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.
Board me
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.
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Several area soccer players earned All-Ohio honors as the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association released its postseason honors.
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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.
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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.
Klingshirn's field goal gives Coldwater seventh state title
By Tom Haines
MASSILLON - Coldwater was looking ready to go to overtime.
Zack McKibben wanted to head home in regulation.
New Middletown Springfield was punting from the Coldwater 36-yard line with 27 seconds to go and the score tied at 35 and the Cavaliers kept the punt return team on the sideline. [More]
Obituaries on November 23rd, 2020
Patty S. Enyart, age 72, of Portland passed away Saturday November 21, 2020 at [More]
Carol Kittle, 74, of Saint Marys, died Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the Laurel [More]
Ronald H. Gross, age 81, of Coldwater, Ohio, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 [More]
Helen "Maxine" Shafer, age 81, of Celina, Ohio, passed away Friday, November 20 [More]
Dale J. "Whitey" Bruns, age 83, of Fort Recovery, OH, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, OH of natural causes. [More]
Margaret E. Ketcham, 69, of Celina, OH died 9:40 a.m. Friday November 20, 2020 [More]
Bryan R. Dupes, age 74, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on November 20,2020 at 2:2 [More]
Lawrence Dieringer, 89, St. Marys, died Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Vancres [More]
Rita Miller, 98, St. Marys, died Sunday, November 22, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Sandra Brown, 77, St. Marys, died Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Vancrest, St. M [More]
Dennis W. "Denny" Overley, age 71, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Nove [More]
Janet Dingledine, 92, of Saint Marys, died 10:32 P.M. Friday, November 20, 2020 [More]
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The Celina girls and St. Marys boys reached the championship round of the 17th Ohio High School State Invitational Kick-Off bowling tournament held Saturday at HP Lanes in Columbus.
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Damon McCracken's 25-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation lifted Van Wert to its first-ever state football championship in defeating Mentor Lake Catholic 31-28 in the Division IV state championship game on Sunday afternoon in Massillon.
2020 Division VII State Football Champions
Season Results (10-2):
RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON
Minster  W, 20-0
Marion Local  L, 13-21
St. John's  W, 38-6
Coldwater  L, 7-24
Anna  W, 38-7
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As the first semester of the school year comes to a close, families with children may be making their final evaluations of whether their in-person or remote learning plans have been right for them.
Tips from the pros for a safe holiday
CELINA - As Thanksgiving approaches, national and local health experts have tips on how to keep family and friends safe in the age of COVID-19.

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CELINA - Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 and one new hospitalization due to the virus were reported Saturday by the Mercer County Health District.
CELINA - When looking for a new boys basketball coach, Celina only had to look across Grand Lake.
Former St. Marys standout Adam Johns takes over
CELINA - Branden Rushton goes into his first season as girls basketball coach at Celina with a firm hand on what he has coming into the season.
Ru
COLDWATER - Nick Fisher is used to being in a waiting mode when it comes to getting ready for Coldwater's boys basketball season.
With the Cavalie
COLDWATER - After going 10-14 last season, Coldwater came away from the campaign losing three seniors, two of whom had most of the scoring.
But head coach Keenan Leichty's cupboard is not bare and a summer of extra playing time allows him a team that has a tremendous upside.
FORT RECOVERY -Two years ago, the Fort Recovery boys basketball team went .500 and finished in eighth place in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Las
Fort Recovery is going into the 2020-2021 season with its eyes wide open.
Coach Holly Gann emphasized that the most important quality for this girls' basketball season will be adapting to the virus restrictions and potential schedule disruptions.
MARIA STEIN - Last year's version of the Marion Local boys basketball squad started slowly but finished the year with a stirring run to the district finals.
MARIA STEIN - Beth Streib begins her sixth season at as girls basketball coach at Marion Local with a wealth of experience returning from last year's Midwest Athletic Conference co-champions.
MINSTER - With five senior letterwinners, two of whom are returning starters, back from their 15-9 squad from a season ago, the Minster Wildcats and head coach Michael McClurg harbor plenty of hopes heading into the 2020-21 boys' basketball campaign.
MINSTER - To the casual observer, the 2019-20 girls' basketball season was a noteworthy success for the Minster Wildcats and coach Mike Wiss. Twenty-
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen's first-ever appearance in the state football finals has slowed preparations for the Cardinals' basketball season. However, second-year boys coach Cory Stephens sees the positive consequences.
NEW BREMEN - For the fourth consecutive year, full roster practices are starting a little late for the New Bremen girls basketball team due to the volleyball Cardinals participating in the state final four.
NEW KNOXVILLE - It's been a few years, but first-year coach Cole Fischbach remembers when the New Knoxville boys basketball team was quite good.
Of the Rangers' five Midwest Athletic Conference titles, four came between 2007 and 2011. In 2008 New Knoxville won the Division IV state title.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Last year, the New Knoxville girls basketball season came to a close shortly before the pandemic caused a general shutdown. For the Rangers, it was a more normal reason: a second straight district final loss to Minster.
Last season, the Parkway boys basketball team set a school record with 19 wins, finished second in the Midwest Athletic Conference and won the first district championship in program history.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway girls' basketball team has won five Midwest Athletic Conference games in the last 14 years.
One of those wins came last yea
ST. HENRY - Veteran St. Henry boys basketball coach Eric Rosenbeck says consistency holds the key to success for his 2020-2021 squad.
Beginning his 12th season at the helm of the Redskins, Rosenbeck starts the season just six wins shy of 200 career coaching victories.
ST. HENRY - Second-year St. Henry girls basketball coach Kyle Menchhofer is tasked with a major rebuilding project at the Redskins prepare to tip off the 2020-2021 campaign.
ST. MARYS - As head coach Dan Hegemier enters his seventh year overall of his second stint with the St. Marys boys basketball team, it's difficult for him not to be eager for the upcoming season.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys girls basketball team ended the 2019-2020 campaign with 19 victories - the program's most wins in a season in more than 15
New Bremen shuts out JFK for first state championship
By Tom Haines
MASSILLON - For once, New Bremen didn't need late heroics.
After three straight upset wins, all of which were decided in the final two minutes, the Cardinals came in as favorites and played like it, outplaying Warren John F. Kennedy in all phases en route to a 31-0 win in the Division VII state championship game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. [More]
Obituaries on November 21st, 2020
Fabiola Mary (Stammen) Doan age 89 died Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Sanctuary, Dublin, Ohio. [More]
Ralph I. Plattner, age 85 of New Bremen, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:26 A.M. at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton due to complications of COVID-19. [More]
Fr. Vincent Hoying, C.PP.S. of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of [More]
Margaret Ketcham, 69, Celina, died on Nov. 20, 2020, at Shane Hill Nursing Home [More]
Dale J. "Whitey" Bruns, 83, Fort Recovery, died on Nov. 20, 2020, at Mercer Cou [More]
Dolores A. "Tootie" Wuebker, age 92, of Carthagena, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Gardens at Celina. [More]
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Coldwater got to within a point of Van Wert late, but could not the lead as the Cavaliers dropped their 2020-21 girls basketball season opener 30-29 to the Cougars at the Cougar Den.
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Shane Hamm passed for four touchdowns and Victor Dawson rushed for 145 yards to lead Akron Hoban to a 35-6 victory over Massillon Washington in the Division II state football championship game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.
Area food pantries are seeing mixed trends in need as the holidays roll around and COVID-19 continues to spread.
While larger organizations such as
CELINA - One new death from COVID-19 and 46 new cases were reported in Mercer County on Friday, raising the county's totals to 40 deaths and 2,467 cases.
The first Christmas tree lighting set for the Mercer County Courthouse lawn has been canceled, but Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Director Stacy Beougher said organizers are already gearing up for next year.
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