By Tom Haines
PORTLAND, Ind. - For the second straight year, Versailles swept the MAC/Cav Invite swim meet and can lay claim to being the best team in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
The Tigers won four of the six relays and garnered four individual wins on the way to a 55 1/2-point win over the Fort Recovery girls and a 68-point win over the New Bremen boys at the Jay County High School Natatorium on Saturday. The boys team has now won the team trophy for the last seven years. [More]
Obituaries on January 30th, 2023
Nancy Scott, 97, of Wapakoneta, died 9:30 p.m., Fri. Jan. 27, 2023, at Cridersville Health Care. [More]
Ezra L. Fisher, age 71 of Minster, Ohio, died at 12:57 PM on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Robert Forsthoefel, age 78, of Coldwater, died Friday, January 27, 2023 at Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Rosemary A. Munto, 89, formerly of Dayton, and a resident of Otterbein St. Mary [More]
Shirley Ann Beighley, 74, Huber Heights, died Jan. 24, 2023.
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Couple seek to defend themselves
CELINA - A Celina couple arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will have separate pre-trial hearings to decide if they can defend themselves in court.
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Austin Parks broke a 58-year boys basketball school record for St. Marys in the Roughriders' 92-64 win over Sidney on Saturday at Grand Lake Health System Court.
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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - One of the rarest and most famous U.S. gold coins ever made was once in the hands of two Celina businessmen.
John Sacher, a Celina attorney and coin expert, during the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable on Thursday spoke about the $10 million 1870-S $3 gold coin, the coin's connection to Celina Coin Co. and its temporary owners Ted and Carl Brandts. [More]
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - In Ross Thobe's 20th year as Marion Local mascot Freddy Flyer, members of the community wanted to honor him.
Athletic director Dan Koenig said that he was approached over the summer about holding a ceremony for Thobe. An anonymous donor volunteered to make a Freddy the Flyer plaque, MVP Sports & More in Chickasaw offered to make T-shirts, and they called Nick Thobe, Ross' father, to get the go-ahead. [More]
Obituaries on January 28th, 2023
Michael "Mike" J. Doersam, 69 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
Vernon A. Silver, Jr., 82, of St. Marys, OH died Thursday January 26, 2023 at his residence. [More]
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At the same time St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan announced he does not intend to seek reelection on Friday, two candidates for Celina City Council announced their plans to run.
NEW BREMEN - The Auglaize County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently welcomed three new board members who were appointed to new four-year terms.
Redskins pull away from Indians to snap four-game skid
ST. HENRY - St. Henry's Devin Delzeith closed out the first quarter by making a half-court bank shot.
The Redskins eventually closed out Fort Recovery with strong defense and timely shot making.
CELINA - The shooting of Ottawa-Glandorf and Celina were on completely different sides of the spectrum on Friday night.
The Titans shot 67% from t
MARIA STEIN - Energized by the pre-game ceremony for longtime mascot Ross Thobe, Marion Local shot well out of the gate and got some well-timed plays for a big conference win.
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Versailles jumped out to an early lead and held off Coldwater down the stretch to hand the Cavaliers their first Midwest Athletic Conference loss of the season with a 55-41 decision on Friday at the Palace.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Keagan Carder, now 9, ran a lemonade stand last summer not to earn money for a bicycle or the latest video game but to make sure a few underprivileged kids got a Christmas.
The little boy with a heart of gold was recognized for his efforts at this week's regular city council meeting. Mayor Jeff Hazel presented the Outstanding Citizen Award to Carder, who got all spiffed up for the occasion with a bow tie. [More]
Obituaries on January 27th, 2023
Cathy M. Chaney, 72, of St. Marys, died 8:06 A.M. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Dorothy Ellen Davis, age 95, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
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ST. MARYS - What was once seen as an unprofessional and taboo practice has become a normalized form of self-expression.
Just ask Sean Luedeke, own
WAPAKONETA - The Piehl Arena expansion project is well underway at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds as construction crews work in a now-enclosed space.
Also, Auglaize County commissioners will soon seek bids for a new event plaza at the fairgrounds estimated at $400,000.
Marion Local beats Parkway for sole MAC lead
ROCKFORD - After it seemed like the moment was too big in the opening frame, the Parkway girls basketball team came back with an answer to every Marion Local run.
ST. MARYS - The start was exactly what St. Marys wanted Thursday night.
The final outcome was not.
After building a 9-0 lead on the back of a trio of Reese Rable 3-pointers, St. Marys went cold and Kenton crept back in the game and took a 44-42 Western Buckeye League victory on Senior Night.
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St. Henry jumped out to a 16-8 lead and never looked back, picking up its 11th win of the season in beating Fort Recovery 43-27 in Thursday night Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball action at Fort Site Fieldhouse.
Unique bar cuisine and atmosphere
CHATTANOOGA - In the middle of Chattanooga sits Chatt Bar, a beloved watering hole and restaurant that locals swear by.
The wood paneling, wafting aroma of comfort food, friendly staff and beer memorabilia have a way of inviting patrons in.
Insures people and property
CELINA - Edgar Jacob Brookhart looked around the country in the early 20th century and knew that automobiles were the wave of the future - and would need insurance like other properties.
Stores fill cultural niche in area
Specialty grocery stores have been welcomed in Mercer County, and their owners say they fill a cultural niche that brings customers from all backgrounds to their stores.
New Bremen natives played in the pros
NEW BREMEN - Along State Route 66, a maroon sign honors two New Bremen native professional baseball pitchers.
Jay McCollum, an aide for a New Breme
Area has many nature spaces
In an age when the average American spends over 90% of their time indoors and more than seven hours a day staring at a screen, spending time in the great outdoors can help people feel healthy and a strong sense of well being.
Marion Local, Parkway girls look to take sole possession
By Gary R. Rasberry
  Both Parkway and Marion Local did their parts by winning their conference games last Thursday.
Now, this Thursday in Rockford, it's a winner-take-all game with sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference on the line in girls basketball. [More]
Obituaries on January 26th, 2023
Evelyn Richards, age 68 of Celina, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at the Celina Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Maurice C. "Moe" Niekamp, age 82, of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 12:42 A.M. at the Otterbein Senior Lifestyles Community. [More]
Dorothy E. Davis, 95, Celina, died Jan. 24, 2023, at Mercer County Community Ho [More]
Lester A. Stammen, age 91, of St. Henry, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at his home in St. Henry. [More]
Jim Welch, 78, from Fernandina Beach, Florida, peacefully passed away on January 20, 2023, at Memorial Hospice Care. [More]
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Area professionals warn of vaping dangers
With the increased popularity of e-cigarettes, national and area professionals are warning people about the potential dangers of vaping.
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Mercer County maintained its status as having the lowest joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties in December, although its rate rose nominally.
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Alumni Notes
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference honored University of Findlay men's basketball senior Nathan Bruns by naming him the conference's Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.
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