By William Kincaid
CELINA - A new partnership aims to gradually expand a place for homeless people to find temporary shelter as they focus on becoming productive, self-reliant community members.
Lord's Abounding Grace Church of Celina has joined forces with the Mercer County Homeless Coalition to enlarge what is being dubbed Hand Up Village on the grounds behind the rural church's property. [More]
Celina track meet brings competitive field
By Colin Foster
CELINA - Track and field athletes traveled from near and far.
Because Celina's Varsity Track offered them a long-awaited chance to compete.
Saturday's Back on the Track Open was the first of two summer meets held in Celina. The meet featured rou [More]
Obituaries on July 13th, 2020
Donald B. Hummel, age 85, of Saint Henry, passed away peacefully at his home su [More]
Virgil J. Kuess, age 80, of Chickasaw, died Saturday, July 11, 2020, at his hom [More]
Ivo J. Braun, age 85, of Portland, Indiana, passed away on July 11, 2020 at Bri [More]
Freda Green, age 82, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on July 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm [More]
Shirley (Roderigues) Frost, 62, St. Marys, died at 6:45 p.m. July 9, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Jeanette Mowery, 75, Celina, passed away July 12 at her residence.
Funeral ar [More]
Paul H. "Red" Detwiler, 94, Celina, passed away at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home [More]
Mary Massengill, 76, Celina, passed away on July 12 at
ProMedica Toledo Hospit [More]
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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A 10th Mercer County person has died from COVID-19, according to a news release on Friday.
Three new cases of the virus also were reported, raising the county's total to 294. No new cases were reported in Auglaize County.
The 10th death was a 93-year-old woman who was a resident at The Gardens at Celina, county health district officials said in the release. [More]
By Colin Foster
MINSTER - The results have been good for Minster this summer when Eric Schmidt is on the hill.
That trend continued on Friday night. 
Schmidt pitched five innings of one-hit baseball and Minster held off a late Celina charge for a 6-4 victory.
The incoming senior had seven strikeouts to increase his summer K total to 32 through three games. He was coming off a 14-strikeout performance in last week's win over Covington. [More]
Obituaries on July 11th, 2020
Lance Lamar Lear, 60, of New Bremen, OH died unexpectedly Wednesday July 8, 2020 at his residence. [More]
William "Bill" Wermer, 96, of Celina, Ohio, formerly of Van Wert, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Lindeva Marie "Lindy" Rosario, age 35, of Celina, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at her residence in Celina. [More]
Shirley Roderigues-Frost, 62, St. Marys, died on July 9, 2020, at her residence [More]
Donna Kay Spencer, age 78, of Celina, Ohio passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Roy T. McCoy, 57, Wapakoneta, died at 1:54 p.m. July 4, 2020, at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima. [More]
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'Big Bob' buffeted by wind
Sheriff deputies investigating infant's death
Planning commission nixes developer's changes
Teens reported missing in county
Red Scare makes TBT Final Four
Roughriders rough up Raiders at K.C. Geiger Park
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A new case of COVID-19 raised Mercer County's total number of cases to 291 as the county was elevated to a Level 2 public emergency in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System on Thursday.
In Auglaize County, two new confirmed cases brought that county's total to 102. [More]
By William Kincaid
MARIA STEIN - Though he was blind for most of his life, Gilbert Rutschilling perceived the lay of the land and the flora and fauna that inhabit it with extraordinary precision.
Simply by listening, a sense he was compelled to hone to compensate for his lack of sight, Gilbert could name a bird by the sound of its song, know when it was safe to cross the road and determine a person's surname by the way he or she talked. [More]
Obituaries on July 10th, 2020
Clara "Rosie" Rosemary Fleck, age 93 of Celina, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Lima Memorial Health System. [More]
Carla "Peggy" J. Smith, 100, of St. Marys, OH died 8:43 a.m. Wednesday July 8, 2020 at Otterbein-St. Marys. [More]
Lance Lear, 60, New Bremen, died on July 8, 2020, at his residence.
Arrangeme [More]
Darrell Mitchell Hensley Sr., 72, passed away on June 27, 2020 in his home in Bradenton, Florida. [More]
William "Bill" Wermer, 96, of Celina, Ohio, formerly of Van Wert, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
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Fallen tree uproots families
SWCD seeks tech, board members
New middle school principal in Fort
3rd time's the charm
Naumann captures another LJGA title
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - The men involved in Monday's fatal watercraft accident on Grand Lake have been identified.
The watercraft's operator who died after the accident near Coldwater Creek has been identified as Trevor Mobley, 26, Coldwater. The passenger, who survived the incident with minor injuries, was Corey Kuether, 29, Montezuma. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. HENRY - Township trustees and village officials from southern Mercer County met Wednesday evening to discuss creating a new Emergency Medical Services district.
The EMS squads in the area are volunteer units operating under the Mercer County EMS operation. [More]
Mikesell sinks game-ending hoop for Red Scare in TBT
By Colin Foster
It had been a long time since Ryan Mikesell had played in a 5-on-5 game.
In his return to the court on Wednesday, the St. Henry graduate made a game-winner.
Mikesell scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers - the last of which helped the Red Scare close out the Elam Ending and game with a 77-68 victory over Big X in The Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena. [More]
Obituaries on July 9th, 2020
Darrel "Jerry" G. Bigelow, age 81, of Celina, Ohio, passed away in the Celina Manor on July 7, 2020 at 9:26 pm. [More]
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held this Saturday, July 11, 2020, [More]
Clara Rosemary "Rosie" Fleck, 93, Celina, died on July 8, 2020, at Lima Memoria [More]
Carla "Peggy" Smith, 100, St. Marys, died on July 8, 2020, at Otterbein Senior [More]
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Fish are dying in Grand Lake
St. Marys schools to open in late August
Montezuma approves preliminary budget
Rockford seeking councilor
Auglaize board buys security gear
NASCAR cancels 2020 race at Eldora
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