People improvise to make candy giving COVID appropriate
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercer County residents can have a safe, spooky Halloween if they take the right precautions.
Deciding whether to participate in Halloween festivities is up to parents, guardians, individuals and community members, and those celebrating can look to the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for creative ideas and safety practices. [More]
Johann Goehr the architect of unique Minster church
By Sydney Albert
MINSTER - The twin steeples of St. Augustine Catholic Church are a landmark for Minster natives, a sign that lets them know, day or night, they're home.
Now, a few blocks away in the St. Augustine Cemetery, the man who designed that monument has a new memorial himself. [More]
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Several community Halloween events have been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. Village and city officials who have decided to host trick or treat said participation is up to individual families.
Participants can take basic precautionary measures per COVID-19 guidelines for a safe and enjoyable trick or treat, officials have said. [More]
Obituaries on October 23rd, 2020
Dale P. Brackman, age 28, of Maria Stein died Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
He was born July 20, 1992 in Coldwater to Eugene & Joyce (Dahlinghaus) Brackman. [More]
Frederick Geise, 84, Union, and formerly of Fort Loramie, died on Oct. 21, 2020 [More]
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Officials OK reimbursement
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday, with the backing of the county prosecutor's office, moved to cover the payroll and benefits of the two-person Emergency Management Agency with COVID-19-related funding.
WAPAKONETA - Officials hope a grand opening and nighttime 5K run, tentatively planned for June, will allow people to see the new Neil Armstrong Airport terminal and learn about the airport's services while having fun.
CELINA - Nearly 30 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday raised Mercer County's total to 1,412.
Ohio also experienced its highest number of cases reported on a single day since the pandemic began, as 2,425 cases raised the state's total to 190,430 confirmed and probable cases.
Quick goals lift Bulldogs past Titans
CELINA - When Ottawa-Glandorf tied the match at 1-all on Thursday night in the Division II boys soccer tournament, Celina didn't need long to respond.
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen opened the defense of its Division IV state volleyball title in impressive fashion Thursday evening with a 3-0 victory over Ridgemont in the sectional finals at the Cardinal Gymnasium.
FORT RECOVERY - For the second straight year, Fort Recovery came up against Lima Central Catholic in the tournament, and for the second straight year it was an Indians sweep.
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Adam Tobin broke the St. Marys record for career goals on a penalty kick in the second half and sealed up a 2-0 win over Kenton in the Division II boys soccer tournament at Roughrider Field on Thursday.
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By Tom Millhouse
Incumbent state Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, will face off against Democrat write-in candidate Elecia Wobler, D-Haviland, for the Ohio House of Representatives 82nd district in the Nov. 3 general election.
The district includes all of Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert counties and the northwest portion of Auglaize County, including St. Marys and Wapakoneta. The term is for two years. [More]
Celina falls to Elida in five sets in tournament
By Gary R. Rasberry
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP - The first time Celina and Elida played volleyball this season, Celina won in five sets.
After two sets on Wednesday in the Division II district quarterfinals at Shawnee, it was looking like this one would go the distance a well.
It nearly went beyond 15 points in the set before Elida avenged the earlier loss to Celina with a 25-16, 21-25, 25-14, 15-25, 15-13 win at Lappin Gymnasium. [More]
Obituaries on October 22nd, 2020
Lisa A. Piening age 59 of Minster, Ohio died on Tuesday October 20, 2020 at her home. [More]
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ST. MARYS - A power outage that reportedly left hundreds in St. Marys without electricity on Tuesday night was the result of an equipment failure at the Tomlinson substation.
CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials on Wednesday said they need the help of local leaders, elected officials and other public figures to get accurate messages and information about COVID-19 out to the public.
NEW BREMEN - School board members on Monday approved a new four-year contract for Superintendent Jason Schrader with pay raises each year.
The new contract takes effect Aug. 1.
VAN WERT - A Celina man who was originally charged with retaliation against an attorney has been sentenced to 60 days in jail on an amended charge of aggravated menacing.
MONTEZUMA - Village council members on Wednesday night approved a request to vacate an alley off Riley Street.
Ann Thobe submitted a request to vacate the unused alley between properties she owns on Riley Street.
ST. MARYS - It was all St. Marys Wednesday night.
The Roughriders had their first scoring chance within 35 seconds of the start of the match, their
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After nearly three weeks without playing a match, Coldwater returned to the volleyball court on Wednesday to face Carey in the Division III sectional at Liberty-Benton High School.
  It's uncommon to see two football teams that played in the regular season face off again later on in the season.
But it has become a fairly common occurrence in this area when it comes to area teams in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
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  The second round of the playoffs this past weekend saw good results for Western Buckeye League and Midwest Athletic Conference teams. We saw 10 wins, three losses, and, unfortunately, two teams eliminated and one advancing due to COVID-19 forfeitures.
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The two teams did not play in the regular season due to the t
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount in Mercer County, yet the disease has not resulted in catastrophe, Mercer County Health District Administrator Jason Menchhofer said.
Menchhofer updated Mercer County Board of Elections members on the local status of COVID-19, saying though case numbers remain high, the vast majority of people who have tested positive are not getting seriously ill. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Celina man is the 26th person to die from COVID-19 in Mercer County, according to a Mercer County Health District news release.
Five new cases were also reported on Tuesday, raising the county's total to 1,350.
In Auglaize County, eight new confirmed cases brought that county's total to 864. [More]
Obituaries on October 21st, 2020
Rita (Menker) Heinl, age 91, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Monday, October 19, 2020 at her home. [More]
Scott Klopfleisch, 63, of Brashear, TX passed away at his home with family by his side on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from pancreatic cancer. [More]
Ellen LeMay (Jones) Heiby was born on January 2, 1965 in Mansfield Ohio. She went home to be with the Lord on October 19th, 2020. [More]
Larry Lee Wilkins, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in the Celina Manor Nursing Home, Celina. He had formerly resided in St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Marvin Opperman, age 93, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, in the Grande [More]
Adolph J. "Sonny" Meyer age 86 of Newport, Ohio died on Tuesday October 20, 2020 at his home. [More]
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Voters urged to mask up
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections officials urged voters to wear their masks when voting in person, noting 50% of poll workers are 60 and older, making them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
MINSTER - After twice receiving identical bids from two prospective buyers for a 17-acre wooded tract, village officials hope the tie is broken when the next round of bids is received.
CELINA - A judge rejected a Bradford man's guilty plea to charges that include vehicular homicide on Tuesday as officials await lab results that reportedly could lead to more serious charges.
Mercer County's unemployment rate improved in September, while remaining the third-lowest in the state.
The rate dropped from 5.2% in August to 4.4% in September, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize Mercer Business Education Alliance Executive Director Shelly Busse is resigning, creating a leadership opening at the business advisory council that has gained statewide recognition.
ROCKFORD - Village officials plan to use $28,631 of coronavirus relief funds to replace water meters around the village, saying new no-contact meters would help ensure the safety of business employees and residents.
Flyers beat Big Green in tourney opener
MARIA STEIN - Ottoville kept it close early, but Marion Local rounded into form as the match went along, finishing off a 25-17, 25-15, 25-11 sweep to advance to the second round of the Division IV tournament at the Hangar on Tuesday night.
All-Western Buckeye League Soccer
Bath's Chandler Clark and Shawnee's Zach Chambers were named the Western Buckeye League's Players of the Year in girls and boys soccer, respectively, by the league coaches.
All-Western Buckeye League Volleyball
Ottawa-Glandorf senior Maddie White was voted the Western Buckeye League's volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday.
White was a major contributor
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Minster got a final tune-up before starting the postseason on Thursday with a 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-25, 15-7 non-conference win over Leipsic on Tuesday.
St. Marys targets dangerous buildings
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - Officials hope to address safety issues reported in some rental properties by beefing up a city law regarding dangerous buildings.
City council members and administrators have reportedly received multiple complaints about rental properties, specifically about landlords providing inadequate heating systems and refusing to fix plumbing systems that haven't been properly tied into the sewer system. [More]
By Amy Kronenberger
Only 29% of youth nationwide qualify for military service, according to 2017 Pentagon data, and local recruiters said these findings are reflected in northwest Ohio.
The Pentagon's top reasons for disqualification include obesity, not being academically ready and having a criminal record. [More]
Panthers defeat Wildcats in tourney opener
By Gary R. Rasberry
ROCKFORD - After dropping their final two matches of the season, Parkway looked to start fresh as the Division III volleyball season postseason got underway with a home match with Delphos Jefferson.
The Panthers were tuned in right away and came away with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 over the Wildcats at Panther Gymnasium. [More]
Obituaries on October 20th, 2020
Willard Gehron, 82, North Star, died on Oct. 19, 2020, at Miami Valley Hospital [More]
Keith E. Powers, 49, Celina, died at 6:13 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Ann M. Serio, age 39, of Fort Recovery, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020, i [More]
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CELINA - Celina City Schools is seeking a waiver after failing to meet matching requirements for Head Start funding after the COVID-19 pandemic limited volunteering opportunities.
MINSTER - School administrators on Monday urged residents to take precautions against the coronavirus after a spike in student quarantines and positive tests within the district.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County added 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the county's total number of cases to 856.
In Mercer County, 14 new cases brought the county's total to 1,345.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members approved a new school mission statement and motto during Monday's meeting.
The district's previous statement w
FORT RECOVERY - Mayor Dave Kaup during Monday's village council meeting praised Ivan Kaffenberger for his more than 40 years of service to the Southwest Mercer Fire District.
ST. MARYS - It was close through the first half, but then the dam broke.  
St. Marys scored nine goals in the second half to run away with the match and finished with an 11-0 win over Upper Sandusky in the opener of the Division II boys soccer tournament at Roughrider Field.
All-MAC Volleyball Team
New Knoxville capped off its first-ever outright Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball championship by sweeping the top honors for the all-conference team released Monday.
The Western Ohio Soccer League announced its all-league teams for boys and girls soccer on Monday.
Coldwater's Ava Giere and Katie Noonan earned fi
When a health crisis strikes, whether it's due to an accident, an overdose or complications of a novel coronavirus, area hospital emergency room staff work against the clock to save lives and stabilize patients.
CELINA - For Mercer County Emergency Medical Services officials, securing ample levels of volunteers to man squad runs has become a torturous endeavor.
CELINA - Despite the stress, long hours and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, the challenges presented by the pandemic has brought together and unified the Mercer County Health District staff.
MONTEZUMA - When a boater encounters trouble on Grand Lake, the Muskrat I rescue boat crew springs into action, whether the emergency is a boat fire, a person overboard or other dangerous situation.
Technology is providing local law enforcement and first responders a bird's-eye view and taking investigations to a new height.
Drones have become
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