By William Kincaid
CELINA - It's still a ways off, but state and local officials are already planning for a total solar eclipse that will occur on the afternoon of April 8, 2024, affording several Ohio counties great economic and educational opportunities.
For those areas lucky enough to fall in prime viewing area, the potential financial windfall of the total solar eclipse could come with logistical challenges, according to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. [More]
By Bruce Monnin
MINSTER - In a game where both St. Henry and the Minster Wildcats had trouble finding a rhythm early, it was the Wildcats that seized momentum late in the second quarter and continued on for a 31-12 victory. Eighteen accepted penalties for 162 yards slowed both offenses, as well as timely defensive plays. [More]
Obituaries on September 24th, 2022
Trey Iaen Scouten, 18, passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2022.
He was [More]
Julia A. Scott, of Montezuma, died Sept 15, 2022 at her home.
She was born September 15 1956, in Celina, to the late George & Barbara (Floyd) Scott. [More]
Lisa J. Antol, age 63, of Coldwater, Ohio passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 4:23 am at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - Today's half-marathon and 5K has a behind-the-scenes individual who rarely gets praise when his delivery of an essential service goes exactly as planned.
Winkler Road at the U.S. 33 intersection is now closed while under reconstruction, according to Mercer County engineer Jim Wiechart. The road will co
West Bank Stories
America celebrated Banned Books Week this week. The freedom to read is a privilege indeed.
The American Library Association coined a slogan: "Books
Celina posts first shutout in eight years in beating Bath
CELINA - It took a while for Celina's offense to get going, but the defense played a stellar contest.
The Bulldogs took advantage of three Bath turnovers and scored 22 points in the second half to post a 29-0 shutout over the winless Wildcats in Western Buckeye League play at Celina Stadium.
VERSAILLES - Facing a fellow defending state champion, Marion Local looked vulnerable in the first half. In the second, it was back to looking like a juggernaut.
ROSSBURG - A couple of Californians graced Eldora's victory lane on Friday night as the speedway kicked off the Four Crown weekend.
St. Helena's Ri
COLDWATER - The Coldwater football team is still unbeaten on Homecoming Weekend.
Sounds about right.
The second-ranked team in Division V outgained Parkway 468-121 en route to a 49-0 win, improving to 6-0 and 4-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference play.
NEW BREMEN - No one could blame Hunter Schaefer if he needed a breather at halftime.
Not only had the New Bremen senior rushed for 172 yards and scored four touchdowns, but he also attempted five PAT kicks and kicked off six times.
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St. Marys recorded nearly 400 yards of total offense as the Roughriders bounced back from last week's rough loss to Van Wert with a 41-14 win over Shawnee on Friday night in Shawnee Township.
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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Fall is one of the best times of year to get outdoors and explore, whether it be hiking, camping or simply sitting by a bonfire.
For many Mercer and Auglaize county residents, fall is also the season for another favorite outdoor activity: hunting and trapping. [More]
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Van Wert needed a tiebreaker to decide the Western Buckeye League boys golf tournament over St. Marys on Thursday.
Van Wert and St. Marys each finished play with matching 334s on the Roughriders' home course at Northmoor. The fifth-golfer tiebreak went the Cougars' way, 94-95, to give the Cougars a sweep of the regular season and tournament titles and the outright league championship. [More]
Obituaries on September 23rd, 2022
Brian Harlamert, 51, of Coldwater, died on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at his home in Coldwater. [More]
Christopher T. "Toby" Myers, 56, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 12:37 a.m. on September 19, 2022 at Lima Memorial Health System. [More]
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CELINA-City planning and zoning commissioners on Thursday evening approved a site plan for the first phase of Celina City School's $126.8 million building project.
CELINA - A 17-year-old kitchen manager at Celina Pizza Hut will compete at the Pizza National Finals at the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas, this November after winning the Midwest competition.
Coldwater sweeps Parkway in MAC battle
ROCKFORD - Brian Harlamert is on the mind of everyone in Coldwater's volleyball program at the moment.
"They loved him so much and they love his fa
COLDWATER - Less than four minutes into the match, Coldwater found itself behind for good.
An early goal put the Cavalier girls behind, and they couldn't recover on the way to a 3-1 loss to Anna in a Western Ohio Soccer League match at Cavalier Stadium on Thursday night.
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New Bremen bounced back from its first loss of the volleyball season as the Division IV top-ranked Cardinals survived a five-set battle with Division III state-ranked St. Henry on Thursday at the Nest in New Bremen.
Longtime Coldwater baseball coach Brian Harlamert dies unexpectedly at 51
By Gary R. Rasberry
Talking to several people who knew Brian Harlamert, the emotions were obvious over the phone.
Harlamert, who was part of two Coldwater's state baseball championships as a player and later coached the team to its two most-recent state crowns, died in his sleep on Wednesday at 51. [More]
Obituaries on September 22nd, 2022
Brian Harlamert, 51, Coldwater, died Sept. 21, 2022.
Calling is 1-7 p.m. Sept. 25, 2022, and 9-10 a.m. Sept. 26, 2022, at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater. [More]
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A huge collection of comics will be for sale
FORT RECOVERY - The origin story of comic books is not a flashy one. It features no radioactive spiders bites, shady government experiments or supernatural beings from a different planet.
NEW BREMEN - Work on a new bus garage has been extended into next week, school board members learned at Wednesday night's regular meeting.
Construction was supposed to wrap up on Friday, superintendent Jason Schrader said, but work will continue into next week.
There will be no full marathon on Grand Lake this year, but the half marathon, kids' run and 5K will be run on Saturday for the eighth year.
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National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday finds outdoor lovers paying homage to conservation.
Hunters and anglers support conservation effort
When the Celina Bulldogs last walked off the field at Celina Stadium, the team was celebrating its first win of the season in beating Shawnee 19-10.
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Oh, we're halfway there. The question is, who is living on a prayer?
Three Western Buckeye League teams (Wapakoneta, St. Marys and Van Wert) are assured of playing in the postseason, as are five Midwest Athletic Conference teams (Coldwater, Marion Local, Versailles, New Bremen and Minster).
MARION LOCAL vs. VERSAILLESH.B. Hole Field, Versailles
Last Season: Peyton Otte's one-yard scoring run with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation was followed by Versailles turning the ball over twice in the final 67 seconds to allow the Flyers to hold on 19-17.
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Aiden Hinkle, RB St. Marys
25 carries for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the Roughriders' 41-21 loss to Van Wert.
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The St. Henry girls golf team took a 208-212 loss against Lincolnview on the front nine at Willowbend Country Club on Wednesday.
Ohio Department of Education grades in five catagories
By Leslie Gartrell
  School district report cards from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2021-2022 school year are in, giving parents and community members valuable information on student and school performance.
Districts receive star ratings for five components - achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation and early literacy. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - For the third straight time, the St. Marys girls soccer team was held without a goal against Shawnee.
This time, the Roughriders put up a clean sheet of their own.
Keeper Ella Jacobs made eight saves, including a stop with 2:42 to go, and the Roughriders battled to a 0-0 draw in Western Buckeye League action at Roughrider Field on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on September 21st, 2022
Donald Eugene Springer, age 84 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Monday, September 19, 2022 at the St. Rita's Hospital in Lima. [More]
Everett J. "Buck" Hall, 90, formerly of Coldwater, spent many winters in Florid [More]
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I met the staff of the Daily Standard right after I was hired last week.
"Don't worry about us-we're reporters," one barked. "We don't ask questions."
He paused. "So, what's your background?"
Questioning is what journalists do. If public officials won't answer, we ask again.
ROCKFORD - Village council members on Tuesday night heard first reading of an ordinance to raise the base water rate from $33 to $53.
The resolutio
Mercer County remained No. 1 in the state for lowest joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties, albeit in a tie with Holmes County.
At the same time, Me
Marion Local rallies to hand New Bremen first loss
MARIA STEIN - Both New Bremen and Marion Local had momentum in their direction during Tuesday's colossal Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match featuring the top two teams in Division IV.
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St. Henry earned its 1,000th volleyball victory in program history with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-10 sweep at New Knoxville in a Midwest Athletic Conference match on Tuesday.
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