By Leslie Gartrell
U.S. 8th District Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, faces Democratic challenger Dr. Vanessa Enoch and write-in independent candidate Isaac Reed in the November general election.

Warren Davidson
Davidson, a Republican, represents the 8th District and says it's been a humbling experience. [More]
Coldwater outlasts Fort Recovery
By Thomas Haines
COLDWATER - If you strike at the king, you best not miss.
For Fort Recovery, going up against undefeated Coldwater, a blocked extra point in the third led to a failed two-point conversion in the fourth, and that was one mistake too many as the Cavaliers prevailed 28-26 in the Division VI Region 24 quarterfinals at Cavalier Stadium on Saturday. [More]
Obituaries on October 26th, 2020
Walter O. Pohlmann, age 80, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Saturday October 24, 2020 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Claire B. Stetler, 86, of Celina passed away at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020 at his residence. [More]
Ralph V. Fortkamp, age 77, of Fort Recovery, died October 25, 2020 at his nephew's residence in Fort Recovery. [More]
Jean K. Ahlers-Waterman, 88, Minster, died at 2:24 a.m. Oct. 24, 2020, at the Heritage Center, Minster, where she had resided for the past seven years. [More]
Dale Howell, 73, Celina, died Oct. 24, 2020, at Van Wert Health Hospital.
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Alvin "Tiny" Kanorr, 50, Wapakoneta, died Oct. 23, 2020, at his residence.
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CELINA - Disease stalked the land. Riots erupted in almost every major northern city. Prostitution, gambling, violence and crime reigned, fueled by drunken furloughed soldiers who were addicted to painkillers or too emotionally scarred from war to hold a job.
DARKE COUNTY - A 61-year-old Maria Stein man was sent to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after losing control of his motorcycle on Saturday afternoon.
FRANKFORT - Minster found out last Sunday that they would be playing their playoff game against Frankfort Adena without the services of their startin
CELINA - The first time Celina and Kenton played in girls soccer, the match ended in a 1-1 tie.
With a rematch in the Division II sectional final on Saturday, there would definitely be a winner this time around.
Cross Country Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The cross country postseason got underway with area runners competing in Hancock and Putnam Counties on Saturday for the chance to move on to the Tiffin Regional this Saturday.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Bellbrook scored 31 unanswered points in the first half and ended St. Marys' football playoff run with a 44-14 victory over the Roughriders at Miami Valley South Stadium on Saturday.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Four Celina Primary School staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and 25 to 30 students who had direct contact with them are in quarantine.
Also, Mercer County Health District officials reported 20 new cases on Friday, raising the county's total to 1,432. Auglaize County reported a total of 70 new cases between Wednesday and Friday for a total of 934 confirmed cases. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
Democrat Shannon Freshour and Libertarian Steve Perkins are challenging incumbent 4th District U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, in the Nov. 3 general election.

Shannon Freshour
Freshour is a native of the 4th District and knows the difficulties local families face. [More]
Obituaries on October 24th, 2020
Alberta M. (Osterloh) Rethman, age 82, Versailles, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at her residence Wednesday evening, October 21, 2020. [More]
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CELINA - Looking to avert a double-digit increase in insurance costs in 2021, Mercer County commissioners this week chose to increase county employees' deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums next year.
Group wants to restore 19th-century opera house
FORT RECOVERY - A hidden historical gem is headed toward revitalization thanks to a group of passionate art-history fans.
The Fort Recovery Opera H
Second half lifts Cardinals past Redskins
NEW BREMEN - Going into halftime, St Henry had all the luck, but New Bremen found a way to flip the script.
The Redskins got several lucky bounces
MARIA STEIN - Friday night's weather at Booster Stadium pretty well mirrored the matchup on the field.
Neither one was very pretty.
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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]
By Daily Standard Staff
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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Compiled by Thomas Haines
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.
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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Compiled by Thomas Haines and Gary R. Rasberry
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.
Computer Points In Review
  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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