten Versailles. After three, the Redskins were staring at a double-digit deficit.
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After going into the fourth tied at 33, the Celina boys basketball team got points from all five starters down the stretch for a 44-41 Western Buckeye League win at Elida on Friday.
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Plan is to move to another building
By Tom Millhouse
CHICKASAW - Councilors at their Wednesday meeting advanced a plan to sell the village hall. Sealed bids on the building will be opened at the March 9 council meeting.
Mayor Ben Kramer reported council directed village solicitor Judy Koesters to prepare a legal description of the property on Wayne Street to prepare to advertise for bids on the building. He said council set the minimum bid at $90,000. [More]
New Knoxville defeats Minster in MAC battle
By Gary R. Rasberry
MINSTER - Mike Wiss channeled his inner Dennis Green on Thursday night when talking about New Knoxville.
"They are who we thought they were," said the Minster coach, quoting the late NFL coach's famous line from a 2006 game between Arizona and Chicago. [More]
Obituaries on January 14th, 2022
Lavern F. Pohl age 93 of Osgood, Ohio died at 12:30 AM on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at The Gardens of St. Henry, Ohio. [More]
Renee' Kim (Wise) Cryer, 66, of Van Wert passed away at 1:02 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Van Wert Manor. [More]
William (Bill) H. Coble, Age 70, of Liberty Township, OH passed away Jan. 11, 2022. [More]
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You can stop virus feuding
Right before Christmas, a daughter tells her extended family she won't be attending the holiday celebration because she's worried about the rise in C
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners moved to advance a proposed 10-year renewal of a 0.5% sales tax to the county board of elections for placement on the May 3 primary election ballot.
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths involving unvaccinated people and 168 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Monday, according to a Thursday news release from county health officials.
Group to ensure representation for indigent people
CELINA - Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffery Ingraham heralded the creation of a county public defenders commission to ensure representation for indigent people in the court system.
CELINA - Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District members approved a new tier affiliate membership system during their meeting Thursday.
The new membership system was introduced by education technician Ariel Hein and district administrator Michael Watercutter during the meeting.
ST. MARYS - With four players in double figures, St. Marys rolled to a 78-45 Western Buckeye League girls victory over Van Wert Thursday at Grand Lake Health System Court.
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New Bremen bounced back from a halftime deficit to defeat Coldwater 52-47 in a Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball game at the Palace on Thursday.
CELINA - From the opening tip, Celina came out flat.
In a Western Buckeye League Battle of Bulldogs, it was the hosts who struggled to find their way on offense, as Elida held off a late first-half run and cruised in the second half on the way to a 46-27 win at the Fieldhouse on Thursday.
State supreme court declares map invalid
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Recorder Angie King on Wednesday afternoon announced she intends to run in the Republican primary election for the 82nd District that had been reshaped to consist of Mercer, Van Wert and Paulding counties and some of Defiance County. [More]
Obituaries on January 13th, 2022
Rodney L. Toler, 73, of Mendon, OH died Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the VA Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, IN. [More]
David Richard Embry, 82, Celina, died Jan. 12, 2022, at his residence.
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Ex-principal concerned over negotiations
ROCKFORD - Former Parkway Elementary School principal Mark Esselstein after Monday's school board meeting said he is deeply concerned teacher contract negotiations remain stalled after nine months.
CELINA - A Bradford man involved in a Sept. 27, 2020, traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Coldwater woman has been sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide.
CELINA - Two people have died and 279 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county during the past week, according to a county health district news release.
NEW BREMEN - School board members at their Wednesday meeting approved final 2022 appropriations totaling $23.64 million, according to district treasurer Jill Ahlers.
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A week after one co-leader in the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball was pared from the top, a battle for sole possession in the conference takes place at Minster's Wildcat Gymnasium tonight as Minster hosts New Knoxville.
Coldwater seniors Tyler Schwieterman and Jesse Meyer were selected to play in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association's 75th North-South Classic on April 30 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. Both will play for the South in the Divisions IV-V-VI-VII game.
Group to plan courthouse centennial
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Volunteers on Tuesday began laying out ideas for the Mercer County Courthouse's 100th anniversary in 2023.
The group agreed the celebration will be tailored toward families and contain splashes of red, white and blue to encourage patriotism. [More]
St. Marys rallies to defeat New Bremen for 10th win
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. MARYS - Just when it looked like New Bremen was poised to pull away from St. Marys, the Roughriders clicked into gear.
St. Marys turned a 27-19 deficit with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter into a 39-36 lead going to the fourth quarter. The Roughriders then held the Cardinals to a single field goal in the final eight minutes to pick up the 49-38 victory in the battle of Auglaize County neighbors at Grand Lake Health System Court. [More]
Obituaries on January 12th, 2022
Susan V. "Sue" Eckstein, age 62, of Celina, passed away suddenly on Monday, Jan [More]
Rogene "Genie" Evers, 92, of Saint Marys, died 10:45 A.M. Monday, January 10, 2022, at her residence. [More]
Alice (Weitzel) Hein, age 90, of Cincinnati died peacefully Monday, January 10, 2022 at The Glen in Cincinnati. [More]
David P. Cooper, age 81, of New Bremen, Ohio, died at 8:12 AM on Sunday January 9, 2022 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Richard L. (Dick) Hudson, 87, a lifelong resident of St. Marys, passed away on [More]
Fred A. Marsee, 88, of Springfield, Ohio passed away peacefully at Springfield Masonic Home on January 5, 2022. [More]
Katherine V. Steinbrunner-Taylor, 91, of St. Marys, OH died 11:02 a.m. Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Community Hospital in Coldwater, OH. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County in December saw its third highest month of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, Auglaize County Health Department Nursing Director Jessica Wuebker said Tuesday.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday passed the 2022 budget that appropriates $76.31 million for all accounts, including $15.82 million for the general fund that finances day-to-day county operations.
CELINA - A new five-year, 0.55-mill county health district operating levy will move on to the Mercer County Board of Elections for certification on the May 3 primary election ballot.
CELINA - School board members on Monday night awarded superintendent Ken Schmiesing a one-year contract extension and accepted the resignation due to retirement of athletic director Jeff Fortkamp.
MINSTER - Board of education members welcomed Nick Rentz to the board during their organizational meeting on Monday.
Incumbents Sandra Schulze and
MINSTER - Two veterans pitched an idea to add black granite blocks containing etched images and names of four local soldiers to a veteran's memorial in the village.
FORT RECOVERY - Sean Kahlig and Nick Wehrkamp were sworn in to serve on the board of education during the board's organizational meeting Monday night.
Newcomer Kahlig was elected to one of the two seats up for grabs in November's general election and incumbent Wehrkamp won the other seat.
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Coldwater weathered a back-and-forth game and held on for a 65-55 upset win over Crestview, which ranked 11th in Division IV in Tuesday's poll, in a girls basketball game at the Palace on Tuesday.
ST. HENRY - For the second straight year, St. Henry's ace pitcher is committing to Indiana Tech.
Nolan Schmitz, who set the Redskins' single-game strikeout record in a stellar junior year behind Ryan Uhlenhake, signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to join Uhlenhake on the Warriors.
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