By Leslie Gartrell
MINSTER - A school district administrator on Thursday night said the district's new random drug testing policy was spurred by a "surprising" amount of students who have talked about drug related activity over the past few years.
Roughly 100 school district residents attended an informational and sometimes turbulent meeting with superintendent Brenda Boeke, high school principal Austin Kaylor and Kyle Prueter, owner of Great Lakes Biomedical, which will conduct the testing. [More]
Indians' comeback is for naught as Lancers score six in seventh
By Tom Haines
WAPAKONETA - After clawing back from a 4-2 deficit, Fort Recovery ran out of steam in the seventh inning.
Starting pitcher Jackie Homan returned to the circle in the top of the seventh and got shelled for six runs as Lincolnview buried the Indians 10-5 in the Division IV district final at Wapakoneta on Friday. [More]
Obituaries on May 21st, 2022
Clayton Cooper Davis, 86, of Lima, OH died 3:26 p.m. Friday May 6, 2022 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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CELINA - Scott Voisin of Celina has carved out a writing career detailing the work of character actors, those people who pop up frequently in movies and TV shows but whose names may escape the minds of moviegoers.
MONTEZUMA - Councilors during their meeting earlier this week learned the drainage project aimed at alleviating flooding in the village is complete.
CELINA - With graduation taking place later Friday evening, Celina senior Quinn Andrew pitched like he only had five minutes to get to the ceremony.
Andrew pitched a two-hit shutout as the Bulldogs won a Division II sectional baseball title with a 7-0 win over Lexington at Montgomery Field.
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Braden Goulet held St. Marys to one hit and three walks as Wapakoneta scored runs in the third and sixth to defeat the Roughriders 2-0 in the Division II sectional baseball final at Wapakoneta on Friday night.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina girls track and field team got payback after losing in the final race to Ottawa-Glandorf at last week's Western Buckeye League meet by winning the Division II district meet that concluded Friday at Brown Stadium in Defiance.
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Algal toxins above safety threshold
By William Kincaid
The public has been advised to avoid all contact with water at the four public beaches on Grand Lake after tests detected unsafe algal toxins, according to notices released by the Ohio Department of Health.
Recreational Public Health Advisories due to algal bloom/toxin were issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Thursday afternoon for the main west, main east, state park campground and Windy Point beaches. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday voted to deny a proposed amendment that would have restricted short-term rentals of dwellings in East Jefferson Township.
However, they indicated the issue needs to be addressed in the zoning code and said they plan to pursue their own set of text amendments "as expeditiously as possible with a target adoption date yet this fall," according to a news release signed by commissioners Jerry Laffin, Rick Muhlenkamp and Greg Homan. [More]
Schmitz ties own strikeout record as Redskins beat Flyers
By Dave Stilwell
ST. HENRY - St. Henry's Nolan Schmitz tied his own school record with 16 strikeouts and allowed just one ball out of the infield in a 2-0 victory over Marion Local in the Division IV sectional final Thursday at the Wally Post Athletic Complex. [More]
Obituaries on May 20th, 2022
Fr. Joseph Rodak, C.PP.S., 87, died at 8:11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in [More]
Charles J. Seitz, age 67 of Coldwater, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Vancres [More]
Paul Elking, 83, Celina, died May 18, 2022, at Kindred Hospital, Lima.
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Dennis Laffin, 77, Rockford, died May 19, 2022, at his residence.
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Farmers, motorists need to demonstrate courtesy
As the planting season moves ahead at full steam, everyday motorists have begun sharing the road with tractors and other farm equipment.
Jamie Hamp
MINSTER - Councilors this week awarded a $5.08 million contract to a Texas company to build a larger water storage tank, another step toward replacing the village's aging 250,000-gallon water tower on Ohio Street.
CELINA - Democrats will need to unite as a party to take back democracy in the November general election and improve Ohio for the next generation, state and local Democrats said at the Mercer County Democrats Equality Dinner at the Celina Eagles Thursday night.
CELINA - Mercer County Educational Service Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant for school safety and security upgrades, the first such award the office has received.
LIMA - From the second inning on, St. Marys was watching Bath's taillights.
The Wildkittens took advantage of the backups in the infield and put St
MINSTER - With Wednesday's rainout raising the possibility of tournament games on back-to-back days, Minster needed a solid pitching outing on Thursday to help keep the bullpen fresh should the Wildcats advance.
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Apollo Thomas and Roman Leszinske combined to hold Bluffton to six hits as Parkway advanced in the Division III sectional baseball tournament with a 7-3 win over the Pirates on Thursday.
friend: n. 1. A person whom one knows, likes and trusts
By Leslie Gartrell
For many adults, the adage "make new friends, but keep the old" is easier said than done.
Most people would agree it was easier to make friends when they were children because they grew up alongside their peers as neighbors or classmates over a period of time. Making friends in adulthood is a different matter. [More]
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Five-year financial forecast approved
NEW BREMEN - School board members meeting Wednesday awarded a contract for a new bus garage and approved the district's five-year financial forecast.
The district awarded a $430,739 contract to Luginbill Construction, Rockford, to build a bus maintenance facility.
MAC teams lock up regional berths as tournament opens
SPENCERVILLE - Two St. Henry throwers advanced to regionals in day one of the Division III district track and field tournament in Spencerville, while Coldwater's Jesse Meyer qualified in two events and seven Midwest Athletic Conference 4x800-meter relay teams punched their tickets.
Meeting on policy planned Thursday
By Leslie Gartrell
MINSTER - School board members during their Monday meeting hired Covington High School Principal Josh Meyer as the district's next superintendent under a two-year contract.
Superintendent Brenda Boeke in her report said Meyer's annual salary will be $103,000 and his contract becomes effective Aug. 1. Boeke retires July 31. [More]
Indians outlast Wildcats, Cardinals fall to Lancers
By Tom Haines
WAPAKONETA - Fort Recovery reached its first softball district final in memory as two other Midwest Athletic Conference teams bowed out in the Division IV district semifinals in Wapakoneta on Tuesday.
In the opener, the Indians withstood several blows from Minster before delivering the knockout with two runs in the top of the eighth to secure an 8-6 win. In the nightcap, New Bremen surrendered eight runs in the fourth inning on the way to a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Lincolnview. [More]
Obituaries on May 18th, 2022
Charles I. Foster, 82 of New Weston, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Village Green Health Campus in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
Betty LeMaster, 87, Portland, Ind., died May 16, 2022, in Portland.
Visitation is 2-6 p.m. May 20, 2022, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Portland. [More]
Paul LeMaster, 89, Portland, Ind., died May 16, 2022, in Portland.
Visitation is 2-6 p.m. May 20, 2022, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Portland. [More]
Nancy LeMaster, 57, Portland, Ind., died May 16, 2022, in Portland.
Visitation is 2-6 p.m. May 20, 2022, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Portland. [More]
Jean F. Schroeder, 97, of Ottawa died 2:07 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center. [More]
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ROCKFORD - Nine people attended Tuesday night's village council meeting in what was a heated debate about the village's parking and lawn ordinances.
The parking law went into effect April 12, and an ordinance regarding how residents must keep their lawn has been on the books for years.
The Auglaize County Sheriffs Office has been approved for $83,857.39 from the Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund to help its drug task forces enforce the state's drug laws and combat illegal drug activity, according to a news release from Gov. Mike Dewine.
BATH TOWNSHIP - A pitchers' duel was in the cards on Tuesday at Bath High School.
Coldwater's Madison Wendel and Liberty-Benton's Kiya Benschoter traded zeroes for the first four innings before the Eagles were finally able to break through in the fifth.
All-MAC Baseball and Softball
Coldwater captured all four top honors as the Midwest Athletic Conference announced its baseball and softball all-conference teams on Tuesday.
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Brock Dues' two-out single in the top of the fifth inning scored the tying and go-ahead runs as Fort Recovery extended its season in the Division IV baseball tournament with a 7-6 win over Delphos St. John's on Tuesday at Stadium Park in Delphos.
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