Area competitors chow down at fair's hot dog-eating contest
By Joseph Gilroy
CELINA - On Sunday 35 contestants across four divisions gave their best Joey Chestnut renditions in the first annual Mercer County Fair hot dog eating contest on Sunday.
When the smoked cleared Will Faller, Fort Recovery, took the age 9-15 grou [More]
Obituaries on August 15th, 2022
Edward Paul Muhlenkamp, 75, of Portland, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Cloyd Walter Bergman, age 61, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away unexpected, as a result of an automobile accident, on Friday, August 12, 2022. [More]
Joan P. (Everman) Eckstein, age 89, of Coldwater, died on Friday, August 12, 20 [More]
William M. Meikle, age 89, died August 12, 2022 at Otterbein, St. Marys.  He w [More]
Marjorie P. Frahm, age 93, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the The Miller Place in Celina. [More]
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Nobody enjoys disappointing their friends and those around them. And, that's how the stage was set for a "Rolaids moment" on an otherwise wonderful Sunday afternoon.
Fach avenges loss to Cooley at Minster by winning Coldwater PBA tournament
COLDWATER - On Thursday, Graham Fach lost a battle with Sam Cooley in the finals of the PBA Central Region Kremer Roofing Classic in Minster. On Sunday, Fach and Cooley were in the finals once again, only 20 miles west in Coldwater for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
After having several early matches postponed, the St. Marys girls tennis team opened its season with a championship at the Schroeder Invitational held at the Schroeder Tennis Center in Tipp City. Celina came back with a sixth-place finish.
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Celina couple arrested on federal charges
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Celina couple arrested Thursday on federal charges stemming from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Shawndale and Don Chilcoat were arrested in Celina by Toledo Police Department officers and face six charges each, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. [More]
By Erin Gardner
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP-A 61-year-old Fort Recovery man was killed Friday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on State Route 29 around milepost 17.
Cloyd W. Bergman was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident at roughly 1:41 p.m. involving a crash attenuator truck that was part of a safety crew supporting road striping on State Route 29, according to a news release from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. [More]
Obituaries on August 13th, 2022
Cloyd W. Bergman, 61, Fort Recovery, died Aug. 12, 2022.
Funeral services are [More]
Daniel J. Bruns age 78, of Chickasaw, Ohio died at 10:36 AM on August 12, 2022 at his home in Chickasaw. [More]
Marjorie P. Frahm, age 93, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the The Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Dorothy Alvina (Wolters) Albers, age 92, formerly of Anna, passed away of natur [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Fair grandstands on Friday night were filled to the brim with more than 4,500 music fans for the "Roots and Boots" concert tour, featuring three country stalwarts from the 1990s.
NEW BREMEN - Six contestants will vie for the crown at the Bremenfest Queen Pageant set for 6 p.m. Sunday in the James F Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School.
CELINA - When he lived in Georgia, Nate Ayers was accustomed to pulling in massive catfish. Even in Ohio, he caught a monster out of the Maumee River last summer.
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Midwest Athletic Conference teams swept the top three spots at Friday's Celina Girls Golf Invitational held at Celina Lynx.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The Mercer County Fair that starts today traces back to 1852 when it got off to a bumpy start as a one day event, according to the Mercer County Fair 2022 Media Guide.
The admission price in 1852 was a mere 25 cents for anyone 21 and older, per the guide history compiled from numerous sources, including magazine and newspaper articles. [More]
Australian Sam Cooley wins Minster PBA tournament
By Gary R. Rasberry
MINSTER - Sam Cooley admitted that his first trip to Minster last year wasn't a successful one.
The Australian certainly made up for it in his second trip, as he came out of qualifying as the top seed, then bowled well in the stepladder final to win the PBA Central Region Kremer Roofing Classic at Community Lanes on Thursday afternoon. [More]
Obituaries on August 12th, 2022
Edwin Alan Linn passed away on Sunday, August 7, at 4:00 a.m. at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago just days after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. [More]
Thomas Joseph Stelzer, age 86, of Coldwater, died Thursday August 11, 2022 at Celina Manor. [More]
Susan Jane Tomberlin, 87, of St. Marys Twp. (Villa Nova), OH died 7:00 a.m. Friday July 29, 2022. [More]
James Leo Barga, age 90, formerly of Rossburg, passed away of natural causes Monday evening, August 8, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - A Fort Recovery poultry facility was identified as the source of a valid pollution complaint on Aug. 1, the third such valid complaint against the facility in the past three or four years.
CHICKASAW - Crews are making steady progress on a $1.74 million infrastructure project and the renovation of a barn that will become the new Chickasaw village hall within the next several months.
CELINA - The virtue of patience is about to pay off for city officials.
After decades of trying to figure a way to expand on the city's stormwater drain system to alleviate flooding, the city is ready to begin what mayor Jeff Hazel calls "phase one" of the project.
NEW BREMEN - The 2022 Little Miss Bremenfest Pageant is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the James F. Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School.
This year, 11 girls going into first grade will compete for the title of 2022 Little Miss Bremenfest, according to a pageant news release.
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Minster's girls golf team was runner-up at the Allen East Invitational at Colonial Golfers Club in Harrod on Thursday.
The Wildcats finished with a team score of 422, 23 strokes behind first-place Hopewell-Loudon. Parkway came in fourth with a team score of 435.
By Joseph Gilroy
ST. MARYS - The school district will hold a public meeting to discuss the idea of arming teachers at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the St. Marys high school auditorium.
Superintendent Bill Ruane at Wednesday night's regular school board meeting addressed House Bill 99, state legislation which allows local school districts to decide whether to permit certain school staff members to be armed on school grounds. [More]
Obituaries on August 11th, 2022
Linda Gale Morris, 66, of Wapakoneta, OH died 1:52 p.m. Friday August 5, 2022 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, OH. [More]
Edith J. Wissman, age 94 Of New Bremen, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 1:48 A.M. at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Annette Franck, 74, of rural Celina, OH died 9:19 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022 at her residence. [More]
Mari-Lynn (Nolan) Reed age 89, died Tuesday August 9, 2022, at her home in Cold [More]
Phyllis I. "Perky" Hawkey, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Vancrest of Hicksville. [More]
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Area man arrested for drug possession
CELINA - A Celina woman originally arrested for an outstanding drug trafficking warrant on Tuesday faced more serious felony charges on Wednesday in connection with a fentanyl-related death in 2022.
CELINA - The ever evolving Mercer County Fair blasts off Friday with an exciting first day lineup filled with sharks, axe throwing, the world's finest canine athletes and of course, the opening night country concert spectacular.
CELINA - Efforts to secure a new home for the Mercer County Health District have stalled, board of health members learned during their Wednesday morning meeting.
WAPAKONETA - Cases of COVID-19 continue to mount in Auglaize County with no clear cause, mirroring a trend seen in nearby counties, the state and the nation.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Good weather took hold over the Mercer County Elks on Wednesday for the annual Gary Broering Memorial girls golf tournament, honoring the longtime St. Henry golf coach and Elks member.
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