Flood Watch issued September 22 at 4:06AM EDT until September 23 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT... The Flood Watch continues for * A portion of West Central Ohio, including the following counties, Auglaize, Darke, Hardin, Mercer and Shelby. * Through late tonight. * Rainfall will continue over the region through the bulk of the day today, ending in most areas during the late evening. The heaviest and most steady rain will occur this morning and again this afternoon and early evening. Expect rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches over the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible where storms persist over any one particular area. This rainfall will create rises on area creeks and streams and could produce flooding for low lying areas and other spots with poor drainage.
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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.
Ramsey C
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Gary R. Rasberry
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
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
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
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
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
By William Kincaid
CELINA - County commissioners have secured an auctioneer to unload items from the 161-year-old Mercer County Home before the structure is razed, likely before year's end.
Commissioners also have awarded a contract to relocate on-site electric services that power nearby facilities and homes. [More]
Panthers beat Wildcats in five
By Tom Haines
MINSTER - After Minster snagged two close wins, the Parkway volleyball team wasn't about to waste another chance to put the Wildcats away.
The Panthers got out to an 8-4 lead in the fifth set and took care of business from there to finish off a 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 22-25, 15-8 win in a Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Wildcat Gymnasium. [More]
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Hazel: House infested with rodents, birds
CELINA - A blighted home was razed Thursday, clearing the way for a potential gateway sign advertising Eastview Park just down the road.
Celina pub
WAPAKONETA - Twenty-seven new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 4,150.
COLDWATER - Just when it looked like St. Henry was primed to take the opening set against Coldwater, the Cavaliers snatched back the momentum.
The
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Celina's Payton Bertke recorded her 1,000th career assist in a 25-11, 25-16, 25-12 win in a Western Buckeye League volleyball match at Elida on Thursday.
CELINA - Steven Harris signed copies of his debut novel, "Reign Falls Down," Thursday evening at the Mercer County District Library in Celina.
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Some phone systems in Mercer and Auglaize counties were down Thursday due to a fiber optic line that was cut in Van Wert County. Both incoming and outgoing calls reportedly were affected, according to broadband service provider NKTelco's Facebook page.
A St. Marys man who'd gone missing after reportedly being involved in an auto accident early Thursday has been located, according to a news release from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office.
Celina High School Band Director Chuck Sellars said it fills his heart to watch students experience the unique joys and growth of playing in a band under much more normal circumstances this year.
COLDWATER - Coldwater High School Band Director Dan Ruckman hopes students will have a great year and be able to develop friendships and memorable performances following the previous unconventional year.
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery High School Marching Band has its sights set on Valhalla.
The 41-member band, led by director Reid Knuth and assistant director Taylor Grisez, is set to compete in seven Ohio Music Education Association competitions this year.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local High School band members are planning a full season this fall after being limited to performing only at home football games and being shut out of contests last year because of the pandemic.
MINSTER - The Minster High School Marching Band hopes to return to performing great music and making memories this year.
Band director Jennifer Bea
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen High School Band Director Rachel Wrobbel said the group has big goals.
Wrobbel has been at the school for two years, and assistant director Patty Ruckman has been there for 22.
ROCKFORD - The 72-member Parkway High School Marching Band is going to Walt Disney World.
While a band trip to the Orlando, Fla., theme park is usu
ST. HENRY - St. Henry High School Band Director Elisha Hartings said this year's band season has been normal so far - and she and her students have been loving every second of it.
Students in the all-brass St. Marys Memorial High School Marching Band are looking forward to a more normal year after last year's marching season was altered drastically due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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