By Leslie Gartrell
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - When the remains of 13-year-old Mary Arabelle Secaur were discovered in a thicket north of Tama Road on June 24, 1872, it sent shockwaves through the community.
Secaur had been missing since she was last seen walking home from church on June 23, 1872. By the time a search party found her the next day, her body had been partially consumed by free-roaming hogs, her jaw missing and her skull fractured. [More]
Obituaries on December 8th, 2022
Lois J. Heyne, age 95 of Minster, Ohio, died at 3:45 PM on December 6, 2022 at Vancrest Nursing Home St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Urban Andrew Gehret, age 88, of Versailles, passed away peacefully of natural c [More]
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Many modern holidays have touch of Old World charm
MARIA STEIN - 'Tis the season for holiday traditions, many of which originated in 19th-century Germany.
German traditions, including St. Nicholas
CELINA - Fair officials have upped the ante by booking rising country pop star Russell Dickerson for the 2023 Mercer County Fair.
Dickerson, who in
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Board of Elections held an audit of the November elections Thursday. All 1,393 ballots were counted, thus matching the scanned result for Wapak 1B and St. Marys West precincts.
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Our country's media situation is in sorry shape. To me, Gannett Co., Inc. epitomizes that decline.
Frank Gannett started his chain in 1923. He ruled the company until 1957, and subsequently was succeeded as president by Paul Miller and, in 1973, Al Neuharth.
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With Miami University's women's basketball team on the upswing on a two-game winning streak, Ivy Wolf has been surging.
The Minster grad has avoided a sophomore slump thus far and is currently on a three-game streak of scoring 20-plus points.
Three Celina football players earned postseason honors as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its All-Ohio teams for Divisions II and III.
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Drones are now essential tools in crime investigation
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CELINA - Law enforcement today makes use of technology that gives officers more high-tech weapons to fight crime and to serve the public.
Case in point, Mercer County Sheriff's Office boasts two drones on hand to navigate the electronic frontier. [More]
Coldwater opens wrestling season with big victory
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Opening night for the Coldwater wrestling team went well.
The Cavaliers won six of the seven contested matches - three via pinfall - in picking up a 61-18 victory over Benjamin Logan in a showcase event at the Palace that also featured the junior high wrestling team and the youth wrestling program. [More]
Obituaries on December 7th, 2022
Wilma Tester, 99, of Wapakoneta, died 8:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
Debora K. Ranly, age 62 of Sidney, Ohio, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at her home in Sidney. [More]
Mindy E. Heitkamp, age 45, of Union, was welcomed in the arms of Jesus on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Hospice of Dayton, following an extended illness. [More]
James Eugene Hines, age 86, formerly of Elida, and native of Celina, passed away Friday, December 2, 2022, at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen. [More]
Betty Kay (Krieg) Muhlenkamp, 67, of Bryant, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, in Adams County, Indiana. [More]
Melinda Sue Matsuda, 39, St. Anthony, died Nov. 30, 2022.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 2022, at Fort Recovery Church of the Nazarene. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - Nine residential and commercial properties in Auglaize County will be demolished to pave the way for new economic development.
The Aug
CELINA - Bids for the Mercer County Agriculture Center are in, but county commissioners may hold off on pulling the trigger on a now $3.5 million project until the start of the new year, commissioner Jerry Laffin said Tuesday.
ROCKFORD - Village councilors at Tuesday's regular meeting learned two of three owners of condemned residential properties have not responded to the village's violation letters.
MINSTER - A proposed amendment to add cats to the village's animal nuisance ordinance was met with some pushback at Tuesday night's council meeting.
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart on Tuesday reminded residents living on county and township roads not to leave snow plowed from private driveways on roadways.
ST. HENRY - An early run of steals helped propel St. Henry to an 11-0 lead, and it only grew stronger from there.
The Redskins forced 25 turnovers and shot just under 50% from the field for a 62-34 win over Arcanum in a girls basketball game at Redskin Gymnasium Tuesday night.
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Camdyn Paul hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to give Botkins a 43-41 win over Coldwater in girls basketball on Tuesday in Botkins.
St. Marys and Coldwater were well-represented as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its All-Ohio selections for Divisions IV and V.
By Bob Tomaszewski
AUGLAIZE COUNTY- The intersection of I-75 and U.S. Route 33 is slated to undergo a major reconstruction after the county received a $4.7 million Ohio Department of Transportation Highway Safety Improvement Program grant to implement safety improvements. [More]
Obituaries on December 6th, 2022
Rose Marie Livingston age 89 of Marseilles, Illinois and formerly of Ohio, died November 28, 2022 at Aperion Care of Marseilles. [More]
Ralph Edward Luth, 98, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 8:50 am on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Wahneta M. Minch, age 82, of Rockford, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Divine Nursing and Rehab at Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
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TOLEDO - Kurt Doll, 45, Wapakoneta, pled guilty in Ohio Northern District Court to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography during a plea change hearing on Monday. No negotiated agreement occurred.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members passed three ordinances onto third reading during their Monday evening meeting.
The first and second ordinances are to adopt increasing rates and fees for the water and wastewater systems. A third wage ordinance also was passed to third reading.
SALEM TOWNSHIP - The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Salem Township.
Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at 12:48 a.m. Sunday in Salem Township in northwest Auglaize County, according to a news release.
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Last Friday was a signature day for my wife Gosia. She appeared at a U.S. naturalization office to get her fingerprints taken. This is the last procedure before she takes the citizenship test to become a U.S. citizen.
New Bremen outscores Lincolnview 17-2 in final quarter for win
NEW BREMEN - After a sluggish third quarter in which it trailed 32-31, New Bremen caught fire in the fourth quarter.
Marina Nelson sparked a 17-0 run that allowed the Cardinals to improve to 3-0 with a 48-35 win over Lincolnview in Monday night girls basketball action at the Nest.
Division VI state champion Marion Local was well-represented on the postseason honors list as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its Divisions VI and VII all-Ohio teams on Monday.
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Parkway senior Allison Hughes broke the career rebounding record Monday night as the Panthers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 53-46 win in a girls basketball game at Mississinawa Valley.
Ohio's gun season for white-tailed deer ended Dec. 4 and reopens Dec. 17 and 18. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife annou
2022 Division VI State Football Champions
Congratulations to the Marion Local Flyers the 2022 Division VI State Football Champions.

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2022 Division VII State Football Champions
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Flyers bring back gold
By Tom Haines
CANTON - After rolling over opponents all year, Marion Local was happy to find itself in a 14-6 slugfest.
"Now, that's easy for me to say," Marion coach Tim Goodwin said, "because we had the 14 and they had the six. I realize that. But I mean, [More]
Cards bring back gold
By Tom Haines
CANTON - From the first drive on Saturday, it was clear that New Bremen was the best team in Division VII.
David Homan led the Cardinals on a long touchdown drive to open the game, then ripped off two long touchdown runs as New Bremen raced out to a big first-half lead on the way to a 38-6 victory over Warren John F. Kennedy in the state championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. [More]
Obituaries on December 5th, 2022
On December 3, 2022, Michael 'Mike' Koester passed away at his home surrounded [More]
James Hines, 86, originally of Celina, died Dec. 2, 2022, at Elmwood Assisted L [More]
Roger F. Flaute, 76, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus. [More]
Melinda Sue Matsuda, 39, of St. Anthony, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at the EverHeart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - Just when St. Henry needed a spark, Leah Lefeld came through.
The St. Henry sophomore scored eight points on three straight possessions i
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Celina got out to a rough start as Bellefontaine held the Bulldogs to eight points in the first half en route to a 43-29 non-league boys basketball victory on Saturday night in Bellefontaine. Celina drops to 0-2 on the season.
Spiking food and gas prices and a higher cost of living have directly impacted area food banks, driving up demand to unprecedented levels, local officials say.
Phase 1 of the The Mercer Wildlife Area project has wrapped up, with half of a 40-acre tract along State Route 703 across from Kozy Kampground now converted to wetlands and grassland.
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