By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County officials are preparing to take the first step toward establishing a county public defenders office.
Moving from the county's decades-old assigned counsel system to a county-run public defender office that would operate much like the prosecutor's office is a matter of necessity, some judges and attorneys say. [More]
St. Marys beats Celina in WBL wrestling opener
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. MARYS - Last season, Celina and St. Marys met in the final Western Buckeye League wrestling match of the year to see if St. Marys won an outright title or Celina got to share.
St. Marys won then, and after the first league match of the season, the Roughriders are still rolling. [More]
Obituaries on December 3rd, 2021
Adam Steven Puthoff, age 33, Versailles, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 1, 2021, following a single vehicle accident. [More]
Richard "Dick" E. Geist, age 83, of Celina, Ohio passed away at 11:46 am at his daughters residence in Lima on November 4, 2021. [More]
Janice Daugherty, age 96, of St. Marys, passed away at 12:00 pm, December 2, 2021 at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Life Community in St. Marys. [More]
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CASA volunteers to be sworn-in
CELINA - Mercer County Common Pleas Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Matt Gilmore said there's been an uptick in marijuana usage incidents and cases involving hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and meth.
CELINA - As one of the top agricultural counties in Ohio, some Mercer County livestock producers may have concerns that animal rights activists and others might trespass on their land.
WAPAKONETA - Fifty four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 5,273, according to a county health department news release.
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CELINA - Local Collab Co. offers speciality gift boxes filled with locally sourced goodies that take the hassle out of shopping while also supporting area businesses.
ROCKFORD - After struggling from outside early, Parkway warmed up in the second half and rolled to a 47-32 victory over St. Henry Thursday evening in the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball opener at Panther Gymnasium.
CELINA - From the tip, St. Marys' defensive pressure was too much for Celina.
The Roughriders forced 13 turnovers in the first quarter as they buil
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New Bremen's offense got going after halftime as coach Andy Timmerman secured his first varsity win with a 44-32 victory over Fort Recovery in a Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball game at Fort Site Fieldhouse on Thursday.
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Legality of recall election questioned
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Petitions filed with the Mercer County Board of Elections this week seek a recall election of Celina City Council members June Scott, Mike Sovinski, Myron Buxton and Eric Lochtefeld, all of whom last week voted against legislation that would have outlawed abortion in Celina. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
Two Auglaize County residents each have been awarded a $10,000 Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship, according to an Ohio Department of Health news release Wednesday.
The lucky local winners are Hailey Hunter, St. Marys, and Joshua Yeager, Minster. The pair won two of the 150 scholarships available in an Ohio 529 College Advantage plan, according to the release. [More]
Obituaries on December 2nd, 2021
Judith A. Henry, 70, New Bremen, died at 4:10 p.m. Nov. 26, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
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ST. MARYS - A non-profit group planning to revitalize the St. Marys Theater and Grand Opera House held a town hall-style meeting Wednesday to field questions and gain input from community members.
CELINA - Seventy eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported during the past week in Mercer County, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 5,683.
College Notes
Lauren Gilliland and Paige Jones were no strangers to each other when they faced off in volleyball during their playing days at Coldwater and New Bremen respectively in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Fort Recovery standout Whitley Rammel signed a letter of intent with NCAA Division I East Tennessee State on Thursday to continue her volleyball career.
Championship Saturday
So far in 2021, Marion Local has already secured its 15th Midwest Athletic Conference title and a 10-0 regular season. Next on the wishlist: the Flyers' 12th state championship.
Championship Saturday
It's familiar territory in a familiar location for Coldwater as the Cavaliers prepare to play in the Division VI state football championship game on Saturday.
Championship Saturday
The last time Versailles played in a state final, most of the current roster were either very, very young or not even born.
The Tigers return to Ca
Division II State Championship
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Winton Woods (12-3) vs. Akron Hoban (11-3)
Division IV State Championship 
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. Youngstown Ursuline (11-3)
Division III State Championship
Friday, 3 p.m.
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - County and regional health officials are urging residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine as regional hospitalizations climb to the highest level since the pandemic began.
Auglaize County Health Department officials in a news release Tuesday also reported one new death and 78 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since their last update on Nov. 23. [More]
Obituaries on December 1st, 2021
Terry Emmett Whittington died peacefully while resting at Reid Hospital on November 27th, 2021 in Richmond, Indiana at the age of 73. [More]
James W. Knapke, age 70, of New Bremen, died on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 6:45 P.M. at the Ohio's Hospice of Miami County in Troy. [More]
Helen J. Counseller, 97, of Van Wert, passed away at 4:22 am on November 25, 2021 at Van Wert Manor. [More]
Paula L. Short, 64, of Coldwater, Ohio, was called home to heaven on November 24th, 2021, at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. [More]
Katherine "Katie" Stevely, 99, of St. Marys, died 2:30 P.M. Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Constance "Connie" K. Walterbusch age 65 of Maria Stein, Ohio died at 4:18 PM on November 29, 2021 at Hospice of Miami County Inpatient Unit. [More]
Dennis "Denny" Earl Kelbel, 68, of St. Marys, OH died 6:10 a.m. Thursday November 18, 2021 at Grande Lake Health Care Center in St. Marys. [More]
Martha Martin Coby, 97, of Celina, died 7:15 A.M. Sunday, at the Gardens of Cel [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to contribute $30,000 annually for at least three years toward a new career navigator position through the Mercer County Educational Service Center.
CELINA - Versa Pak's $15 million expansion project is nearly finished after the company's new 56,000 square foot facility was recently completed.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a request for a $48,000 revolving loan that will help the owners of 3 Graces Boutique purchase the building at 207 S. Main St., Celina, in which their business is housed.
Flyers hold off Cougars for victory
MARIA STEIN - In a span of just under six minutes of game time, Marion Local went from a double-digit lead to hanging on to a single-point margin against Van Wert.
COLDWATER - After Coldwater watched Kalida erase an early lead, the Wildcats had momentum heading into halftime.
But the Cavaliers clamped down on defense in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth on the way to a 46-32 win in a girls basketball game at the Palace on Tuesday.
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The St. Henry girls basketball team earned coach Nate Uhlenhake his first win with a 47-33 victory at Ansonia on Tuesday.
The Redskins overcame an early deficit to take a two-point halftime lead, then scored 15 in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
Oak mantel at Mackinaw Senior Apartments a nod to Mersman Tables
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A group of residents at Mackinaw Senior Apartments have been busy turning the community room at the senior independent living community where they live into a Christmas wonderland.
Danica Hales-Contreras, a Mackinaw resident since 2016, s [More]
Obituaries on November 30th, 2021
Theodore G. Jutte, age 53, of Carthagena, died Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Lawrence C. Hone "Pinky", 95, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. [More]
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Street work, park projects planned
CELINA - City council members are poised to pass a 2022 budget that would set aside $7.75 million in the general fund, an uptick from the $7.36 million projected for this year.
CELINA - An additional 0.5% income tax that has brought in millions of dollars for the city's police and fire departments and street improvements will expire at the end of next year.
Marion Local seniors have kept team focused on goals
LIMA - Anyone watching Marion Local this season in football has seen a team that has been dominating nearly every game out.
But it's what the fans
Coming into 2021, Coldwater had a massive hole to fill.
Division VI Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Cavaliers starting quarterback Myles Blasin
CELINA - The Celina swim and dive team will be young this season, with just three seniors on the roster and just one district swimming qualifier and one diving qualifier returning.
COLDWATER - After producing one of the best seasons in school history, Coldwater's girls swimming team will look to continue the success.
While th
FORT RECOVERY - Despite losing seven seniors, the Indians return a state qualifier to anchor a young team.
Teigen Fortkamp returns after placing 18th in the state in the 50-meter freestyle and swimming in the 16th-place 200 freestyle relay.
MARIA STEIN - With four of the five swimmers who reached the district meet returning, the Flyers have a solid core for the season.
Kylie Niekamp le
MINSTER - The Minster swim team is set to begin the winter campaign with 11 athletes ready to make an impact in the water in the coming months.
NEW BREMEN - Veteran New Bremen swim coach Cresta Ritter will be looking for her experienced swimmers to guide the girls and boys teams into the post season tournaments this winter.
ST. MARYS - With several state-qualifying swimmers returning this season, St. Marys will look to contend in the Western Buckeye League and send another contingent to Canton at the end of the season.
CELINA - After finishing second the past two seasons, Celina looks to move to the top of the Western Buckeye League wrestling leaderboard this season.
COLDWATER - As Aaron Alig starts his third year as head wrestling coach for his alma mater of Coldwater, he will have an experienced team once football wraps up and he gets his full team in.
ROCKFORD - Parkway will have a youthful wrestling team for the 2021-22 season with just one senior to go with six freshmen and five sophomores.
Senior Parker Mihm (27-11 last season) was a district alternate last season after finishing fifth at the sectional at 138 pounds.
ST. MARYS - After winning the Western Buckeye League wrestling championship the past two seasons, St. Marys is in good position to try for a three-peat this year.
CELINA - The Celina boys team brings back three senior starters as it tries to move up the standings in the Western Buckeye League.
Kaleb Fishbaugh
COLDWATER - Coldwater brings back last year's Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year on both teams, Keaton Bruns for the boys and Jasmine Schulze for the girls, as it looks to build on wins in last year's inaugural MAC bowling tournament.
FORT RECOVERY - The Indians girls' team returns an individual state qualifier and three other seniors as it looks to improve on last year's .500 season.
MARIA STEIN - After finishing seventh in the MAC in 2020-21, the Marion Local boys bowling team brings back five letterwinners and will look for improvement from their experience.
MINSTER - The Minster boys narrowly missed a district spot in 2020-21 and are gearing up for another run at it with three starting spots to fill.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen bowling teams will be young this season as head coach Brian Alig looks to continue building the program.
The boys' squad finished fourth in the MAC bowling tournament and third overall last season.
ROCKFORD - After finishing Midwest Athletic Conference play last season seventh in the girls and eighth in the boys standings, Parkway will look to improve this season.
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry bowling team returns six letterwinners, including five seniors, and boasts about as much experience as any Midwest Athletic Conference team in 2021-22.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys boys and girls bowling teams will look to maintain their presence as a power in the Western Buckeye League this season whil
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