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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday highlighted Mercer County's struggle with COVID-19 as he discussed the growing number of cases across the state.
DeWine's comments arrived the same day the county saw a record 39 new cases on Wednesday, raising the county's total to 1,523. [More]
By William Kincaid
South Central Mercer Fire District officials are asking voters to approve a 2.5-mill replacement levy to fund fire protection operations.
The five-year levy, if approved, would increase the amount collected annually by the current levy from $326,900 to $332,160, according to the Mercer County Auditor' Office. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $87.50 annually. [More]
Late goal lifts St. Marys to another win over Celina
By Thomas Haines
ELIDA - Just like the first matchup between the teams, Wednesday's St. Marys-Celina Division II girls soccer district semifinal match looked deadlocked most of the way and came down to a lucky bounce.
Once again, it was St. Marys coming out on top, as Celina keeper Kennedy Henry couldn't corral a long shot from Lydia Will with less than five minutes remaining, and Lil Ankerman scored on the rebound to give the Roughriders a 2-1 win in the district semifinals at Elida Middle School. [More]
Obituaries on October 29th, 2020
David L. Lehman, of Minster (formerly, Celina) OH, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:47 PM. He was 67 years old. [More]
Virginia A. "Ginny" Schaefer, St. Anthony, died on Oct. 28, 2020, at Mercer Cou [More]
Cinda Rodeheffer Trisel, 67, Piqua, died on Oct. 27, 2020, at Hospice of Dayton [More]
Clarence Niblick, 101 of Lakeland, Florida died on October 17, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. [More]
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COLDWATER - Work on a $450,000 expansion and redesign of Mercer County Community Hospital's pharmacy had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but hospital officials say work on the project will finally begin.
CELINA - Celina school officials have no reason to consider, at least so far, halting in-person learning, even with 58 students out in quarantine, superintendent Ken Schmiesing said at Wednesday's special board meeting.
CELINA - A Celina man is being charged with theft and tampering with Bureau of Motor Vehicles records.
W. Baum-
gartner Jr., 56, made his
CELINA - Celina City Schools board of education members on Wednesday approved Mercer County Head Start's request to transfer funds to purchase more than $14,000 in new kitchen equipment.
District 8 Volleyball Honors
The District 8 Volleyball Coaches Association announced its postseason award winners this week.
In Division IV, Fort Recovery senior Paige Fortkamp
  Last season in the Division VII playoffs, Fort Loramie and New Bremen had their seasons ended a week apart by Marion Local.
On Friday, the Redskins and Cardinals will meet in the Region 28 semifinals with Marion Local likely waiting for them next week.
Computer Points In Review
  Last weekend saw a winnowing of the local teams still alive in the postseason. We are down to just two WBL and 4 MAC teams remaining in the playoffs

Booster Stadium
The teams met in the 1962 and 1963 seasons with the Flyers winning by scores of 58-0 and 24-0.
All games start at 7 p.m.
Division VII Region 28
Riverside at Marion Local
New Bremen at Fort Loramie
Bryan at Celina
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By Sydney Albert
GERMAN TOWNSHIP - Officials say a 2.5-mill continuing replacement levy up for vote is integral to covering the cost of fire and emergency medical services for the township.
Voters will decide whether to replace a 1.5-mill continuing levy, first approved in 2013, with a 2.5-mill continuing levy. According to county auditor Janet Schuler, the old levy collects an estimated $37,287 per year. The replacement levy would collect $76,244, costing the owner of a $100,000 home about $87.50 per year. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - Two deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Auglaize County on Tuesday, raising the county's total to 16.
Officials also reported 14 new confirmed cases, increasing the total to 1,026.
In Mercer County, seven new cases brought that county's total to 1,484. [More]
By Thomas Haines
FORT RECOVERY - The two top-seeded teams took care of business Tuesday night at the Division IV district volleyball tournament at Fort Site Fieldhouse.
Fort Recovery outlasted Lincolnview in a hard-fought first set and dropped the third before recovering for a 25-22, 25-13, 20-25, 25-16 win. [More]
Obituaries on October 28th, 2020
Julia M. Billenstein age 92, of Versailles passed away at 12:45 PM on Monday, O [More]
Dale C. Howell, age 73, of Celina, went to his heavenly reward on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Van Wert Health Hospital. [More]
Robert L. Clune, age 81, of New Bremen, died on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 8:10 P.M. at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. [More]
Gabriel J. Andrews, age 15, of Coldwater died Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Mabel "Bert" Miller, age 97, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 10:10 am on October 26, 2020 at Grand Lake Health System in St. Marys. [More]
Jill K. Bergman age 49 of New Bremen, Ohio died Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. [More]
Sandra Shoup, 76, of Saint Marys, died 4:30 A.M. Sunday, October, 25, 2020, at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Leslie E. "Les" Johnson, age 63, of Fort Recovery, died October 26, 2020 at home. [More]
Ruth Jane Seewer, 95, of St. Marys, OH died at 8:48 p.m. Sunday October 25, 2020 at Otterbein-St. Marys. [More]
Willard E. Gehron, age 82, of North Star, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. [More]
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CELINA - Lake Facilities Authority officials said they are willing to work with the property owners on a number of "suggestions," including a period of exclusive hunting rights, to finalize the purchase of 88.9 acres of land for a future treatment train.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $147,242 contract to a Coldwater contractor to bring up to code a historic building in downtown Celina.
CELINA - Mercer County officials are stepping in to see that three longstanding businesses continue to operate under new ownership.
County commissi
MENDON - Village residents will see a new recreational addition to Mendon Union Memorial Park thanks to the generosity of a local charity.
A two-vehicle collision involving an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser is suspected to have been caused by the other driver's drug impairment, according to an OSHP news release.
MINSTER - The third time proved to be a charm for a bidder seeking to purchase 17 acres of land from the village.
After the first two rounds result
Cardinals and Rangers advance to Division IV district final
NEW BREMEN - The rematch everyone anticipated will happen at Cardinals Gymnasium on Friday night.
The top two seeds came away with victories at the Division IV district volleyball semifinals on Tuesday night.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Alyson Saxton scored with 2:56 remaining in regulation to break a 2-2 tie and give Ottoville a 3-2 victory over Coldwater in the Division III girls soccer district semifinal on Tuesday night at Ottoville High School.
Company seeks money for projects, tax abatement
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The developers of a proposed residential/entertainment district on West Bank Road want the city to pay for an additional $169,000 in water line work that was not negotiated when the project was first pitched as a condominium/hotel-style resort more than seven years ago. [More]
By Thomas Haines
ELIDA - In the first 40 minutes, St. Marys took 10 shots on goal and Celina took two.
But it was Celina holding a 2-0 lead at the half, and that margin held as the Bulldogs went on to a 3-1 win over the Roughriders in the Division II Northwest District I semifinals at Elida Middle School on Monday night. [More]
Obituaries on October 27th, 2020
Gabriel J. Andrews, 15, Coldwater, died on Oct. 25, 2020, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
On Oct. 19, 2020, Karen Wietholter Dunn passed away at the age of 78 after a 12-week illness with cancer. [More]
Alvin F. "Tiny" Kanorr Jr., 50, Wapakoneta, died at 5:05 p.m. October 23, 2020, at his residence. [More]
Daniel Metzger, 71, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died Sunday, October 25, 2020, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Norbert C. Schemmel age 92 of Osgood, Ohio died Friday, October 23, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Ruth Seewer, 95, St. Marys, died on Oct. 25, 2020, at Otterbein Senior Lifestyl [More]
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ST. MARYS - Legislation to eliminate one police department position and create two new full-time positions stalled on Monday when the request to suspend two ordinances' three-reading rule failed to gain approval.
CELINA - A Celina man has been charged with fourth-degree felony vehicular homicide after he reportedly struck a bicyclist on State Route 118 in August.
ST. HENRY - Village council members said goodbye to longtime village administrator Ron Gelhaus on Monday evening.
Gelhaus has served as village adm
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County saw a surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend, as 78 were reported on Monday, raising the county's total to 1,012.
NEW BREMEN - Village council member Brent Richter resigned from his seat at Monday's regular council meeting.
Mayor Robert Parker announced the res
COLDWATER - Village council members on Monday approved a list of payments to qualifying businesses for the COVID-19 relief grant program.
OTTAWA - The night was a challenging one for Midwest Athletic Conference teams at the Division III district volleyball tournament at Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.
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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