Coldwater kid makes a 'Van Halen' guitar
By Erin Gardner
COLDWATER - Students taking Coldwater High School's material processing class were tasked with a simple yet broad assignment: build something. While incoming senior Ethan Ebbing had free reign to build almost anything, he decided to tackle a more daring project - an electric guitar. [More]
Russia scores in eighth inning to end St. Henry's season
By Tom Haines
AKRON - For eight innings on Thursday, St. Henry's Devin Delzeith and Russia's Xavier Phlipot were locked in a scoreless duel.
In the end, Phlipot ended it with his bat.
Phlipot lined a two-out single to right to score Jude Counts and give Russia a 1-0, eight-inning win in the Division IV baseball state semifinals at Canal Park in Akron. [More]
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CELINA - Most of Ohio is now experiencing a moderate drought, according to a map released on Thursday by U.S. Drought Monitor.
While 62% of the sta
CELINA - Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors on Thursday welcomed Pete Hinders as he was sworn into office.
Hinders fi
Mercer County once again had the lowest joblessness in Ohio in April.
Mercer County's unemployment rate decreased significantly to 1.9% in April, down from 2.5% in March, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
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Hamilton scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning and handed Grand Lake its second straight defeat in a run-rule 15-5 contest in seven innings on Thursday night at Montgomery Field.
ROSSBURG - Tim McCreadie and Ricky Thornton Jr., who are both looking for their first Dream main event win, kicked off the DLM Dream weekend by winning the 25-lap preliminary feature events and each collected $12,000 in the process.
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Canadian wildfires were responsible for haze in Ohio
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Smoke from Canadian wildfires made its way to Ohio, prompting the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to issue the first-ever statewide air quality advisory on Wednesday.
The smoke was visible in Mercer and Auglaize counties.
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Obituaries on June 8th, 2023
Linda S. Hight, 77, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and formerly of St. Marys, died 7:40 A.M. Sunday, June 4, 2023, at Everheart Hospice, Greenville, Ohio. [More]
Leslie "Les" Eugene Smith, age 72 of Celina, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 at the Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
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Board promotes assistant to top job
ST. MARYS - School board members on Wednesday night accepted the resignation of middle school principal Mary Miller, who plans to retire July 1.
They then moved to promote assistant middle school principal Elizabeth Johnson to Miller's position.
COLDWATER - Canines now have a place to roam freely and interact with one another at Coldwater Dog Park.
It's located off West Sycamore Street be
Grand Lake strands 13 runners in GLSCL loss to Xenia
CELINA - Grand Lake had no trouble getting hits on Wednesday night.
Getting runs across the plate, though, was a bit of an issue.
The Mariners o
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The Celina ACME baseball team leapt out to a massive lead and survived a seventh-inning rally to beat New Bremen 13-6 on the road on Tuesday.
By Erin Gardner
  ROCKFORD - Village councilors on Tuesday approved a contract to appoint police chief Paul May as the first school resource officer (SRO) of Parkway Local Schools.
Council president Ron Searight said several councilors met with Parkway school board members in May to discuss the contract. Village solicitor Ross Finke assisted officials in hammering out a deal. [More]
St. Henry makes first trip to state since 2003 title
By Gary R. Rasberry
For the first decade of the 21st century, it didn't seem like a St. Henry baseball team without a Gast behind the plate.
Bill Gast was the backstop when the Redskins won state in 2000 after being a first baseman/designated hitter during the 1999 title run, and brother Adam was the catcher when St. Henry won its third title in 2003. [More]
Obituaries on June 7th, 2023
Ruby Henrietta (Hoening) Monnier, age 93, of Houston, passed away of natural ca [More]
Luke J. "Butch" Griesdorn, age 97, of St. Rose, Ohio, died Monday, June 5, 2023, at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
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CELINA - Tri Star construction program's 1,900-square-foot ranch house at 1110 Fleck Ave., Celina, brought in $369,000, the reserve price, at public auction last week.
MINSTER - Village councilors on Tuesday night approved legislation setting in motion the reconstruction of a section of Sixth Street at an estimated cost of $600,000.
ST. MARYS - An E. coli bacteria contamination advisory has been issued for the main west beach at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.
This comes on to
RECOVERY TOWNSHIP - Park Road between Ohio Indiana State Line and State Route 49 in Recovery Township will be closed on June 7 for a bridge replacement and roadway approach reconstruction.
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Grand Lake plated three runs in the top of the ninth to come back and win the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League opener over Southern Ohio 4-2 on Tuesday night at Bob Wren Field on the campus of Ohio University.
The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association will formally induct its 2023 class of the Coaches Hall of Fame on Friday night at the Easton Hilton in Columbus starting at 6 p.m. with the induction taking place around 8 p.m.
Fed program gets meals to area kids
By William Kincaid
CELINA - It was back to school for cafeteria managers who clocked in at 6:30 a.m. Monday at Celina High School to prepare free breakfast and lunch meals for roughly 300 children.
Celina appears to be the only area school district participating in the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture site finder. [More]
Obituaries on June 6th, 2023
On March 28, 1922, in St. Marys, Ohio, Dottie Lou Speckman entered the world, a [More]
Leon E. Linn, age 96 of St. Henry, died Sunday, June 4, 2023, at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Jerry Linn went home to be with his Savior and Lord on June 3, 2023 at the age of 78. He died peacefully at his home in Coldwater. [More]
Virginia "Ginny" Anna Rolfes, age 95 of Celina, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 at her residence in Celina. [More]
James A. Long, 59, formerly of St. Marys, OH died 4:16 a.m. Saturday June 3, 2023 at Davis Medical Center in Elkins, WV. [More]
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CELINA - A recently constructed two-stage channel in Center Township is expected to significantly stem nutrient pollution in local waters destined for Lake Erie.
COLDWATER - Coldwater stole 11 bases and came up with a few timely hits on the way to an 8-1 win over Parkway in an ACME baseball game at Veterans Field on Monday.
CELINA - After two straight 17-win seasons and four straight sub-.500 campaigns in Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League play, Grand Lake will turn to a new baseball skipper who knows a thing or two about turning the corner.
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Colton Ahrens singled home Wyatt Fleck for the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth as Marion Local defeated Celina 10-8 in Mercer County ACME baseball action on Monday night at Montgomery Field.
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Lake Side Creamery is positively dreamery
MERCER COUNTY - Feel down in the dumps? Want to beat the heat or celebrate virtually any occasion? You need look no further than the sweet panacea of ice cream.
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