By Erin Gardner
CELINA-Under a new state fireworks law, Ohioans can legally set off certain consumer fireworks.
However, they must leave the big boomers, rockets and shells to the professionals.
Ohioans can discharge consumer 1.4G fireworks from 4-11 p.m. Sunday through Monday, according to the law. Allowable fireworks include bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles. It is still illegal in Ohio to purchase display-grade fireworks without a license. [More]
Obituaries on July 2nd, 2022
Dorothy Rose Sinn McOmber, aged 91, died Monday, June 27 at Otterbein Senior Life, St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Joshua "Josh" D. Highley, age 40, of Coldwater, passed away on June 30, 2022 from injuries sustained in a car accident. [More]
Timothy V. Smith, 61, of St. Marys, died 3:28 P.M. Thursday, June 30, 2022, at OSU Medical Center, Columbus. [More]
Ruth Ann Cross (Faller) age 87 of Plum passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 27, 2022. [More]
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ST. MARYS - While juggling a heavy load of academics, athletics and Boy Scouting, John "Jack" Snethkamp managed to put in enough hours of community service and meet other benchmarks to earn the Congressional Award Bronze Medal.
Bulldogs beat St. Henry, run-ruled in sectional final
COLDWATER - At least two teams of the three teams playing Friday night were going to continue their postseason after the conclusion of the Mercer County sectional ACME Baseball tournament at Coldwater.
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Grand Lake fell behind early, briefly rallied, and then collapsed in the seventh as Southern Ohio scored 10 runs to send the Mariners to a 14-3 run-rule loss, their fifth straight.
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By Leslie Gartrell
BRYANT, Ind. - A 40-year-old Coldwater man died early Thursday morning after his vehicle collided with a semitrailer in Jay County, Indiana.
Joshua Highley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a news release and crash report from the Jay County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were notified of the crash at 5:21 a.m. and arrived at the scene at 5:30 a.m., per the crash report. [More]
By William Kincaid
A slew of free, family-friendly events in Mercer County will help usher in the Fourth of July holiday with an explosive mix of fireworks and world class rock cover bands, along with plenty of food and drink options.
Red, White and Blue Celebration
Tonight, the second annual Red, White and Blue Celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Coldwater Memorial Park Amphitheater, compliments of Community Sports and Therapy Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. [More]
Obituaries on July 1st, 2022
Vincent Joseph Gross, age 88, of Coldwater, died June 29, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Richard LeRoy Seger, 84 of Minster, passed away at 11:20 AM on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Heritage Center, Minster. [More]
Ruth Ann Cross (Faller) age 87 of Plum passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 27, 2022. [More]
Joshua "Josh" D. Highley, 40, Coldwater, died in Jay County, Indiana, on June 3 [More]
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ST. MARYS - Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has lifted the recreational public health advisory at Sunset Beach.
Coldwater sends Celina to elimination bracket
COLDWATER -  Coldwater held off Celina for a 7-3 victory in the winners' bracket to secure a spot at the District 4 tournament in Minster next week,
MINSTER - After the way it started on Thursday, Minster was lucky to be hanging around for extra innings.
The Wildcats spotted New Bremen a 4-1 le
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Richmond scored early and often on Grand Lake and handed the Mariners their fourth straight loss in a 14-3 run-rule victory in seven innings in Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League play at McBride Stadium in Indiana.
Renovation of St. Marys Theater making progress
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - Substantial progress has been made in revitalizing the St. Marys Theater and Grand Opera House, according to officials with an associated non-profit.
Organizers from the Friends of the St. Marys Theater and Grand Opera House led a tour of the building on West Spring Street with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, State Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, and other community members. State Rep. Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, also joined later in the day. [More]
Obituaries on June 30th, 2022
Vincent Albert Schoenherr, 91, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. [More]
Evelyn D. Clutter, age 91, of Celina, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Gardens of Celina. [More]
David P. Roebuck, age 61, of Celina, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at his residence. [More]
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ST. MARYS - U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on Wednesday said he believes the nation recognizes the public hearings on the U.S. Capitol insurrection amount to one-sided political nonsense.
CELINA - For individuals who take care of children who are not their own, it can be difficult to navigate the world of kinship and adoption and find necessary resources.
MENDON - A two-story wood triplex was deemed a total loss after a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.
Mendon Fire Chief Darrell Etgen said the fire
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart plans to temporarily close Shelley Road between Frysinger Road and U.S. 127 in Dublin Township for a culvert repair.
Redskins, Indians win in losers' bracket to set up matchup tonight
COLDWATER - St. Henry took advantage of Marion Local mistakes and built a big lead early on, while Fort Recovery needed a late burst to beat Parkway on Thursday in the losers' bracket of the Mercer County ACME baseball sectional tournament at Veterans Field.
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Nolan Kuenning's fielder's choice in the bottom of the first scored Rogan Muether for the only run of the game as New Bremen held off Anna 1-0 in the Auglaize-Shelby ACME Baseball sectional loser's bracket final on Wednesday night in Anna.
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Mercer County Fair organizers are encourage community members to submit their best entries to the fair's open show competitions Aug. 12-18.
Fair manager Cara Muhlenkamp at a media preview event on Tuesday said the open show competitions are time-honored events that remain an important part of the fair today. [More]
Obituaries on June 29th, 2022
Dylan Andrew Ball, 22 years old, passed away unexpectedly Monday June 27th 2022 at his residence in Continental, Ohio. [More]
Kathy Ann Fair, 57, of Rockford passed away at 12:55 PM on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Tranquility of Rockford. [More]
Vincent Albert Schoenherr, 91, of Fort Recovery, died June 28, 2022, at Luthera [More]
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CELINA - A popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers alike has been rechristened to reflect its picturesque features and alleviate confusion about its location, local officials said.
CELINA - Five people were arrested on drug related charges on Monday night as part of a joint effort by multiple law enforcement agencies comprising the Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT).
COLDWATER - The district has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $100,000, school board members learned at Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Celina and Coldwater head to winner's bracket final
COLDWATER - Celina and Coldwater earned wins on the second day of the ACME Mercer County sectional tournament at Veterans Field on Tuesday, setting up a meeting in the winner's bracket final on Thursday.
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Minster punched its ticket to the ACME District 4 tournament next week after defeating New Bremen 10-0 in five innings at the Auglaize-Shelby Counties sectional at Anna.
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