Counties to discuss how to spend drug settlement millions
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer and Auglaize counties are part of a nine-county cluster that will have a say in how millions of dollars from opioid lawsuit settlements will be spent within the region.
Region 15, as it's known, also will appoint a member and recom [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
"How do you take 47 years of your life, who you are and what you become, and put that into three minutes?"
For Jessie Magoto, that is something she will try to do when the longtime Minster girls cross country and track and field coach will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OAT&CCC) Hall of Fame on Jan. 28 at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus. [More]
Obituaries on January 18th, 2022
Donald P. Ahrens, age 60, of Celina (formerly of Coldwater), died Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
William "Bill" Edward Paulus, age 73, of Russia, passed away of natural causes [More]
Etta Lou Crow, age 86, of Celina, Ohio passed away at the Miller House in Celina on January 12, 2022 after a lengthy illness. [More]
Ronald J. Schmiesing age 69 of Minster, Ohio died on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
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Trial date expected in early May, June
MINSTER - Councilors at a special meeting Monday received an update on a lawsuit stemming from the ongoing solar field contract dispute.
Alabama energy company Enpower Solar is suing the village for $10.5 million in damages.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday approved after third reading an ordinance amending the village zoning code. The legislation is retroactive to Jan. 1.
New Bremen catcher Vince Hulse signed a letter of intent with Bluffton University, committing to the Beavers to start his college baseball career.
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Coldwater traveled to Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek for the annual Baker Bash Bowling Tournament, which features an all-baker game format.
The University of Michigan formally introduced St. Marys graduate Mike Elston as the new defensive line coach on Monday.
Elston, who played on the
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St. Marys ran the table in winning the 20th annual Bob Sielski Memorial Wrestling Duals Tournament at the Palace at Coldwater High School on Saturday.
The Roughriders went 5-0 in the dual format tournament. Brookville was second, only losing to St. Marys in the final round with Liberty Center placing third at 3-2. The host Cavaliers were fourth at 2-3 followed by Indian Lake (2-3), Columbus Grove (2-3), Maderia (2-3) and Dayton Christian (0-5). [More]
Obituaries on January 17th, 2022
Donald P. Ahrens, age 60, of Celina (formerly of Coldwater), died Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
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Limit your pets' exposure to cold
After a winter storm warning for much of the state went into effect this weekend, officials said now is a good time to prepare for winter weather.
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.
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.
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