Grand Lake Literature fest to feature several noted writers
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Readers, writers and literature aficionados of all ages will find themselves in good company at the second annual Grand Lake Area Literature Festival on Saturday.
The free event will be held 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tri Star Career Compact, 7655 State Route 703, Celina. [More]
Obituaries on March 23rd, 2023
Daniel J. Meiring, age 57, of Minster, died in the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at his home at Lake Loramie after a decline of his health. [More]
Viola "Vi" Marie (Wendel) Ahlers, 96, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Dorothy Helen Hoyng, 84 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday March 21, 2023 at The Gardens at Celina. [More]
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CELINA - A Minster firm will conduct an office space study of Mercer County government departments and agencies to assist county commissioners in formulating a longterm facilities plan.
Divisions III and IV Boys Basketball All-Ohio Teams
Russia's Spencer Cordonnier, who took over as interim coach after Dave Borchers died before the start of practice, was named the Division IV state Coach of the Year by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association on Wednesday after guiding the Raiders to the state final four.
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A week after pitching a no-hitter, Wright State University-Lake Campus pitcher Shane Koedyker pitched six shutout innings as the Lakers defeated Hocking College 2-0 in the opening game of a scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday at Montgomery Field.
The St. Marys Memorial High School Alumni Foundation and Friends of the St. Marys Theatre will host a "Rider Talk" presentation on Saturday at the St. Marys Theatre at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
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Fire exhausted the village's water supply
By Erin Gardner
  ROCKFORD - Earlier this month, a fire reduced two historic buildings to ash on North Main Street in Rockford.
Dozens of firefighters from 12 departments in two counties on March 1 battled the blaze for 10 hours and at one point exhausted the town's water supply and had to draw water from the St. Marys River and a nearby creek. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A 26-year-old Mendon woman has been indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana for her role in a fatal accident in Center Township in late December.
A grand jury last week handed do [More]
Obituaries on March 22nd, 2023
Patricia L. (Weaver) Hoying Griner, age 88, formerly of Minster, passed away pe [More]
Letitia Jane Randall Dain passed away at the age of 79 on March 17, 2023 with her husband by her side and surrounded by her three daughters. [More]
Patricia Louise Sutter, age 80, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Monday, March 20, 2023 at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Roger Allen Heckler, age 63, of Rockford, and formerly of Celina, died at 10:45 [More]
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Suit filed by woman facing 1/6 charges
TOLEDO - A $15 million federal lawsuit filed against Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey by a Celina woman charged with participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has been dismissed.
MINSTER - A splash pad and playground equipment are slated to go up at a cost of $1.17 million in a new German heritage-themed section of Paris Street Park dubbed Stallostown.
CELINA - Mercer County government agencies were scheduled to take part in a statewide tornado drill at 9:50 a.m. today as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, according to a Mercer County Sheriff's Office news release.
ROCKFORD - Village council members on Tuesday night approved a motion to accept a $3,559.50 bid to repair and update the electronic sign in Shanes Park.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth will retire June 30 after nearly 12 years in office and more than 42 years of service at the courthouse.
Numerous people were taken to hospitals following traffic accidents in Mercer and Auglaize counties over the last few days.
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MINSTER - Sixth graders Vivian Marchal and Amelia Bergman were recognized as essay award winners as part of a contest held by the Auglaize County Board of Developmental Disabilities during Monday's Minster board of education meeting.
Divisions I and II All-Ohio Girls Basketball
The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its All-Ohio honors for Divisions I and II in girls basketball on Tuesday.
Reigning Ms. Basketball Dee Alexander of Purcell Marian was named the Division II Player of the Year with Canfield's Matt Reel earning Coach of the Year honors.
Klenke maintaining goals as new Cavaliers coach
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Friday's practice looked like any baseball practice when it's too cold and windy to go outside. Coldwater players were getting warmed up as Cory Klenke got ready to hit grounders on the floor of the Palace.
It's work that Klenke has done often in his years as a coach in the program of his alma mater. [More]
Obituaries on March 21st, 2023
Mary Adele Kunk, age 83, of St. Henry, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday evening, March 18, 2023, at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Dennis Owen Kessler, known to most as "Denny," passed away on Thursday, March 1 [More]
Anna Bash passed away at the age of 58 on Friday March 17 2023 in Decatur Texas [More]
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CELINA - Multiple agencies continue to investigate an incident where a preschool student was mistakenly left unattended on a school bus for over three hours on Wednesday.
Money to fund Meyer Road project
CELINA - Mercer County's government has been awarded a $500,000 grant to reconstruct Meyer Road off West Market Street where buses will travel to the new Celina Elementary School on the west side of town.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday evening approved proceeding with a reconstruction project for Gwendolyn and Wiggs streets.
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OPSWA Divisions III-IV Girls Basketball All-Ohio
Parkway's Gabrielle Stober was named to the All-Ohio first team in Division III as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced its Divisions III and IV All-Ohio honors in girls basketball on Monday.
NEW BREMEN - Whether it's egg production, hogs or turkeys, Cooper Farms is a major force in the United States. And the family owned and operated food and farm company, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, continues to expand.
Officials expect increased prices
NEW BREMEN- Challenges lie in store for dairy producers in the second quarter of 2023, according to Ohio State University Extension dairy management and livestock specialist Jason Hartschuch.
NEW BREMEN - Farmers will likely see a long-term decline in corn prices due to decreasing U.S. exports, according to a Mercer Landmark grain specialist.
Marion Local's Buschur looking to make another run to state
By Tom Haines
Two local track athletes competed in the New Balance indoor national championships in Boston on March 11, and Maria Stein's Nate Buschur came home an All-American.
Buschur placed sixth in the country in indoor pole vault to earn New Balance All-American honors, clearing 15 feet, nine inches on his first attempt for a personal record before falling short of 16 feet. [More]
Obituaries on March 20th, 2023
Paul A. Forwerck, 80, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima. [More]
Merdella Mary (Borger) Schwieterman, known affectionately by everyone as Mert, died peacefully on March 18, 2023, after a long and fulfilling life. [More]
Lois Ann Combs, age 86, passed away at her home in Celina, on Saturday, March 18, 2023. [More]
Mary Adele Kunk, age 83, of St. Henry, died on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
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It was all smiles at the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Henry
ST. HENRY - There were no pots o' gold or blarney stones anywhere. Nary a shillelagh could be found. But for the Irish - and the folks who wished they were - Sunday's St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Henry was more than a touch of the Emerald Isle in the county of Mercer, land of Ohio.
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