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ST. MARYS - A folk art painting depicting a wagon accident in the early days of St. Marys is getting an upgrade.
The Auglaize County Historical Society is conserving the painting that was made some time after the Civil War.
The historical society during the pandemic arranged for a conservation expert to review its collection of artifacts and buildings. The expert also issued recommendations for best practices. [More]
Marion clinches share of MAC crown with big win over Coldwater
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - What looked to be a clash of two of the best teams in the Midwest Athletic Conference turned into a Marion Local coronation.
The Flyers jumped out to a 14-point lead and never let up in a 56-44 boys basketball victory over Coldwater at the Palace on Friday, and with Delphos St. John's loss to St. Henry, Marion clinched at least a share of the MAC title for the second straight year. [More]
Obituaries on February 4th, 2023
Kenneth E. Slorp, 87, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on February 1, 2023 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Albert Leo Kramer, age 85, of Grandview Heights, died on Saturday January 14, 2023. [More]
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WASHINGTON- A Celina woman who along with her husband was charged with participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has changed course and now seeks legal representation.
CELINA - A 27-year-old woman charged with multiple counts of theft from an elderly person and other crimes made her initial appearance in Celina Municipal Court on Friday.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week signed off on several expense requests from the sheriff's office, including one for a $110,634 software package to extract data from electronic devices.
CELINA - One issue has been a constant this season for the Celina boys basketball team: cold spells.
Friday night against state-ranked Defiance, t
ROCKFORD - The game was tight after one half.
Then New Bremen tightened up its defense against Parkway.
The Cardinals captured their seventh straight victory via a 50-38 result Friday night, using a 27-17 run to take control from a two-point halftime advantage.
MINSTER - Fort Recovery took control of the game in the second quarter and never gave it up on its way to a 58-47 Midwest Athletic Conference victory at Minster Friday night.
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The St. Henry boys basketball team outdueled Delphos St. John's in the fourth quarter to pull off a 53-51 upset win of its Midwest Athletic Conference rival at Redskin Gymnasium on Friday.
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By Leslie Gartrell
School districts in Mercer and Auglaize counties are set to receive a combined $1.56 million in funding through Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's K-12 School Safety Grant Program.
Six school districts in Mercer County will receive a total of $875,000 in funding, while three school districts and the educational service center in Auglaize County will receive a total of $694,200. [More]
Marion suffers first MAC loss in OT
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - After locking up at least a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title last week, Marion Local just needed to beat Coldwater Thursday for an outright championship.
The Cavaliers had other ideas.
Coldwater beat Marion at its own game, outlasting the Flyers 32-26 in a physical, defensive contest and winning in overtime for the second time this week. [More]
Obituaries on February 3rd, 2023
Frederick J. (Fred) Dorsten, Jr. (79) of Columbus, Ohio passed away on January 11, 2023 at the James Cancer Hospital. [More]
Kevin "Hog" Paul Brunswick, age 61, formerly of Coldwater, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. [More]
Wayne A. Hemmelgarn, age 54, of Carthagena, died peacefully surrounded by family, on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at his home. [More]
Beverly Ann Westerfield, 70 of Celina, Ohio passed away at home on Monday, January 30th at home surrounded by her husband and children. [More]
June E. Thurston, 80, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on February 1, 2023 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - Celina City Council is poised for a shakeup as veteran Democrat member June Scott is not seeking another term in office and Republican Mike Sovinski contemplates a run as an independent in the November general election.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County commissioners will disburse $1.05 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to cities and villages.
Commissioners this
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week agreed to release over $600,0000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to the village of Fort Recovery and Mercer County Emergency Medical Services.
CELINA - Mercer County Sheriff's Office staff met with the family of 79-year-old Robert Hageman Thursday morning as their search for the missing Beavercreek man continued into its third day.
NEW BREMEN - The loud cheers emanating from the locker room had little to do with Parkway surviving with a tough win at New Bremen on Thursday night.
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St. Marys wrapped up at least a share of the Western Buckeye League regular season wrestling title after defeating Elida 60-16 on Thursday night at Grand Lake Health System Court.
Colorful murals depict area's rich history
Communities in Mercer and Auglaize counties are home to many hidden gems, including not only boutiques, restaurants and entertainment, but also outdoor murals.
Tourism activity in Mercer and Auglaize counties continues tostrengthen after the pandemic put a damper on travel and recreation.
Last year was an excellent year for tourism, according to Donna Grube, director of the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Center.
Nitro Roofing & Construction doing 'dynamite' business
NEW KNOXVILLE - A roofing company launched by a New Bremen man more than 15 years ago continues to grow under the direction of his wife and three sons.
Cargill expands
SIDNEY - The Sidney Cargill plant will soon have the largest soybean extractor in North America as part of a more than $225 million expansion.
Carg
Unique parks are perks
Across Mercer and Auglaize counties, residents and visitors alike can find numerous unique parks and playgrounds offering fun and educational activities.
Libraries offer classes
Libraries are no longer for just checking out books, area professionals agree.
A mainstay in many communities now act as an activity center offering craft projects, professional development seminars and family programs.
Now senior living
CARTHAGENA - On a cold, grey winter morning at St. Charles, warmth, laughter and goodwill radiates within the dinning room.
Lay residents, priests
By Gary R. Rasberry
  COLDWATER - A trio of Coldwater student-athletes made their college commitments on Wednesday.
Two-time All-Ohio bowler Jasmine Schulze will head to Fairborn to bowl for a Wright State program that is in its first year of NCAA Division I competition. [More]
By Tom Haines
ROCKFORD - Parkway standout Eddie Nichols signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to continue his football career at Walsh University.
Nichols, who earned All-Midwest Athletic Conference honors on both sides of the ball while at Parkway, chose Walsh over fellow Division II schools Tiffin and Findlay and will play linebacker for the Cavaliers next fall. [More]
Obituaries on February 2nd, 2023
Thomas W. Hughes, 69, of Celina, OH died 5:49 a.m. Monday January 30, 2023 at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, OH. [More]
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Area teen embraces America's truly original music
CELINA - High school senior Jaydon Harting will lend his saxophone chops to the All-State Jazz Ensemble at a performance in Columbus on Saturday.
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CELINA - Search parties on Wednesday continued to look for a 79-year-old endangered Beavercreek man whose vehicle was found near the Overdrive venue on Tuesday.
GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP - A Piqua man died early Wednesday morning after his vehicle struck a semitrailer on U.S. Route 127.
Kevin Brunswick, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.
One hundred seasons ago, the St. Henry boys' basketball program laced up for the first time in school history against Coldwater. Although the results
Celina and Parkway will hold their induction ceremonies for their athletic halls of fame on Saturday. Celina hosts Bryan for a 4 p.m. JV start with the ceremony taking place immediately following the JV game while Parkway will do likewise after its 6 p.m. JV game with South Adams.
Beavercreek man, 79, was reported missing Monday
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A 79-year-old endangered Beavercreek man remained missing on Tuesday night as temperatures dropped below 20 degrees.
Robert Hageman, who has dementia, was initially reported missing at 8:08 p.m. Monday to the Beavercreek Police Department, according to Mercer County Sheriff's Office Capt. Megan Baker. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - After months of second guessing, Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday finally pulled the trigger on a nearly $3 million agriculture center.
They also moved to foot the entire bill with American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Commissioners unanimously voted to award Westerheide Construction of Sidney a $2.9 million contract. They did not have a timeline but said under favorable conditions the center could be completed by the the end of the year. [More]
St. Henry comes back to defeat St. Marys
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. HENRY - Trailing St. Marys 28-20 with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter, St. Henry looked to battle back, something that at times the Redskins have struggled with this season.
The Redskins began to claw back in the fourth quarter, getting the lead for good with 2:06 remaining in regulation and then holding on for a 44-42 win over the Roughriders on Tuesday night at Redskin Gymnasium. [More]
Obituaries on February 1st, 2023
Robert "Bob" L. Stachler, 84, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima. [More]
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Area woman charged with entering Capitol during Jan. 6 attack
TOLEDO - A Celina woman charged with participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has filed a $25 million lawsuit against Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Auditor Janet Schuler was given a $50 fine after she pleaded guilty to a minor misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in a plea agreement in Auglaize County Municipal Court on Tuesday.
MENDON - Barb Hamilton at Tuesday night's village council meeting announced she's stepping down as head of the Mendon Festival Of Trees and Christmas Walk.
NEW BREMEN (AP) - In a former hotel here in rural, western Ohio is a museum offering more than two centuries of bicycle history, from early high-wheelers to candy-hued 1960s Sting Rays.
COLDWATER - After overcoming a slow start, Coldwater couldn't finish off Shawnee in regulation, but overtime was all Cavaliers.
Coldwater allowed just one point in the extra period in a 54-44 girls basketball win at the Palace on Tuesday.
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The Celina girls basketball team faded in the second half on the way to a 56-27 loss to Crestview in Convoy on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs got buckets from five different players in the second quarter to stay even by halftime, but scored just seven points the rest of the way.
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