By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - As time goes on, some things change while others stay the same. The same can be said for Ginny's Gingersnaps, a baton-twirling group celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Ginny Maurer, owner and director of Ginny's Gingersnaps, said she's seen thousands of girls come to learn the art of baton twirling over the past 50 years. [More]
Coldwater rallies for eighth-inning win in tourney tune-up
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - After defensive gaffes put Coldwater in a 2-0 hole, the Cavaliers' bats came to life just in time.
Runs in the sixth and seventh innings forced extras before Braxton Howell came around to score in the eighth to give Coldwater a 3-2 win over Lincolnview in one last regular-season baseball game at Veterans Field on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on May 24th, 2022
Odyne Leona (Schulze) Barlage, age 89, of Sawmill Road in Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at her residence Sunday Evening, May 22, 2022. [More]
Regina M. Fischer age 86, of Ansonia passed away at 11:38 am Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Versailles Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. [More]
Richard (Rick) A. Pleiman, age 61 of Coldwater, died Sunday, May 22, 2022, surrounded by family at his home in Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - A new shelter house/restroom facility will be built this summer in the Bryson Park District along Lake Shore Drive.
City council members o
ST. MARYS - City council members during Monday's regular council meeting saw 3-D renderings of the city's new municipal building slated to go out to bid in July.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday passed legislation that will pave the way for a new manufacturing operation in the Bunker Hill Industrial Park.
June 6 meeting set for residents on assessments
COLDWATER - Council members at Monday's meeting approved a resolution of necessity to make repairs to South Sixth Street.
Under suspension of the r
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Celina's Nevaeh Huser qualified for the Division II regional track and field meet as the boys and girls district pol
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By Erin Gardner
Nikki Thobe, Coldwater, is a nurse at Mercer County Community Hospital and has felt firsthand the effects of the nationwide baby formula shortage.
She has four-month-old twins and pumps breast milk for them, rather than nursing the babies directly. [More]
Obituaries on May 23rd, 2022
Dennis Leon Laffin, age 77, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, at his rural Rockford home. [More]
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Dellinger scatters two hits, drives in three runs in Coldwater win
COLDWATER - If there was ever a need for Reece Dellinger to show why he is a two-time Midwest Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year, he provided a fine resume on Saturday.
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The Celina boys' track and field team finished sixth at the Division I district track and field meet that concluded Saturday at the Cooper Tires Track Complex at Findlay High School.
By Leslie Gartrell
MINSTER - A school district administrator on Thursday night said the district's new random drug testing policy was spurred by a "surprising" amount of students who have talked about drug related activity over the past few years.
Roughly 100 school district residents attended an informational and sometimes turbulent meeting with superintendent Brenda Boeke, high school principal Austin Kaylor and Kyle Prueter, owner of Great Lakes Biomedical, which will conduct the testing. [More]
Indians' comeback is for naught as Lancers score six in seventh
By Tom Haines
WAPAKONETA - After clawing back from a 4-2 deficit, Fort Recovery ran out of steam in the seventh inning.
Starting pitcher Jackie Homan returned to the circle in the top of the seventh and got shelled for six runs as Lincolnview buried the Indians 10-5 in the Division IV district final at Wapakoneta on Friday. [More]
Obituaries on May 21st, 2022
Clayton Cooper Davis, 86, of Lima, OH died 3:26 p.m. Friday May 6, 2022 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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CELINA - Scott Voisin of Celina has carved out a writing career detailing the work of character actors, those people who pop up frequently in movies and TV shows but whose names may escape the minds of moviegoers.
MONTEZUMA - Councilors during their meeting earlier this week learned the drainage project aimed at alleviating flooding in the village is complete.
CELINA - With graduation taking place later Friday evening, Celina senior Quinn Andrew pitched like he only had five minutes to get to the ceremony.
Andrew pitched a two-hit shutout as the Bulldogs won a Division II sectional baseball title with a 7-0 win over Lexington at Montgomery Field.
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Braden Goulet held St. Marys to one hit and three walks as Wapakoneta scored runs in the third and sixth to defeat the Roughriders 2-0 in the Division II sectional baseball final at Wapakoneta on Friday night.
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The Celina girls track and field team got payback after losing in the final race to Ottawa-Glandorf at last week's Western Buckeye League meet by winning the Division II district meet that concluded Friday at Brown Stadium in Defiance.
Algal toxins above safety threshold
By William Kincaid
The public has been advised to avoid all contact with water at the four public beaches on Grand Lake after tests detected unsafe algal toxins, according to notices released by the Ohio Department of Health.
Recreational Public Health Advisories due to algal bloom/toxin were issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Thursday afternoon for the main west, main east, state park campground and Windy Point beaches. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday voted to deny a proposed amendment that would have restricted short-term rentals of dwellings in East Jefferson Township.
However, they indicated the issue needs to be addressed in the zoning code and said they plan to pursue their own set of text amendments "as expeditiously as possible with a target adoption date yet this fall," according to a news release signed by commissioners Jerry Laffin, Rick Muhlenkamp and Greg Homan. [More]
Schmitz ties own strikeout record as Redskins beat Flyers
By Dave Stilwell
ST. HENRY - St. Henry's Nolan Schmitz tied his own school record with 16 strikeouts and allowed just one ball out of the infield in a 2-0 victory over Marion Local in the Division IV sectional final Thursday at the Wally Post Athletic Complex. [More]
Obituaries on May 20th, 2022
Fr. Joseph Rodak, C.PP.S., 87, died at 8:11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in [More]
Charles J. Seitz, age 67 of Coldwater, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Vancres [More]
Paul Elking, 83, Celina, died May 18, 2022, at Kindred Hospital, Lima.
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Dennis Laffin, 77, Rockford, died May 19, 2022, at his residence.
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Farmers, motorists need to demonstrate courtesy
As the planting season moves ahead at full steam, everyday motorists have begun sharing the road with tractors and other farm equipment.
Jamie Hamp
MINSTER - Councilors this week awarded a $5.08 million contract to a Texas company to build a larger water storage tank, another step toward replacing the village's aging 250,000-gallon water tower on Ohio Street.
CELINA - Democrats will need to unite as a party to take back democracy in the November general election and improve Ohio for the next generation, state and local Democrats said at the Mercer County Democrats Equality Dinner at the Celina Eagles Thursday night.
CELINA - Mercer County Educational Service Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant for school safety and security upgrades, the first such award the office has received.
LIMA - From the second inning on, St. Marys was watching Bath's taillights.
The Wildkittens took advantage of the backups in the infield and put St
MINSTER - With Wednesday's rainout raising the possibility of tournament games on back-to-back days, Minster needed a solid pitching outing on Thursday to help keep the bullpen fresh should the Wildcats advance.
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Apollo Thomas and Roman Leszinske combined to hold Bluffton to six hits as Parkway advanced in the Division III sectional baseball tournament with a 7-3 win over the Pirates on Thursday.
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