Zoning commission votes to table issue
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A debate on whether to ban the practice of turning private residences into short-term vacation rentals in East Jefferson Township was tabled on Tuesday night, with officials moving to hold another hearing in a few weeks.
Roughly 50 people [More]
New Bremen outduels Coldwater in four sets
By Tom Haines
NEW BREMEN - Coming into Tuesday's match, Coldwater and New Bremen were a combined 23-1 and had only lost five sets apiece.
Something had to give.
In the first set, it was the Division IV top-ranked Cardinals on their heels, but then the script flipped and New Bremen closed out two tight wins to finish off a 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 victory in a Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at the Nest. [More]
Obituaries on September 22nd, 2021
Eugene Alfred Rethman, age 88, formerly of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural [More]
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CELINA - With assistance from a county revolving loan and other sources, two men aim to purchase a now rehabbed historical building in Celina and launch a mixed-use commercial enterprise, with food service.
WAPAKONETA - Eighty-three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 4,233.
ST. MARYS - The newest park in St. Marys may be small, but its dedication Tuesday drew a big crowd, pulling in current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from as far away as Cleveland and Cincinnati to honor one of their own.
FORT RECOVERY - School staff and board of education members celebrated high school junior Sophia Pearson for her organization and implementation of veteran banners across town.
Mercer County's unemployment rate for August was 3.4%, a small improvement from July's rate of 3.8%.
The county maintained its status as second lowest for joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
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Parkway picked up its fifth straight victory in volleyball in sweeping Delphos St. John's 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 in Tuesday night Midwest Athletic Conference acton at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium in Delphos.
CELINA - After giving up three goals in a short span in Saturday's loss to Greenon, Celina looked to bounce back Tuesday in a Western Buckeye League girls soccer contest with Bath.
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By Sydney Albert
WAPAKONETA - Former New Knoxville High School basketball head coach Cole Fischbach has been indicted on charges of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, sexual imposition and tampering with evidence.
Fischbach, 26, was indicted earlier this month for tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, fifth-degree felonies; and two counts of sexual imposition, third-degree misdemeanors. [More]
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - Eleven senior citizens boogied the morning away recently at the Mercer County Council on Aging in Celina.
The citizens welcomed the opportunity to get out and enjoy the center, which re-opened on June 7 after being closed for more than a year. [More]
Obituaries on September 21st, 2021
Ingeborg L. Dominik, age 96, formerly of Celina passed away on Saturday, September 18th 2021, at Feridean Commons Assisted Living Center in Westerville, OH. [More]
Roy Lee Emery, 84, Fort Recovery, died Sept. 18, 2021, in Albion, Indiana.
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CELINA - School board members agreed to extend tax abatements for two burgeoning city restaurants but denied doing the same for a manufacturer because its officials reportedly are unwilling to offer the district payments in lieu of taxes.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections has temporarily closed the office in the courthouse and canceled today's regular meeting and public test of
Random drug tests discussed
MINSTER - A public meeting to discuss the school district's proposed five-year, 1.05-mill permanent improvement levy will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the elementary building's large meeting room.
COLDWATER - Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue to be held every Tuesday at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater through Oct. 12, according to a Mercer Health news release.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members during a brief meeting Monday passed on third reading an ordinance that will establish an updated sidewalk maintenance policy for the village.
Public meeting set in Celina on Sept. 30
CELINA - A public meeting to discuss the development of watershed plans in northern Mercer County will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the large floor conference room at the Mercer County Central Services Building in Celina.
Late penalty gives Celina narrow win
CELINA - A goal is a goal, no matter if it's a laser blast to the corner or a rainbow kick over the defense's head.
Or, a penalty kick.
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The Celina boys golf team earned a 179-185 win over Fort Recovery on a rainy Monday afternoon at the Celina Lynx.
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MARIA STEIN - A Maria Stein man was pronounced dead after being struck by a pickup truck Saturday morning in an accident under investigation by the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.
Mercer County Dispatch received a 911 report of a traffic crash at [More]
Celina's Mindy Cook recalls Paralympic experience
By Gary R. Rasberry
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For nearly two weeks, Mindy Cook represented the United States - and her hometown of Celina - with pride and honor.
The 2007 Celina graduate was a member of the United States' women's goalball team at the recently-concluded Paralympics in Tokyo. Although she played a total of 13 minutes in the tournament, Cook played a crucial part in helping the team reach the gold medal game against Turkey. [More]
Obituaries on September 20th, 2021
Barb Huelsman, age 71, of St. Henry, passed away peacefully on Friday, Septembe [More]
Vernon E. Bruns, age 74, of Maria Stein, died Saturday, September 18, 2021 in a [More]
James G. Hartke, age 60, of Celina was found deceased on died Tuesday, Septembe [More]
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No area lawn or crop is safe from invaders
CELINA -- Armyworms have invaded the county, and they've taken a special liking to Celina.
Denny Riethman, Ohio State University Extension educator
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Area boys golf teams traveled to the Mercer County Elks on Saturday for the annual Jordan Moeller Memorial Tournament, which honors the memory of the 2007 Marion Local graduate and golfer.
By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - As of Friday morning, Mercer County Community Hospital had exceeded its maximum capacity by 25% due to a surge in significant illnesses that is taking a toll on staff and resources.
Those illnesses are not just COVID-19. They also include respiratory syncytial virus and pneumonia, according to Mindy Kremer, Mercer Health Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications. [More]
St. Marys upsets Van Wert
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - Coming off two straight losses and taking on the defending Division IV state champions, St. Marys faced a tall task on Friday night. But from the first snap, the Roughriders had their eyes on an upset.
St. Marys smacked Van Wert around for a 14-0 halftime lead, answered with a long touchdown drive after the Cougars tied the game, then stopped Van Wert at the Roughrider 15 with 40 seconds left for a 21-14 Western Buckeye League win at Grand Lake Health System Field. [More]
Obituaries on September 18th, 2021
Fredric A. May, age 83 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at The Gardens at Celina. [More]
Marcella Marie Yarian, age 102 of Celina, Ohio passed away at Otterbein of St. Marys Senior Life Community. [More]
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CELINA - The woman arrested in connection with the killing and dismemberment of 21-year-old Ryan Zimmerman, whose remains were found in 2016 near Grand Lake, has pleaded not guilty to additional felony charges which carry a possible death sentence.
CELINA - The more Mercer County residents work to elevate collective COVID-19 immunity, the sooner things will get closer to normal for everyone, said Jason Menchhofer, administrator of Mercer County Health District.
ROCKFORD - When you control both lines of scrimmage, good things will happen.
Owen Lefeld rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns and the St. Henry defense stymied Parkway as the Redskins snapped back from a tough loss last week to shut out the Panthers 35-0 on Homecoming Night in Rockford.
CELINA - It was seven yards and a cloud of dust for an Elida team which amassed 27 first downs and 362 yards rushing.
Elida averaged over seven yards a carry in outgunning Celina 42-21 in the battle of Bulldogs on Friday night at Celina Stadium.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local's offense has struggled to put points on the board at times this season, but Friday night it broke loose with four scoring plays of 36 yards or longer in a 56-14 victory over Minster at Booster Stadium.
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Luke Sudhoff's two-yard run with 8:46 remaining gave Coldwater the lead and the Cavaliers stopped Delphos St. John's
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