By William Kincaid
CELINA - The race for a Mercer County commission seat beginning Jan. 2, 2021, finds incumbent Jerry Laffin of Coldwater facing off against challenger Andy Schwieterman of Celina for the Republican nomination.
The winner advances to the Nov. 3 general election to take on Democratic candidate Don Holtvoigt of Celina, who is running unopposed. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Commissioner Rick P. Muhlenkamp of Celina is being challenged by county soil and water conservation Board Vice Chairwoman Theresa A. Howick of Celina for the commissioner seat beginning Jan. 3, 2021.
The winner advances to the Nov. 3 general election. No Democrats filed to run in the primary. [More]
Obituaries on February 18th, 2020
Newman Bryant Clapp III, age 88 of Celina, Ohio passed away February 17, 2020 at 1:20 am. [More]
Richard E. "Dick" Collins, age 61, of Coldwater, died February 16, 2020 at Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio. [More]
Patricia R. "Pat" Stammen, age 66, of Fort Recovery, died February 17, 2020, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
Robert Schmehl, 79, St. Marys, died Feb. 16, 2020, at his residence.
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Bernard "Bud" Lehman, 90, of Saint Marys, died 1:03 A.M. Monday, February 17, 2020, his 90th birthday, at Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community. [More]
Diana Kay (Ashman) Martin, 69, passed away on Sunday, February 16 at Vancrest after a brief illness brought on by complications from Multiple Sclerosis. [More]
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Contestants flock to Brew Nation's 'Love is in the Hair' contest
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Things got a little hairy when facial hair aficionados from across the nation took over Brew Nation on Saturday night.
The Mercer County Facial Hair Club hosted their second "Love is in the Hair" facial hair competition at the brewery. Contestants served up looks ranging from burly beards and magnificent mustaches to fake follicles made out of ribbons, moss and paper. [More]
St. Marys edges Celina for first league championship in 43 years
By Gary R. Rasberry
BATH TOWNSHIP - The scenario was simple: win the Western Buckeye League wrestling tournament, capture the league title.
St. Marys and Celina were determined to claim the crown, and it came down to the wire on Saturday.
The Roughriders put seven wrestlers in championship matches and won four titles en route to holding off Celina 151-145 1/2 to win the tournament and capturing the program's first outright league title. It is also the first title for St. Marys since 1977 at Bath High School. [More]
Obituaries on February 17th, 2020
Paul "P.D." Zink, 69, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 3:35 P.M. Friday, February 14, 2020. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends. [More]
Diana Martin, 68, of St. Marys, Ohio died Sunday February 16, 2020 at Vancrest. [More]
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State meet field set
Cav girls win bowling sectional
Woman who shot, killed husband won't be charged
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - A St. Marys-area woman won't face charges after shooting her husband to death at their home on Feb. 8.
An Auglaize County Grand Jury declined to charge Stephanie Sweigart, 30, for any offenses related to the death of husband Wesley Sweigart, 36, according to a news release Friday from the sheriff's office and county prosecutor Edwin Pierce. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. HENRY - After a so-so first half, Minster boys basketball coach Michael McClurg knew his team had to kick it up a notch in the second half against St. Henry.
The Wildcats got timely shooting and played solid defense to take the lead and held on for the 55-49 win over the Redskins at St. Henry Middle School Gymnasium. [More]
Obituaries on February 15th, 2020
Margaret C. Baker, age 92 of St. Marys, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. [More]
Donna Bremke, formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed on January 28, 2020 at Holmes Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. [More]
Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Dresher Williams, age 58, of Celina, passed away Thursday evening, February 13, 2020, at Mercy Health-St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. [More]
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Police seek missing teens
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Kinney breaks record
Celina locks up spots at state meet
Flyers shut down Cavs
Local bowlers advance to district
By Leslie Gartrell
Gene Steiner was not a fan of blind dates.
At 20 years old in 1950, he was working in Toledo and would visit Celina since his father was employed at New Idea. His friend, Carl, invited him to a Celina football game against Kenton and asked if he'd ever been on a blind date. Steiner replied that he hadn't and had no intention of ever doing so. [More]
Indians win 1st MAC girls hoops title since 1990-91
By Colin Foster
FORT RECOVERY - In 1991, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were just beginning their NBA dynasty, "60 Minutes," "Roseanne" and "Cheers" ruled the television world, "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" was the hottest movie at the box office and the Fort Recovery girls basketball program won the Midwest Athletic Conference championship. [More]
Obituaries on February 14th, 2020
Susan Marie Pyles, of Celina, died peacefully on February 12th, 2020 at Hospice of Cincinnati. [More]
Mary B. Droesch age 85 of Chickasaw, Ohio passed away at 5:08 AM on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Betty Jean Myers, age 86 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at her residence. [More]
On February 13, 2020, Evonne G. Stechschulte passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home. [More]
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