Youth sports officials are quitting, fed up with pay, hostile fans
By Tom Haines
After rain washed out St. Marys' varsity baseball tournament opener against Galion on May 18, St. Marys coach Adam Graves found himself in a bind.
The umpires assigned to his game already had a game lined up the next day, and with almost every school still playing, there were no other umpires free for the rescheduled tournament opener. [More]
Obituaries on July 6th, 2022
Harvey Eugene Watkins, age 93 of St. Marys passed away on July 4, 2022 at Otterbein after a brief illness. [More]
Gracie M. Gerken, age 71, of Lake City, South Carolina and formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
James "Jim" C. Selhorst, age 67, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on July 4, 2022 at Kindred Hospital in Lima. [More]
Phyllis Jean Poeppelman age 81 of Egypt, Ohio, died on July 4, 2022, at OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. [More]
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With sports officials increasingly hard to find, the Midwest Athletic Conference voted to raise its game fees for the 2022-2023 season, the fourth time officials' pay has been considered in the past decade.
WAPAKONETA - What do astronauts, Weiner dogs and live music have in common?
They're all part of the upcoming Summer Moon Festival, held July 12-17 throughout Wapakoneta.
ROCKFORD - The state has approved the village's designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) centered around a portion of Main Street, village council members learned on Tuesday night.
MINSTER - Village council members passed legislation to seek bids on two water treatment plant maintenance projects expected to cost a total of about $600,000.
ACME District 4 Tournament
Minster, Coldwater open District play with victories
MINSTER - Minster survived a two-hour slog for an opening win over Celina in the District 4 ACME baseball tournament at Hanover Street Park on Monday, while Coldwater raced to a six-inning run-rule victory over New Bremen in the nightcap.
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Protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun
By William Kincaid
With boating, swimming and other summer outdoor activities now in full gear, residents are strongly encouraged to apply sunscreen correctly and wear sunglasses and hats to protect against the sun's cancer-causing, ultraviolet rays.

Skin cancer on the rise. [More]
Obituaries on July 5th, 2022
Jack Lee Jackson, age 91 of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, July 3, 2022. [More]
Jeannette A. Quellhorst, age 88, formerly of New Bremen, died on Sunday, July 3 [More]
Evelyn Mae McMillan, 87, Portland, Indiana, died July 2, 2022, at Swiss Village, Berne, Indiana. [More]
Laverne D. Fisher, 89, Wapakoneta, died July 3, 2022, at Joint Township Distric [More]
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CELINA - Coming off a banner attendance year in 2021, organizers are readying themselves for an even greater crowd at the Taste of Celina Block Party & Car Show, a smorgasbord of scrumptious food, drinks and live music.
Weekend Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Grand Lake took two out of three games over the weekend to move to 11-13 on the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate. League baseball season.
By Erin Gardner
CELINA-Under a new state fireworks law, Ohioans can legally set off certain consumer fireworks.
However, they must leave the big boomers, rockets and shells to the professionals.
Ohioans can discharge consumer 1.4G fireworks from 4-11 p.m. Sunday through Monday, according to the law. Allowable fireworks include bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles. It is still illegal in Ohio to purchase display-grade fireworks without a license. [More]
Obituaries on July 2nd, 2022
Dorothy Rose Sinn McOmber, aged 91, died Monday, June 27 at Otterbein Senior Life, St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Joshua "Josh" D. Highley, age 40, of Coldwater, passed away on June 30, 2022 from injuries sustained in a car accident. [More]
Timothy V. Smith, 61, of St. Marys, died 3:28 P.M. Thursday, June 30, 2022, at OSU Medical Center, Columbus. [More]
Ruth Ann Cross (Faller) age 87 of Plum passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 27, 2022. [More]
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ST. MARYS - While juggling a heavy load of academics, athletics and Boy Scouting, John "Jack" Snethkamp managed to put in enough hours of community service and meet other benchmarks to earn the Congressional Award Bronze Medal.
Bulldogs beat St. Henry, run-ruled in sectional final
COLDWATER - At least two teams of the three teams playing Friday night were going to continue their postseason after the conclusion of the Mercer County sectional ACME Baseball tournament at Coldwater.
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Compiled By Tom Haines
Grand Lake fell behind early, briefly rallied, and then collapsed in the seventh as Southern Ohio scored 10 runs to send the Mariners to a 14-3 run-rule loss, their fifth straight.
By Leslie Gartrell
BRYANT, Ind. - A 40-year-old Coldwater man died early Thursday morning after his vehicle collided with a semitrailer in Jay County, Indiana.
Joshua Highley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a news release and crash report from the Jay County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were notified of the crash at 5:21 a.m. and arrived at the scene at 5:30 a.m., per the crash report. [More]
By William Kincaid
A slew of free, family-friendly events in Mercer County will help usher in the Fourth of July holiday with an explosive mix of fireworks and world class rock cover bands, along with plenty of food and drink options.
Red, White and Blue Celebration
Tonight, the second annual Red, White and Blue Celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Coldwater Memorial Park Amphitheater, compliments of Community Sports and Therapy Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. [More]
Obituaries on July 1st, 2022
Vincent Joseph Gross, age 88, of Coldwater, died June 29, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Richard LeRoy Seger, 84 of Minster, passed away at 11:20 AM on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Heritage Center, Minster. [More]
Ruth Ann Cross (Faller) age 87 of Plum passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 27, 2022. [More]
Joshua "Josh" D. Highley, 40, Coldwater, died in Jay County, Indiana, on June 3 [More]
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ST. MARYS - Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has lifted the recreational public health advisory at Sunset Beach.
Coldwater sends Celina to elimination bracket
COLDWATER -  Coldwater held off Celina for a 7-3 victory in the winners' bracket to secure a spot at the District 4 tournament in Minster next week,
MINSTER - After the way it started on Thursday, Minster was lucky to be hanging around for extra innings.
The Wildcats spotted New Bremen a 4-1 le
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Richmond scored early and often on Grand Lake and handed the Mariners their fourth straight loss in a 14-3 run-rule victory in seven innings in Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League play at McBride Stadium in Indiana.
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