New public park courts are nearly finished
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A recently completed full-length basketball court is seeing heavy action and the long awaited pickleball courts are slated to open to the public next week.
The new amenities are part of a concerted push by city officials to enhance Celina's parks and offer addition recreational opportunities to the community. [More]
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CELINA - School board members voted 3 to 1 to hire an intervention specialist and early childhood educaton teacher at a special meeting on Thursday morning.
MARIA STEIN - School board members met in special session Thursday afternoon to close out the books on fiscal year 2022 and approve temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2023.
Redskins tighten up defense to beat Roughriders
ST. MARYS - In a meeting of two teams struggling in the field, St. Henry committed one error and St. Marys committed six, and the score reflected it.
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Minster's Louis Magoto held off a pair of Delphos St. John's golfers to win the boys' 16-18 division at the Fuerst/Welch Open at Hickory Sticks in Van Wert as part of the Lima Junior Golf Association's summer tour.
Wedding planning is undergoing changes as couples increasingly modernize antiquated traditions.
Just ask Anne Puthoff, a partner at Emmy's Bridal in Minster.
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Store was damaged in train-truck wreck
By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - The Mr. Shoppe at 204 W. Main St. is slated to partially re-open today, a week after a semitrailer crashed into the building after colliding with a train.  
Although the front of the store is closed, owner Gary Bruns said the west side is open for clients. The Mr. Shoppe continues to serve existing wedding clients only. [More]
Coldwater scores early and often in win over Marion
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Justin Kaup got through the top of first inning quickly, and his Coldwater teammates provided the quick runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Cavaliers scored three in the bottom of the first against Marion Local and Kaup needed just under 50 pitches to complete a 12-0 five-inning win over the Flyers in Mercer County ACME baseball action on Wednesday at Veterans Field. [More]
Obituaries on June 23rd, 2022
Daniel L. Fisher, 69, of St. Marys, OH died 5:30 a.m. Monday June 20, 2022 at his residence, with his loving family at his side. [More]
Theodore "Ted" Crusie, 86, of St. Marys, OH died at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday June 21, 2022 at Otterbein - St. Marys. [More]
Marie Snider age 93, of Cridersville passed away 10:12 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2022 at Otterbein-Cridersville. [More]
Cora F. "Corky" Slife, 94, of Wapakoneta, died 5:05 p.m., Tues. June 21, 2022, at her home with her family at her side. [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this month rejected four requests for a share of the county government's $7.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Official: Cyber threats on the rise
COLDWATER - With cybersecurity threats on the rise, a Mercer Health official said keeping the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data is crucial.
CELINA - A city-owned pond that has attracted throngs of swimmers amid a crushing heatwave was temporarily closed on Wednesday afternoon due to high E. coli bacteria levels.
ROCKFORD - Parkway Local Schools board members learned the district is in good financial standing, according to the district treasurer's five-year fiscal forecast presented this week.
Mercer County is tied for No. 1 in the state for lowest joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties, returning to the coveted spot after a more than two year absence.
CELINA - Wednesday night started out poorly for the Grand Lake Mariners, and then it got worse.
Richmond took a 6-0 lead in the first inning, and a
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St. Henry scored five runs in the fifth inning for a 7-4 ACME baseball win over Celina at the Wally Post Athletic Complex on Wednesday.
Officials: The lagoons don't stink as much
By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - Odor stemming from the village wastewater treatment lagoons has improved, village council members learned at Monday night's regular meeting.
Village administrator Randy Diller said the village has continued its regiment of dosing the lagoons twice per week with KCD-X, an odor reducer. [More]
Dehan building confidence as he adjusts to college baseball
By Tom Haines
Despite reconstructing his hitting as he adjusted to college pitching in his freshman year, St. Henry grad Tyler Dehan took the field in 21 of Defiance College's first 29 games before an injury cost him the last week of the spring.
Playing with the Grand Lake Mariners of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League this summer, Dehan has followed a similar script: he fought through an initial slump with a key hit in Grand Lake's win on Thursday while again earning regular time in the outfield. [More]
Obituaries on June 22nd, 2022
Vearl "Whitey" Ellis, 93, of Van Wert passed away at 8:05 AM Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Vancrest Healthcare. [More]
Margaret H. (Peg) Houseworth, age 97, of Celina Ohio, passed away peacefully on January 19 2022 in Naples, Florida. [More]
Sheri Mabry, 56, Celina, died June 18, 2022, at ODEM at Auglaize in Wapakoneta.
Graveside services are 3 p.m. Thursday at the Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys. [More]
Ted Crusie, 86, St. Marys, died June 21, 2022, at Otterbein, St. Marys.
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ROCKFORD - Village council members on Tuesday took no action after discussing extending the grace period for property owners to mow their grass from five days to 10 days after several residents complained.
MINSTER - Village council members awarded a $1.07 million contract to R.D. Jones Excavating Inc. of Harrod for the Dues Ditch storm sewer replacement project aimed at alleviating flooding.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday night approved an agreement with Stolly Insurance for school liability, fleet and property insurance through the Ohio School Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart on Tuesday said corn planted and encroaching in road right-of-ways can pose serious sight problems on narrow township and county roads.
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Luke Vonderhaar's two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning put Grand Lake in the lead and Alex Dicke pitc
Celina's Wes Greber needs just 79 pitches to beat St. Marys
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - Celina ACME coach Tim Harter loves it when he hears that a pitcher wants to finish what he started.
Harter gave Wes Greber the option of going out for the seventh inning against St. Marys after having thrown 73 pitches through the first six innings. [More]
Obituaries on June 21st, 2022
Friends and Family are invited to a public Celebration of Life in honor of Darr [More]
Ruth Reier, age 87, a resident of Pennville, passed away on Friday, June 17, 20 [More]
Aletha G. Johnston, age 93, of Portland passed away Monday June 20, 2022 in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. [More]
Colin Randy Bradburn, 72, Greenville, died June 18, 2022, at EverHeart Care Center, Greenville. [More]
Daniel Disher, 69, St. Marys, died June 20, 2022, at his residence.
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Sheri Mabry, 56, Celina, died June 18, 2022.
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CELINA - A school board member during Monday's regular board meeting voted against hiring several new teachers, voicing his frustration with the absence of a plan to reduce district spending to ward off deficit spending projected in 2026.
MINSTER - School board members Monday night voted to rescind a highly contested drug testing policy in light of mass violence in schools and recently passed state legislation.
NEW BREMEN - For six innings, New Bremen's Nolan Kuenning weaved in and out of one jam after another. But when he left in the seventh, the Cardinals' defense faltered and St. Henry broke the game open.
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Grand Lake split a doubleheader against Licking County on Monday at Denison University.
The first game, a makeup f
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