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Park plans relaunched
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Kayak launch pads, a bevy of shelter houses, a disc golf area and even more playground equipment are in store in the very near future for Celina parks should the city receive a $500,0000 grant.
City council members this week acted on a resolution authorizing mayor Jeff Hazel to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program for outdoor recreation projects at the Bryson Park District and Eastview and Westview parks. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - The comeback came up short for Fort Recovery.
After trailing St. Marys most of the game, including by five at the start of the fourth and by four with 3:47 left, the Indians made a late charge to tie the game at 45 with 1:10 left. But LeTrey Williams gave the Roughriders back the lead and the Indians turned the ball over on the next possession, setting up a 53-45 St. Marys victory in the boys basketball season opener at Grand Lake Health System Court. [More]
Obituaries on November 28th, 2020
Marianne A. Remaklus, age 92, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on November 26, 2020 at The Gardens at Celina, Celina, Ohio. [More]
Alvin A. Timmerman, age 86, of Portland, Indiana, died November 27, 2020 at Persimmon Ridge, Portland, IN. [More]
Bruce A. Custer, age 59, of Homosassa, FL went to be with our Lord on November 20, 2020. [More]
James F. 'Jim' Heyne, age 67, of Coldwater, died Friday, November 27, 2020 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Larry R. Poor passed away on November 26, 2020 at 12:35 pm at the Miller Place in Celina at the age of 79. [More]
Milan "Mike" Kovacek, 75, of Elida, Ohio, died 9:29 P.M. Thursday, November 26, 2020, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Julia Rose (Hoelscher) Pleiman, age 86, of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural [More]
Elizabeth "Beth" Frierott age 73 of Minster, Ohio passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 25 after a courageous three-year battle with ovarian cancer. [More]
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CELINA - City fire/emergency medical services personnel are being stretched thin due to covering weekly shifts in Rockford and elsewhere because of a lack of volunteers, Celina Fire Chief Doug Wolter said.
Park plans relaunched
CELINA - City officials saw their ambitious plans to fire up the next development phase of Bryson Park District go down the tubes this year due to the delayed arrival of grant dollars and a world-halting pandemic.
SPENCERVILLE - St. Henry is hoping to hang its hat on good defense this boys basketball season.
In Friday's opener, the Redskins showed why, holdi
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Anna jumped out to a 20-4 lead on New Knoxville and never looked back in opening the season with an 83-41 victory over the Rangers at the Barn.
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Kids appreciate health care workers
By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - On the day before Thanksgiving break, Coldwater Elementary second-graders offered a cornucopia of handmade cards, snacks and sugary treats to Mercer Health officials battling a resurgent pandemic.
The kids filled boxes with cards beari [More]
Obituaries on November 27th, 2020
Ruth Eileen Gribler, 95, of Van Wert, Ohio, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020, at VanCrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. [More]
Matilda Fay Howell, age 92, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Mercer County Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Carol "Candy" (Hurm) Wannemacher, 72, danced her way into the throne room of Go [More]
David Lee Waterman age 89, of New Bremen, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:01 A.M. at the Lima Memorial Hospital after a short illness. [More]
Nicholas Bernard Pohlman, age 66, of Russia, Ohio, passed away of natural causes surrounded by his family early Tuesday morning, November 24, 2020. [More]
Melville D. Gehm, age 93, currently residing at Otterbein, St. Marys, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm. [More]
Doris C. (George) Now, 92, of Westerville, Ohio (formerly Celina, Ohio) passed away at the Village of Westerville on Monday, November 23, 2020. [More]
Wilma Nell "Nellie" McMurray passed away Wednesday, November 25th at The Laurels of Shane Hill. [More]
Donna May Link, age 56, of Mendon, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, [More]
Marianne A. Remaklus, 92, died Nov. 26, 2020, at The Gardens at Celina.
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Deborah Rempe, 60, St. Marys, died Nov. 22, 2020, at her residence.
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WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County's post-election audit has been pushed back to Dec. 9 after a board of elections member tested positive for COVID-19.
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Local small-business owners hope a successful Small Business Saturday this weekend jump-starts the holiday shopping season while they make the safety of their customers and staff their first priority.
CELINA - Volunteers briefly considered calling off a free Thanksgiving meal this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic but ultimately decided the community may need it more than ever.
CELINA - One new death from COVID-19 was reported in Mercer County on Wednesday, raising the county's overall toll to 45.
Mercer County Health District officials in a social media post also reported 45 new cases, bringing the county's total to 2,628.
Perseverance pays off as Cardinals reach top of mountain
MASSILLON - As New Bremen knelt out a 31-0 win over Warren John F. Kennedy last Friday, Chris Schmidt seemed to know what was coming.
Schmidt, th
First responders shine lights for health care workers
By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - Dozens of area first responders turned on their lights to show their support for health care workers by parading to Mercer County Community Hospital and circling Briarwood Village on Tuesday evening.
Zach Piper, 32, Celina, said his wife works at the hospital and could tell that staff morale has been low. [More]
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery came to play Tuesday night.
Whitley Rammel scored on the first possession for the Indians and they never looked back, turning a five-point first quarter lead into a 17-point halftime lead on the way to a 60-22 win over Midwest Athletic Conference rival Versailles at Fort Site Fieldhouse. [More]
Obituaries on November 25th, 2020
Milton A. Davidson, age 89, of Celina, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020, at Celina Manor. [More]
Thomas "Tom" A. Schumm, age 71, of Dublin, OH, was welcomed into the kingdom of [More]
Rita T. Miller, 98, of Saint Marys, died 12:34 A.M. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Margaret Louise Zizelman Spindler, 92, of Hoagland, Indiana, formerly of Rockfo [More]
Melvin Rindler, age 89, of Burkettsville, died on Monday, November 23, 2020 at St. Charles Center, Carthagena. [More]
Nicholas Pohlman, 66, Russia, died on Nov. 24, 2020, at his residence.
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Sheriff's office and hospital make changes
CELINA - Mercer Health and Mercer County Sheriff's Office officials changed their public access policies on Tuesday due to mounting COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Celina board may seek building funds
CELINA - School board members are asking a state agency to put the district back onto a list for funding for a potential building project.
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CELINA - Lake Facilities Authority members on Tuesday approved the $1.5 million purchase of 88.9 acres of land that will be used to create the Burntwood-Langenkamp Wetland Conservation Area.
CELINA - The city will enter into a new three-year agreement with Mercer County commissioners for continued ambulance service.
City council this we
Mercer County's unemployment rate improved in October while remaining the third-lowest rate in the state.
The rate dropped from 4.4% in September t
COLDWATER - School district officials in coming years may need to discuss steps to maintain a healthy cash balance, according to treasurer Jenn McCoy
DUBLIN TWP. - Township Line Road between Purdy and Wilson roads will be closed for a bridge replacement, according to Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.
ST. HENRY - For the first 14 minutes of the game, St. Henry was within striking distance of Delphos Jefferson.
But the final two minutes proved to
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St. Marys held Kalida scoreless for most of the second half to improve to 2-0 with a 30-19 victory in girls basketball action at Grand Lake Health System Court.
All-Ohio Soccer
Several area soccer players earned All-Ohio honors as the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association released its postseason honors.
St. Marys seni
Make delicious drinks at home
CELINA - The upcoming holidays are a time for celebration, and festive beverages often play a key role.
Whether it's Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or just a chilly winter day, a celebratory cocktail can lighten the mood and lift the spirits.
Official cause of explosion undetermined
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - The cause of an Oct. 11 explosion that leveled a house and left a woman dead has been listed as "undetermined" by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
However, propane gas had likely been released into and accumulated inside the structure. The investigation into the explosion at 3741 County Road 716A in October has officially been closed, with investigator Scott R. Gelbaugh writing in his final report that no criminal activity had been uncovered. [More]
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - With the future of the St. Marys Armory building uncertain, city officials have agreed to move a monument dedicated to past National Guard members from the property to Memorial Park.
A monument dedicated to Sgts. Melvin E. Wisecup and Wayne C. Wingate, members of the 837th Engineer Co. who lost their lives on Lake Erie in 1988, will be relocated across the street. [More]
Obituaries on November 24th, 2020
Sandra Broyles, 77, of Saint Marys, died 12:30 A.M. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Vancrest of Saint Marys Nursing Home. [More]
Charles Verlin Buchanan, age 85, died of natural causes with his family by his side on November 22, 2020, in Muncie, Indiana. [More]
Eugene Herman Buschur, age 95, of Coldwater, Ohio died peacefully early Monday morning, November 23, 2020 at his daughter's home in St. Henry. [More]
John D. "Big John" Leistner, 66, of Rockford, Ohio passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, as a result of an accident. [More]
Yvonne Nichols, age 66, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 12:17 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Mercy Health-St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Dolores A. "Tootie" Wuebker, age 92, of Carthagena, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Gardens at Celina. [More]
Patty S. Enyart, age 72, of Portland, Indiana, passed away Saturday November 21, 2020 at her residence. [More]
Milton Davidson, 89, Celina, died on Nov. 23, 2020, at Celina Manor.
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Larry Dieringer, 89, of Saint Marys, died 12:31 P.M. Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
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ST. HENRY - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the village a little more than $238,000 in a low-interest loan to design upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.
CELINA - City council members on Monday approved new three-year contracts with some city unions.
Additionally, they passed legislation allowing for the purchase of new security cameras in the Bryson Park District and Westview Park.
WAPAKONETA - Three new deaths from and 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Auglaize County over the weekend, raising the totals to 23 and 1,894, respectively.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday appointed a new member to fill the seat previously held by Brent Richter, who resigned his position on Oct. 26 and was recently hired as village administrator.
COLDWATER - Council members on Monday passed resolutions to allocate money from the village's coronavirus relief funds.
Members suspended the three
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The Celina bowling teams swept a match with Lincolnview on Monday at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert.
The Bulldog girls
2020 Division VI Football State Champions
Season Results (12-0):
REGULAR SEASON
St. Henry  W, 21-0
Minster  W, 49-14
Fort Recovery  W, 51-37
New Bremen  W, 24-7
St. John's  W, 57-13
Anna  W,
CELINA - As the Celina swim and dive team prepare for a new campaign, swim coach Paige Bader will have to fill some spots.
Seniors Claire Gass and
COLDWATER - Coldwater got a swimming crew to compete at state lat season and now Matt May's group wants to keep up the momentum.
The Cavaliers return all four swimmers who qualified in two relays last season and Canton and will look to increase the numbers.
FORT RECOVERY - Last year, the Fort Recovery girls swimming team came in 18th in the district tournament. Five Indians qualified for districts as individuals.
MARIA STEIN - The number of swimmers at Marion Local has dropped a bit, but first-year head coach Danielle Hartke is focusing more on quality than quantity.
MINSTER - With her numbers on the increase and plenty of strong talent returning from a season ago, Minster head swim coach Dawn Schwieterman has plenty of reasons for her excitement heading into the 2020 season.
NEW BREMEN - Beginning her 18th season coaching the New Bremen swim teams, Cresta Ritter has returning experience on both her boys and girls rosters.
ST. MARYS - With a roster dotted with 15 girls and 16 boys, and nine returning letterwinners, second-year St. Marys swim coach Hannah Pfeifer is eagerly awaiting the opening horn of the 2020 winter swim season.
CELINA - After having one of its most successful seasons in years, the Celina wrestling team is geared up for another run.
The Bulldogs finished as runner-up in the Western Buckeye League last season, the highest finish for the program since finishing as co-champions in 2008.
COLDWATER - After finishing third at the Division III sectional last season, Coldwater's wrestling team will look to build on to the program this season.
ROCKFORD The 2019-20 season was a season of momentum for the Parkway wrestling team.
Under new coach Jeremy Joseph, the Panthers placed fourth at the Division III Lima sectional tournament.
ST. MARYS - After winning their first-ever outright Western Buckeye League title and first title overall in 43 years, St. Marys gets ready for another wrestling season.
CELINA - The Celina bowling teams return this season with experience after solid showings in the 2019-20 season.
Boys coach Kieth Kiefer return si
COLDWATER - The 2019-20 bowling was another banner one for Coldwater. The boys team won the Division II state title and the girls were Division II state runner-up.
FORT RECOVERY - While the Fort Recovery boys bowling team look to rebuild after a strong showing last season, the girls team will look to a group of young veterans to move up the standings.
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local bowling teams will look to improve on last season's efforts.
The Flyer boys have two letterwinners back in Kurtis Billerman and Zach Bruggeman. Billerman earned an individual district tournament berth as a freshman.
MINSTER - After missing a trip to district by less than 50 pins last season, the Minster boys team will look to contend this season.
Coach Brian Schmiesing has four starters back from the 2019-20 squad.
NEW BREMEN - Coach Brian Alig has a veteran group of bowlers back for New Bremen this season.
The boys team were sectional runner-up and were less than 50 pins out of the fourth-and-final qualifying spot for the Division II state tournament.
ROCKFORD - Both the Parkway boys and girls bowling teams will look to improve this season.
The boys team's numbers are up after not fielding a full team for the postseason. The Panthers will have to fill the spot vacated by district qualifier Thomas Etzler.
ST. HENRY - After missing the state tournament as a team for the first time since 2017, the St. Henry boys bowling team will look to get back into the swing of things this season.
ST. MARYS - After sweeping Western Buckeye League titles last season and both the boys and girls teams qualifying for state, St. Marys returns veterans to make another run.
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