By Bob Tomaszewski
WAPAKONETA - A grand jury indicted Christine Ann Steinke, 48. a former Wapakoneta utilities office clerk, Thursday on 15 felony charges related to the alleged theft of around $150,000 from the city of Wapakoneta, according to a news release from the Ohio Attorney General's Office. [More]
Coldwater's offense struggles as Kenton hangs on for win
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - The third quarter was not kind to Coldwater.
The Cavalier offense went flat as Kenton matched its first half scoring output in the third quarter alone and looked poised to make it a rough evening for the homestanding Cavs.
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A fourth-quarter comeback allowed Coldwater to get back to within two points, but Kenton hit free throws down the stretch to get the 50-45 win at on Friday night at the Palace. [More]
Obituaries on December 3rd, 2022
Wayne L. Wilson, 76, of Saint Marys and Parrish, Florida, died 12:40 P.M. Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
James W. Zimmerman, Jr., died 6:00 a.m. Sunday November 27, 2022 at Grande Lake Healthcare Center. [More]
David L. Gause, 76, of Rockford passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022 at his residence after a short battle with cancer. [More]
Donald A. Gehret, 74, Troy, died Dec. 1, 2022, in Beavercreek.
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Rene' A. Hammond, age 56, of New Knoxville, died on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 9:51 A.M. at her residence after a tough-fought battle with illness. [More]
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CELINA - Celina school officials have overhauled the district's literacy program, fundamentally changing the way teachers instruct and students learn how to read and write.
CELINA - Celina City Schools has been awarded a $200,000 state grant to accelerate literacy, particularly among vulnerable student populations.
The
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It's an age-old story. An old-timer retires, reconsiders and steps back into the arena. Tom Brady, 45, shed his cleats after 22 years last January. That retirement lasted 40 days.
ST. HENRY - The shots were not falling for St. Henry in the first quarter Friday night.
They were after that.
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Minster pulled away over the final three quarters to open its boys basketball season with a 56-34 win over Houston in a battle of Wildcats on Friday night in Shelby County.
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December is a tranquil time for many fly fishermen. They sit at their workbench with magnifiers perched on nose tips, a cam vise before them, as they pull beads, feathers, and foam out of containers to create small works of art-otherwise known as dry flies and wet flies.
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Kids, parents have new place to meet, play
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - Parents and their children can now work hard and play harder thanks to a new indoor play studio opening tonight during Midnight Gladness.
Wild Soul Play Studio owners Macy Gehle-Gibbons, 24, and Dylan Gibbons, 26, are excited yet nervous to share the studio with local parents and kiddos. [More]
St. Marys opens wrestling season with win over Celina
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - The Western Buckeye League wrestling title is not won or lost on the first night of the season.
But St. Marys took a big step in its mission for a fourth straight league crown, dominating the middleweights and lighter heavyweights for a 44-24 win over Celina on Thursday night at Celina High School in the season lidlifter for both teams. [More]
Obituaries on December 2nd, 2022
Beth Hinker age 69 of Minster, Ohio died Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Joint Township Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Dorothy B. Nonnamaker, 90, passed away November 30, 2022 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. [More]
Ronald L. Miars, 72, of St. Marys, died 11:32 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima. [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners will rule on a petition to annex parts of the the West Bank Road area into Celina following action taken at this week's regular city council meeting.
COLDWATER - Village residents will have a dedicated space for their pups to play sometime next year thanks to funding from an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant.
CELINA - The official canvas shows that 61.25% of 29,556 registered voters in Mercer County cast ballots in the Nov. 8 general election.
In compari
MINSTER - Three minutes in the third quarter allowed Minster to gain some separation, and the Wildcats made enough plays in the fourth to hold on.
ST. MARYS - Sometimes, there's living by the three and dying by the three. 
St. Marys was living and thriving from long range Thursday night.
Th
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New Bremen bounced back after a third-quarter surge from Fort Recovery, regrouping in the fourth for a 45-39 victory in the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball opener at the Nest on Thursday.
ROCKFORD - The University of Northwestern Ohio picked up a trio of Parkway Panthers for its athletic programs on Thursday.
Roman Leszinske signed
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A 30-year-old Celina man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for the methamphetamine intoxication death of a Montezuma toddler.
Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham handed down the consecutive sentences totallin [More]
Obituaries on December 1st, 2022
Roger Dean "Hoggie" Shrader, age 72, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on November 23, 2022. [More]
Iva Lou C. Bergman, age 92, of New Bremen, peacefully passed away at 6:58 A.M. in her home surrounded by her children on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. [More]
John W. "Jack" Handwerker, 83, of Celina, Ohio went to be with the Lord, passing away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. [More]
Marjorie M. Wehrman, age 84 of Minster, Ohio, died on November 30, 2022 at her home in Minster, Ohio. [More]
Terry L. Sullinger, age 74, of Mendon, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, in the Emergency Department at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. [More]
Robert H. Griesdorn, 84, of St. Marys, died 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at his residence. [More]
Donald J. Livingston, age 60, of Coldwater passed away peacefully in Coldwater, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. [More]
Marie Ann Campbell, 65, of Frederick, Maryland passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday November 24, 2022 at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, OH. [More]
Deborah Kay Marley, 64, St. Marys, died at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 26, 2022, at Lima Mem [More]
Thomas Anthony Eilerman Sr., age 82, of Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence Tuesday morning, November 29, 2022. [More]
Douglas A. Braun, age 66, of Celina, died on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at his home in Celina. [More]
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COLDWATER - Telltale signs of the start of the holiday season typically include twinkling lights, festive music and evergreen wreaths on the front door.
ROCKFORD - The operators of Heartland Dairy Holdings LLC are asking the Ohio Department of Agriculture to renew their permit to operate for another five years.
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December rolled around way too fast for me. Traditionally, the 12th month is when I examine last January's goals, ambitions and resolutions. This yea
Cardinals meet familiar foe in final
For the second time in three years, New Bremen and Warren John F. Kennedy are set to meet in the Division VII state football championship game.
The
Flyers meet familiar foe in final
Marion Local is set to renew a rivalry in the Division VI state championship game.
The Flyers take on Kirtland at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the fourth meeting of teams that only face off in state title games.
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Division II - 7 p.m.
Akron Hoban (14-1) vs. Toledo Central Catholic (14-1)
Friday
Division V - 10:30 a.m.
Group working to offer shelter against the cold
By Bob Tomaszewski
MERCER COUNTY-Being homeless is hard under any circumstances, let alone when temperatures dip into the 20s at night and the razor-edged wind off the lake cuts to the bone.
Organizations in Mercer and Auglaize counties offer assistance, but organizers say they are swamped while homelessness persists. [More]
Marion's defense stifles Versailles down the stretch
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - In the first eight minutes, Marion Local gave up 13 points.
Over the next 22 minutes, the Flyers allowed 12.
Marion tightened up its defense, consistently got to the foul line and continued to show growth on offense in a 46-36 win over Versailles in the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball opener at the Hanger on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on November 30th, 2022
Donald H. Schmitmeyer age 88 of Minster, Ohio passed peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2022 at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen. [More]
Mark A. Triplett, 58, formerly of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly November 24, 2022 at his residence in Dublin, OH. [More]
Michael "Joe" Mabry, 60, of St. Marys, died suddenly at 8:52 A.M. Tuesday, Nove [More]
Gary Siefring, age 58, of Philothea, died on Monday, November 28, 2022, at the family farm. [More]
Jim Zimmerman, St. Marys, died Nov. 27, 2022, at Grand Lake Healthcare Center, [More]
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CELINA - City officials insist they have no intention of obtaining military items such as "less lethal launches."
Still, they must outline all ite
CELINA - Councilman Mike Sovinski bemoaned the lack of trees in Celina at a committee meeting this week, saying the city government once furnished and planted trees at the request of any resident.
CELINA - A rollover crash on State Route 703 Monday resulted in a serious injury.
On Monday at 12:41 p.m. in the 8000 block of State Route 703, a
CELINA-The Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities met in executive session on Monday to discuss the upcoming contract renewal of superintendent Shawn Thieman.
CELINA - A Ferguson distribution center employee was injured on Monday after he became pinned by a pallet, according to a Mercer County Sheriff's Office news release on Tuesday.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Save for the first few minutes of the first and second halves, New Knoxville played Wapakoneta fairly even.
The Redskins held the
NEW BREMEN - Coming off a 20-5 campaign last season, the Covington Lady Buccs came into New Bremen Tuesday night already 4-0 for the 2022-23 season.
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Parkway pulled away from Crestview in the second quarter and never looked back as the Panthers improved to 3-0 with a 54-33 win over Crestview in Tuesday night girls basketball action at Panther Gymnasium in Rockford.
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