Governor praises state's economic development
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Ohio is a state on the move as illustrated by chipmaker Intel's commitment to invest $20 billion to build new factories in the state, said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday.
DeWine visited the Mercer County Fair to promote Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio by reading "The Little Engine That Could" to children and presenting a program overview with Celina Rotarians. [More]
By Erin Gardner
ROCKFORD- Village council members on Tuesday night authorized the police department to provide two paid hours of security duty five days a week at Parkway High School.
Parkway High School wanted to partner with the police department to provide security at school, according to the agenda. The high school would pay the village $46 per hour for the security detail. [More]
Obituaries on August 17th, 2022
Shirley J. Balster, age 81, of St. Henry, died on Monday, August 15, 2022, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Janetta "Sis" Krugh, 89, of St. Marys, died 6:47 Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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Celina woman faces Capitol riot charges
TOLEDO - A Celina woman arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots has been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
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CELINA - What do airplanes, old ladies and Cajun food have in common?
They're all part of Chef Scott Landry's Cooking Comedy Show, which continues today and Thursday at the Mercer County Fair at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the commercial building.
MINSTER - Village councilors approved a contract with a local architectural/engineering firm Tuesday night to complete the design and other aspects of the renovation and expansion of the Minster police station.
FORT RECOVERY - A resident at this week's Fort Recovery Local Schools board of education meeting asked board members to consider implementing Bible education into school curriculum.
St. Marys scores four goals in second half to beat Bryan
ST. MARYS - St. Marys handed Bryan its first and only loss last season in the tournament last season.
The Roughriders gave the Golden Bears their first loss this season, too.
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St. Marys improved to 2-0 in girls tennis after shutting out Sidney 5-0 on Tuesday at the Minster Bank Courts on the St. Marys campus.
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By Erin Gardner
GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP - A 51-year-old Fort Recovery man was killed Monday morning following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 127, just south of State Route 119 in Granville Township.
Martin P. Schmitt was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident at about 5:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. [More]
St. Marys keeper Ella Jacobs looks to build on strong first season in net
By Tom Haines
The only goal that Ella Jacobs allowed in the 2021 Division II soccer tournament was the one that ended St. Marys' season.
A high direct kick slipped through Jacobs' hands in the waning minutes of the district final, ending a battle with Shawnee keeper Kaelan Swallow and a stellar tournament run in which Jacobs posted three straight shutouts. [More]
Obituaries on August 16th, 2022
Martin "Marty" Paul Schmitt, 51, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away unexpected, as a result of an automobile accident, on Monday, August 15, 2022. [More]
David "Dave" Atkinson, age 79, of Celina, passed away on August 13, 2022 at 8:30 am at his residence. [More]
James Lauth, 84, of St. Marys, died 11:23 P.M. Friday, August 12, 2022, at Vancrest Of St. Marys. [More]
Constance L. "Connie" Monnin Winner age 82 of Osgood, Ohio, died at 8:10 AM on August 15, 2022. [More]
Sandra L. Suchland, 71, of St. Marys Twp., died at 1:32 p.m. Friday August 12, 2022 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. [More]
Shirley Balster, 81, St. Henry, died Aug. 15, 2022, at Briarwood Village, Coldw [More]
William M. Meikle, age 89, died August 12, 2022 at Otterbein, St. Marys.
He w [More]
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CELINA - School board members on Monday night moved to establish committees to set curriculum requirements and outline budgets for each school building, as well as Head Start and Tri Star.
CELINA - When one thinks of a county fair, what comes to mind? Perhaps lemon shake-ups, sausages, every deep-fried food imaginable, rides and games.
However, what is often forgotten is what makes or breaks fairs - the junior and senior fair boards.
WAPAKONETA - U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, visited Wapakoneta on Monday afternoon, where he made stops at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and the Wapakoneta Rotary Club meeting.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the town hall to go over the results of the village's wastewater treatment system study.
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After finally opening its season with a big win on Saturday in Tipp City, St. Marys opened up dual match and Western Buckeye League girls tennis play on Monday with a trip to Celina to face the Bulldogs in their annual matchup.
CELINA - Experienced will be matched with some talented freshmen this season in the Celina cross country program.
Coach Jason Andrew is optimistic that his team can improve from last year's fifth-place finish in the girls' division and seventh in the boys at the Western Buckeye League meet.
COLDWATER - The Coldwater cross country teams will be looking to rebuild this season.
The boys team has four returning letterwinners from a squad that finished sixth at the Midwest Athletic Conference meet and fourth at districts last season.
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery cross country teams brings back all their varsity runners, both boys and girls, and the girls team returns four two-time state qualifiers as it looks to make a third straight trip to state.
MARIA STEIN - Going into her third season as Marion Local cross country coach, Elle Sutter has an experienced boys squad while her ladies will look to build upon reaching the regional after finishing eighth at the Midwest Athletic Conference meet.
MINSTER - The Minster boys' cross-country team finished last season as Midwest Athletic Conference champions for the fifth season in a row, and with three All-MAC performers returning to the course this fall, there seems to be no reason for coach Larry Topp's crew to see that streak break.
NEW BREMEN - With a deep roster stocked with returning experience, New Bremen cross country coach Jason Barhorst is expecting very competitive seasons from both Cardinal squads.
NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville's roster size will not blow anybody away.
Maybe their times will.
Sarah Quellhorst enters her second year at the he
ROCKFORD - After making regionals for the first time in history last season, the Parkway girls cross country team has its sights set higher.
"We ha
ST. HENRY - With two straight trips to the Division III girls state cross country meet and a 10th-place finish in 2021, St. Henry returns all seven runners from Columbus and eyes another shot at the top echelon of cross country.
ST. MARYS - Minster graduate Nikki Borgerding starts her first season as the coach for the St. Marys boys and girls cross country teams in 2022. Borgerding, who ran for the perennially powerful Wildcats squads under coach Jessie Magoto, will try to bring some of that success to the Roughriders.
CELINA - Inexperience and low numbers have had the Celina boys golf team under the gun from the start of the season.
Head coach Jim Brazen has just
CELINA - After finishing third in the WBL invitational last season, Celina's girls golf team has an experienced group back for co-coaches Madeline Sudhoff and Kate Sweeney.
COLDWATER - While the Coldwater girls golf team will look to make it three straight Midwest Athletic Conference titles a year after making its first-
FORT RECOVERY - In the wake of an historic season by graduated senior and Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jalyn Bruns, the Fort Recovery golf teams have rebuilding work to do.
MARIA STEIN - Both the Marion Local boys and girls golf teams will look to improve this season after playing in the middle of the pack in the Midwest Athletic Conference in 2021.
MINSTER - After methodically climbing from eighth place in the Midwest Athletic Conference in 2018 to runner-up last season, the Minster girls golf team looks to make another push to the top of the conference in 2022.
NEW BREMEN - Fourth-year New Bremen boys golf coach John Roberts will start the 2022 season pretty much from scratch.
The Cardinals have no returning letter winners from the 2021 team, which finished with a 2-7 dual meet record and eighth in the postseason Midwest Athletic Conference tournament.
NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville golf should be trending up this season.
Veteran coach Terry Halko has an experienced group returning in hopes of impr
ROCKFORD -  The Parkway boys golf team welcomes an influx of newcomers to go with four returners.
Seniors Roman Leszinske and Ashton Stephenson ea
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry golf teams come into 2022 looking to replace major contributors.
The boys team loses its top two scorers, while the girls team lost four seniors, opening up opportunities for a host of newcomers.
ST. MARYS - As the defending Western Buckeye League champions, the St. Marys Roughriders will turn to a group of golfers new to the varsity level in 2022 to help stay atop of the league standings and defend their league title.
CELINA - A young team in 2021 meant some growing pains as Celina finished last season's boys soccer ledger at 6-8-3 and 3-4-2 in the Western Buckeye League, ending the year on an 0-6-1 streak and bowing out with a 3-0 loss to Kenton in the tournament.
CELINA - With seven starters returning from a 10-7-1 campaign a season ago, Celina looks primed to make a run in the Western Buckeye League girls soccer standings.
COLDWATER - As Paul Dingledine gets ready for his second season as Coldwater's girls soccer coach, the keys are simple: scoring more goals and giving up fewer.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Kaili Patterson knows the recipe for New Knoxville's prospective success this fall.
"(We need to) focus on our movement on the fiel
ST. MARYS - Fresh off of a season in which his squad advanced to the district final and finished as runner-up in the Western Buckeye League, St. Marys boys' soccer coach Josh Hertenstein harbors high expectations in 2022 as he welcomes back 11 lettermen to the roster this fall.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys girls soccer team and fifth-year head coach Nick Wilson have a solid veteran nucleus to start the 2022 campaign.
The Roughriders finished 6-3 in the Western Buckeye League last season and 12-8 overall, reaching the Division II district final.
CELINA - Veteran Celina girls tennis coach Jan Morrison has a squad split equally between veterans and newcomers, looking to move up from a fourth-place finish in the Western Buckeye League last season.
ST. MARYS - Seventh-year St. Marys coach Mariah Krugh is hoping her girls tennis squad can win the close matches and improve on last year's record.
The Roughriders were 3-6 in Western Buckeye League dual matches last fall and finished sixth in the WBL tournament.
Area competitors chow down at fair's hot dog-eating contest
By Joseph Gilroy
CELINA - On Sunday 35 contestants across four divisions gave their best Joey Chestnut renditions in the first annual Mercer County Fair hot dog eating contest on Sunday.
When the smoked cleared Will Faller, Fort Recovery, took the age 9-15 grou [More]
Obituaries on August 15th, 2022
Edward Paul Muhlenkamp, 75, of Portland, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Cloyd Walter Bergman, age 61, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away unexpected, as a result of an automobile accident, on Friday, August 12, 2022. [More]
Joan P. (Everman) Eckstein, age 89, of Coldwater, died on Friday, August 12, 20 [More]
William M. Meikle, age 89, died August 12, 2022 at Otterbein, St. Marys.  He w [More]
Marjorie P. Frahm, age 93, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the The Miller Place in Celina. [More]
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Nobody enjoys disappointing their friends and those around them. And, that's how the stage was set for a "Rolaids moment" on an otherwise wonderful Sunday afternoon.
Fach avenges loss to Cooley at Minster by winning Coldwater PBA tournament
COLDWATER - On Thursday, Graham Fach lost a battle with Sam Cooley in the finals of the PBA Central Region Kremer Roofing Classic in Minster. On Sunday, Fach and Cooley were in the finals once again, only 20 miles west in Coldwater for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic.
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After having several early matches postponed, the St. Marys girls tennis team opened its season with a championship at the Schroeder Invitational held at the Schroeder Tennis Center in Tipp City. Celina came back with a sixth-place finish.
Celina couple arrested on federal charges
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Celina couple arrested Thursday on federal charges stemming from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Shawndale and Don Chilcoat were arrested in Celina by Toledo Police Department officers and face six charges each, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. [More]
By Erin Gardner
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP-A 61-year-old Fort Recovery man was killed Friday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on State Route 29 around milepost 17.
Cloyd W. Bergman was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident at roughly 1:41 p.m. involving a crash attenuator truck that was part of a safety crew supporting road striping on State Route 29, according to a news release from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. [More]
Obituaries on August 13th, 2022
Cloyd W. Bergman, 61, Fort Recovery, died Aug. 12, 2022.
Funeral services are [More]
Daniel J. Bruns age 78, of Chickasaw, Ohio died at 10:36 AM on August 12, 2022 at his home in Chickasaw. [More]
Marjorie P. Frahm, age 93, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the The Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Dorothy Alvina (Wolters) Albers, age 92, formerly of Anna, passed away of natur [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Fair grandstands on Friday night were filled to the brim with more than 4,500 music fans for the "Roots and Boots" concert tour, featuring three country stalwarts from the 1990s.
NEW BREMEN - Six contestants will vie for the crown at the Bremenfest Queen Pageant set for 6 p.m. Sunday in the James F Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School.
CELINA - When he lived in Georgia, Nate Ayers was accustomed to pulling in massive catfish. Even in Ohio, he caught a monster out of the Maumee River last summer.
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Midwest Athletic Conference teams swept the top three spots at Friday's Celina Girls Golf Invitational held at Celina Lynx.
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