By William Kincaid
CELINA - A 30-year-old Celina man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for the methamphetamine intoxication death of a Montezuma toddler.
Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham handed down the consecutive sentences totallin [More]
Obituaries on December 1st, 2022
Roger Dean "Hoggie" Shrader, age 72, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on November 23, 2022. [More]
Iva Lou C. Bergman, age 92, of New Bremen, peacefully passed away at 6:58 A.M. in her home surrounded by her children on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. [More]
John W. "Jack" Handwerker, 83, of Celina, Ohio went to be with the Lord, passing away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. [More]
Marjorie M. Wehrman, age 84 of Minster, Ohio, died on November 30, 2022 at her home in Minster, Ohio. [More]
Terry L. Sullinger, age 74, of Mendon, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, in the Emergency Department at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. [More]
Robert H. Griesdorn, 84, of St. Marys, died 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at his residence. [More]
Donald J. Livingston, age 60, of Coldwater passed away peacefully in Coldwater, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. [More]
Marie Ann Campbell, 65, of Frederick, Maryland passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday November 24, 2022 at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, OH. [More]
Deborah Kay Marley, 64, St. Marys, died at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 26, 2022, at Lima Mem [More]
Thomas Anthony Eilerman Sr., age 82, of Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence Tuesday morning, November 29, 2022. [More]
Douglas A. Braun, age 66, of Celina, died on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at his home in Celina. [More]
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COLDWATER - Telltale signs of the start of the holiday season typically include twinkling lights, festive music and evergreen wreaths on the front door.
ROCKFORD - The operators of Heartland Dairy Holdings LLC are asking the Ohio Department of Agriculture to renew their permit to operate for another five years.
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December rolled around way too fast for me. Traditionally, the 12th month is when I examine last January's goals, ambitions and resolutions. This yea
Cardinals meet familiar foe in final
For the second time in three years, New Bremen and Warren John F. Kennedy are set to meet in the Division VII state football championship game.
The
Flyers meet familiar foe in final
Marion Local is set to renew a rivalry in the Division VI state championship game.
The Flyers take on Kirtland at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the fourth meeting of teams that only face off in state title games.
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Division II - 7 p.m.
Akron Hoban (14-1) vs. Toledo Central Catholic (14-1)
Friday
Division V - 10:30 a.m.
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By Bob Tomaszewski
MERCER COUNTY-Being homeless is hard under any circumstances, let alone when temperatures dip into the 20s at night and the razor-edged wind off the lake cuts to the bone.
Organizations in Mercer and Auglaize counties offer assistance, but organizers say they are swamped while homelessness persists. [More]
Marion's defense stifles Versailles down the stretch
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - In the first eight minutes, Marion Local gave up 13 points.
Over the next 22 minutes, the Flyers allowed 12.
Marion tightened up its defense, consistently got to the foul line and continued to show growth on offense in a 46-36 win over Versailles in the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball opener at the Hanger on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on November 30th, 2022
Donald H. Schmitmeyer age 88 of Minster, Ohio passed peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2022 at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen. [More]
Mark A. Triplett, 58, formerly of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly November 24, 2022 at his residence in Dublin, OH. [More]
Michael "Joe" Mabry, 60, of St. Marys, died suddenly at 8:52 A.M. Tuesday, Nove [More]
Gary Siefring, age 58, of Philothea, died on Monday, November 28, 2022, at the family farm. [More]
Jim Zimmerman, St. Marys, died Nov. 27, 2022, at Grand Lake Healthcare Center, [More]
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CELINA - City officials insist they have no intention of obtaining military items such as "less lethal launches."
Still, they must outline all ite
CELINA - Councilman Mike Sovinski bemoaned the lack of trees in Celina at a committee meeting this week, saying the city government once furnished and planted trees at the request of any resident.
CELINA - A rollover crash on State Route 703 Monday resulted in a serious injury.
On Monday at 12:41 p.m. in the 8000 block of State Route 703, a
CELINA-The Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities met in executive session on Monday to discuss the upcoming contract renewal of superintendent Shawn Thieman.
CELINA - A Ferguson distribution center employee was injured on Monday after he became pinned by a pallet, according to a Mercer County Sheriff's Office news release on Tuesday.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Save for the first few minutes of the first and second halves, New Knoxville played Wapakoneta fairly even.
The Redskins held the
NEW BREMEN - Coming off a 20-5 campaign last season, the Covington Lady Buccs came into New Bremen Tuesday night already 4-0 for the 2022-23 season.
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Parkway pulled away from Crestview in the second quarter and never looked back as the Panthers improved to 3-0 with a 54-33 win over Crestview in Tuesday night girls basketball action at Panther Gymnasium in Rockford.
High school, Head Start to get $100K each
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The Celina City Schools district has been awarded $200,000 through Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's K-12 School Safety Grant Program.
Celina High School and Mercer County Head Start will each receive $100,000 safety grants, according to a news release from DeWine's Office. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
MARIA STEIN - Lindsey Koenig will move from being a Flyer to riding on the Express.
The Marion Local senior will continue her education and volleyball career next season at Owens Community College in Toledo, joining one of the best junior college programs in the nation. [More]
Obituaries on November 29th, 2022
Robert Dale "Buddy" Steiner, 75, of St. Marys, died 7:15 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022. [More]
Angela Rindler Sottile, age 45, formerly of Coldwater, passed away at Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati on Friday, November 25, 2022 after a long illness. [More]
Ronald L. Miars, 73, of St. Marys, died 11:32 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Carol J. Katterheinrich-Doseck, 69, New Knoxville, died at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2022, at her residence. [More]
Norma Jean Standiford, 92, of Rockford passed away on November 24, 2022 at Divine Nursing and Rehabilitation - Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
Ronald D. Lauth, age 80, of St. Marys, Ohio, passed away on November 26, 2022 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - City councilors have been asked to vacate a portion of a downtown alley to assist a company with its plans to turn a three-story building into a new business.
ST. MARYS - City council members on Monday night heard first reading of a resolution to authorize the Community Improvement Corporation to sell the former Ohio Army National Guard Armory building.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday heard first reading of an ordinance to award PAB Construction Co., Coldwater, a $358,400 bid to replace the curbs and gutters on State Route 274.
COLDWATER - Coldwater village officials on Monday heard first reading of a pay ordinance to effectively give a 6% raise to most staff.
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ST. HENRY - St. Henry village officials on Monday heard the village will have to start paying back a $248,350 loan taken out in 2020 for the purpose of exploring a wastewater treatment facility expansion.
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My wife Gosia and I like flea markets. Gosia discovered the expansive Schleeters Auction and Flea Market in St. Marys. Last Saturday she brought me there to browse.
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The women's Division I college volleyball postseason starts this week with the NCAA tournament getting underway.
Ball State, the Mid-American Confe
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The Fort Recovery girls basketball team dropped to 0-2 at Mississinawa Valley Monday night, fading in the second half on the way to a 50-33 loss.
CELINA - Numbers are picking up again for the Celina swimming and diving team.
The Bulldogs finished 10th in the girls division of the Western Buckeye League championships last season while the boys were eighth.
COLDWATER - Coldwater swimming coach Matt May expects a rebuilding year after several years of solid state-qualifying performances.
The Cavaliers have just one swimmer from the state meet last season.
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery boasts four returning district qualifiers on the girls team and a pair of accomplished returners on the boys team.

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The Indians have nine girls swimming this season, with three seniors leading the way.
MARIA STEIN - Fourth-year Marion Local swim coach Danielle Hartke has high hopes that her squad will improve on last year's accomplishments.
With several swimmers that competed at district returning this season, the Flyers are looking to make a bigger impact in the postseason.
MINSTER - The Minster swimming team will be going through a bit of rebuilding after having some solid seasons featuring qualfiers to the state meet.
Coach Dawn Schwieterman has a smaller squad this season that does feature several returning district qualifiers.
NEW BREMEN - First-year New Bremen swimming coaches Steve Hemmelgarn and Amanda Kuck will look to build on the success from the past several years, including having state meet competitors last season.
ST. MARYS - After some exceptional showings at the Western Buckeye League and state meet performances, St. Marys returns to look to move up the league ladder.
CELINA - The last three years, Celina has been so close to winning its first Western Buckeye League wrestling title finishing third last season after being the runner-up the previous two season.
COLDWATER - The wrestling season will get started on schedule for Coldwater and the Cavaliers will have their full squad for the season opener after the football team lost in the regional semifinals.
ROCKFORD - Parkway will look to its veterans to help keep up the positive progress on the wrestling team this season.
Coach Jeff Farmer has six letterwinners returning with two returning after district qualifying performances last season.
ST. MARYS - With three straight Western Buckeye League wrestling championships under its belt, the St. Marys wrestling team is gearing up for another run to the title this season.
CELINA - Coming off back-to-back Western Buckeye League titles, Celina's girls bowling team has to replace a pair of seniors and brings up four freshmen.
COLDWATER - Veteran Coldwater bowling coach Rick Hartings has a loaded talent roster for both his boys and girls bowling teams as the Cavaliers look for another run to state.
FORT RECOVERY - While the Fort Recovery boys bowling team returns a number of letterwinners from last season's sixth-place showing in Midwest Athletic Conference action, the Indians' girls team will look to rebuild this season.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local brings back four senior girls as it looks to improve on a winless season last year.
Ali Bruns returns after earning seco
MINSTER - Coming off a 12-7 season, the Minster boys look to get through sectionals for the first time in school history.
Leading the way for the W
NEW BREMEN - After fielding a young roster last season, the New Bremen girls can hope to take a step forward in 2023.
Marina Nelson, who led the te
ROCKFORD - The Parkway boys bowling team brings back seven bowlers while adding enough numbers to have a JV team.
Junior Corey Stachler is the most
ST. HENRY - After just missing out on a trip to state last season, St. Henry's bowling team will look to rebuild with just one returning starter from last season when the Redskins went 4-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play.
ST. MARYS - After finishing third in the state tournament last year, the St. Marys girls team returns all but one bowler and comes in with an eye on returning to state.
By Gary R. Rasberry
LIMA - The first 1 1/2 quarters of the Marion Local-Columbus Grove saw a knockdown battle of defense.
But once the Flyers got some offense going, they refused to yield.
The Flyers advanced to the program's 16th state championship football game after shutting out the Bulldogs 27-0 in the Division VI state semifinal on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium in Lima. The shutout is the state-record 11th of the season for the Flyers, who have outscored opponents 410-10 the last 10 games. [More]
Obituaries on November 28th, 2022
Michael Stephen Vann, 62, of Rockford passed away at 2:23 AM on November 26, 2022 at his home. [More]
Vivian D. Clune, age 90, of St. Henry, died Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - Many industrial parks throughout Mercer County are maxed out and a general lack of available, developable land is a fly in the ointment in otherwise positive local happenings, according to area department heads and elected officeholders.
CELINA - The company formerly known as Dayton Power & Light will make its largest investment in decades in the area as part of a broad initiative to modernize the energy grid, local officials said.
CELINA - A Celina man was hospitalized and his girlfriend was arrested after she allegedly stabbed him on Thanksgiving Day, according to a Celina Police Department news release published on Sunday.
New Bremen beats LCC to get back to state championship
WAPAKONETA - After falling behind 21-6 midway through the second quarter, New Bremen faced an uphill battle to advance to the Division VII state title game.
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The Celina boys basketball team slumped in the second quarter on the way to a 66-39 loss to Versailles in the season opener at the Fieldhouse.
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