By Erin Gardner
CELINA - Dropping temperatures and a frozen Grand Lake may have people thinking about ice fishing and other winter activities.
But they should have a solid safety plan first, a state park official said.
Brian Miller, southwest district manager for Ohio State Parks and Watercraft, said there is no such thing as 100% safe ice. [More]
Obituaries on January 20th, 2022
John A. Kaiser, age 89, of North Star, Ohio, died on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at his home. [More]
Dorothy (Esmonde) Thomas-Brill, 70, formerly of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly [More]
Gary W. Hole, age 74, of Celina, passed away on January 18, 2022 at 11:09 pm at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta, Ohio. [More]
Zachary D. Hemmelgarn, age 32, of Powell, and formerly of New Bremen, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at his residence. [More]
Cora Diane Williams, age 55 of Celina, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at the Wayne Hospital in Greenville. [More]
Frances E. Brackman (Koesters), age 88 of Englewood, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. [More]
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The Plaza Shopping Center sold for $1.4M
CELINA - The Plaza Shopping Center on North Main Street and adjacent properties have been sold for $1.45 million to a New York real estate investor.
A local group has formed a new Political Action Committee to promote equity, access and diversity in Mercer County.
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CELINA - One person has died and 284 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Mercer County county during the past week, according to a county health district news release.
MONTEZUMA - Mayor Steve Fortman advised councilors during Wednesday's meeting that excavation is expected to start this week on a drainage improvement project designed to alleviate recurring flooding in the village.
CELINA - Two people were arrested Tuesday during a Heroin Interdiction Team detail, according to a news release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.
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The St. Marys girls basketball team has started out strong this season, opening up 11-3 with a 4-1 record in the Western Buckeye League.
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St. Marys hangs on to defeat Marion Local
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - With the margin never stretching past six points, St. Marys' lead wasn't safe until the buzzer sounded.
Kendall Dieringer's five-point run late in the fourth made the difference, and Stella Huelsman's tying shot at the buzzer was tipped and fell short as the Roughriders pulled out a 50-47 win over Marion Local in girls basketball action at Grand Lake Health System Court on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on January 19th, 2022
Deborah Bruns, age 65, of Celina, died Friday, December 31, 2021 at IU Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. [More]
Hilda C. Homan, age 87, of St. Henry, died on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
John A. Kaiser, 89, North Star, died at his home on Jan. 18, 2022.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star. [More]
Jean F. Fortkamp, 86, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Rose M. Mackey, 95, of Evansville, formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed away January 17, 2022, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital. [More]
Madonna Mary (Seger) Poeppelman, age 69, of Yorkshire, passed away of natural causes Monday, January 17, 2022, at the Wayne Healthcare ER in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - A celebrated storyteller, author and teaching artist drew connections between quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and the folklore tales she was raised with.
Part of work pared down due to cost
CELINA - County commissioners last week approved the final piece of the Fort Recovery-Minster Road and Rolfes Road tile project after commissioners initially rejected part of it last fall after landowners complained it cost too much.
High number due to ODA lag in reporting
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported 330 new cases of COVID-19 since their last report on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 6,534 since the pandemic began.
ROCKFORD - Village councilors discussed creating an ordinance or amending an existing one to prohibit the parking of vehicles in private yards and on sidewalks.
COLDWATER - The Palace in Coldwater hosted wrestling on Tuesday night as the Cavaliers hosted county rival Parkway, Ada and Allen East for a Super-Tri.
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Tyler Koenig hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Spencerville the lead and the Bearcats held on at the line for a 53-51 win over St. Henry in a boys basketball game at Redskin Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Counties to discuss how to spend drug settlement millions
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer and Auglaize counties are part of a nine-county cluster that will have a say in how millions of dollars from opioid lawsuit settlements will be spent within the region.
Region 15, as it's known, also will appoint a member and recom [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
"How do you take 47 years of your life, who you are and what you become, and put that into three minutes?"
For Jessie Magoto, that is something she will try to do when the longtime Minster girls cross country and track and field coach will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OAT&CCC) Hall of Fame on Jan. 28 at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus. [More]
Obituaries on January 18th, 2022
Donald P. Ahrens, age 60, of Celina (formerly of Coldwater), died Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
William "Bill" Edward Paulus, age 73, of Russia, passed away of natural causes [More]
Etta Lou Crow, age 86, of Celina, Ohio passed away at the Miller House in Celina on January 12, 2022 after a lengthy illness. [More]
Ronald J. Schmiesing age 69 of Minster, Ohio died on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
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Trial date expected in early May, June
MINSTER - Councilors at a special meeting Monday received an update on a lawsuit stemming from the ongoing solar field contract dispute.
Alabama energy company Enpower Solar is suing the village for $10.5 million in damages.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday approved after third reading an ordinance amending the village zoning code. The legislation is retroactive to Jan. 1.
New Bremen catcher Vince Hulse signed a letter of intent with Bluffton University, committing to the Beavers to start his college baseball career.
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Coldwater traveled to Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek for the annual Baker Bash Bowling Tournament, which features an all-baker game format.
The University of Michigan formally introduced St. Marys graduate Mike Elston as the new defensive line coach on Monday.
Elston, who played on the
By Gary R. Rasberry
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St. Marys ran the table in winning the 20th annual Bob Sielski Memorial Wrestling Duals Tournament at the Palace at Coldwater High School on Saturday.
The Roughriders went 5-0 in the dual format tournament. Brookville was second, only losing to St. Marys in the final round with Liberty Center placing third at 3-2. The host Cavaliers were fourth at 2-3 followed by Indian Lake (2-3), Columbus Grove (2-3), Maderia (2-3) and Dayton Christian (0-5). [More]
Obituaries on January 17th, 2022
Donald P. Ahrens, age 60, of Celina (formerly of Coldwater), died Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
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Limit your pets' exposure to cold
By LESLIE GARTRELL
and ERIN GARDNER
lgartrell@dailystandard.com
egardner@dailystandard.com
After a winter storm warning for much of the state went into effect this weekend, officials said now is a good time to prepare for winter weather.
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