Special Weather Statement issued January 28 at 11:26PM EST by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OVERNIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING... Temperatures near zero and in the single digits above zero, combined with winds up to 10 mph, will result in wind chill values in the single digits below zero. The subzero wind chills will linger through early Saturday morning. Be sure to dress in extra layers and try to limit any skin exposure and time outdoors.
Wind Chill Advisory issued January 29 at 2:37AM EST until January 29 at 10:00AM EST by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero are expected. * WHERE...Portions of central and west central Ohio. * WHEN...through 10 AM EST Saturday. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
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Lights a bright sign of support for area health care workers
By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - More than 50 emergency vehicles full of area first responders turned on their lights Thursday night in a show of support for health care workers.
This is the second year for the event aimed to boost morale for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. [More]
Coldwater hangs on to beat Fort Recovery
By Gary R. Rasberry
FORT RECOVERY - The first half was the best of times for Coldwater.
The second half might not have been the worst of times for Coldwater, but it was much better for Fort Recovery.
The Cavaliers saw a 17-point halftime lead dwindle to one poi [More]
Obituaries on January 28th, 2022
Duane L. Miller, age 89, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
Mr. Paul "Bunyan" Gibson, 70, formerly of St. Marys, OH died 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, [More]
Harold S. Betz, age 66, of Fort Recovery, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
Joseph Allen Steinbrunner, 29, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the Piqua Manor in Piqua, Ohio. [More]
Elaine Ann Grube, 69, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Fort Recovery. [More]
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JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - A throng of people confronted Mercer County commissioners outside Beaver Chapel on Thursday afternoon about a petition seeking the vacation of parts of Karch and Swamp roads near Stoneco quarry.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials in a news release Thursday reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since their last report on Monday, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 7,110.
MINSTER - Early pressure turned into early points for Minster as the Wildcats rolled to a 58-30 win over St. Henry in Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball action Thursday evening at Wildcat Gymnasium.
ROCKFORD - Coming off a tough loss to top-ranked Fort Loramie, New Knoxville wasted no time setting the tone.
The Rangers didn't allow a Parkway fi
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Compiled By Tom Haines and Gary R. Rasberry
Ottawa-Glandorf jumped out to a 20-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in defeating Celina 63-34 on Thursday night in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action at the Fieldhouse.
From area houses to polished NBA floors
NEW KNOXVILLE - A local lumber company with humble, rural roots surprisingly has connections to Rome and China, and its president has gone from a kingpin of bowling lanes to an MVP of sport floors in the Far East.
Cooper started as backyard business
Cooper Farms, which has a strong presence in Mercer County, is a family-owned farm and food company that produces and packages meat and eggs for priv
Lakefield Airport in Celina and Neil Armstrong Airport in New Knoxville accommodate a mix of personal and commercial aviation that officials say is critical for maintaining and attracting business to the area.
ST. HENRY -Niekamp Farm Market has changed over the years, but the family-owned business made sure to maintain its core country values.
Mike and Brenda Niekamp opened the shop in 1998, and it has only grown since.
Business exports hats, socks, gloves, blankets
Some local residents are raising an unusual type of livestock that has been said to resemble a teddy bear.
Mary and Norman Zahn own and manage Coldwater Creek Alpacas, a 10-acre farm they founded on Younger Road in 2009.
Area business still going strong
CELINA - From the time he tagged along with his father to farm auctions as a kid, Tom Robbins, 77, was captivated by auctioneering. Six decades later, that keen interest has been handed down first to his son Eric and now to this grandson Cole.
Camping is booming across the U.S., and Mercer and Auglaize counties are no exception.
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Dave Faler said the uptick at the state park campground is directly related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawn care also part of business' duties
COLDWATER - Despite frigid weather, Helena Agri-Enterprises employees are focusing their attention on preparing for the upcoming planting season when warm weather returns to the region.
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By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - Mercer County Community Hospital surpassed surge capacity as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked to their highest levels since the pandemic began two years ago.
Longterm care facilities across the state hit with staffing shortages and high patient volume also are having problems admitting patients, officials reported during Wednesday's joint hospital board of governors meeting. [More]
Obituaries on January 27th, 2022
Dennis D. Mallory, age 81, of Celina passed away at 1:27 am on January 25, 2022, at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Bobbi Sue Wallace, 67, of St. Marys Twp. in Auglaize Co., OH received her angel wings at 4:15 a.m. Saturday January 22, 2022 at her residence. [More]
Kurt T. Schwieterman, age 30, of St. Sebastian, Ohio, died on Wednesday, Januar [More]
Elaine Ann Grube, 69, Fort Recovery, died Jan. 26 in Fort Recovery.
  A Mass o [More]
Paul "Bunyon" Gibson, 70, St. Marys, died Jan. 18 in Union City, Tennessee.
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Robin G. Richardson, 62, of Spencerville, died at 12:31 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2022, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, after a month-long illness. [More]
Duane L. Miller, age 89, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
John Richard VanDeMark, 69 years of age died suddenly January 23 in Snowmass, C [More]
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CHICKASAW - Chickasaw Village Council on Wednesday recommended county commissioners accept a $1.74 million bid from Shinn Brothers, Celina, for the northside infrastructure improvement project.
Lake Campus students learn about court system
CELINA - Unfortunately, people sometimes get their first glimpse inside the courtroom at Mercer County Common Pleas Court when they have a brush with the law.
Outbreaks reported at local long-term care facilities
CELINA - Six Mercer County residents have died and 690 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county since last week, according to a county health department news release Wednesday.
Cardinals, Tigers vie for sole MAC lead
Through the first part of the season, New Bremen has shown that last season's run to the boys basketball regional final was not an anomaly.
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Music Man Met Meat
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Like countless others, the man behind Groamy's CD's and Tapes in Lima took to social media to share his memories of rockstar Meat Loaf after learning of his passing on Thursday.
Gene "Groamy" Frueh met Meat Loaf after a show at The Car [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew K. Fox, a Republican, on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the county common pleas judge position for the 2022 election cycle.
Long serving county common pleas judge Jeffrey R. Ingraham, a Democrat who has sat on the bench since 1991, cannot seek another term due to age limits set in the Ohio Constitution. [More]
Top-ranked Fort Loramie edges New Knoxville
By Gary R. Rasberry
NEW KNOXVILLE - If there was anything that New Knoxville girls basketball coach Tim Hegemier took from his team's game against Fort Loramie, it's that he knows that they can play right with the defending Division IV state champs.
Which, considering the two might meet again in the postseason, is a big deal. [More]
Obituaries on January 26th, 2022
Robin G. "Rob" Richardson, 62, of Spencerville, passed away at 12:31 PM Monday, [More]
Berniece F. Braun, age 92, of Celina, passed away on January 24, 2022 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Sister Jeannine Kloeker, 81, died peacefully on January 23 at Maria Joseph Center in Dayton. [More]
Edith "Odell" (Beasley) Arnold, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great gra [More]
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CELINA - Six Mercer County fire departments will receive almost $143,000 in Multi-Agency Radio Communications Systems grants, according to a news release from Gov. Mike DeWine's office.
CELINA - Tests on water at the Prairie Creek and Coldwater Creek treatment trains in 2021 again showed significant reductions in phosphorus and nitrogen.
MENDON - A village resident has voiced interest in raising funds to build a splash pad and boys and girls clubhouse at the village park.
Mayor John Siano during Monday's village council meeting said the resident would like to raise funds and seek grant money to fund the park amenities.
ST. HENRY - A group of local investors may purchase 38 lots from The Beckman and Gast Co. for residential development.
Village administrator Stan S
Mercer County's unemployment rate for December improved slightly to 2.1%, down from November's rate of 2.2%.
The county also improved its status from third lowest for joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties to second lowest, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
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New Bremen trailed 10-0 heading into the second quarter, but rallied with 49 second-half points for a 61-51 girls basketball win over Houston at the Nest on Thursday.
MINSTER - Coming off losses to two state-ranked opponents, Minster got another chance to prove it could beat a good team.
The Wildcats started fast
By Leslie Gartrell
ROCKFORD - Applause and a call for a celebratory beer rang out of the Parkway Local Schools' community room after school board members during their Monday meeting approved a new three-year contract with teachers after nine months of negotiating.
The new three-year contract with teachers will begin July 1, 2021, and expire June 30, 2024, superintendent Jeanne Osterfeld said. Teachers will receive 3%, 2.5% and 2% raises each year. [More]
By William Kincaid
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - A driver on Sunday afternoon reportedly lost control of a sport utility vehicle and ended up striking an airplane hangar at Lakefield Airport at 6177 State Route 219, Celina.
The driver reportedly did not suffer injuries but the hangar was badly damaged, leaving two antique airplanes under restoration trapped inside, an airport official said Monday. [More]
Obituaries on January 25th, 2022
Louise Ann "Lou Ann" Knoth, 88, of Coldwater, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Ralph J. Meyer, age 83, of Coldwater, Ohio, died Monday, January 24, 2022, at Gardens of St. Henry. [More]
Ellen Catherine Kramer, 93, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother p [More]
Iris D. Bolen, age 91, formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Elmwood Assisted Living Center in New Bremen, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - City officials on Monday night outlined plans to spend $180,000 to reroute a storm line and extend a sanitary storm line across U.S. 127 to accommodate ongoing development along West Bank Road.
ST. MARYS - City council members at their regular meeting Monday agreed to create a Design Review Board that will oversee the protection of historical downtown buildings.
WAPAKONETA - Five new deaths and 239 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Thursday, raising the county's cumulative death toll to 97 and cumulative number of cases to 6,988 since the pandemic began.
$1.54 million project planned in New Bremen
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday passed an emergency ordinance awarding PAB Construction, Coldwater, the Jefferson Street reconstruction project contract.
COLDWATER -Village council members on Monday learned cases of unemployment fraud have again been reported in the village.
"Everybody remembers a ye
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Edison State's women's basketball team improved to 17-0 on the season after a 96-72 win over Bryant & Stratton (Ohio) in an Ohio Community College At
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Allen East outscored Celina 15-3 in the second quarter to pull away for a 54-28 win in non-league girls basketball action in Harrod on Monday night.
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