Suspect arrested in FBI sting related to child pornography
By William Kincaid
TOLEDO - A 51-year-old former school board member and mayor charged with coercion and enticement and receipt and distribution of child pornography made his initial appearance on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio.
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Police allegedly pose as teen to make bust
By Sydney Albert
ST. HENRY - A St. Henry man faces felony charges after reportedly sending sexually explicit photos and saying he wished to meet someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl, according to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.
Kevin J. Fullenkamp, 60, was arrested after a Newbury, Massachusetts, police detective contacted the sheriff's office. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
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A year after breaking into the top 10, Vivian Niekamp wraps up her high school diving career with a podium finish.
The New Bremen senior placed seventh to earn first team All-Ohio honors at the Division II State Girls Diving Championships held Wednesday at Branin Natatorium in Canton. [More]
Obituaries on February 25th, 2021
Donna Franco, 86, Mendon, died Feb. 21, 2021, at her residence.
A memorial se [More]
Roy L. McDorman, age 84, of Mendon, went to be with the Lord at 9:53 p.m. on Tu [More]
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Former teacher impersonates 16th president
CELINA - About eight score years ago, Abraham Lincoln governed over a nation so deeply divided it had split in two - and Tuesday night, the former president made an astonishing appearance at the Celina Eagles to share some details from life.
Mariners plan craft brew at games
CELINA - After having to cancel last year's season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Lake Mariners officials plan to resume play at Montgomery Field in 2021 - and offer craft brews at every game.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Wednesday reported two new deaths and four new confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising the county's cumulative death toll to 61 and case count to 3,386.
Mercer County board hires Miller, Fader
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members on Tuesday morning filled the last of two open clerk positions by hiring Christopher Michael Fader of Celina.
NEW KNOXVILLE - The Neil Armstrong Airport terminal grand opening festivities are set to begin June 12, though officials are still working out some details.
Coldwater rallies to playoff win over Paulding
COLDWATER - Not even the final buzzer could allow Coldwater fans a chance to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Paulding tried a 3-pointer as the horn
ROCKFORD - In regulation, the Parkway boys basketball team couldn't put Ridgemont away. In the first overtime, Ridgemont couldn't put the Panthers away.
Division II State Bowling Preview
The Coldwater boys and girls bowling teams differ in makeup. The boys are underclassmen-laden while the girls have a strong group of veterans and seniors.
ST. MARYS - A trio of standouts who helped St. Marys win two Western Buckeye League championships and reach the Division II girls soccer regional final this past season made their college commitments on Wednesday.
Compiled By Tom Haines
New Bremen jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back, coming away with a 64-46 victory over Ada in the Division IV sectional opener at Cardinal Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
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Jeff Armstrong arrested on child porn charges
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ROCKFORD - Federal officials have charged a 51-year-old Rockford man with coercion and enticement and receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation news release.
Jeffrey Armstrong had been scheduled to have an initial appearance on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio in Toledo, court documents show. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday authorized the superintendent and treasurer to enter into an agreement with the Fort Recovery Athletic Boosters to build a roughly $1.3 million baseball and softball complex.
Board president Nick Wehr-kamp said board members authorized the superintendent to turn over land temporarily to the Athletic Boosters to build the complex, who will then return the land to the district when the complex is complete. [More]
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - Despite a never-say-die effort from New Knoxville, including two runs in the second half to cut the deficit, Fort Recovery held on for a 65-51 win in the Division IV boys basketball sectional opener at Fort Site Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Fort Recovery moves on to play St. Henry in the Division IV sectional final at Redskin Gymnasium on Friday at 7 p.m. [More]
Obituaries on February 24th, 2021
Patricia Ann Linn, 85, of Celina, Ohio, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 23, 2021, at her residence at the Miller House. [More]
Judith "Judy" McGlothen, 67, of Saint Marys died at 9:24 p.m. Feb. 20 at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
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CELINA - A Celina man faces six felony charges including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition involving a girl younger than 13, according to court records.
GREENVILLE - A 25-year-old Celina man was listed in critical condition at a Dayton hospital on Tuesday after reportedly shooting himself while in a church north of Greenville where he had barricaded himself, according to a Darke County Sheriff's Office news release.
Scott: Parking lot rink would be safer alternative than lake
CELINA - City councilman June Scott this week asked officials to consider turning a city park parking lot into an ice rink in the winter to offer skaters a safer alternative to going onto Grand Lake.
CELINA - Dredging and other work at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park's West Beach will resume this year as officials continue to assess the water quality in the experimental swimming area.
CELINA - The number of COVID-19 cases in Mercer County increased by five on Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,873.
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MENDON - Village council members on Tuesday evening agreed to consider starting a seasonal weekend farmers' market in the village.
Village solicito
MINSTER - School district officials are looking into the costs of long-term projects before determining the future of a permanent improvements levy up for renewal this year.
Wapakoneta fends off Celina rally to win tourney opener
WAPAKONETA - A slow start doomed Celina Tuesday evening at the Division II sectional semifinals at Wapakoneta.
The Bulldogs, who managed just six first-half points, rallied in the second half, but could not erase an early 15-point deficit and fell 37-30 to the host Redskins.
ST. HENRY - Once St. Henry got going on Tuesday night, it didn't slow down.
The Redskins shot 67% from the field in the first half en route to a 4
CELINA - The College of Mount St. Joseph is the perfect fit for Cooper Jones academically and athletically.
The Celina senior will attend the Cincinnati-area school this fall and play football for the NCAA Division III Lions.
City considers chargers for electric vehicles
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City councilors continue to push Celina as a destination location on the vanguard, advancing legislation that would usher in electric vehicle charging stations and allow officials to apply for more than $125,000 in grants for kayak launch pads and pickle ball courts. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry

There's nowhere to go but up for Holden Cubblerly.
The Celina senior is making his fourth trip to the Division II state diving championships on Thursday and is looking to move up from his third-place All-Ohio showing a season ago.
Cubberley joins three other area divers competing this week, all of whom dove last year as well. New Bremen's Vivian Niekamp is making her fourth trip to state while St. Marys' Xander Spees and Kameron MacLean are each making second trips each. [More]
Obituaries on February 23rd, 2021
Maria L. Watson, 77, Celina, died Feb. 22, 2021, at her residence.
Private fa [More]
Robert "Bob" Wayde Yeater Jr. (age 68) of St. Marys, Ohio, went home to be with [More]
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ST. MARYS - City council members on Monday approved under rule suspension the $2.4 million purchase of about 147 acres of land stretching northeast from Roughrider Stadium along Shipman Road.
St. Henry sells land to manufacturer
ST. HENRY - Village council members during Monday's meeting agreed to sell about 4.2 acres to Ideas Turned Real Manufacturing to allow the company to expand.
CELINA - Six new COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend raised Mercer County's cumulative case count to 3,868 on Monday.
Mercer County Health Dis
NEW BREMEN - Council members on Monday awarded the contract to repair the swimming pool on an emergency basis.
The ordinance was passed after bypa
Division II State Swimming Preview
Getting the chance to compete in the state championships is plenty of motivation.
But for Coldwater, the loss of a beloved assistant coach has the five Cavaliers competing at the Division II state meet this week in Canton even more motivated.
Minster's Justin Nixon was named Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Wildcats coach Michael McClurg was named Coach of the Year as the MAC released voting results on Monday.
All-Western Buckeye League Bowling
Celina's Britton Hole was selected as the Western Buckeye League Boys Bowler of the Year this season.
Hole, who on Saturday was Division I sectional medalist, helped the Bulldogs finish third in the WBL this season.
Experts think vaccinations and COVID precautions may be a reason why cases of the flu are low
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - As COVID-19 continues to pull focus both globally and locally, seasonal influenza activity has been almost nonexistent in Mercer County and the U.S.
Flu activity in the U.S. has been "unusually low," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, flu activity is the lowest it's been since the CDC started routinely collecting data in 2005. [More]
Indians beat Cardinals in overtime battle
By Gary R. Rasberry
FORT RECOVERY - Holly Gann knew her Fort Recovery squad didn't want to end their season in the sectional final.
The Indians tied the game at 45-all with 45 seconds remaining in a wild fourth quarter, then outscored New Bremen 8-5 in the overtime to claim the Division IV girls basketball sectional title 53-50 on Saturday night at Fort Site Fieldhouse. [More]
Obituaries on February 22nd, 2021
Anna Mae Bohman age 88 of Minster, Ohio died Thursday, February 18, 2021 at her home in Minster. [More]
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MINSTER - In their final six games of the regular season, Minster relentlessly punished their opponents with an average margin-of-victory of more than 30 points each outing.
State Swimming and Diving
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The field for the state swimming and diving championships were formally set over the weekend as the automatic qualifiers in each swimming event were joined by at-large qualifiers based on times.
Division I Boys Sectional Bowling
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina and St. Marys qualified for the Division I boys bowling district tournament after finishing second and third, respectively, at the sectional on Saturday at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta.
MARIA STEIN - In a nearly even game, one short run was enough for Marion Local on Saturday.
The Flyers opened a gap with a 7-0 run in the final fo
NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville got the opportunity to cut down the nets in its own gym Saturday afternoon, claiming a sectional title with a 68-16 victory over the Upper Scioto Valley Rams at the Barn.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Bryan outscored St. Marys 8-4 in the second quarter to extend a close lead and then added cushion in the second half to end the Roughriders' season with 48-36 loss in the Division II girls basketball sectional on Saturday night in Bryan.
All-WBL Basketball
Shawnee's George Mangas and Bath's Ruby Bolon were named the Western Buckeye League's boys and girls basketball Players of the Year in voting released on Sunday.
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