By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - For buddies Kory Hoffhines and Eric Thobe, the cheery masterminds behind what has become known as the Betty Lane Light Show, the Christmas season has indeed become the most wonderful time of the year.
But then again, Christmas is almost always on their minds as they spend much of the year thinking of ways to one-up the previous holiday season's extravaganza. [More]
Obituaries on November 29th, 2021
Charles Edward "Charlie" Grieshop, age 79, of Mendon, passed away Saturday morn [More]
Donald J. "Don" Baker, 81, of rural Spencerville, passed away peacefully at 8:4 [More]
James "Jim" A. Neiberg, 52, of St. Marys, OH died 11:22 a.m. Wednesday November 24, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, following a brief illness. [More]
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Next Stop: Canton
LIMA - When describing quarterback Peyton Otte, Marion Local head football coach Tim Goodwin needed just one word: special.
The Flyer defense fits that description as well.
Next Stop: Canton
PIQUA - Coldwater got a pick-six on West Jefferson's first drive and shut down the Roughriders' vaunted passing game on the way to a 35-13 win in the Division VI state semifinal at Alexander Stadium on Saturday.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Austin Parks scored 19 points as St. Marys opened its boys basketball season with a 58-24 win over New Knoxville at Ranger Gymnasium on Saturday night.
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Celina couple decks the halls despite illness, setbacks
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - For years, Shawn and Jennifer Burk have dreamed of transforming their home at 516 N. Sugar Street into a winter wonderland and a stopping place for people to enjoy.
Shawn Burk's cancer diagnosis eight years ago and obstacles arising from the illness haven't stopped the couple. [More]
Obituaries on November 27th, 2021
Ned A. Springer, 75 passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 1:46 a.m. at Van Wert Health. [More]
Gloria Irene VanTilburg, age 93, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021 and reunited with her life partner Meredith. [More]
Sharon Kay Wood, long time resident of Joplin, Missouri passed away peacefully [More]
Jim Neiberg, 52 died Nov. 24, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
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Wayne K. Detling, 82, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021, at Hospice of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. [More]
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New Bremen opens season with big victory
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen boys basketball coach Cory Stephens said he wanted his team to get out and run.
In the 2021-22 season lidlifter, the Cardinals did just that, pulling away to defeat Ottoville 62-43 on Friday night at the Nest.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry didn't sink a shot from the field for the first 7:42 in the first quarter, and the slow start proved too much to overcome.
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Parkway held Waynesfield Goshen to 16% shooting from the field and 19 points in a 56-19 boys basketball win to open the season on Friday.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine shared his judicial philosophy with Celina Rotarians this week, saying justices should act like umpires calling balls and strikes within the rules of an existing system, not make law.
DeWine, a Republican and one of seven Ohio Supreme Court justices, detailed how the state's high court operates as part of ongoing outreach to inform the electorate. He also discussed his approach to ruling on cases that come before the Supreme Court. [More]
Obituaries on November 26th, 2021
Richard "Dick" A. Powell, age 75, of Celina, passed away at Gardens at Celina, on November 23, 2021 at 9:47 pm. [More]
Ellen Jane Dammeyer, 93, of rural St. Marys, OH died 7:20 a.m. Tuesday November 23, 2021 at Elmwood of New Bremen. [More]
Herman Joseph Thobe, age 83, formerly of St. Rt. 48, Houston, passed away peace [More]
Paula L. Short, 64, Coldwater, died Nov. 24, 2021, at St. Vincent Medical Cente [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials in a news release Wednesday reported 121 new cases of COVID-19 during the past week, raising the county's cumulative number of cases to 5,605.
St. Henry shop welcomes all coffee lovers
ST. HENRY-A new coffee shop opened Nov. 9, and is already making a name for itself as the only gourmet coffee shop in St. Henry, according to its proprietors.
State Semifinals Preview
After plowing through the regional finals, Coldwater faces a familiar foe in the Division VI state semifinals.
The Cavaliers faced West Jefferson i
State Semifinals Preview
Marion Local is used to practicing on Thanksgiving week.
Saturday, they hope to continue feasting in the postseason as the Flyers play in the Division VII state semifinals at Lima's Spartan Stadium.
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - District treasurer Jenn McCoy on Tuesday said with state funding still expected to remain largely flat, the district must look into other possible sources of revenue and continue finding ways to cut spending where possible.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Country stars Collin Raye, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin, along with special guest Colt Ford, will bring the Roots & Boots tour to the Mercer County Fair on Aug. 12.
The fair also will host Grammy Award-winning Christian group For King and Country and special guest Gable Price and Friends on Aug. 13, fair manager Cara Muhlenkamp confirmed Tuesday. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - Celina had its shot to get close to Minster early in the third quarter, but the Wildcats found that extra gear to pull away.
The Wildcats went on a 22-5 run to end the third quarter and handed the Bulldogs a loss in their season opener with a 53-36 decision at the Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. The win moves Minster to 2-1. [More]
Obituaries on November 24th, 2021
Phyllis Boroff, age 66, of Celina, passed away at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio on November 22, 2021 at 10:55 am. [More]
Elmer Alphonse Rutschilling, age 95, of Reed Road, Yorkshire, passed away of na [More]
Joan (White) Fortman, 81, formerly of St. Marys, OH died Sunday November 21, 20 [More]
Ellen Dammeyer, 93, of rural St. Marys, OH died Tuesday at Elmwood of New Breme [More]
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CELINA - The contract for work on the first of three phases of the Mercer Wildlife Area Project - a project enabled by a roughly $1.7 million H2Ohio grant - was awarded Tuesday to Kahlig Dozing and Excavating, Fort Recovery.
NEW BREMEN - A&M Cold Storage and Trailer Leasing has broken ground for a new facility at Bunker Hill Industrial Park in New Bremen.
The 10,000-square-foot building is going up at 715 Streine Drive, according to a news release from the business. The business expects to employ between 15-20 people.
MINSTER - Village council members at their Tuesday meeting approved a resolution to switch employee insurance coverage to a new provider after shopping around for a better deal.
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths and 87 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Thursday, according to a Tuesday Auglaize County Health Department news release.
CELINA - An Arcadia company on Tuesday was selected to undertake the Mercer County Courthouse elevator modernization project.
County commissioners,
COLDWATER - Village council members this week gave second reading of an ordinance that would redistrict the town's four wards.
Village administrato
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday gave first reading of an ordinance setting a preliminary 2022 budget.
Village administrator Brent Richter didn't know the total at the time of printing or if the proposed budget would be an increase or decrease from this year's budget.
CELINA - Fanning Howey will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new design studio in downtown Celina.
The event is set
Mercer County's unemployment rate for October improved to 2.8%, down from September's rate of 3.1%.
However, the county dropped from its status as
VERSAILLES - On a night when Fort Recovery's offense was struggling, an early deficit proved too much to overcome.
The Indians trailed by two at the end of the first, by seven at the half and couldn't overtake Versailles in the second half on the way to a 47-39 loss at Tiger Gymnasium on Friday.
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The St. Henry girls basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start in a 41-26 season-opening loss to Wapakoneta at Redskin Gymnasium on Tuesday.
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