By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - Mercer County Community Hospital surpassed surge capacity as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked to their highest levels since the pandemic began two years ago.
Longterm care facilities across the state hit with staffing shortages and high patient volume also are having problems admitting patients, officials reported during Wednesday's joint hospital board of governors meeting. [More]
Obituaries on January 27th, 2022
Dennis D. Mallory, age 81, of Celina passed away at 1:27 am on January 25, 2022, at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Bobbi Sue Wallace, 67, of St. Marys Twp. in Auglaize Co., OH received her angel wings at 4:15 a.m. Saturday January 22, 2022 at her residence. [More]
Kurt T. Schwieterman, age 30, of St. Sebastian, Ohio, died on Wednesday, Januar [More]
Elaine Ann Grube, 69, Fort Recovery, died Jan. 26 in Fort Recovery.
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Paul "Bunyon" Gibson, 70, St. Marys, died Jan. 18 in Union City, Tennessee.
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Robin G. Richardson, 62, of Spencerville, died at 12:31 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2022, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, after a month-long illness. [More]
Duane L. Miller, age 89, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
John Richard VanDeMark, 69 years of age died suddenly January 23 in Snowmass, C [More]
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CHICKASAW - Chickasaw Village Council on Wednesday recommended county commissioners accept a $1.74 million bid from Shinn Brothers, Celina, for the northside infrastructure improvement project.
Lake Campus students learn about court system
CELINA - Unfortunately, people sometimes get their first glimpse inside the courtroom at Mercer County Common Pleas Court when they have a brush with the law.
Outbreaks reported at local long-term care facilities
CELINA - Six Mercer County residents have died and 690 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county since last week, according to a county health department news release Wednesday.
Cardinals, Tigers vie for sole MAC lead
Through the first part of the season, New Bremen has shown that last season's run to the boys basketball regional final was not an anomaly.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Like countless others, the man behind Groamy's CD's and Tapes in Lima took to social media to share his memories of rockstar Meat Loaf after learning of his passing on Thursday.
Gene "Groamy" Frueh met Meat Loaf after a show at The Car [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew K. Fox, a Republican, on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the county common pleas judge position for the 2022 election cycle.
Long serving county common pleas judge Jeffrey R. Ingraham, a Democrat who has sat on the bench since 1991, cannot seek another term due to age limits set in the Ohio Constitution. [More]
Top-ranked Fort Loramie edges New Knoxville
By Gary R. Rasberry
NEW KNOXVILLE - If there was anything that New Knoxville girls basketball coach Tim Hegemier took from his team's game against Fort Loramie, it's that he knows that they can play right with the defending Division IV state champs.
Which, considering the two might meet again in the postseason, is a big deal. [More]
Obituaries on January 26th, 2022
Robin G. "Rob" Richardson, 62, of Spencerville, passed away at 12:31 PM Monday, [More]
Berniece F. Braun, age 92, of Celina, passed away on January 24, 2022 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Sister Jeannine Kloeker, 81, died peacefully on January 23 at Maria Joseph Center in Dayton. [More]
Edith "Odell" (Beasley) Arnold, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great gra [More]
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CELINA - Six Mercer County fire departments will receive almost $143,000 in Multi-Agency Radio Communications Systems grants, according to a news release from Gov. Mike DeWine's office.
CELINA - Tests on water at the Prairie Creek and Coldwater Creek treatment trains in 2021 again showed significant reductions in phosphorus and nitrogen.
MENDON - A village resident has voiced interest in raising funds to build a splash pad and boys and girls clubhouse at the village park.
Mayor John Siano during Monday's village council meeting said the resident would like to raise funds and seek grant money to fund the park amenities.
ST. HENRY - A group of local investors may purchase 38 lots from The Beckman and Gast Co. for residential development.
Village administrator Stan S
Mercer County's unemployment rate for December improved slightly to 2.1%, down from November's rate of 2.2%.
The county also improved its status from third lowest for joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties to second lowest, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
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New Bremen trailed 10-0 heading into the second quarter, but rallied with 49 second-half points for a 61-51 girls basketball win over Houston at the Nest on Thursday.
MINSTER - Coming off losses to two state-ranked opponents, Minster got another chance to prove it could beat a good team.
The Wildcats started fast
By Leslie Gartrell
ROCKFORD - Applause and a call for a celebratory beer rang out of the Parkway Local Schools' community room after school board members during their Monday meeting approved a new three-year contract with teachers after nine months of negotiating.
The new three-year contract with teachers will begin July 1, 2021, and expire June 30, 2024, superintendent Jeanne Osterfeld said. Teachers will receive 3%, 2.5% and 2% raises each year. [More]
By William Kincaid
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - A driver on Sunday afternoon reportedly lost control of a sport utility vehicle and ended up striking an airplane hangar at Lakefield Airport at 6177 State Route 219, Celina.
The driver reportedly did not suffer injuries but the hangar was badly damaged, leaving two antique airplanes under restoration trapped inside, an airport official said Monday. [More]
Obituaries on January 25th, 2022
Louise Ann "Lou Ann" Knoth, 88, of Coldwater, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Ralph J. Meyer, age 83, of Coldwater, Ohio, died Monday, January 24, 2022, at Gardens of St. Henry. [More]
Ellen Catherine Kramer, 93, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother p [More]
Iris D. Bolen, age 91, formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Elmwood Assisted Living Center in New Bremen, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - City officials on Monday night outlined plans to spend $180,000 to reroute a storm line and extend a sanitary storm line across U.S. 127 to accommodate ongoing development along West Bank Road.
ST. MARYS - City council members at their regular meeting Monday agreed to create a Design Review Board that will oversee the protection of historical downtown buildings.
WAPAKONETA - Five new deaths and 239 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Thursday, raising the county's cumulative death toll to 97 and cumulative number of cases to 6,988 since the pandemic began.
$1.54 million project planned in New Bremen
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday passed an emergency ordinance awarding PAB Construction, Coldwater, the Jefferson Street reconstruction project contract.
COLDWATER -Village council members on Monday learned cases of unemployment fraud have again been reported in the village.
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Edison State's women's basketball team improved to 17-0 on the season after a 96-72 win over Bryant & Stratton (Ohio) in an Ohio Community College At
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Allen East outscored Celina 15-3 in the second quarter to pull away for a 54-28 win in non-league girls basketball action in Harrod on Monday night.
Group to sponsor fundraising event
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - The non-profit Anything is Pawsable group will host a red-carpet worthy fundraising gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Romer's Catering, Celina.
The non-profit program trains dogs, starting as puppies, to be assistance dogs. The dogs are then donated to recipients in surrounding communities, free of charge. [More]
Obituaries on January 24th, 2022
Jennifer K. Clint, age 55, of New Bremen, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 1:07 A.M. at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. [More]
Dale LeRoy Brock Sr., 94, Celina, died Jan. 22, 2022, at his home.
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William E. "Bill" Tostrick age 82 of New Bremen, died on Saturday, January 22, [More]
Ann Marie (Delzeith) Geise, age 88, of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural cau [More]
Anthony "Larry" Heinl age 80 of Minster, Ohio died at 12:58 PM on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - A Celina woman was arrested after striking a pedestrian early Sunday morning, according to a Celina Police Department news release.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Auglaize-Mercer Family Y hosted a mini-meet set up featuring Celina, St. Marys, St. Henry, Fort Loramie, Ansonia Arcanum and Benjamin Logan.
MINSTER - The first 10 1/2 minutes of Saturday's Tri-Village-Minster girls basketball game were a struggle for the Wildcats.
Minster went cold while the state-ranked Patriots got on a roll with 3-pointers en route to a 52-31 victory at Wildcat Gymnasium.
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