By William Kincaid
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday morning executed a search warrant at 5452 Wilson Drive in Behm's Landing on the south side of Grand Lake.
The operation was carried out in part with assistance from two deputies and two detectives with the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. Both federal and state investigations appear to be ongoing, according to a preliminary, incomplete and heavily redacted incident report from the sheriff's office. [More]
By Hank Nuwer
CELINA - An old white oak tree off of Wild Cherry Street is set to be removed due to its proximity to phase 1 of the Celina City Schools expansion project.
Its location on city property is in the middle of the path of the approved pre-K-sixth grade Celina Intermediate School expansion, part of the overall $126.8 million project. [More]
Obituaries on September 29th, 2022
Ishmael Miracle Bellu, the 14-month-old son Carton & Evelynn (Labout) Bellu die [More]
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Fragrance can evoke multitude of memories
What could be more fascinating to a brain than to perceive a fragrance?
Humans have about 300 active olfactory receptor genes devoted to detecting thousands of different fragrance molecules, playing an important role in the physiological effects of mood, stress and working capacity.
Mercer surgeons training on system
COLDWATER - Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital board of governors during their Wednesday evening meeting got a closer look at the new da Vinci Xi surgical robot.
COLDWATER - Village council members this week authorized village administrator/engineer Eric Thomas to apply for $470,000 in state funds to reconstruct and repave streets in 2023.
MENDON - Village council members this week authorized project manager Craig Knapke of Access Engineering to apply for $116,500 in grants through Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for water service line upgrades.
West Bank Stories
The Celina Democrat, a former city publication, published a story Aug. 29, 1913, that sounds awfully fishy.
The Indiana Brewery went out of business and dumped 1,916 barrels of beer into a sewer pipe running into the river.
Lonsway, Thwaits finish successful 2022 MiLB campaigns
As Major League Baseball starts to wrap up the regular season, the minor league season is completed and players are in the process of figuring out what to do over the offseason.
The Weekly High School Football Preview Section
  The 2021 football season was a season of lessons for the Minster football team under the first-year guidance of Seth Whiting.
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Computer Points Insight
Wapakoneta, St. Marys and Van Wert are still the three Western Buckeye League teams assured of playing in the postseason, while Fort Recovery joins five other Midwest Athletic Conference teams (Coldwater, Marion Local, Versailles, New Bremen and Minster) that will also be in the playoffs.
CELINA vs. OTTAWA-GLANDORFTitan Stadium, Ottawa
Last Season: Landen Jordan passed for 217 yards and five touchdowns as the Titans shut out Celina 42-0 at Celina Stadium. The Bulldogs were held to just 144 yards of total offense.
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Hunter Schaefer, RB/K New Bremen
13 carries for 190 yards, five touchdowns and five PATs for 35 total points in the Cardinals' 41-13 win over Fort Recovery.
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Details are sketchy on Homeland Security raid
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security alongside other law enforcement agencies conducted an operation in Behm's Landing on the south side of Grand Lake on Tuesday morning, according to multiple sources.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey on Tuesday afternoon said his office assisted Homeland Security earlier in the day. He declined to offer any specific details about the investigation. [More]
Celina wins five-set marathon over Coldwater
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - The fans that packed into the Celina Intermediate School gymnasium on Tuesday for the Coldwater-Celina volleyball match were not short-changed when it came to action, though the fans, coaches and players of Coldwater left unhappy.
The Ca [More]
Obituaries on September 28th, 2022
Mary Jane Steinke, 87, of Botkins, died Sunday evening, Sept. 25, 2022, in Miami County. [More]
Judith A. Grieshop age 69 of Osgood, Ohio, at 4:40 PM on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - A 40-year-old Celina man was arrested Tuesday on multiple sex offense charges involving victims under the age of 13.
Shane B. Chilcoat was apprehended on 19 counts by Celina police officers at 812 Pro Drive, according to a news release from the Celina Police Department.
ST. HENRY - Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 127 and State Route 119 on Tuesday evening.
Chickasaw Fire Chief Mark Seitz said the department received a call reporting a two-vehicle accident at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday.
ST. HENRY - Village council members at their regular meeting this week heard first reading of an ordinance to grant a 10-year, 100% tax abatement to Cooper Farms.
MINSTER - Minster Oktoberfest will have a new beer garden and more music this year as officials change up the event's offerings.
"We are very landlocked in our festival. We don't have a lot of room to try new things because of where our festival is," festival co-president Sue Brandewie said.
CELINA - Another step forward in wetland remediation and improved Grand Lake water quality began Tuesday after Kahlig Dozing and Excavating Services, Fort Recovery, was awarded a contract for the second phase of the Mercer Wildlife Area wetland project.
ST. MARYS - An early miscue and struggles in the final third proved too much to overcome for St. Marys on Tuesday.
Kenton got on the board less tha
Division II Girls Golf Sectional
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Midwest Athletic Conference showed its dominance as Moose Landing in Ottawa played host to the Division II girls golf sectional tournament on Tuesday.
Area Roundup
Compiled By Tom Haines
The Marion Local volleyball team won its sixth straight match with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-15 sweep of St. Marys at the Hangar on Tuesday.
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - City council members during their regular Monday meeting heard first reading of an ordinance to purchase the former Ohio Army National Guard Armory building.
City Public Service and Safety director Greg Foxhoven said the National Guard left the armory in 2020 and relocated to Lima. The building has since sat empty. [More]
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CELINA - City officials, eyeing a slew of infrastructure projects next year, will seek multiple quotes in the coming weeks to lock in contract prices amid rising inflationary pressure.
CELINA - A retired Celina police officer faces no jail time after pleading guilty to using a law enforcement database to identify a person he believed was a friend of his wife.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday discussed preventive measures to keep geese out of the wastewater treatment plant.
"I am going to h
Celina can't match aggressiveness of WBL-leading O-G
CELINA - Celina took the fight to Ottawa-Glandorf for the first two minutes of the match, but from there on out, it was the Titans bringing the pressure.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Parkway bounced back from Thursday's loss to Coldwater with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-14 win over Lima Central Catholic on Monday night at Herr Gymnasium in Lima.
Coldwater girls win third straight conference title; St. John's wins boys title
By Gary R. Rasberry
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Saturday brought together a winner-take-all scenario for both the boys and girls golf championships at the Midwest Athletic Conference tournaments.
In the girls' division, Coldwater, Minster and Versailles entered the day having shared the regular season title with matching 7-1 records. On the boys' side, Minster, Coldwater and Delphos St. John's all finished 8-1 in league matches. [More]
Obituaries on September 26th, 2022
Wilma D. Everman, age 90, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died Sunday September 25, 2022 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay Care Center. [More]
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It was great running weather for 152 finishers
CELINA - Hiroki Tokunaga of Fort Wayne won the 2022 Grand Lake half-marathon on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 1:22:09.6.
Hiroki, 26, beat Lima's Phillip Kallenberg by a full minute, coming in nearly 10 minutes ahead of his personal best set a year ago.
Have you heard the joke about school bus drivers?
They are paranoid. They think people are talking behind their backs.
What is no joke is that schools lack bus drivers.
ROSSBURG - Tyler Courtney continued his mastery of Eldora Speedway, while Chris Windom and Logan Seavey made it back-to-back Four Crown Nationals win
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Henry snapped Celina's six-match winning streak as the Redskins won a hard-fought 26-24, 25-21, 28-26 volleyball contest on Saturday at the Intermediate School.
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