By William Kincaid
CELINA - Celina Fire Chief Doug Wolters has retired, ending a nearly four-decade career that thrust the St. Sebastian area native into the heart of raging infernos, at least one close brush with death and countless squad runs.
All told, Wolters put in 33 years with the Celina Fire Department, including 13-and-a-half years as chief. He also volunteered with the Montezuma Fire Department and Coldwater Emergency Medical Services. [More]
Obituaries on April 1st, 2023
Brother Paul Chase, C.PP.S., 77, died in the infirmary at St. Charles Center, C [More]
It is with great sadness we share the passing of our loving wife, mother, grand [More]
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CELINA - Though retired, former Celina Fire Chief Doug Wolters plans to remain active in The Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee (WSTAC) whose work is especially relevant to rural Mercer County.
COLDWATER - Rachel Heyne, owner of Plantique, a houseplant shop in Coldwater, actively roots for personal growth and self expression.
Heyne has a p
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Fisher Field in Berea last Sunday was the location for a mini-Midwest Athletic Conference reunion as Baldwin Wallace hosted Ohio Northern University for an Ohio Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader to open conference play.
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Wildcats rally in seventh to knock off Lancers, remain unbeaten
By Tom Haines
MINSTER - Down two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, Minster coach Robb Hemmelgarn told his team to seize the moment.
"We talk every game day about hero moments," he said. "I said, 'Think about your hero moments.' I told the girls, ' [More]
Obituaries on March 31st, 2023
Barbara R. Thees, 81, of Celina, Ohio, passed away surrounded by her family on March 29, 2023 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Harold Gettinger, 87, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. [More]
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Author's book recounts loss to Native Americans
FORT RECOVERY - Nov. 4, 1791, stands as the date of one of the most decisive defeats in the history of the United States military and the largest victory ever won by Native Americans.
A newly passed Ohio transportation bill awaiting Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's signature would for the first time in decades raise the dollar amount of work county engineer offices can complete with their own staff and equipment.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday agreed to release $5,275 in federal funds to help Marion Township trustees put up a speed sign to slow down drivers where children are walking to and from Marion Local Schools.
COLDWATER - The temperature was a bit chilly, but Madison Wendel was throwing heat.
The reigning Midwest Athletic Conference softball Player of the Year retired the first 14 batters she faced and struck out 14 in pitching a two-hit 6-0 shutout over Bath on Thursday at Lady Cav Diamond.
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Braxton Ford pitched a two-hit shutout as Parkway defeated Celina 2-0 in a baseball game at Don Black Field on Thursday.
CELINA - When it comes to automotive repair, there are plenty of do-it-yourself fixes. Paint maintenance and repair are no different as long as drivers have patience.
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ST. HENRY - St. Henry Elementary School Principal Adam Puthoff was hired as the district superintendent at a special school board meeting on Wednesday night.
Puthoff was awarded a three-year contract and will assume his new role effective Aug. 1. Board members were negotiating Puthoff's salary in an executive session following the regular session. No action was anticipated. [More]
Obituaries on March 30th, 2023
Doris K. Lunz, age 98, formerly of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 [More]
Jason M. Ellinger, 43, formerly of Celina, died March 27, 2023, in Columbus. [More]
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Seasons aren't responsible for your awful cold
COLDWATER - Feel a cold coming on? Got a runny nose or body aches? Don't blame it on fluctuating temperatures.
Allergies and general cold and flu cases typically occur amid extreme temperature swings but the coincidence stops there.
CELINA - Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors in a special meeting this week approved applying for a $40,000 grant to install a cascading waterway and a blind inlet in the Wabash River watershed.
Coldwater sophomore breaks two records at first meet of new season
COLDWATER - Sophomore Izzy Zahn needed just one meet this spring to rewrite Coldwater's record books.
Two weeks after competing in the New Balance
By Tom Haines
When Parkway boys basketball coach Doug Hughes heard about a high school basketball game in Oklahoma that ended 4-2, his reaction was disbelief.
Hughes wasn't baffled so much about a team holding the ball to create such a low score, but that the other team would put up with it. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - Timely hitting in the first two innings staked Parkway to an early lead, and Meg Henkle kept St. Marys in check for six innings to maintain it.
The Panthers scored six runs in the first two innings and padded the lead in the sixth on the way to a 9-2 softball win at K.C. Geiger Park on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on March 29th, 2023
Rita Darlene Williamson, 72 of Wapakoneta, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Wapakoneta Manor. [More]
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CELINA - A Celina City Schools bus driver and bus aide responsible for a preschool student who was mistakenly left unattended on a bus for more than three hours have resigned.
MENDON - More than 20 people packed the village hall during a contentious Tuesday night village council meeting to voice complaints about the town's appearance.
WAPAKONETA- A former city of Wapakoneta utility clerk pleaded guilty in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court on Monday to multiple felony theft and record tampering charges and was ordered to pay more than $250,000 in restitution.
Mercer County once again had the lowest joblessness in Ohio in February.
Mercer County's unemployment rate registered at 2.6% in February, maintaining its January percentage, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
Minster uses 12 hits to put up double digits against Celina
CELINA - The hits fell for Minster on Tuesday afternoon. Celina could hit the ball too, but more often than not, it went right to a Minster defender.
The Wildcats collected 12 hits off three Bulldog pitchers to improve to 2-0 with a 10-2 win at Jim Hoess Field at Westview Park in Celina.
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Celina plated three runs in the top of the second inning, which was more than enough for Zander Jones
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