Tri Star students pour concrete for new facility
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Not long after the first classes at Tri Star Career Compact got underway Friday morning, junior construction students began pouring concrete in front of the new animal science building, an addition that officials say could benefit a number of Tri Star programs. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
NEW BREMEN - Coldwater shook off some early adversity and scored the game's final 24 points to roll to a 24-7 victory over New Bremen Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.
After giving up a long scoring drive to start the game, Coldwater's first two possessions ended on a fourth-down sack inside the New Bremen 15-yard line and an interception. [More]
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Rockford teenager injured in fatal crash
VAN WERT - A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 118 and Wren-Landeck Road that involved a Rockford teen left one dead and four injured on Friday morning.
Officials update virus outbreaks at nursing homes
23 new COVID cases reported in the area
CELINA - Twelve new cases of COVID-19 on Friday brought Mercer County's total to 972.
In Auglaize County, 11 new confirmed cases of the virus brought that county's number to 517.
Guidelines discourage trick-or-treating; suggest other ways to celebrate
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday released guidance for celebrating Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
State officials recommend Ohioans e
Flyers stay perfect with shutout of 'Skins
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local Flyers stuck to a season-long script Friday night.
Their first-half offensive woes continued, but so did their winning streak.
ROCKFORD - Versailles threw some early haymakers Friday night.
But Parkway didn't go down without a fight.
Eli Rich passed for a career-high 270
Silliman's touchdown snaps Celina's losing streak
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Jaxson Silliman's 1-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining allowed Celina to snap a two-game losing streak w
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Friends run Boston event in Coldwater
By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - When Ashley Lefeld and Lynn Huwer learned the 124th Boston Marathon was postponed in April and later turned into a virtual event, the friends figured they would simply run together like they had planned to do in Boston.
Yet in typical Mercer County fashion, the Coldwater community transformed their running route into a full-fledged marathon experience. [More]
Rangers defeat Indians in battle of unbeatens
By Colin Foster
NEW KNOXVILLE - A pair of unbeaten teams clashed Thursday at The Barn. One of them hadn't lost a set this season.
And it stayed that way for New Knoxville.
The Division IV sixth-ranked Rangers swiftly swept the eighth-ranked Indians of Fort Reco [More]
Obituaries on September 18th, 2020
Carolyn R. (Jackson) Crouch, 89, of Rockford, Ohio, died Thursday morning, September 17, 2020, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
Alice G. Propst-Kill, 85, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:30 a.m., Wed. Sept. 16, 2020, at the Acres of Wapakoneta. [More]
Jodi (Hume) Brandon, age 54, of Celina passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at her residence. [More]
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State to pay part of cost for plan
CELINA - A state agency is expected to pick up 12.5% of Mercer County's cost to update its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
County commissioners on
3 people have died in local ATV accidents over past year
All-terrain vehicles can offer a fun way for people to enjoy the outdoors, but when not operated safely, these off-roading vehicles can result in serious injury or even death - especially for children.
Mercer County virus cases nearing 1,000
CELINA - Thirteen new COVID-19 cases on Thursday brought Mercer county's total to 960, and seven new confirmed cases in Auglaize County bumped up that county's total to 507.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry had its serve going against Coldwater on Thursday night as the Redskins won their first MAC volleyball match of the season with a 26-24, 25-16, 25-15 win at St. Henry Middle School Gymnasium.
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Bulldogs remain perfect in WBL
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina improved to 3-0 in Western Buckeye League volleyball play with a 25-14, 25-8, 25-9 win at Bath on Thursday.
Maria Lutz and Brooklyn Bourne each had nine kills for the Bulldogs.
Homeowner escapes with life, dogs
By Sydney Albert
MONTEZUMA - Neighbors and community members are rallying to help a Montezuma man rebuild his life after he lost his home and possessions in a fire on Tuesday night.
Firefighters from Montezuma, Coldwater and St. Marys Township fire departments res [More]
Obituaries on September 17th, 2020
Opal Irene (Watson) Homan, age 95, of Springboro, passed away September 11, 2020. [More]
Evan Michael Winner, age 24, of Mason Road, Sidney, passed away Tuesday afterno [More]
Robert Lee "Bob" Hone, age 75, of Celina, passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. [More]
Jerry H. Shroyer, 80, of Saint Marys, fell asleep 9:50 P.M. Saturday, September [More]
Lucca Ray Nance, 3½, St. Marys, died at 12:50 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020, at Children's Medical Center, Dayton. [More]
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Grant to pay for school lunches
New building has all students together
NEW BREMEN - The school district received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cover the cost of all students lunches through Dec. 14.
Mercer has 19 new COVID cases, Auglaize, 1
Official questioned about testing at nursing homes
CELINA - Nineteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mercer County on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 947.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Auglaize County hit 500 after one new case was reported.
Zuma OK'd for $500K grant
MONTEZUMA - Village officials agreed on Wednesday to meet with project engineer Craig Knapke to discuss moving forward with a drainage project after learning the village will receive a $500,000 state grant.
Bulldogs shut out by Redskins in tennis
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina wrapped up its Western Buckeye League girls tennis schedule with a 5-0 defeat to Wapakoneta on Wednesday afternoon in Wapakoneta. The Bulldogs finish league play at 4-5.
  The Marion Local-St. Henry football contest has been called at times "The Social Gathering" due to the fact that the matchup, featuring teams located 10 minutes from each other on state Route 119, has often featured cousins on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Computer Points In Review
More certainty coming playoff setup
  We have now completed half of the six-week regular season which will precede this year's football playoffs. Most teams have played all three weeks, but a few just started up this week and others are planning to play their initial game in the upcoming three weeks.
CELINA vs. ELIDAKraft Stadium
Last Season: Jaxson Silliman's 6-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes remaining in regulation gave Celina a
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Myles Blasingame, QB Coldwater
19 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown and 9-of-15 pa
By Leslie Gartrell
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - An accident involving a car and a semitrailer hauling corn near the intersection of State Route 49 and Skeels Road west of Celina left a Rockford woman seriously injured on Tuesday afternoon.
Allison Brandt, 25, reportedly was t [More]
Flyers stay perfect in beating Celina
By Colin Foster
MARIA STEIN - State-ranked and stacking up the wins, Celina's volleyball season couldn't be going much better.
The Bulldogs just ran into a better team Tuesday night in Maria Stein.
In a matchup between two state-ranked teams - Marion Local stands No. 4 in Division IV and Celina is 17th in Division II - the Flyers kept their unbeaten run going with a 25-11, 25-19, 25-19 sweep at the Hangar. [More]
Obituaries on September 16th, 2020
Lisa M. Filarey Severs, age 55, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on June 16, 2020 at her residence. [More]
Robert A. Makley, 92, of St. Marys, OH died 2:40 a.m. Sunday September 13, 2020 at Otterbein-St. Marys. [More]
Lucca Nance, 31/2, St. Marys, died on Sept. 14, 2020, at Children's Medical Cen [More]
Lois Jean Zacharias, age 88 of St. Marys and formerly of Botkins, Ohio passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at her residence in St. Marys. [More]
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Horse thief pleads guilty
CELINA - A Geneva, Indiana, man will be required to pay more than $53,000 in restitution and is facing a maximum sentence of up to seven years in pri
Board denies Parkway teacher's grievance
Issue over COVID safety mesaures
ROCKFORD - School board members on Monday denied a grievance submitted against the high school principal by a teacher and the district's teachers union in a 2-1 vote, with one board member abstaining.
Board receives numerous duplicate ballot requests
CELINA - Mercer County residents who receive multiple absentee ballot applications need only fill out one to send to the board of elections, board director Deb Sneddon said on Tuesday morning.
Mercer County virus data jumps
CELINA - Local health officials on Tuesday said Mercer County is trending in the wrong direction as the number of new confirmed cases per capita continues to increase.
Rockford projects will need funding
ROCKFORD - Village officials discussed the need for additional funds for future development and growth while reviewing the proposed 2021 budget.
They noted multiple projects are being planned, but moving forward is difficult without money set aside.
Minster to apply for $734K in grants
MINSTER - Village council members on Monday night authorized applications for two state grants totaling $734,000 to help finance two major construction projects.
County to begin applying fog seal to rural roads
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced that fog seal work will begin soon on various rural roads in the county.
He also issued a statement on signs put up within the right-of-way of any public highway, with the election cycle well underway.
ST. MARYS - For the second night in a row, the Minster Wildcats hit the road for a non-league volleyball meeting and for the second straight evening returned home with a three-set victory.
Celina beats Elida to win first WBL soccer match
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Nathan Wilson recorded a hat trick and Celina picked up its first Western Buckeye League win of the season in boys soccer with a 5-2 win at Elida on Tuesday.
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