By William Kincaid
CELINA - Some school board members vowed to remove an apparently contentious component of a newly introduced reading curriculum that some parents believe is too complicated for young children to grasp.
A good-sized crowd gathered at Monday night's regular board meeting, with a few parents voicing their concerns with the reading curriculum component they believe is not age appropriate. [More]
Parkway dispatches Spencerville
By Tom Haines
ROCKFORD - Other than a 10-2 Spencerville run in the second set, the Parkway volleyball team controlled its tournament opener all the way.
The Panthers came out fast and blasted the Bearcats in the third set to finish off the 25-15, 25-20, 25-6 sweep in the Division III sectional opener at Panther Gymnasium on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on October 19th, 2021
Brian Joseph Westgerdes, age 41 of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully on Octob [More]
Sister Adeline Mertz, 97, died peacefully on Oct. 16 at Maria Joseph Center Dayton, OH under the care of hospice. [More]
Leon Bernard Ruhenkamp, age 79, of St. Rt. 47, Versailles, passed away peacefully of natural causes Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021, in New Bremen, Ohio. [More]
Leona Sarah Peterman, 100, most recently of Lancaster, OH and formerly of St. M [More]
Edward L. Freewalt, 80, of Celina, OH died Tuesday October 12, 2021 at his residence. [More]
Nicole Marie Fowler, 39, passed away unexpectedly on October 6th 2021 in Tampa Florida. [More]
Gary D. Wilson Sr., age 75, of Celina, Ohio passed away at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 16, 2021. [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Educational Service Center building, known by many as the former Otis Hospital at 441 Market Street, will be be up for sale at a public auction set for 6 p.m. Nov. 18.
COLDWATER - Four candidates are running to fill three open seats on the Coldwater Exempted Village Schools Board of Education. They include incumbents Mike Hoying Jr. and Jim Miller and newcomers Michael Birt and Greg Bruns.
MINSTER - The millage of a 7.2-mill levy passed in 2000 to build a new elementary school could soon be lowered following a proposal from school district treasurer Laura Klosterman.
A Celina man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday, according to information from the Celina Police Department.
On Thursday at about 10:21 p.m. police received a report of a motorcycle crash in front of Celina Mobile Home Park, 440 Touvelle St, according to police.
MINSTER - A barn that caught fire Sunday on South Shelby Road was deemed a total loss, according to Minster Fire Chief Richard Prenger.
No injuries were reported in the blaze reported around 4 p.m., he said. The structure reportedly was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
When he stepped down after 30 seasons at St. Henry, Dorner noted that he didn't think he was done coaching baseball, but the time was right for him to step down.
COLDWATER -¬†Monday's Division III sectional volleyball opener for Coldwater turned out to be a nice serving practice.  
The Cavaliers served up 21
All-MAC Volleyball
New Knoxville senior Carsyn Henschen was named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Monday after a vote of the coaches, with New Bremen's Diana Kramer named Coach of the Year after the Cardinals won the conference and went undefeated.
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Wapakoneta junior Kaleigh Palmer was named the Western Buckeye League Volleyball Player of the Year on Monday after a vote of the league's coaches.
The Redskin middle hitter recorded 465 kills in the regular season (6.5 kills per set) to go with 24 aces and 3.0 digs per game.
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Brother has sent tons of soymeal
By Erin Gardner
ST. HENRY - Brother Nick Renner has been sending soymeal to villages in Haiti for 20 years after receiving a "sign" from a hungry man he ignored and later regretted.
Renner recounted the experience during his first visit to Haiti in 1975.
During that visit, Renner said he prayed for God to send him a sign if he wanted Renner to do anything while there. When he was in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, he visited the Iron Market, a mall. After buying trinkets, Renner got on a bus. [More]
Fort's Bruns finishes fourth at state tournament
By Gary R. Rasberry
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
When talking last week about her goals for the Division II state girls golf tournament, Jalyn Bruns said that she was just going to play her game.
She did precisely that, and now she's an All-State honoree.
The Fort Recovery senior finished fourth to earn first team All-Ohio honors as the tournament concluded on Saturday at The Ohio State University's Gray Course. [More]
Obituaries on October 18th, 2021
Brian Joseph Westgerdes, age 41 of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully on Octob [More]
Edward L. Freewalt, 80, of Celina, OH died Tuesday October 12, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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COLDWATER - School district officials are putting a 2.5-mill continuing permanent improvement levy that failed in August before voters once more in hopes of a different outcome.
Internet challenges are nothing new, but some local schools are hoping to discourage students from going along with a number of challenges circulating on the video platform, TikTok.
MINSTER - Five candidates are vying for four Minster village council seats. They include two incumbents, two councilors who were appointed earlier this year and a first-time candidate.
Midwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Meet
COLDWATER - It was a Minster sweep at the Midwest Athletic Conference cross country championships in Coldwater on Saturday, with the Wildcats winning both team titles and both individual titles.
Western Buckeye League Cross Country Meet
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The longer Saturday's Western Buckeye League high school girls cross country race went, the more that Kaylie Dameron put distance between her and the competition.
Weekend Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Henry wrapped up its volleyball regular season by defeating Fort Loramie in a battle of Division IV state-ranked Redskins on Saturday in Fort Loramie.
State auditor tells officals to ask now or pay up later
By William Kincaid
ST. MARYS - Ohio Auditor Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina, this week urged local government officials who have questions about allowable uses of federal COVID-19 relief dollars to consult with his office before spending the money.
He also blasted the massive release of money through President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan Act, saying local governments are hard-pressed to come up with ways to spend the money that meet federal guidelines. [More]
Flyers beat Cavs on last-second field goal
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - After both defenses stepped up in the second half, Coldwater and Marion Local were both vying to get the ball last.
The Flyers got the ball with 2:18 remaining and drove 62 yards down the field to set up senior Kevin Partington for a 26-yard field goal, and Partington knocked it through as time expired to give Marion a 24-21 Midwest Athletic Conference win over the Cavaliers at Booster Stadium on Friday. [More]
Obituaries on October 16th, 2021
Jerry S. Braun, age 77, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 1:10 am on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Vancrest Senior Living Center in St. Marys. [More]
Pamela Helmlinger, 67, of Saint Marys, died 7:40 P.M. Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lima Memorial Hospital from COVID 19. [More]
Brian Paul Whetstone, age 38 of Troy, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. [More]
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Ashley Lefeld and Lynn Huwer ran the event virtually in 2020
A year after Coldwater residents Ashley Lefeld and Lynn Huwer ran the Boston Marathon in Coldwater, they got a chance to compete on the actual course on Monday.
NEW BREMEN - Four candidates are vying for three open seats on the New Bremen Local Schools Board of Education. They are incumbents Michelle Bambauer, Shelly Busse and Suzanne Wells and newcomer Kurt Rammel.
ST. HENRY - The locomotive that is the Versailles Tigers was running on all cylinders against St. Henry on Friday night.
Jack Osborne had two touch
ROCKFORD - Taking advantage of good field position early, New Bremen jumped out to a 41-6 halftime lead and rolled to a 51-19 victory over Parkway Friday night at Panther Stadium.
State Golf Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Fort Recovery senior Jalyn Bruns is in the top 10 on the leaderboard after the first day of the Division II state girls golf tournament being held at The Ohio State University's Gray Course.
Area Roundup
Compiled By Tom Haines and Bruce Monnin
Fort Recovery fell to Delphos St. John's on a failed two-point conversion on the Indians' possession of overtime, taking a 27-26 defeat in a Midwest Athletic Conference football game at Barrenbrugge Athletic Park on Friday.
State may copy CrossFit program
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Juvenile Court's fitness-based Expanding Horizons program, a collaboration with CrossFit Crave of Celina, may be replicated across the state to combat youth violence and delinquency.
Matt and Jen Shindeldecker, owners of Cr [More]
By Tom Haines
CELINA - St. Marys broke through 10 minutes into the match, and that proved to be enough.
Celina's offense came up empty and the Roughriders tacked on two more goals in the final 15 minutes for a 3-0 Western Buckeye League win in a boys soccer match on Thursday. [More]
Obituaries on October 15th, 2021
Earl Smith, age 85, of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes early Wednesday morning, October 13, 2021, at the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio. [More]
Jane Parker Lynch, 70, longtime resident of Naperville, IL, passed away on Mond [More]
Judy A. Hole, age 70 of Celina, passed away on October 13, 2021 at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Akron, Ohio. [More]
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Seeks to withdraw previous guilty plea
CELINA - A man sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the 2011 deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube of Fort Recovery has moved to withdraw his guilty plea after seven years behind bars.
High response to free rapid test kits
WAPAKONETA - In Auglaize County, another person has died of COVID-19 and 35 new cases of the virus have been reported during the past two days, according to a news release from the Auglaize County Health Department.
ST. MARYS - Before the annual Walk with Nature Fall Festival commences Sunday, a special ceremony will be held at the Memorial Park gazebo commemorating the city's new designation as a Buckeye Trail Town.
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery voters will decide whether two village tax levies will be renewed at the ballot box Nov. 2.
The first is a 2.3-mill g
CHICKASAW - After receiving confirmation that the final piece of funding had been approved, council members are moving ahead with plans for a $2.1 million infrastructure project in the village.
CELINA - Staff at the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District will have to re-evaluate and redesign half of a three-part agricultural tile replacement project estimated at $950,000 after county commissioners denied approving the largest portion of the project.
New Bremen completes unbeaten MAC, regular season
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen has won four Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball championships in the program history going into Thursday night's conference finale.
Compiled By Tom Haines
Coldwater's Annelise Harlamert set a school record for assists as the Cavaliers volleyball team swept Delphos St. John's 25-12, 25-13, 25-5 at the Palace Thursday night.
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