Grant funds are for water infrastructure
By William Kincaid
Nearly $3.2 million in grants have been awarded to local municipalities as part of the final round of the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grant program, which was funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
The village of Minster will receive a $2.5 million grant to build a new 1.25-million-gallon water tower and the city of Celina will receive $680,000 to replace a failing water line, according to an announcement made by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Wednesday. [More]
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - For many people, Christmas means decorating with lights, picking the perfect tree and preparing huge holiday meals.
But there is another topic residents should be mindful of this time of year - the potential for fires.
"Traditionally, h [More]
Obituaries on December 8th, 2021
Martha L. Jarrett, age 89, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 6, [More]
Robert B. Riethman age 74 of Anna, Ohio died at 10:58 AM on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
Leo L. Heitkamp age 66, of Versailles passed away at 6:29 pm Friday, December 3, 2021, in the ER at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. [More]
Carolyn J. Waterman, 88, of St. Marys, OH died at 10:25 p.m. Friday December 3, 2021 at the Lost Creek Care Center in Lima, OH. [More]
James E. Pleiman, age 86, of Cassella, Ohio, died on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Otterbein in St. Marys. [More]
Lori M. Brunswick, 62, Celina, died Dec. 6, 2021, at Mercer County Community Ho [More]
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WAPAKONETA - People gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday likely caused a spike in Auglaize County COVID-19 cases during the past few weeks, a local health official said.
Miami University graduate students will help
MINSTER - Council at their Tuesday meeting approved a plan to conduct a community needs assessment survey in conjunction with Miami University.
ROCKFORD - During their regular meeting Tuesday, council passed on third reading an ordinance approving a $1.7 million village budget for 2022.
The 2022 budget is about three percent higher than this year's budget, said village fiscal officer Lisa Kuhn.
Celina takes early lead, doesn't look back in beating Jefferson
CELINA - The way his team played, Celina boys basketball coach Adam Johns might want to schedule a few more Tuesday night ballgames.
The Bulldogs l
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery watched a double-digit lead become a late five-point deficit, but the Indians didn't fold.
Graham Local took a 53-48
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The St. Marys girls basketball team raced past Delphos St. John's for a 49-19 road win on Tuesday.
Aided by 13 first-quarter points from Kendall Dieringer, the Roughriders took an 18-5 lead in the opening frame and never looked back.
Versailles quarterback/linebacker Carson Bey wrapped up a season in which he helped the Tigers to their eighth state championship by being named the
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By William Kincaid
ST. MARYS - Money must be spent on a consultant to design the next phases of the High Street reservoir mill renovation project before construction can start, city council members were told on Monday.
While reviewing the proposed city budget on Monday night, councilman Dan Uhlenhake inquired about a $150,000 line item for consulting services for the next phases of the project, which would focus on the inside of the structure. [More]
Obituaries on December 7th, 2021
Patricia Ann Frysinger, age 82 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Sandra Lou Vagedes, age 79 formerly of Dayton, passed away at Heritage Manor in Minister, Ohio on December 4, 2021. [More]
John Russell Pugh, 91, of  St. Marys, died on Wed., Dec. 1, 2021.
He was bor [More]
John Roettger, 69, New Knoxville, died Dec. 6, 2021, at Joint Township District [More]
Larry D. Lee, 74, of Bedminster, New Jersey; formerly of Van Wert, a loving hus [More]
Betty J. Wieter, 88, of St. Marys, died on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys after a brief illness. [More]
Carolyn Waterman, 88, St. Marys, died Dec. 3, 2021, at Lost Creek Care Center, [More]
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ST. MARYS - City officials plan to pursue nearly $750,000 in street improvements next year, council members on the finance commitee learned during their Monday night meeting.
FORT RECOVERY - Village officials hope to complete a study of the village's wastewater treatment system next year.
During Monday's village council meeting, village administrator Randy Diller said the last time the village had a complete study done was about 25 years ago.
Action taken to fill open seat on board of health
WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County District Advisory Council (DAC) during a special meeting Monday accepted the nomination of Kay Schmiesing to fill the open seat on the Auglaize County Board of Health that was left after former board member Linda Kitzmiller died in September.
OPSWA Divisions VI and VII All-Ohio Football Teams
The Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association began its final set of awards for the football season in releasing the Divisions VI and VII All-Ohio teams o
Hughes' big rebounding night leads Panthers past Blackhawks
ROCKFORD - When asked what was the more amazing accomplishment for Allison Hughes - a record night of rebounding or the fact that she was not called for a personal foul all night, Parkway girls basketball coach Dan Williamson was quick with a humorous answer.
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Big nights from seniors Kaylee Freund and Chloe Bornhorst powered New Bremen past Lincolnview on Monday, as the Cardinals pulled away from the Lancers on the way to a 63-52 girls basketball win on the road.
Flyers cruise to record 12th state championship
By Tom Haines
  CANTON - Marion Local wasted no time on Saturday in pursuit of a state-record 12th state football title.
Three touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Flyers a commanding lead on the way to a 42-7 win over Newark Catholic in the Division VII football state championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday. [More]
By Tom Haines
  CANTON - Coldwater's one flaw all season was turnovers, and that flaw resurfaced at the worst possible time.
Two second-quarter turnovers set up touchdowns for Carey, which leaned on 265-pound running back Jordan Vallejo against an overmatched Cavaliers defense to send Coldwater to a 26-14 defeat in the Division VI state football championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday. [More]
Obituaries on December 6th, 2021
Douglas M. Heitkamp, age 54, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Coldwater Community Hospital. [More]
Edna Mae Striegel, 93, formerly of Rossburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Greenville, Ohio. [More]
Harold "Buck" L. Gehle, age 70 of St. Marys, Ohio passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from heart failure at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. [More]
Cynthia Huston, 64, of Coldwater, OH died Thursday December 2, 2021 at Miami Va [More]
Lee Roy Kuhlman of Monroe, OH passed away December 3, 2021.
He was born Febru [More]
Jerome "Jerry" Joseph Bensman, age 71, of Versailles passed away of natural cau [More]
Kenneth R. Brummette, age 73, of rural Mendon, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Otterbein St. Marys SeniorLife Community. [More]
Dorothy "Dot" Huwer, 92, of Saint Marys, died 7:52 P.M. Monday, November 29, 2021, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
Joan M. Dembowski, age 88 of Coldwater died Friday, December 3, 2021, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Teresa Ann Bambauer (Hass), died Thursday, December 2, 2021 just 29 days before [More]
Bruce "Matt" Spragg, age 46, of New Bremen, died suddenly on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10:48 A.M. at the Joint Twp. Dist. Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
James E. Pleiman, age 86, of Cassella, Ohio, died on Saturday, December 4, 2021 [More]
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Versailles kept Kirtland in check for three quarters and hung on to win its first state football championship since
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St. Marys overcame an 11-point deficit after three quarters to hand New Bremen its first loss of the boys basketball season 58-57 at Grand Lake Health System Court on Saturday evening. The Roughriders improve to 3-0 with the victory.
Priest assignments likely in February
The yearslong configuration of churches into Families of Parishes is complete, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr announced in a recorded message played to Catholic parishioners at Masses this past weekend.
Fanning Howey debuts new Celina headquarters
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Fanning Howey officials on Friday evening welcomed the public into its new design studio at 128 W. Market St. for a chance to check out the modern layout of the freshly renovated building.
Officials of the integrated architecture, interiors and engineering firm specializing in learning environment sought a work environment matching the skills its high-performing employees offer clients, said Zac Sprunger, company director of marketing. [More]
Obituaries on December 4th, 2021
Linda Hoffman Bash of Findlay, OH passed away on November 27, 2021. Linda was b [More]
Loa Jean (Fetters) Fox, 88 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:40 pm at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Life Center. [More]
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Large crowds flocked to Celina Friday for the annual Midnight Gladness Christmas celebration.
People strolled the downtown, catching up with friends and snapping up deals at businesses that remained open throughout the evening.
New Bremen defense shines in win over Celina
CELINA - Josh Rasawehr had a big night for Celina.
But beyond him, the Bulldogs were struggling and New Bremen capitalized.
The Cardinals pulled away in the second half and improved to 3-0 with a 52-30 victory over the Bulldogs at the Fieldhouse in the season lidlifter for Celina.
ST. MARYS - The season opener for St. Henry unraveled quickly Friday night at Grand Lake Health System Court in St. Marys.
The visiting Redskins sc
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Van Wert outscored Parkway 12-5 in the third quarter to take the lead and held on to defeat the Panthers 48-43 at Panther Gymnasium in Rockford, the second straight loss for Parkway on the season.
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