By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - Applause rang out from the Fort Recovery High School community room on Monday evening as school board members unanimously approved to hire high school principal Tony Stahl as district superintendent.
After leading Fort Recovery schools for nearly five years, superintendent Larry Brown will resign at the end of July. Stahl will take over on Aug. 1 and his contract will last through July 31, 2027. Brown said he was not privy to the new superintendent's pay. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. HENRY - Celina's bats warmed up after a few innings, and St. Henry's defense did the Bulldogs a few favors along the way.
Celina took the lead in the fourth and added on from there on the way to a 10-6 win in the softball season opener at the Wally Post Athletic Complex on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on March 28th, 2023
Margaret Ruth (VonderHaar) Fiely, 92 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 26, 2023, at 7:25 AM at the EverHeart Hospice Care Center. [More]
Billy D. Gertz, 80, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at his home in Celina. [More]
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Students hear how modern farming is critical
CELINA - More than 90 high school and college students learned about the importance of agriculture education at Wright State University-Lake Campus' Emerging Agriculture Conference on Monday evening.
CELINA - A group of lake supporters no longer plans to hold a family boating event on city property in part because city officials refused to waive rental fees for shelter houses, according to mayor Jeff Hazel.
COLDWATER - Village councilors on Monday gave second reading of a utility ordinance increasing the cost of water services in the village.
The ordinance fixes the rates and fees to be charged for water, wastewater, cistern water treatment and storm utility services.
CELINA - A Berne, Indiana, couple was arrested on Monday morning after Celina police officers reportedly found a substantial amount of suspected heroin in their hotel room at America's Best Value Inn.
Celina opens season with shutout win over Fort Recovery
CELINA - It might have been the opening game of the baseball season for Celina, but Brady Steinbrunner was in midseason form.
The Bulldog sophomor
ST. MARYS - There was an abundance of offense early, and not a lot late.
Parkway and St. Marys combined for 13 runs over the first three innings of
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Marion Local used a three-run fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie to open the season with a 7-4 win over Allen East in a game moved from Harrod to the Airport in Maria Stein on Monday.
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CELINA - Budding earth scientists learned how much geology rocks during Ohio Geology Discovery Day at Wright State University-Lake Campus on Saturday.
Molly Hunt, a geologist and paleontologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geological Survey, spoke about Ohio's geology throughout the Paleozoic era. Beginning 541 million years ago, life during this time was primitive and included invertebrates and the earliest forms of fish and amphibians, she said. [More]
Obituaries on March 27th, 2023
Matthew Murlin Lake, 44, formerly of Celina, died unexpectedly on March 7, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. [More]
Robert Andrew Hoenie, age 92 of Celina passed away on Friday, March 24, 2023 at his residence in Celina. [More]
John P. Ickes, 85, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
Rose E. "Rosie" Brady age 89 of New Bremen, died on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 2:18 A.M. at the Otterbein Senior Lifestyles of St. Marys. [More]
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The Minster softball team braved the windy conditions and opened the 2023 season with an 11-0 win over Russia on Saturday at Four Seasons Park in Minster.
By Tom Haines
MINSTER - The first time Chris Herren saw cocaine, he was an 18-year-old at Boston College coming back from a Sports Illustrated photo shoot.
The first time he saw OxyContin, a prescription opioid, he was standing on his front porch in his Massachusetts hometown after a successful rookie season as a point guard with the Denver Nuggets, just feet away from where his young son was watching cartoons. [More]
Obituaries on March 25th, 2023
Barbara Ann Monnin, 81, a long-time resident of Russia, passed away at 8:55 PM March 22, 2023, at Dorothy Love surrounded by her family in her last days. [More]
Oliver Daniel Menchhofer, infant son of Austin & Sarah (Schaadt) Menchhofer of [More]
John Ickes, 85, Fort Recovery, died March 23, 2023, in Greenville.
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Judith A. Knapke, age 81, of Coldwater and formerly of Chickasaw, died on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
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COLDWATER - Mercer Heath officials have taken steps to address the threat of violence against employees and enhance security at health facilities, hospital board of governors learned at their regular meeting this week.
For the second straight year, St. Marys' Austin Parks stands alone.
Parks shattered the school scoring record in a fitting senior-year showcase, ta
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A bus driver and bus aide will not face criminal charges regarding an incident where a preschool student was mistakenly left unattended on a school bus for over three hours on March 15.
The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office made the announcement in a news release Thursday following a full investigation by the Celina Police Department. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A criminal defense attorney with about a decade of local legal experience has been named Mercer County's first public defender.
Thomas Lucente Jr., 56, of Lima is an attorney, veteran and former journalist who aims to provide excellent criminal defense on par with any private law firm for impoverished people entangled in the county court system. [More]
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CELINA - City planning commissioners on Thursday evening resoundingly rejected conditional use permit requests for two skilled gaming businesses.
Divisions I and II Boys Basketball All-Ohio Teams
St. Marys senior Austin Parks earned high honors as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association wrapped up its postseason honors with Division I and II boys basketball awards on Thursday.
BANGKOK (AP) - The United States denied Chinese claims Thursday that its military had driven away an American guided-missile destroyer from operating around disputed islands in the South China Sea as tensions rise in the region between the two powers.
CELINA - John Dorner's first season as head baseball coach at Celina proved to be productive as the Bulldogs went 18-11 and won a sectional title.
But for the Hall of Fame coach, 2023 will prove to be a challenge with a mix of youth and experience.
CELINA - After a 6-14 campaign a season ago, the Celina softball team will look to a group of eight letterwinners to move the team back up the standings in the Western Buckeye League.
COLDWATER - The Coldwater baseball team will have plenty of experience coming back from a 20-8 district final campaign, but will miss a key component.
COLDWATER - Coldwater softball coach Kyle Ahrens will have small numbers for his 2023 squad and will have to fill several positions vacated by gradua
FORT RECOVERY - Despite middling results from the 2022 season, Fort Recovery has reason for optimism with nine returning letterwinners.
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FORT RECOVERY - After the first district final appearance in program history, Fort Recovery returns one of its top pitchers but has key holes to fill due to graduation and injury.
MARIA STEIN - After going 10-12-1 last season with a squad made up of a majority of freshmen, Marion Local is looking at an even younger team in 2023 with just one senior, no juniors and 21 sophomores and freshmen.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local softball coach Mindy Feasel will look to help her squad improve on last season's 7-12 (2-5 MAC) campaign.
"We are start
MINSTER - Minster's offseason started with success in Tennessee.
The three-time state champion Wildcats are hopeful for a similar story in Ohio.
MINSTER - For the last decade, the Minster softball program has been one of the Midwest Athletic Conference's best.
That trend is expected to continue this spring.
NEW BREMEN - With just one senior on the roster and four returning letterwinners, New Bremen baseball coach Chad Wells will be counting on some new faces to contribute on the Cardinal diamond this spring.
NEW BREMEN - A fully-stocked cupboard awaits New Bremen softball coaches Gary Moeder and Lynette Ross as they begin their third season with the Cardinal program.
NEW KNOXVILLE - The jump from freshman and junior varsity competition to varsity typically happens a year or two into the career of a standard high school athlete.
ROCKFORD - In coach Neil Schaffner's second year, Parkway looks to improve on a 3-20 showing from 2022.
Although the Panthers lose pitchers Alex An
ROCKFORD - Last year, the Parkway softball team finished the season under .500 for the first time since the Midwest Athletic Conference first had six softball teams in 1997.
ST. HENRY - Despite the departure of St. Henry's top pitcher and catcher, Redskins coach Mike Gast has plenty of reasons for optimism heading into 2023.
ST. HENRY - Despite finishing 2022 7-10 and bowing out in the tournament opener, St. Henry heads into 2023 with the most important asset for any softball team: an undisputed ace.
ST. MARYS - Fifth year St. Marys baseball coach Adam Graves is hoping a solid slate of returning letterwinners will help generate some more offense for the Roughriders this spring.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys softball team enters the season with big shoes to fill in the circle.
All-Ohio first-teamer Karsyn McGlothen graduated and moved on to the University of Northwestern Ohio, leaving the Roughriders searching for new pitching.
CELINA - After each contending for Western Buckeye League championships last spring, the Celina track program will look to make a push for winning titles this season with an experienced group.
COLDWATER - Numbers are ticking up for the Coldwater track program and coach Mark Bruns is looking to keep up the strides despite losing some key components.
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery returns a state qualifier on both the boys and girls' team and brings back a host of experienced runners.

Of the three Indians girls who reached the state tournament last year, junior Mara Pearson returns with an eye on a third state berth in long jump.
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local boys track team will look to build upon winning the Midwest Athletic Conference title for the first time in 27 seasons last year and featured and a top-20 showing at the state track meet.
MINSTER - Per usual, a number of standouts graduated for the Minster track and field program.
Per usual, the Wildcats have a massive number of talented bodies ready to shine and carry on the tradition.
NEW BREMEN - After finishing sixth in the Midwest Athletic Conference meet last year, both the New Bremen boys and girls track teams return a solid nucleus of letterwinners.
NEW KNOXVILLE - It's safe to say that New Knoxville coach Samantha Fledderjohann is excited for the season.
"From the work they've been willing to put in so far, this is going to be a fun season to coach," Fledderjohann said.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway girls track team returns seven letterwinners and imports four more distance runners, including three from the cross country team that reached regionals in the fall.
ST. HENRY - As the 2022 season wound down, the St. Henry boys pushed Midwest Athletic Conference champion Marion Local in seemingly every race, especially the relays.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys boys and girls track teams will start the season with a new coach. Nick Page takes over for long-time coach Rob Cisco. Page inherits a boys team that finished seventh at the Western Buckeye League meet last year, and a girls team that finished third.
CELINA - The 2023 Celina boys tennis campaign will be a challenge.
Veteran coach Toma Hainline has moved from head coach to an assistant after taki
ST. MARYS - A mix of returning experience and talented newcomers has St. Marys tennis coach Luke Gossard excited for the upcoming season.
Last year the Roughriders posted a 6-3 record in Western Buckeye League dual matches and finished third in the WBL tournament.
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