Flyers cruise to record 12th state championship
By Tom Haines
  CANTON - Marion Local wasted no time on Saturday in pursuit of a state-record 12th state football title.
Three touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Flyers a commanding lead on the way to a 42-7 win over Newark Catholic in the Division VII football state championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday. [More]
By Tom Haines
  CANTON - Coldwater's one flaw all season was turnovers, and that flaw resurfaced at the worst possible time.
Two second-quarter turnovers set up touchdowns for Carey, which leaned on 265-pound running back Jordan Vallejo against an overmatched Cavaliers defense to send Coldwater to a 26-14 defeat in the Division VI state football championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday. [More]
Obituaries on December 6th, 2021
Douglas M. Heitkamp, age 54, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Coldwater Community Hospital. [More]
Edna Mae Striegel, 93, formerly of Rossburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
Harold "Buck" L. Gehle, age 70 of St. Marys, Ohio passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from heart failure at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. [More]
Cynthia Huston, 64, of Coldwater, OH died Thursday December 2, 2021 at Miami Va [More]
Lee Roy Kuhlman of Monroe, OH passed away December 3, 2021.
He was born Febru [More]
Jerome "Jerry" Joseph Bensman, age 71, of Versailles passed away of natural cau [More]
Kenneth R. Brummette, age 73, of rural Mendon, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Otterbein St. Marys SeniorLife Community. [More]
Dorothy "Dot" Huwer, 92, of Saint Marys, died 7:52 P.M. Monday, November 29, 2021, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
Joan M. Dembowski, age 88 of Coldwater died Friday, December 3, 2021, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Teresa Ann Bambauer (Hass), died Thursday, December 2, 2021 just 29 days before [More]
Bruce "Matt" Spragg, age 46, of New Bremen, died suddenly on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10:48 A.M. at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
James E. Pleiman, age 86, of Cassella, Ohio, died on Saturday, December 4, 2021 [More]
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Versailles kept Kirtland in check for three quarters and hung on to win its first state football championship since
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St. Marys overcame an 11-point deficit after three quarters to hand New Bremen its first loss of the boys basketball season 58-57 at Grand Lake Health System Court on Saturday evening. The Roughriders improve to 3-0 with the victory.
Priest assignments likely in February
The yearslong configuration of churches into Families of Parishes is complete, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr announced in a recorded message played to Catholic parishioners at Masses this past weekend.
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Fanning Howey debuts new Celina headquarters
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Fanning Howey officials on Friday evening welcomed the public into its new design studio at 128 W. Market St. for a chance to check out the modern layout of the freshly renovated building.
Officials of the integrated architecture, interiors and engineering firm specializing in learning environment sought a work environment matching the skills its high-performing employees offer clients, said Zac Sprunger, company director of marketing. [More]
Obituaries on December 4th, 2021
Linda Hoffman Bash of Findlay, OH passed away on November 27, 2021. Linda was b [More]
Loa Jean (Fetters) Fox, 88 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:40 pm at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Life Center. [More]
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Large crowds flocked to Celina Friday for the annual Midnight Gladness Christmas celebration.
People strolled the downtown, catching up with friends and snapping up deals at businesses that remained open throughout the evening.
New Bremen defense shines in win over Celina
CELINA - Josh Rasawehr had a big night for Celina.
But beyond him, the Bulldogs were struggling and New Bremen capitalized.
The Cardinals pulled away in the second half and improved to 3-0 with a 52-30 victory over the Bulldogs at the Fieldhouse in the season lidlifter for Celina.
ST. MARYS - The season opener for St. Henry unraveled quickly Friday night at Grand Lake Health System Court in St. Marys.
The visiting Redskins sc
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Van Wert outscored Parkway 12-5 in the third quarter to take the lead and held on to defeat the Panthers 48-43 at Panther Gymnasium in Rockford, the second straight loss for Parkway on the season.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County officials are preparing to take the first step toward establishing a county public defenders office.
Moving from the county's decades-old assigned counsel system to a county-run public defender office that would operate much like the prosecutor's office is a matter of necessity, some judges and attorneys say. [More]
St. Marys beats Celina in WBL wrestling opener
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. MARYS - Last season, Celina and St. Marys met in the final Western Buckeye League wrestling match of the year to see if St. Marys won an outright title or Celina got to share.
St. Marys won then, and after the first league match of the season, the Roughriders are still rolling. [More]
Obituaries on December 3rd, 2021
Adam Steven Puthoff, age 33, Versailles, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 1, 2021, following a single vehicle accident. [More]
Richard "Dick" E. Geist, age 83, of Celina, Ohio passed away at 11:46 am at his daughters residence in Lima on November 4, 2021. [More]
Janice Daugherty, age 96, of St. Marys, passed away at 12:00 pm, December 2, 2021 at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Life Community in St. Marys. [More]
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CASA volunteers to be sworn-in
CELINA - Mercer County Common Pleas Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Matt Gilmore said there's been an uptick in marijuana usage incidents and cases involving hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and meth.
CELINA - As one of the top agricultural counties in Ohio, some Mercer County livestock producers may have concerns that animal rights activists and others might trespass on their land.
WAPAKONETA - Fifty four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 5,273, according to a county health department news release.
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CELINA - Local Collab Co. offers speciality gift boxes filled with locally sourced goodies that take the hassle out of shopping while also supporting area businesses.
ROCKFORD - After struggling from outside early, Parkway warmed up in the second half and rolled to a 47-32 victory over St. Henry Thursday evening in the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball opener at Panther Gymnasium.
CELINA - From the tip, St. Marys' defensive pressure was too much for Celina.
The Roughriders forced 13 turnovers in the first quarter as they buil
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New Bremen's offense got going after halftime as coach Andy Timmerman secured his first varsity win with a 44-32 victory over Fort Recovery in a Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball game at Fort Site Fieldhouse on Thursday.
Legality of recall election questioned
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Petitions filed with the Mercer County Board of Elections this week seek a recall election of Celina City Council members June Scott, Mike Sovinski, Myron Buxton and Eric Lochtefeld, all of whom last week voted against legislation that would have outlawed abortion in Celina. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
Two Auglaize County residents each have been awarded a $10,000 Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship, according to an Ohio Department of Health news release Wednesday.
The lucky local winners are Hailey Hunter, St. Marys, and Joshua Yeager, Minster. The pair won two of the 150 scholarships available in an Ohio 529 College Advantage plan, according to the release. [More]
Obituaries on December 2nd, 2021
Judith A. Henry, 70, New Bremen, died at 4:10 p.m. Nov. 26, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
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ST. MARYS - A non-profit group planning to revitalize the St. Marys Theater and Grand Opera House held a town hall-style meeting Wednesday to field questions and gain input from community members.
CELINA - Seventy eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported during the past week in Mercer County, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 5,683.
College Notes
Lauren Gilliland and Paige Jones were no strangers to each other when they faced off in volleyball during their playing days at Coldwater and New Bremen respectively in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Fort Recovery standout Whitley Rammel signed a letter of intent with NCAA Division I East Tennessee State on Thursday to continue her volleyball career.
Championship Saturday
So far in 2021, Marion Local has already secured its 15th Midwest Athletic Conference title and a 10-0 regular season. Next on the wishlist: the Flyers' 12th state championship.
Championship Saturday
It's familiar territory in a familiar location for Coldwater as the Cavaliers prepare to play in the Division VI state football championship game on Saturday.
Championship Saturday
The last time Versailles played in a state final, most of the current roster were either very, very young or not even born.
The Tigers return to Ca
Division II State Championship
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Winton Woods (12-3) vs. Akron Hoban (11-3)
Division IV State Championship 
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. Youngstown Ursuline (11-3)
Division III State Championship
Friday, 3 p.m.
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