By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Fair officials appear to have outdone themselves again as they anticipate another record setting year for attendance.
The 2021 fair saw a record-smashing figure of 76,000 people.
Fair manager Cara Muhlenkamp is confident that number will be surpassed once the dust settles and attendance numbers are officially tallied. [More]
Obituaries on August 19th, 2022
Phyllis Catherine Miller, age 93, of Celina, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at her residence. [More]
Wilma Heil, 95, of St. Marys, died 9:20 A.M. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Grande Lake Health Center in St. Marys. [More]
Tracy Burger, 61, St. Marys, died Aug. 17, 2022, at his residence.
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners are proceeding with plans to turn the former Cheryl Ann building into an agriculture services center.
Once repurposed, it would house offices for the county's soil and water conservation district, Ohio State University Extension and Farm Service Agency.
CELINA - MVP Dairy is asking the Ohio Department of Agriculture to renew its permit to operate for another five years.
The ODA is accepting public comments on the draft permit to operate renewal for MVP Dairy, 7124 U.S. 33.
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart on Thursday announced his office's crews will begin fog sealing various rural roads in the county this month.
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St. Marys had three sub-50 rounds to Celina's two in edging the Bulldogs 180-194 in Western Buckeye League boys golf action on Thursday on the back nine at Northmoor Golf Club.
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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Kids were able to escape the rain and make a tasty treat all while learning about agriculture at the Mercer County Fair on Wednesday.
Fair staff member Alicia Knapke led children in an ice cream making exercise during "AGtivities with Alicia" under the junior fair tent. [More]
St. Henry's Niekamp returns after missing 2021
By Tom Haines
Mia Niekamp's junior year was spent on the sidelines as her teammates at St. Henry led an unexpected run to the state title game.
As a senior, she has another chance to build on her second-team all-Ohio campaign from 2020 while helping the Redskins try to repeat the state tournament appearance from 2021. [More]
Obituaries on August 18th, 2022
Dorothy Jean (Rinderle) Ewry, age 92 of St. Marys, passed away August 16, 2022 at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
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ST. MARYS - A local meat processor has been awarded a $250,000 state grant, according to a news release from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's office.
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NEW BREMEN - A new bus and maintenance facility is well under way and projected to be finished by Sept. 23, school board members learned Wednesday night.
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The Celina girls golf team picked up a dual match victory in defeating South Adams 210-219 on Wednesday afternoon at Celina Lynx.
After having bypass surgery, Otten ready for another season with Coldwater
CELINA - Chip Otten was on the sidelines last Friday night at Celina Stadium as his Coldwater football team wrapped up the preseason scrimmage schedule against Celina.
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Week One Games:
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Shawnee at Lima Central Catholic
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Versailles at Celina
Coldwater at Kenton
Wayne Trace at Fort Recovery
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CELINA - The 2021 football season was a learning experience for the Celina Bulldogs.
The squad allowed at least 20 points per game last season and only managed to reach 21 points twice last season in going 1-9 and 1-8 in the Western Buckeye League.
COLDWATER - It may sound like a broken record, but Coldwater will look to reload spots left open by graduation and then make another playoff run.
The Cavaliers went 13-3 last season and reached the Division VI state title game, losing to a tough Carey squad in Canton last December.
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery football team boasts enviable continuity heading into the 2022 season - with one glaring exception.
Star running
MARIA STEIN - It should be no surprise that Marion Local is a contender for another state football title this season.
Marion went 16-0 to win the
MINSTER - Riddled with injuries throughout the roster and freshmen filling key roles on both sides of the ball, Minster finished the 2021 campaign with a 1-9 record and went winless in the Midwest Athletic Conference for the first time since 2009.
NEW BREMEN - With a nucleus of 10 returning letterwinners, New Bremen will look to once again contend near the top of the always-tough Midwest Athletic Conference.
ROCKFORD - Despite a 1-9 season in 2021, Parkway hopes to make a major leap in 2022.
Quarterback Fletcher Smith and running back Eddie Nichols are
ST. HENRY - The Redskins bring back experience in the trenches, but face a roster churn at their skill positions.
First-team all-Midwest Athletic C
ST. MARYS - With his rookie season as the man in charge in the books, St. Marys head coach Bo Frye is looking to continue the Roughrider football win
CELINA - After running the table in the Western Buckeye League last season, Celina volleyball coach Phil Bange has high expectations for his Bulldogs squad this season.
COLDWATER - Although there is experience coming back, this season will be different for the Coldwater volleyball team.
Due to injuries and low numbers in the younger grades, the Cavaliers will play just a varsity schedule this season.
FORT RECOVERY - In the 2021 district final, Fort Recovery was up two sets to none on eventual state runner-up St. Henry before the Redskins ran off three straight wins to bring the Indians' season to an end.
MARIA STEIN - The 2021 volleyball season was a challenging one for Marion Local. The Flyers went 2-7 in MAC play and 8-17 overall before falling to eventual state runner-up St. Henry in the Division IV Van Wert district semifinals.
MINSTER - Last season, the Minster volleyball squad finished the fall campaign with a 10-15 overall record and went 1-8 in the Midwest Athletic Confe
NEW BREMEN - For the past six years, New Bremen's volleyball season has either ended with a state championship (2017, 2019), or a loss to the eventual state champion.
NEW KNOXVILLE - The majority of the girls on this year's New Knoxville volleyball roster were cheering from the sideline or stands as their school mates won the program its first-ever state volleyball title last fall.
ROCKFORD - In 2021, the Parkway volleyball team went 17-8, but only mustered a 3-6 record in the Midwest Athletic Conference, stuck behind highly-ranked New Bremen and Coldwater and state title game foes New Knoxville and St. Henry.
ST. HENRY - Last year, the St. Henry volleyball team went from a fourth-place finish in the Midwest Athletic Conference to a run to the title game, with high-wire escapes against MAC rivals in the district before New Knoxville stopped the Redskins one win short of a championship.
ST. MARYS - Coming off a 9-16 campaign and a 4-5 mark in the Western Buckeye League, the St. Marys volleyball team returns seven starters and looks to take a step forward in 2022.
Governor praises state's economic development
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Ohio is a state on the move as illustrated by chipmaker Intel's commitment to invest $20 billion to build new factories in the state, said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday.
DeWine visited the Mercer County Fair to promote Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio by reading "The Little Engine That Could" to children and presenting a program overview with Celina Rotarians. [More]
By Erin Gardner
ROCKFORD- Village council members on Tuesday night authorized the police department to provide two paid hours of security duty five days a week at Parkway High School.
Parkway High School wanted to partner with the police department to provide security at school, according to the agenda. The high school would pay the village $46 per hour for the security detail. [More]
Obituaries on August 17th, 2022
Shirley J. Balster, age 81, of St. Henry, died on Monday, August 15, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Janetta "Sis" Krugh, 89, of St. Marys, died 6:47 Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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Celina woman faces Capitol riot charges
TOLEDO - A Celina woman arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots has been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
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CELINA - What do airplanes, old ladies and Cajun food have in common?
They're all part of Chef Scott Landry's Cooking Comedy Show, which continues today and Thursday at the Mercer County Fair at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the commercial building.
MINSTER - Village councilors approved a contract with a local architectural/engineering firm Tuesday night to complete the design and other aspects of the renovation and expansion of the Minster police station.
FORT RECOVERY - A resident at this week's Fort Recovery Local Schools board of education meeting asked board members to consider implementing Bible education into school curriculum.
St. Marys scores four goals in second half to beat Bryan
ST. MARYS - St. Marys handed Bryan its first and only loss last season in the tournament last season.
The Roughriders gave the Golden Bears their first loss this season, too.
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St. Marys improved to 2-0 in girls tennis after shutting out Sidney 5-0 on Tuesday at the Minster Bank Courts on the St. Marys campus.
By Erin Gardner
GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP - A 51-year-old Fort Recovery man was killed Monday morning following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 127, just south of State Route 119 in Granville Township.
Martin P. Schmitt was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident at about 5:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. [More]
St. Marys keeper Ella Jacobs looks to build on strong first season in net
By Tom Haines
The only goal that Ella Jacobs allowed in the 2021 Division II soccer tournament was the one that ended St. Marys' season.
A high direct kick slipped through Jacobs' hands in the waning minutes of the district final, ending a battle with Shawnee keeper Kaelan Swallow and a stellar tournament run in which Jacobs posted three straight shutouts. [More]
Obituaries on August 16th, 2022
Martin "Marty" Paul Schmitt, 51, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away unexpected, as a result of an automobile accident, on Monday, August 15, 2022. [More]
David "Dave" Atkinson, age 79, of Celina, passed away on August 13, 2022 at 8:30 am at his residence. [More]
James Lauth, 84, of St. Marys, died 11:23 P.M. Friday, August 12, 2022, at Vancrest Of St. Marys. [More]
Constance L. "Connie" Monnin Winner age 82 of Osgood, Ohio, died at 8:10 AM on August 15, 2022. [More]
Sandra L. Suchland, 71, of St. Marys Twp., died at 1:32 p.m. Friday August 12, 2022 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. [More]
Shirley Balster, 81, St. Henry, died Aug. 15, 2022, at Briarwood Village, Coldw [More]
William M. Meikle, age 89, died August 12, 2022 at Otterbein, St. Marys.
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CELINA - School board members on Monday night moved to establish committees to set curriculum requirements and outline budgets for each school building, as well as Head Start and Tri Star.
CELINA - When one thinks of a county fair, what comes to mind? Perhaps lemon shake-ups, sausages, every deep-fried food imaginable, rides and games.
However, what is often forgotten is what makes or breaks fairs - the junior and senior fair boards.
WAPAKONETA - U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, visited Wapakoneta on Monday afternoon, where he made stops at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and the Wapakoneta Rotary Club meeting.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the town hall to go over the results of the village's wastewater treatment system study.
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After finally opening its season with a big win on Saturday in Tipp City, St. Marys opened up dual match and Western Buckeye League girls tennis play on Monday with a trip to Celina to face the Bulldogs in their annual matchup.
CELINA - Experienced will be matched with some talented freshmen this season in the Celina cross country program.
Coach Jason Andrew is optimistic that his team can improve from last year's fifth-place finish in the girls' division and seventh in the boys at the Western Buckeye League meet.
COLDWATER - The Coldwater cross country teams will be looking to rebuild this season.
The boys team has four returning letterwinners from a squad that finished sixth at the Midwest Athletic Conference meet and fourth at districts last season.
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery cross country teams brings back all their varsity runners, both boys and girls, and the girls team returns four two-time state qualifiers as it looks to make a third straight trip to state.
MARIA STEIN - Going into her third season as Marion Local cross country coach, Elle Sutter has an experienced boys squad while her ladies will look to build upon reaching the regional after finishing eighth at the Midwest Athletic Conference meet.
MINSTER - The Minster boys' cross-country team finished last season as Midwest Athletic Conference champions for the fifth season in a row, and with three All-MAC performers returning to the course this fall, there seems to be no reason for coach Larry Topp's crew to see that streak break.
NEW BREMEN - With a deep roster stocked with returning experience, New Bremen cross country coach Jason Barhorst is expecting very competitive seasons from both Cardinal squads.
NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville's roster size will not blow anybody away.
Maybe their times will.
Sarah Quellhorst enters her second year at the he
ROCKFORD - After making regionals for the first time in history last season, the Parkway girls cross country team has its sights set higher.
"We ha
ST. HENRY - With two straight trips to the Division III girls state cross country meet and a 10th-place finish in 2021, St. Henry returns all seven runners from Columbus and eyes another shot at the top echelon of cross country.
ST. MARYS - Minster graduate Nikki Borgerding starts her first season as the coach for the St. Marys boys and girls cross country teams in 2022. Borgerding, who ran for the perennially powerful Wildcats squads under coach Jessie Magoto, will try to bring some of that success to the Roughriders.
CELINA - Inexperience and low numbers have had the Celina boys golf team under the gun from the start of the season.
Head coach Jim Brazen has just
CELINA - After finishing third in the WBL invitational last season, Celina's girls golf team has an experienced group back for co-coaches Madeline Sudhoff and Kate Sweeney.
COLDWATER - While the Coldwater girls golf team will look to make it three straight Midwest Athletic Conference titles a year after making its first-
FORT RECOVERY - In the wake of an historic season by graduated senior and Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jalyn Bruns, the Fort Recovery golf teams have rebuilding work to do.
MARIA STEIN - Both the Marion Local boys and girls golf teams will look to improve this season after playing in the middle of the pack in the Midwest Athletic Conference in 2021.
MINSTER - After methodically climbing from eighth place in the Midwest Athletic Conference in 2018 to runner-up last season, the Minster girls golf team looks to make another push to the top of the conference in 2022.
NEW BREMEN - Fourth-year New Bremen boys golf coach John Roberts will start the 2022 season pretty much from scratch.
The Cardinals have no returning letter winners from the 2021 team, which finished with a 2-7 dual meet record and eighth in the postseason Midwest Athletic Conference tournament.
NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville golf should be trending up this season.
Veteran coach Terry Halko has an experienced group returning in hopes of impr
ROCKFORD -  The Parkway boys golf team welcomes an influx of newcomers to go with four returners.
Seniors Roman Leszinske and Ashton Stephenson ea
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry golf teams come into 2022 looking to replace major contributors.
The boys team loses its top two scorers, while the girls team lost four seniors, opening up opportunities for a host of newcomers.
ST. MARYS - As the defending Western Buckeye League champions, the St. Marys Roughriders will turn to a group of golfers new to the varsity level in 2022 to help stay atop of the league standings and defend their league title.
CELINA - A young team in 2021 meant some growing pains as Celina finished last season's boys soccer ledger at 6-8-3 and 3-4-2 in the Western Buckeye League, ending the year on an 0-6-1 streak and bowing out with a 3-0 loss to Kenton in the tournament.
CELINA - With seven starters returning from a 10-7-1 campaign a season ago, Celina looks primed to make a run in the Western Buckeye League girls soccer standings.
COLDWATER - As Paul Dingledine gets ready for his second season as Coldwater's girls soccer coach, the keys are simple: scoring more goals and giving up fewer.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Kaili Patterson knows the recipe for New Knoxville's prospective success this fall.
"(We need to) focus on our movement on the fiel
ST. MARYS - Fresh off of a season in which his squad advanced to the district final and finished as runner-up in the Western Buckeye League, St. Marys boys' soccer coach Josh Hertenstein harbors high expectations in 2022 as he welcomes back 11 lettermen to the roster this fall.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys girls soccer team and fifth-year head coach Nick Wilson have a solid veteran nucleus to start the 2022 campaign.
The Roughriders finished 6-3 in the Western Buckeye League last season and 12-8 overall, reaching the Division II district final.
CELINA - Veteran Celina girls tennis coach Jan Morrison has a squad split equally between veterans and newcomers, looking to move up from a fourth-place finish in the Western Buckeye League last season.
ST. MARYS - Seventh-year St. Marys coach Mariah Krugh is hoping her girls tennis squad can win the close matches and improve on last year's record.
The Roughriders were 3-6 in Western Buckeye League dual matches last fall and finished sixth in the WBL tournament.
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