Official says items pose no danger; pilot is out of the hospital
By William Kincaid
MONTEZUMA - Plane fuel and chemicals that spilled from a downed crop duster in May are contained in a tank, pile of dirt and absorption booms lying on county land and are expected to be removed within a month, a county official said.
"We have been continually working on this. We're hoping to have this concluded very soon," said Mike Robbins, director of the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
NEW BREMEN - A couple early bad snaps by New Bremen could have been game-changers, but the Cardinals persevered and rolled to a 34-8 victory over Fort Recovery Friday night in the regular season finale at Cardinal Stadium.
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Obituaries on October 23rd, 2021
Charles "Charlie" Lee Sapp, 83, of Rockford passed away at 12:24 pm on October 21, 2021 at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville. [More]
Barbara L. Walter, 85, of Saint Marys, died 1:50 A.M. Friday, October 22, 2021, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
James R. Pfeffenberger, age 91, a native of Celina, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, October 21, 2021, at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Lavern R. "Shots" Bruns, age 76, of St. Henry, died on Thursday October 21, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Joseph Hughes, 36, Celina, died Oct. 20, 2021, at Ohio State University Hospita [More]
Elizabeth L. Luedeke, 90, Fort Loramie, died Oct. 22, 2021, at Ohio Living Dorothy Love, Sidney. [More]
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Legislation is on Monday's agenda
CELINA - City council is slated to vote Monday on legislation that would make Celina a sanctuary for the unborn and effectively outlaw abortion in the city.
Commission gives OK for first phase
CELINA - The city planning commission on Thursday night approved a site plan review that will allow for the construction of cottages and townhouses on West Bank Road.
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WILLIAM KINCAID and
TOM MILLHOUSE
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Residents in Mercer and Auglaize counties will vote on several fire levies at the Nov. 2 general election.
ST. MARYS - Independent candidates Kathy Fleagle and Frank D. Thomas have filed to run for treasurer of the city of St. Marys after incumbent Dennis Pfeffenberger, who has served since 2013, did not file to run for re-election.
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths and 37 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, according to Friday's county health department news release, raising the cumulative death toll to 73 and number of cases to 4,699.
Tama Road between State Route 118 and Now Road in Hopewell Township will close for a bridge replacement on Oct. 26, according to a news release from the Mercer County Engineer's Office.
St. Marys shuts out Celina in Battle of Grand Lake
CELINA - First-year St. Marys football coach Bo Frye said his team did what needed to be done on Friday night in the 103rd meeting of the Battle of Grand Lake with Celina.
ANNA - With an outright Midwest Athletic Conference title on the line, Marion Local's opportunistic defense was plenty good enough to cover up any mistakes.
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and Bruce Monnin
St. Henry raced out to a 34-0 lead before a pair of late touchdowns gave Delphos St. John's a more respectable finish as the Redskins prevailed 34-14 in Friday's regular season finale in Delphos.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Having just lost his father two days prior, Dr. Alex Kor said he wasn't sure if he could make it to Celina High School on Thursday.
But in the end, Kor, a podiatrist who practices in Lebanon, Indiana, said he was glad he had taken the morning off to share with students the story of his parents, Holocaust survivors Michael and Eva Kor, and give voice to their enduring legacy of hope and forgiveness. [More]
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - The Coldwater girls soccer team entered the tournament on a two-game losing streak, but it was firing on all cylinders Thursday night.
Ava Giere scored the first three goals and Blair Muhlenkamp added a pair as Coldwater rolled to a 5-0 win over Crestview in the Division III sectional final at Cavalier Stadium. [More]
Obituaries on October 22nd, 2021
Joshua Allen Bruggeman, age 46 of Sidney, Ohio, passed away on October 19, 2021 at Wilson Health Hospital in Sidney. [More]
Susan June Hecht, age 73, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on October 19, 2021 at Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. [More]
James R. Pfeffenberger, 91, Celina, died Oct. 21, 2021, at Miller Place, Celina [More]
P. Garry "Chip" Whitacre, age 57 of Celina, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his home in Celina. [More]
Lavern R. "Shots" Bruns, 76, St. Henry, died Oct. 21, 2021 at Briarwood Village [More]
Ronald "Ron" Aaron Swaney, age 61, of Sidney, Ohio passed away at Wilson Health in Sidney on October 21, 2021 at 2:47 am. [More]
Rosemary Heitkamp age 93 of McCartyville, Ohio died peacefully at 4:30AM on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Otterbein St. Marys. [More]
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Fire marshal to probe another fire
CELINA - The State Fire Marshal's Office is expected to investigate a fire that broke out Thursday at a building owned by auctioneer Tim Levi.
Rockford Fire Chief Rob Belna deemed the building a total loss.
CELINA - A Marion, Indiana, woman charged with 18 felonies, including two counts of aggravated murder, now has two court-appointed lawyers in addition to her two retained defense attorneys.
CELINA - Four men are vying for two Jefferson Township trustee seats in the Nov. 2 general election.
They include incumbents Kent Marbaugh and Keith G. Houts and newcomers Luke D. Baucher and John Gordon Hudson.
ST. MARYS - Incumbent first ward city council member John A. Bubp, a Republican, is being challenged for the seat he has held since 2011 by write-in candidate Bobby Adams, who did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him.
COLDWATER - No injuries were reported in a house fire in Coldwater that caused an estimate $50,000 in damages, according to Coldwater Assistant Fire Chief Tom Gross.
CELINA - A Celina man accused of having sexual contact with a female relative has been found guilty in Mercer County Common Pleas Court and faces a possible maximum sentence of 21.5 years in prison.
Celina starts postseason with big victory
CELINA - Efficient and quick.
A perfect description for Celina's opening match of the Division II volleyball tournament against Rossford on Thursday night at the intermediate school gym.
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Joey Vanderhorst's goal with 12:20 to play in the first overtime lifted St. Marys to a 5-4 victory over Wapakoneta in the Division II boys soccer sectional final on Thursday at Roughrider Field.
Minster chief member of inaugural class
MINSTER - Participating in a top-notch FBI training program had long been a goal for Minster Police Chief David Friend. A veteran of four decades in
Social turmoil affects enrollment around state
CELINA-The Wright State University-Lake Campus Police Academy has been very successful in producing law enforcement officers, said academy commander Mark A. Ernst.
Agency wrapping up its first year
ST. HERNY - A few months shy of finishing out its first year, the new Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District based in St. Henry has found its footing and is moving in the right direction, ambulance officials said.
Group formed to ease trauma
CELINA - Sometimes the people who help others are in need of a little help themselves, and a network of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) specialists are stepping in to aid their fellow first responders.
CELINA - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread more than a year and a half after its emergence, health care professionals who treat the virus say evidence-based medicine and factual information are some of the best treatments and protectors from the disease.
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.
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.
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