By Sydney Albert
MARIA STEIN - A Maria Stein farmer died after reportedly being overcome by silage fumes while trapped inside a silo on Monday morning.
Fire, emergency medical personnel and Mercer County Sheriff's deputies responded to 889 Cassella-Montezuma Road after receiving a 911 call at 10:20 a.m. [More]
Bulldog seniors come through in win over Wildcats
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - It was appropriate on Senior Night that most of Celina's goals came from its 12th-grade team members.
The Bulldogs improve to 4-2-1 and 2-1-1 in Western Buckeye League play with a 4-0 shutout of Bath at the soccer stadium on Monday night. The Wildcats drop to 3-6-1 and 0-3-1 in the league. [More]
By Tom Millhouse
Six months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic forced area seniors into quarantine to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
With a little help from their friends, family and various agencies, however, they are making the best of it.
Celin [More]
Obituaries on September 22nd, 2020
James E. Cook, 89, of St. Marys, OH died Saturday September 19, 2020 at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster, OH. [More]
Wanda Mae Dammeyer, 88, of Saint Marys, died 1:55 A.M. Monday, September 21, 2020, at Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community. [More]
Erin Manbeck Rammel, 35, rural New Bremen, died on Sept. 21, 2020, at her resid [More]
Terry Teeters, age 68, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the Celina Manor with his family by his side, after a battle with cancer. [More]
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President plays to American workers
VANDALIA - U.S. President Donald Trump stopped in Vandalia on Monday afternoon, delivering to throngs of fervent supporters a clear distinction between himself and Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden.
Celina man charged in June fatal traffic crash
NEW KNOXVILLE - A Celina man has been charged with a second-degree misdemeanor charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter in connection to a fatal traffic accident in June.
Rockford patrolman stops 2 teens in stolen car
ROCKFORD - A recently hired Rockford police officer found two runaway juveniles from North Carolina driving a stolen vehicle over the weekend.
Patr
Mercer County COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000
Flu shot clinic set on Oct. 6 at the fairgrounds
CELINA - The number of COVID-19 cases in Mercer County topped 1,000 on Monday as 15 new cases increased the total to 1,001.
In Auglaize County, 14 new confirmed cases raised that county's total to 531.
Minster district to ID 'COVID slide' students
MINSTER - School district officials are working to identify and engage with students affected by the "COVID slide," which may have occurred during last year's transition to remote learning.
Celina school staff lauded for securing grants
CELINA - School board members on Monday commended two staff members for securing grants to benefit students.
Clinton Hirschfeld, technology coordin
Fort students to get free lunches through Dec. 31
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday learned all district students will receive free lunches through Dec. 31.
The district is participati
St. Marys committee reviews requests for COVID help
ST. MARYS - Twenty-seven supplemental appropriation requests, including requests related to a federal buyback program for flood-prone houses and COVID-19-related expenses, were reviewed by city finance committee members on Monday.
Fort council talks COVID funding
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members discussed project updates and COVID-19 funding during Monday's meeting.
The Broadway Street reconstruction
Hellwarth, Tobin elected to SWCD board
Alicia Knapke receives $1,000 scholarship
Garrett Hellwarth, Celina, and Scott Tobin, Coldwater, were elected to the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors during the Sept. 15 All Ag Meeting and Banquet at the fairgrounds.
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Roughrider golfers beat Redskins
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Marys had its best round of the season as all six Roughriders shot 40 or lower in beating St. Henry 145-166 in non-conference boys action at Northmoor on Monday.
Depression is a common side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among seniors, who have borne the brunt of the virus.
Tiffany Fishbaugh, a licensed independent social worker, said the pandemic has resulted in more depression in older residents.
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WAPAKONETA - A roadside mural of Neil Armstrong created by a prominent California artist was unveiled Sunday along U.S. 33, highlighting the area's ties to the first man to walk on the moon.
The mural, featuring Apollo 11, the moon and a likeness of Armstrong, is located at at 17595 U.S. 33, Wapakoneta, and is the only roadside mural in Ohio by artist John Cerney. [More]
Obituaries on September 21st, 2020
Daniel V. Mallory, of Celina, died 6:25 P.M. Friday, September 18, 2020, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, after a sudden illness. [More]
Guy H. Schmidt, age 87, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 10:15 am on September 19, 2020 at Lima Memorial Health System. [More]
James Cook, 89, St. Marys, died Sept. 19, 2020, at Heritage Manor, Minster.
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COLDWATER - Local Democratic candidates and supporters gathered in Coldwater Memorial Park Saturday, calling for support and strength and encouraging civic action before and after the November election.
Mercer County sees 17 additional cases
CELINA - Seventeen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Mercer County over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases to 986.
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Shawnee wins Moeller Invitational
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Area boys golf teams took to the course of the Mercer County Elks on Saturday for the annual Jordan Moeller Invitational, which honors the memory of the 2008 Marion Local graduate and golf team member.
Tri Star students pour concrete for new facility
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Not long after the first classes at Tri Star Career Compact got underway Friday morning, junior construction students began pouring concrete in front of the new animal science building, an addition that officials say could benefit a number of Tri Star programs. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
NEW BREMEN - Coldwater shook off some early adversity and scored the game's final 24 points to roll to a 24-7 victory over New Bremen Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.
After giving up a long scoring drive to start the game, Coldwater's first two possessions ended on a fourth-down sack inside the New Bremen 15-yard line and an interception. [More]
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Rockford teenager injured in fatal crash
VAN WERT - A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 118 and Wren-Landeck Road that involved a Rockford teen left one dead and four injured on Friday morning.
Officials update virus outbreaks at nursing homes
23 new COVID cases reported in the area
CELINA - Twelve new cases of COVID-19 on Friday brought Mercer County's total to 972.
In Auglaize County, 11 new confirmed cases of the virus brought that county's number to 517.
Guidelines discourage trick-or-treating; suggest other ways to celebrate
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday released guidance for celebrating Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
State officials recommend Ohioans e
Flyers stay perfect with shutout of 'Skins
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local Flyers stuck to a season-long script Friday night.
Their first-half offensive woes continued, but so did their winning streak.
ROCKFORD - Versailles threw some early haymakers Friday night.
But Parkway didn't go down without a fight.
Eli Rich passed for a career-high 270
Silliman's touchdown snaps Celina's losing streak
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Jaxson Silliman's 1-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining allowed Celina to snap a two-game losing streak w
Friends run Boston event in Coldwater
By Leslie Gartrell
COLDWATER - When Ashley Lefeld and Lynn Huwer learned the 124th Boston Marathon was postponed in April and later turned into a virtual event, the friends figured they would simply run together like they had planned to do in Boston.
Yet in typical Mercer County fashion, the Coldwater community transformed their running route into a full-fledged marathon experience. [More]
Rangers defeat Indians in battle of unbeatens
By Colin Foster
NEW KNOXVILLE - A pair of unbeaten teams clashed Thursday at The Barn. One of them hadn't lost a set this season.
And it stayed that way for New Knoxville.
The Division IV sixth-ranked Rangers swiftly swept the eighth-ranked Indians of Fort Reco [More]
Obituaries on September 18th, 2020
Carolyn R. (Jackson) Crouch, 89, of Rockford, Ohio, died Thursday morning, September 17, 2020, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
Alice G. Propst-Kill, 85, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:30 a.m., Wed. Sept. 16, 2020, at the Acres of Wapakoneta. [More]
Jodi (Hume) Brandon, age 54, of Celina passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at her residence. [More]
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State to pay part of cost for plan
CELINA - A state agency is expected to pick up 12.5% of Mercer County's cost to update its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
County commissioners on
3 people have died in local ATV accidents over past year
All-terrain vehicles can offer a fun way for people to enjoy the outdoors, but when not operated safely, these off-roading vehicles can result in serious injury or even death - especially for children.
Mercer County virus cases nearing 1,000
CELINA - Thirteen new COVID-19 cases on Thursday brought Mercer county's total to 960, and seven new confirmed cases in Auglaize County bumped up that county's total to 507.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry had its serve going against Coldwater on Thursday night as the Redskins won their first MAC volleyball match of the season with a 26-24, 25-16, 25-15 win at St. Henry Middle School Gymnasium.
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Bulldogs remain perfect in WBL
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina improved to 3-0 in Western Buckeye League volleyball play with a 25-14, 25-8, 25-9 win at Bath on Thursday.
Maria Lutz and Brooklyn Bourne each had nine kills for the Bulldogs.
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