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.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
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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Tri Star taking over workforce development needs
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A workforce development organizaion will disband now that a state-of-the-art career technical education center is available at the new Tri Star facility, which opened last year.
Workforce Development Initiative of West Ohio, made up of economic development officials and education partners, will soon cease to exist, according to director Angela Hamberg. [More]
Obituaries on November 20th, 2020
Jill A. Maras, age 61, of Celina, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Mary Lou Gribler, 81, of Decatur, Indiana and a former longtime resident of Wil [More]
Bernard "Ben" Stueve age 84 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
Scott Revolt, 57, Celina and formerly of St. Marys, died at 10:59 p.m. Nov. 16, 2020, at OSU Medical Center, Columbus. [More]
Susan C. Logan, 63, of St. Marys died at 10:54 a.m., Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Joint Township Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Harold E. Lauth, 91, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died 9:35 P.M. Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at the Cridersville Healthcare Center. [More]
Lavern J. Roth, age 91, of Mendon, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at his residence with his loving family by his side. [More]
Marjorie Miesse, 91, of Roseville, CA, formerly of Celina, OH, passed away at 9:03 A.M. on Saturday, November 14, 2020. [More]
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DeWine official explains new safety measure
CELINA - The statewide curfew is largely aimed at social gatherings to reduce person-to-person contact, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Mike DeWine.
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart's office plans for another year of intensive chip-and-sealing on about 120 miles of county and township roads in 2021.
New Bremen, Coldwater adapt after OHSAA moves state football location
The week of state football championship games are very hectic for any athletic director, even if your team has played in numerous title games during their tenure.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Despite an earlier concern, authorities have determined that no voter fraud was committed during the presidential election in Mercer County.
Mercer County Board of Elections directors at Tuesday's regular meeting reported that a woman may have attempted to vote twice during the 2020 presidential election cycle, once in Mahoning County and once in Mercer County. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Health district staff are struggling to manage their time effectively as the ever-increasing workload caused by COVID-19 continues to pile on top of additional duties employees need to complete.
Health board members at Wednesday's meeting discussed how staff could use their time most effectively. Director of nursing Julia Shaffer said workers are bogged down primarily by phone calls and requests from patients to return to work. [More]
Obituaries on November 19th, 2020
Margery D. Heuing, age 77, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:25 pm at The Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford with her family by her side. [More]
Werner W. Wendel, age 83, of Fort Recovery, passed away on November 17, 2020 at the Kindred Hospital, Lima, Ohio. [More]
Sarah "Sally" Ruley age 88 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Chris Wayne Temple, 53, Van Wert, died at 12:56 p.m. Nov. 14, 2020, at Lutheran Hospital in Indiana. [More]
Marion C. "Mamie" Rump, age 85 of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, November 17, 202 [More]
Kimberly D. Woodard, 60, of Celina, OH died at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday November 17, 2020 at her residence. [More]
Vermont D. "Montie" McGillvary, age 86, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at his home in Mendon. [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Sheriff's office in a social media post on Wednesday announced deputies will not make random traffic stops to determine if residents are breaking the curfew recently imposed by the governor.
COLDWATER - Inpatient emergency department volume continues to rise at Mercer County Community Hospital, with daily volumes estimated to have almost tripled compared with previous months.
$133,494 will be used to buy equipment
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week signed off on a request to buy $133,494.50 worth of equipment to help some county employees work remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
WAPAKONETA - The final ballot count for Auglaize County was certified on Wednesday after board of elections members went through a final review of absentee ballots received after Election Day and provisional ballots.
MONTEZUMA - Council members during a brief meeting on Wednesday night discussed a resident's request for village employees to remove a tree in the village right-of-way.
NEW BREMEN - The school district's updated five-year forecast shows diminishing cash balances, which will need to be addressed, school board members learned on Wednesday.
Homans coming up big for Cardinals
After New Bremen battled back to tie Marion Local at 17 with three minutes left in the Division VI regional final, the Cardinals needed a defensive stand to force overtime.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen volleyball season came to an end Sunday in the state championship match, but two of the Cardinals' seniors aren't done playing together yet.
All-Northwest District Football Teams
The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its All-Northwest District football honors list on Wednesday evening.
New Bremen coach Chris Schmidt was named the Division VII Coach of the Year for guiding the Cardinals to the state championship game.

In 47 years as a varsity football program, New Bremen had never won so much as regional championship.
The 2020 team roared past that benchmark tw
After a three-season hiatus. Coldwater is back in a state football championship game.
The 11-0 Cavaliers take on 11-0 New Middletown Springfield on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Fortress Obetz in the Division VI state championship game.
Computer Points In Review
  Three for three.
For last week's state semifinals we were down to two local teams (Coldwater and New Bremen) as well as one non-local WBL school (Van Wert). For this week's state championships, the same three teams are still alive.
It's been 20 years since Van Wert has played in a state football championship game, but the Cougars are going to get their chance on Sunday at noon when they play in the Division IV title game at Fortress Obetz against Mentor Lake Catholic.
  NOTE: Due to the recent order for a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, the times for this weekend's state football championship games have been changed.
Division VII
New Bremen (9-2) vs. Warren JFK (9-2), 1:15 p.m.
2020 Division IV Volleyball State Runner-up
Season Results:
(25-4, 7-2 MAC)
Russia  W  3-0
Celina  W  3-0
Columbus Grove  W  3-0
Wapakoneta  W  3-0
Minster  W  3-0
Jackson Center  W
Woman reportedly tried to vote twice
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members on Tuesday moved to launch a criminal investigation into the matter of a woman who allegedly attempted to vote twice during the 2020 presidential election cycle.
State law prohibits any person from voting or attempting to vote more than once at the same election. Such a violation would be a fourth-degree felony. [More]
By Sydney Albert
ROCKFORD - Village council members on Tuesday opposed a proposed repeal of state income tax withholding rules pertaining to COVID-19-related remote workers.
A resolution stating strong opposition to Ohio Senate Bill 352 and Ohio House Bill 754 was [More]
Obituaries on November 18th, 2020
Scott D. Botkin, age 61 of Coldwater, died Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home. [More]
Carla Gregg, 61, of Stuart, Florida (formerly of Coldwater, Ohio) passed away on November 15, 2020. [More]
Ivan Anthony Gehret, age 52, of Springfield, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his residence late Sunday afternoon, November 15, 2020. [More]
Brother Daniel Eisenman, C.PP.S., died at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020, in Mercer Community Hospital, Coldwater, Ohio, of complications from COVID-19. [More]
Betty J. Byerly, 89, of St. Marys Twp., died 10:15 a.m. Sunday November 15, 2020 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
Scott Revolt, 57, Celina and formerly of St. Marys, died at 8:59 p.m. Nov. 16, [More]
Jackie S. White, age 74, of Celina, died on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
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Crash involved patrol cruiser
A Celina man reportedly has died from injuries he suffered in a late-October collision involving his vehicle and an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser in Mercer County.
CELINA - School board members this week approved a 12-year, 100% tax abatement for the next phase of The Meadows at Grand Lake, an apartment complex in northeast Celina.
CELINA - Three new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the area on Tuesday.
Local health officials confirmed two deaths in Mercer County, increasing the total to 37, and one in Auglaize County, raising the toll there to 20.
MINSTER - Council members wrapped up the allocation of federal COVID-19 relief funds received by setting aside $56,208 for possible personnel expenses incurred if any employees contract the virus or are quarantined.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday learned the district's five-year financial forecast looks good for the first few years, but long-range forecasting is difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hard work pays off for Blasingame as Cavaliers reach state finals
Myles Blasingame calmly waited his turn to become the quarterback at Coldwater.
The wait was well worth it as the Cavaliers will play for a Division VI state title on Sunday at Fortress Obetz against New Middletown Springfield.
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