State Fire Marshal investigating fires
By Sydney Albert
MINSTER - Only days after a barn caught fire on Shelby Road, the home at the same property also caught fire Wednesday and the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
The Minster-Jackson Township Fire Department was called to the house at 3601 East Shelby Road around 9:42 a.m. Wednesday after a hired farm hand reported the fire. The husband and wife who live in the house were not home at the time, according to Minster Fire Chief Richard Prenger. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. MARYS - Wednesday evening was one of those nights where everybody got into the act at Roughrider Field.
St. Marys scored four times in the first nine minutes and never looked back in opening Division II girls soccer tournament action with an 11-0 win over Van Wert. [More]
Obituaries on October 21st, 2021
Richard F. Krites, 88, of Saint Marys, died 6:10 A.M. Sunday, October 17, 2021, at his daughter's residence in New Knoxville. [More]
JoAnn S. Grieves, 83, Botkins, died at 6:55 p.m. Oct. 19, 2021 at VanCrest of St. Marys. [More]
Virginia Lou Bair passed suddenly at Celina Manor on October 18.
Virginia was [More]
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CELINA - Employees at The Brass Knuckle tattoo and piercing shop, 122 West Fayette Street, will have to complete mandatory training after repeatedly refusing to let health officials conduct a routine inspection.
More than 20 kids, 3 staff test positive
CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials are monitoring an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at Celina Middle School.
During Wednesday morning's
Four candidates are vying for two Franklin Township trustee seats at the Nov. 2 general election.
They are incumbents Neal Klosterman and Ron Niekamp and newcomers Aaron "A.J." Homan and Joe Karafit. Trustees maintain township roads and ditches, mow, plow snow and maintain four cemeteries.
NEW BREMEN - School board members at their Wednesday meeting passed a resolution readjusting the millage of a permanent improvement levy that reportedly will result in lower taxes for residents.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections staff removed the party affiliation of 2,787 registered voters this week in accordance with state law.
The county, as of the 2020 presidential election, had 29,403 total registered voters.
MONTEZUMA - Vintage photos, a village logo and a way for local residents to ask questions were among suggestions at Wednesday's council meeting for the village website currently being created.
Cavs, Panthers win to set up rematch
COLDWATER - Coldwater and Parkway are moving on to a matchup in the Division III volleyball district semifinal after sweeping their sectional finals at the Palace on Wednesday.
COLDWATER - Brian Harlamert knew that he would be getting a call from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association regarding its hall of fame sometime.
Jill Schmitmeyer continues to be dominant on the golf course.
The University of Findlay junior and St. Marys graduate set a school record last week
Big-time rivalry games in football, like Ohio State-Michigan or Cal-Stanford, are made for the final week of the regular season.
Based on the rotat
With just one weekend remaining in the high school football regular season, the postseason begins to loom large for area teams. At the moment, it appears six WBL and seven MAC teams will keep on playing next week in the newly expanded OHSAA football playoffs.
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Last Meeting: Alex Klosterman's 21-yard field goal with 6:12 remaining in regulation gave the Flyers a 17-14 win in Shelby County on Sept. 27, 2019. The teams did not play last year due to the truncated COVID-19 schedule.
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Peyton Otte, QB Marion Local
23 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Flyers' 24-21 win over Coldwater.
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Emilie Karafit left Czechoslovakia at 7 to come to America - alone
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - Emilie Karafit said the secret to a long life is living naturally - eating home-grown fruits and vegetables and drinking cow's milk. She should know, too, considering she turns 100 Sunday.
"They used to do it all, here. Mom used to milk cows and she had a big garden," Jim Karafit, her son, said. "Those two (Jim's grandma and mom) were always cooking and working in the garden. I would come in and there would be big bowls of peas," he remembered fondly with tears in his eyes. [More]
Relief funds to pay for project
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The 80-year-old courthouse elevator will undergo a substantial overhaul that will be paid for with federal COVID-19 relief funds.
The total project is estimated to cost $400,000, per a resolution approved by Mercer County commissioners. They plan to open sealed bids for the work at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. [More]
Fort Recovery beats St. John's in tournament opener
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery volleyball team trailed for a total of five points as it cruised to a 25-5, 25-12, 25-21 victory over Delphos St. John's in the Division IV tournament opener on Tuesday.
The Indians fell behind early in the second set and had to fend off a Blue Jays charge against their subs in the third, but otherwise controlled the match from wire to wire. [More]
Obituaries on October 20th, 2021
David W. Bruns age 74 of Coldwater, Ohio died Monday October 18, 2021 at his home in Coldwater. [More]
Nicole Marie Fowler, 39, passed away unexpectedly on October 6th 2021 in Tampa Florida. [More]
Lulla Belle Lockwood, age 87, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at The Gardens at Celina. [More]
Connie L. Pohlmann, age 79, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Tuesday October 19, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Brian T. Clune, age 52, of Coldwater died Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his home [More]
Richard L. Teeters, 79, of Saint Marys, died 1:23 P.M. Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Sylvania, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County Zoning Commissioners at a chaotic third public hearing on Tuesday night moved to restrict short-term rental properties in low-density residential R-1 zoned areas of East Jefferson Township.
Outside refreshment area proposed
ROCKFORD - Village councilors will consider establishing a designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) in downtown Rockford.
Councilor Luke Stephens
Three men are vying for two Butler Township trustee seats in the Nov. 2 general election.
They are incumbent Nick Kahlig, former trustee Chris Dues and newcomer Dusty Uhlenhake.
MINSTER - Several residents who live on State Route 119, only one of whom is a village resident, attended Tuesday night's council meeting to oppose the proposed installation of sidewalks along the highway.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a request to issue a $225,000 revolving loan to a newly-formed local company seeking to purchase WCSM Radio in an overall deal estimated at $1.3 million.
NEW BREMEN - St. Peter's Church will celebrate 175 years of faith, fellowship and friendship this Sunday.
Rev. Ed Rinehart said St. Peter's Church,
County has high transmission rate
WAPAKONETA - An unvaccinated woman between the ages of 80-100 has died from COVID-19 since Thursday, according to a Auglaize County Health Department news release Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative death toll to 71.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday evening authorized the superintendent and treasurer to enter into a $12,000 agreement with Garmann Miller Architects for a chiller replacement project.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local sandwiched a competitive second between two dominating sets to pick up a 25-9, 25-19, 25-8 victory over Lima Central Catholic in the Division IV volleyball tournament opener on Tuesday at the Hangar.
ST. MARYS - Just 12 days after losing to Bath in three sets during the regular season, St. Marys flipped the script on the Wildcats in the Division II Sectional volleyball semifinals.
Nine weeks are down and only one remains in the high school football regular season. As tends to happen this late in the season, only one WBL team and two MAC teams moved more than one position in their regional computer point rankings.
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Minster is advancing to the sectional final after earning a 25-12, 25-3, 25-11 home win in the Division IV tournament opener against Cory Rawson on Tuesday.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Some school board members vowed to remove an apparently contentious component of a newly introduced reading curriculum that some parents believe is too complicated for young children to grasp.
A good-sized crowd gathered at Monday night's regular board meeting, with a few parents voicing their concerns with the reading curriculum component they believe is not age appropriate. [More]
Parkway dispatches Spencerville
By Tom Haines
ROCKFORD - Other than a 10-2 Spencerville run in the second set, the Parkway volleyball team controlled its tournament opener all the way.
The Panthers came out fast and blasted the Bearcats in the third set to finish off the 25-15, 25-20, 25-6 sweep in the Division III sectional opener at Panther Gymnasium on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on October 19th, 2021
Brian Joseph Westgerdes, age 41 of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully on Octob [More]
Sister Adeline Mertz, 97, died peacefully on Oct. 16 at Maria Joseph Center Dayton, OH under the care of hospice. [More]
Leon Bernard Ruhenkamp, age 79, of St. Rt. 47, Versailles, passed away peacefully of natural causes Saturday afternoon, October 16, 2021, in New Bremen, Ohio. [More]
Leona Sarah Peterman, 100, most recently of Lancaster, OH and formerly of St. M [More]
Edward L. Freewalt, 80, of Celina, OH died Tuesday October 12, 2021 at his residence. [More]
Nicole Marie Fowler, 39, passed away unexpectedly on October 6th 2021 in Tampa Florida. [More]
Gary D. Wilson Sr., age 75, of Celina, Ohio passed away at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 16, 2021. [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Educational Service Center building, known by many as the former Otis Hospital at 441 Market Street, will be be up for sale at a public auction set for 6 p.m. Nov. 18.
COLDWATER - Four candidates are running to fill three open seats on the Coldwater Exempted Village Schools Board of Education. They include incumbents Mike Hoying Jr. and Jim Miller and newcomers Michael Birt and Greg Bruns.
MINSTER - The millage of a 7.2-mill levy passed in 2000 to build a new elementary school could soon be lowered following a proposal from school district treasurer Laura Klosterman.
A Celina man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday, according to information from the Celina Police Department.
On Thursday at about 10:21 p.m. police received a report of a motorcycle crash in front of Celina Mobile Home Park, 440 Touvelle St, according to police.
MINSTER - A barn that caught fire Sunday on South Shelby Road was deemed a total loss, according to Minster Fire Chief Richard Prenger.
No injuries were reported in the blaze reported around 4 p.m., he said. The structure reportedly was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
When he stepped down after 30 seasons at St. Henry, Dorner noted that he didn't think he was done coaching baseball, but the time was right for him to step down.
COLDWATER - Monday's Division III sectional volleyball opener for Coldwater turned out to be a nice serving practice.  
The Cavaliers served up 21
All-MAC Volleyball
New Knoxville senior Carsyn Henschen was named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Monday after a vote of the coaches, with New Bremen's Diana Kramer named Coach of the Year after the Cardinals won the conference and went undefeated.
All-WBL Volleyball
Wapakoneta junior Kaleigh Palmer was named the Western Buckeye League Volleyball Player of the Year on Monday after a vote of the league's coaches.
The Redskin middle hitter recorded 465 kills in the regular season (6.5 kills per set) to go with 24 aces and 3.0 digs per game.
Brother has sent tons of soymeal
By Erin Gardner
ST. HENRY - Brother Nick Renner has been sending soymeal to villages in Haiti for 20 years after receiving a "sign" from a hungry man he ignored and later regretted.
Renner recounted the experience during his first visit to Haiti in 1975.
During that visit, Renner said he prayed for God to send him a sign if he wanted Renner to do anything while there. When he was in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, he visited the Iron Market, a mall. After buying trinkets, Renner got on a bus. [More]
Fort's Bruns finishes fourth at state tournament
By Gary R. Rasberry
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When talking last week about her goals for the Division II state girls golf tournament, Jalyn Bruns said that she was just going to play her game.
She did precisely that, and now she's an All-State honoree.
The Fort Recovery senior finished fourth to earn first team All-Ohio honors as the tournament concluded on Saturday at The Ohio State University's Gray Course. [More]
Obituaries on October 18th, 2021
Brian Joseph Westgerdes, age 41 of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully on Octob [More]
Edward L. Freewalt, 80, of Celina, OH died Tuesday October 12, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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COLDWATER - School district officials are putting a 2.5-mill continuing permanent improvement levy that failed in August before voters once more in hopes of a different outcome.
Internet challenges are nothing new, but some local schools are hoping to discourage students from going along with a number of challenges circulating on the video platform, TikTok.
MINSTER - Five candidates are vying for four Minster village council seats. They include two incumbents, two councilors who were appointed earlier this year and a first-time candidate.
Midwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Meet
COLDWATER - It was a Minster sweep at the Midwest Athletic Conference cross country championships in Coldwater on Saturday, with the Wildcats winning both team titles and both individual titles.
Western Buckeye League Cross Country Meet
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The longer Saturday's Western Buckeye League high school girls cross country race went, the more that Kaylie Dameron put distance between her and the competition.
Weekend Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Henry wrapped up its volleyball regular season by defeating Fort Loramie in a battle of Division IV state-ranked Redskins on Saturday in Fort Loramie.
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