By William Kincaid
MENDON - Dozens of area firefighters spent Thanksgiving battling a rural house fire that quickly spread to other structures and vehicles and caused a propane tank to explode in a massive fireball.
Roughly 50 firefighters from Mendon Union, Celina [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - With star big man Austin Parks out injured, junior Jace Turner got the chance to lead St. Marys.
Turner shot 10-for-10 from the field and totaled 21 points, Evan Angstmann added 19, and the Roughriders rolled to an 81-42 win over New Knoxville in the boys basketball season opener at Grand Lake Health System Court on Friday. [More]
Obituaries on November 26th, 2022
Treva E. Albers, age 78 of Minster, Ohio, died on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at her home surrounded by family. [More]
Jerry W. Powell, age 91, of Celina, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 24, 2022. [More]
Kurt D. McAfee, age 68 of Coldwater, died Wednesday, November 22, 2022, at his home. [More]
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CELINA - Developers of Boardwalk Village, a walkable vacation rental community along West Bank Road that opened in June, plan to sell a new line of c
Santa needs help during Christmas
Rick Rose is Santa's helper in Celina. Every Christmas season he dons a red suit, white beard and a jolly demeanor as he helps get word back to the North Pole.
CELINA - Mercer County acting prosector Erin Minor has been selected to fill out the remaining two years of Matt Fox's term as county prosecutor.
West Bank Stories
One of the saddest stories I ever covered for a newspaper was the 1998 death of a 19-year-old Wright State University-Lake Campus student named Lynn Topp at the hands of hideous murderer Timothy K. Rodeheffer.
Spencerville shoots 60% in win over St. Henry
SPENCERVILLE - As St. Henry got back into the game in the second half, the hope was that Spencerville would cool down.
Trouble was, the Bearcats stayed hot, shooting 60% from the floor to hold on for a 72-66 win over the Redskins in the 2022-23 boys basketball lidlifter in Spencerville.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Coldwater outscored Lima Central Catholic 33-13 over the final three quarters to improve to 2-0 on the season with a
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By William Kincaid
Merrymakers and Christmas enthusiasts can start the season off on the right elf shoed foot by wassailing to well-lighted, holiday themed spectaculars in Coldwater, Celina and Wapakoneta.
Gift of Lights got underway Wednesday night at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds while Merry and Bright Christmas Lights kicks off tonight at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Both events charge a fee per vehicle. [More]
Obituaries on November 25th, 2022
Dorothy "Chris" Chunnic, 67, of Saint Marys, died 3:40 P.M. Monday, November 21, 2022, at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Jerry Powell, 91, Celina, died Nov. 24, 2022, at this residence.
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Linda A. Yaney, 75, formerly of New Bremen, died Nov. 18, 2022, at her residence in Sidney. [More]
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Auglaize County Board of Elections reported a 58.8% turnout in this year's gubernatorial election cycle after certifying results on Wednesday.
Board of elections director Michelle Wilcox previously predicted abount a 60% turnout.
The Outsider
Hunters in the 19th and early 20th centuries outdid themselves risking life and limb with questionable ammunition. For example, when hunters ran out
Flyers look to reach title game
A Thanksgiving morning football practice has become a tradition at Marion Local, as the Flyers often have played football this late in the season.
Cards look to reach title game
Back in the Division VII state semifinals for the first time since 2020, New Bremen is looking to punch its ticket to the state title game for the second time in school history on Saturday at Mercy Health/Wapak Ford Field in Wapakoneta.
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Both games Friday, 7 p.m.
Lakewood St. Edward (13-1) vs. Gahanna Lincoln at Mansfield Arlin Field.
Cincinnati Moeller (13-1) vs. Springfield (12-1) at Piqua Alexander Stadium.
St. Marys band making rounds of Nashville venues
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - Before country music stars can grace the stage of the revered Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, many will cut their teeth at the legendary bars and venues dotted along historic Broadway Place.
One of the most celebrated venues [More]
Coldwater pulls away to defeat Celina in lidlifter
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - After a slow first quarter, Coldwater's offense began to pick up the pace in the second quarter and then turned on the jets in the second half.
The Cavaliers outscored Celina 26-12 in the second half to pull away for a 52-31 victory in the girls basketball season opener for both teams on Tuesday at the Palace in Coldwater. [More]
Obituaries on November 23rd, 2022
Walter R. "Bob" McClure, age 84, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, formerly of the New B [More]
Oneta Cretoria Lyda, 81, of New Breman, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022, at Vancrest Rehabilitation Center in St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Ted Dues, age 66, of Coldwater, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Sheryl Clay, 76, Mendon, died Nov. 22, 2022, at her home.
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to tap American Rescue Plan Act funds to help fund a joint project with Celina to expand storm sewers to alleviate excessive flooding on the west end of the city.
CELINA - The Lake Facilities Authority has landed a $300,000 state grant to fund work related to the Chickasaw Creek Treatment Train preliminary estimated at $1.5 million.
COLDWATER - Coldwater Exempted Village School District treasurer Jenn McCoy presented a dismal five-year economic forecast during Tuesday's school board meeting.
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery Elementary School students and staff raised more than $8,000 in the span of one week for the creation of a new park in honor of a classmate who died in 2020.
Mercer County ranked third in the state for lowest joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties in a tie with Putnam County.
Mercer County's unemployment rate worsened sightly from 2.7% in September to 2.9% in October, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
MARIA STEIN - A second-quarter slump left Marion Local trailing much of the way, but the Flyers came through in the fourth.
Marion rallied from a six-point deficit with five minutes left and held on for a 45-41 win over Shawnee in a girls basketball game at the Hangar on Tuesday night.
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Compiled By Tom Haines
The St. Marys girls basketball team earned its first win of the season Tuesday night, pulling away from Kalida in the fourth for a 40-27 win at Grand Lake Health System Court.
This Thanksgiving, two's company.
By Leslie Gartrell
Thanksgiving is a holiday known and celebrated for its abundance. Dinner tables often overflow with massive turkeys, vats of mashed potatoes, roasters full of vegetables and desserts as far as the eye can see.
However, those hosting smaller gatherings may find it difficult to determine what and how much to cook among a plethora of recipes that call for enough ingredients to feed a village. [More]
Obituaries on November 22nd, 2022
Jerald A. Bergman, age 76, of Rossburg, died on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Brenda Litteral-Baker, 70, of Celina, died 2:07 A.M. Friday, November 18, 2022, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community. [More]
William "Frizz" Frederick, 64, of Celina, died suddenly at 9:23 A.M. Sunday, in the emergency department of Coldwater Community Hospital. [More]
Phillip "Terry" Shideler, 73, of Cumming, Ga, passed away on November 13, 2022. [More]
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Sheriff investigating violent abuse of calf
CELINA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked Celina City Schools officials to teach children empathy for animals following allegations of a local video showing a juvenile abusing a calf.
CELINA - School board members plan to open a discussion on whether to arm select employees as a way to protect students in the event of an active shooter situation.
CELINA - Two people were injured, one of them seriously, and one person was given a citation after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Harrison Road and County Road 219A early Friday morning.
CELINA - A fully assembled city council on Monday moved to enact legislation authorizing the award of two infrastructure contracts totaling nearly $2 million.
West Bank Stories
A gang of thieves in 1955-1956 chose a backwoods cabin near Grand Lake as a hideout. Slim, dark-haired Lawrence Stoker, a career criminal, was the gang's leader. Way back in 1941, the then-27-year old Stoker pleaded guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery and auto theft.
Alumni Notes
Siena Heights senior Kole Murlin wrapped up his collegiate college career by being named the Mid States Football Association's Mideast Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season.
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