CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday held an informational meeting about potential maps restricting renewable energy development for the county.
County administrator Kim Everman explained by inviting public feedback at the meeting, commissioners could potentially make adjustments to draft maps before going through the formal hearing process. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - St. Marys was cruising on Friday night.
The Roughriders needed just 12 minutes to take a 28-0 lead over Kenton and added 20 points in the second quarter to start the running clock at halftime in a 55-0 victory in a Western Buckeye League football game at Grand Lake Health System Field on Friday. [More]
Obituaries on October 1st, 2022
Pastor Bruce Ekern, 69, of Celina, died 7:35 A.M. Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at his residence. [More]
Nancy Kay Toms, age 84, of Celina, Ohio passed away at Mercer Health in Coldwater on September 29, 2022 at 3:05 am. [More]
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MARIA STEIN - Nick Moeller, founder of Moeller Brew Barn, has a favorite beer - whichever one he's holding at the moment.
"It's like a favorite child. Today, it's the Honeywagon IPA," Moeller said with a laugh Wednesday.
CELINA - Representatives of more than 50 companies made their way to the Tri Star career fair on Friday morning in a bid to secure future workers amid a highly competitive job market.
ST. MARYS - A new batch of accomplished, mostly former students were inducted into the St. Marys Memorial High School Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame on Friday night.
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My wife, Gosia, and I have part-owned a cow for three years. We weekly get two gallons of creamy, whole milk for a low-per-gallon charge.
Our cow i
Minster QB sets school record in victory over Parkway
ROCKFORD - For the second week in a row, Minster relied almost solely on the passing game for its offense. And for the second week in a row, it was quite successful.
MARIA STEIN - Fort Recovery coach Brent Niekamp raved about Marion Local's defense after his team took a 47-0 loss to the Flyers Friday night.
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NEW BREMEN - David Homan rushed for 353 yards, shattering the single-game rushing record, to lead New Bremen to a 62-27 victory over St. Henry Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.
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Celina and Ottawa-Glandorf scored all their points in the second quarter and the Bulldogs held off a late Titans charge to pick up their fifth straight win in a 14-7 Western Buckeye League football contest at Titan Stadium in Ottawa.
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By Erin Gardner
GIBSON TOWNSHIP - A California man was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after he reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 49 and Fox Road on Thursday afternoon, killing two people.
Anil (no last name provided), 25, Fresno, California, is being held at the Mercer County Jail on a $250,000 bond. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. HENRY - Fort Recovery took a small lead to start the first set, but from then on, it was St. Henry all the way.
The Redskins rolled in the first and third sets and pulled away late in the second for a 25-16, 25-18, 25-12 win in a Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Redskin Gymnasium on Thursday. [More]
Obituaries on September 30th, 2022
Treva Marie Bitler (Kremer), age 46 of Sugarcreek Township, Ohio passed away in Indianapolis on Sept. 26. [More]
Jack Lee Rutledge, 87, of Celina passed away on September 28, 2022 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
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New art gallery to hold exhibit in New Bremen
NEW BREMEN - After decades of making a yearly pilgrimage to New Bremen from his home in Orange County, California, renowned sculptor Bret Price is bringing contemporary art to the village through his gallery, Art Source Ohio.
CELINA - A 37-year-old former Chickasaw man who has spent nearly 14 years behind bars for causing a traffic accident that killed four Maria Stein area teens is seeking early release from prison.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Commissioners will soon decide how to spend millions in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding as the deadline to apply for Auglaize County Development Funds ends at noon today.
Celina remains unbeaten in WBL in beating O-G
CELINA - Celina started out hot against Ottawa-Glandorf, but had trouble slowing the Titans down in the third set as O-G denied Celina a sweep with a come-from-behind set win.
Sectional Boys Golf
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Midwest Athletic Conference teams swept the three team qualifying spots for district as the Division III boys golf sectional tournament took place Thursday at Colonial Golfers Club in Lima.
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Tennis players braved the chilly weather to compete in the first day of the Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima.
By William Kincaid
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday morning executed a search warrant at 5452 Wilson Drive in Behm's Landing on the south side of Grand Lake.
The operation was carried out in part with assistance from two deputies and two detectives with the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. Both federal and state investigations appear to be ongoing, according to a preliminary, incomplete and heavily redacted incident report from the sheriff's office. [More]
By Hank Nuwer
CELINA - An old white oak tree off of Wild Cherry Street is set to be removed due to its proximity to phase 1 of the Celina City Schools expansion project.
Its location on city property is in the middle of the path of the approved pre-K-sixth grade Celina Intermediate School expansion, part of the overall $126.8 million project. [More]
Obituaries on September 29th, 2022
Ishmael Miracle Bellu, the 14-month-old son Carton & Evelynn (Labout) Bellu die [More]
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Fragrance can evoke multitude of memories
What could be more fascinating to a brain than to perceive a fragrance?
Humans have about 300 active olfactory receptor genes devoted to detecting thousands of different fragrance molecules, playing an important role in the physiological effects of mood, stress and working capacity.
Mercer surgeons training on system
COLDWATER - Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital board of governors during their Wednesday evening meeting got a closer look at the new da Vinci Xi surgical robot.
COLDWATER - Village council members this week authorized village administrator/engineer Eric Thomas to apply for $470,000 in state funds to reconstruct and repave streets in 2023.
MENDON - Village council members this week authorized project manager Craig Knapke of Access Engineering to apply for $116,500 in grants through Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for water service line upgrades.
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The Celina Democrat, a former city publication, published a story Aug. 29, 1913, that sounds awfully fishy.
The Indiana Brewery went out of business and dumped 1,916 barrels of beer into a sewer pipe running into the river.
Lonsway, Thwaits finish successful 2022 MiLB campaigns
As Major League Baseball starts to wrap up the regular season, the minor league season is completed and players are in the process of figuring out what to do over the offseason.
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  The 2021 football season was a season of lessons for the Minster football team under the first-year guidance of Seth Whiting.
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Wapakoneta, St. Marys and Van Wert are still the three Western Buckeye League teams assured of playing in the postseason, while Fort Recovery joins five other Midwest Athletic Conference teams (Coldwater, Marion Local, Versailles, New Bremen and Minster) that will also be in the playoffs.
CELINA vs. OTTAWA-GLANDORFTitan Stadium, Ottawa
Last Season: Landen Jordan passed for 217 yards and five touchdowns as the Titans shut out Celina 42-0 at Celina Stadium. The Bulldogs were held to just 144 yards of total offense.
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13 carries for 190 yards, five touchdowns and five PATs for 35 total points in the Cardinals' 41-13 win over Fort Recovery.
Details are sketchy on Homeland Security raid
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security alongside other law enforcement agencies conducted an operation in Behm's Landing on the south side of Grand Lake on Tuesday morning, according to multiple sources.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey on Tuesday afternoon said his office assisted Homeland Security earlier in the day. He declined to offer any specific details about the investigation. [More]
Celina wins five-set marathon over Coldwater
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - The fans that packed into the Celina Intermediate School gymnasium on Tuesday for the Coldwater-Celina volleyball match were not short-changed when it came to action, though the fans, coaches and players of Coldwater left unhappy.
The Ca [More]
Obituaries on September 28th, 2022
Mary Jane Steinke, 87, of Botkins, died Sunday evening, Sept. 25, 2022, in Miami County. [More]
Judith A. Grieshop age 69 of Osgood, Ohio, at 4:40 PM on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - A 40-year-old Celina man was arrested Tuesday on multiple sex offense charges involving victims under the age of 13.
Shane B. Chilcoat was apprehended on 19 counts by Celina police officers at 812 Pro Drive, according to a news release from the Celina Police Department.
ST. HENRY - Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 127 and State Route 119 on Tuesday evening.
Chickasaw Fire Chief Mark Seitz said the department received a call reporting a two-vehicle accident at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday.
ST. HENRY - Village council members at their regular meeting this week heard first reading of an ordinance to grant a 10-year, 100% tax abatement to Cooper Farms.
MINSTER - Minster Oktoberfest will have a new beer garden and more music this year as officials change up the event's offerings.
"We are very landlocked in our festival. We don't have a lot of room to try new things because of where our festival is," festival co-president Sue Brandewie said.
CELINA - Another step forward in wetland remediation and improved Grand Lake water quality began Tuesday after Kahlig Dozing and Excavating Services, Fort Recovery, was awarded a contract for the second phase of the Mercer Wildlife Area wetland project.
ST. MARYS - An early miscue and struggles in the final third proved too much to overcome for St. Marys on Tuesday.
Kenton got on the board less tha
Division II Girls Golf Sectional
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The Midwest Athletic Conference showed its dominance as Moose Landing in Ottawa played host to the Division II girls golf sectional tournament on Tuesday.
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The Marion Local volleyball team won its sixth straight match with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-15 sweep of St. Marys at the Hangar on Tuesday.
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