By Tom Millhouse
MINSTER - Flu-like symptoms and a sore foot quickly morphed into a months-long battle against deadly flesh-eating bacteria for Minster Police Chief David Friend.
Although Friend still has a long road to recovery, he was finally able to return to his home on the shores of Lake Loramie this week after 59 days of hospitalization and rehabilitation. [More]
Obituaries on March 18th, 2023
Arthur Leo Lochtefeld, age 96, formerly of Yorkshire, passed away of natural ca [More]
Nelson Baxter, age 72, of Portland, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at his residence. [More]
Patricia, L. Griner, 88, Minster, died on March 17 at Canterfield of Kennesaw, [More]
M. Berdella (Rose) Hemmelgarn, 99, was born on December 11, 1923, in St. Henry [More]
Judy A. Bergman, age 64, of Yorkshire, died Thursday morning, March 16, 2023, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney. [More]
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CHICKASAW - Matt Schulze of Maria Stein doesn't get his hair cut often but when he does it's nearly all the way down to his scalp in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest charity funder of childhood cancer research grants.
CELINA - The city on Friday resumed accepting payments made through third-party provider Payment Service Network of Madison, Wisconsin.
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Monday marks the first day of spring, bringing with it extra hours of daylight, chirping birds, mild temperatures and blooming flowers.
However, spring in Ohio can also bring severe storms capable of flash flooding, high winds and even tornadoes. [More]
Obituaries on March 17th, 2023
Ronald A. Rasberry, Sr., 65, of Genoa, Ohio, and formerly of Celina, died 7:36 A.M. Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - City council members this week voted to shift $2.325 million into savings accounts to finance future park, police, fire and street projects and equipment.
MINSTER - Two healthcare providers are now working under the same roof to relieve pain, improve range of motion and restore body functionality.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Two Celina City School employees have been placed on paid leave after a preschool student was mistakenly left unattended on a school bus for over three hours on Wednesday.
The bus driver and bus aide responsible for the student were relieved of their duties pending an internal investigation, said superintendent Ken Schmiesing. He declined to provide their names but indicated they have been with the district for some time. [More]
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NEW KNOXVILLE - State Rep. Angie King, R-Celina, insists that a majority of her Republican colleagues in the Ohio House are focused on delivering impactful legislation as a battle for political control plays out in the background.
King in January began her first term representing the 84th House District, which covers all of Mercer County, northern Darke County and southern Auglaize County. [More]
Obituaries on March 16th, 2023
Lillian "Lil" Wierwille, 90, of New Knoxville, died 7:55 P.M. Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Donald Lee Campbell, 88, of Celina Ohio went to meet Jesus on March 1 at 3:15 PM. [More]
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ST. MARYS - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on Wednesday indicated investigations by a select House subcommittee into big tech CEOs, the Federal Trade Commission and intelligence officials are going well.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Village mayors of the Golden Triangle highlighted projects and healthy income tax receipts at the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Villages breakfast on Wednesday.
Mercer County maintained its status as having the lowest joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties in January, although its rate rose nominally.
MONTEZUMA - Councilors continued to make plans Wednesday for the upcoming spring clean-up and also discussed options on fixing a sinkhole at the village park.
Pickerington Central's Devin Royal was named Ohio's 2023 Mr. Basketball on Wednesday after edging out 2022 winner Gabe Cupps in voting by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Royal won the voting by a margin of 90 points to 87.
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Shane Koedyker needed just 68 pitches to pitch the second no-hitter in Wright State University-Lake campus history as the Lakers shut out Brescia University 11-0 in seven innings at Montgomery Field on Wednesday afternoon.
St. Henry High School cracks down on vaping
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ST. HENRY - Detectors will be installed in St. Henry High School restrooms to alert schools officials to students vaping.
Although high school principal Eric Rosenbeck said vaping isn't an epidemic at the district, school officials want to do what they can to stub it out. [More]
Obituaries on March 15th, 2023
Stephen "WAGS" E. Weigel, 72, of St. Marys, OH died 8:50 a.m. Tuesday March 14, 2023. [More]
Rita M. Heitkamp, age 80 of Minster, Ohio, died at 12:05 PM on Monday, March 13, 2023 at Mercer Health Hospital Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Anita Danette Huber, age 61, of Coldwater, died Monday, March 13, 2023 at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Charlene Louise Hawk, 76, of Rockford passed away on March 10, 2023 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. [More]
Marvin U. Heitkamp, 80, New Bremen, died at 1:15 a.m. Dec. 9, 2022, at Brookdale-Southside Senior Living Center, Jacksonville, Florida. [More]
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CELINA - Officials will test commercial and industrial utility connections to determine sources of ground and surface water infiltrating the city's sanitary sewer system as part of a forthcoming comprehensive study.
NEW BREMEN - After much discussion, village councilors unanimously voted against a proposed ban on fireworks at Tuesday night's regular meeting.
CELINA - Warmer months ahead will be enlivened with a pair of new events to be held on the shores of Grand Lake.
Boardwalk Grill LLC will hold a three-day street festival July 21-23 in front of the restaurant on West Bank Road with food vendors, beer sales and music.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry officials are contending with dozens of worried residents who haven't received their February utility bill in the mail after bills were mailed out.
WAPAKONETA - Mammography facilities are now required to notify patients about their breast density in an effort to encourage early breast cancer detection.
CELINA - A father and son were arrested on Tuesday after they were reportedly caught with $1,000 in stolen Walmart merchandise, methamphetamine and criminal tools, according to a Celina Police Department news release.
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