Prom and graduation back with modifications
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School districts in Mercer and Auglaize counties have made plans for prom and graduation with some modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most districts are utilizing social distancing and limited capacity to comply with state guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health. [More]
Obituaries on April 17th, 2021
Ruth A. Dailey of Greenville, Ohio, aged 78 years old, passed away on April 5, 2021 after a lengthy illness. [More]
Cletus Robert Dirksen, 82 of New Weston, Ohio, passed away on Friday April 16, 2021 at 3:19 AM at Versailles Rehab and Healthcare. [More]
Alta Mae McDonald, age 91 of Piqua, passed away at 4:35 PM on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Piqua Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Pamela Christine Osburn, age 50, of Celina, and former resident of Dayton, pass [More]
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The night before the anniversary of the Virginia Tech mass shooting in 2007, the latest in a recent string of mass shootings unfolded at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, and old arguments about gun laws and workplace violence have reignited.
CELINA -Wellman Brothers Inc. of Coldwater ran into some additional issues while bringing up to code a historical building in downtown Celina, resulting in a $77,442 change order.
CELINA - From the first pitch, it was clear that the Celina softball team was ready to attack at the plate.
Senior Sydney Lehman launched a double
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Karsyn McGlothen pitched her second no-hitter in a row as the St. Marys pitcher struck out nine in leading St. Marys past Ottawa-Glandorf 12-1 in five innings on Friday in Western Buckeye League softball action in Putnam County.
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Gov. DeWine urges state to vaccinate
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Cases of COVID-19 are increasing locally and statewide as health officials urge the public to increase safety measures to protect themselves and others.
Mercer County Health District officials on Thursday reported nine new cases since Tuesday, raising the county's number of cumulative cases to 3,985. Also on Thursday, Auglaize County Health Department officials reported eight new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday, raising that county's number of cumulative cases to 3,520. [More]
Late run lifts Minster past Parkway
By Dave Stilwell
MINSTER - With things looking bleak, Minster softball coach Robb Hemmelgarn was looking for a defining moment. And with one swing of the bat, Alexis Bishop delivered.
Bishop slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth that helped Minster rally from a 7-2 deficit and post an 8-7 victory over Parkway Thursday at Four Seasons Park. [More]
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CHICKASAW - Village council members at their Wednesday night meeting discussed a proposed $2.1 million infrastructure project involving street and water line improvements on the north side of town.
CELINA - A county agency wants to boost wages to stay competitive and retain staff.
Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District Board Chairwoman Theresa Howick, meeting with county commissioners on Thursday, requested a 5% increase in the agency's salary budget.
CELINA - A Celina man will be sentenced May 11 for felony charges including escape and failure to appear as required by a recognizance bond.
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ROCKFORD - The Mercer County Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent suicide of a Fort Wayne, Indiana, man found dead in his vehicle on Sell Road.
Mercer County farmers are reminded to avoid planting in road rights-of-way, according to a news release from Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.
Anything that obstructs motorists' vision can be hazardous.
ST. HENRY - The Coldwater baseball team couldn't get runners home in the early innings, but once the Cavaliers got going, there was no stopping them.
COLDWATER - Coldwater softball coach Kyle Ahrens chuckled when asked if the game could have been more interesting.
The Cavaliers gave up two runs
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Alayna Ross scattered six hits and struck out 12 Celina batters as New Bremen improved to 6-7 with an 11-3 win in non-conference softball action on Thursday in New Bremen.
Local woman's budding career is life changing
By Leslie Gartrell

COLDWATER - Designers Mugler can move aside and Comme des Garçons can call it quits.
"McKenna made" is the new fashion house to beat.
Well, maybe not quite. McKenna Gels, a 21-year-old self-taught seamstress and designer from Coldwater, said she's less high-fashion and more high-quality when it comes to her clothing. [More]
Obituaries on April 15th, 2021
Donald John Kahlig, 89, of Sharpsburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Angela Ann (Boeke) Albers, age 90, formerly of Fort Loramie, passed away of nat [More]
Robert B. Wimmers, 72, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Tues [More]
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CELINA - A Mercer County official said he believes having one zoning inspector for all 14 townships would be a better way of handling zoning and land use planning.
CELINA - Six people were transported from the scene of a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 6 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Havemann Road and State Route 29.
CELINA - A family-owned CNC precision machining company is playing a crucial role in the nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccines by supplying parts to an Ohio-based freezer manufacturer for vaccine storage and transportation.
ST. MARYS - John Zerbe has been appointed the new assistant principal at Memorial High School, replacing Nick Hager who was approved as the new principal of West Intermediate School in March.
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St. Marys' Schmitmeyer wins in final tourney before tournament
The University of Findlay women's golf team has been playing well since getting the spring season underway in March.
The Oilers, coached by St. Mar
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Lynden Bassitt and Kaylee Grant combined to hold St. Henry to five hits as Shawnee picked up a 6-2 win in softball action on Wednesday in Shawnee Township.
County hopes to buy 117 acres of farmland
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County officials have come up with a $2 million plan to mitigate flooding near St. Anthony Road in Butler Township - and potentially avoid or delay a lawsuit.
"We got involved to try to make some lemonade out of lemons and go after some grant money to proactively make improvements out there that are both water quality and the perception of risk to flooding. We can minimize that," county community development director Jared Ebbing said Tuesday. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Two straight starts, two straight gems for Luke Sudhoff.
A week after winning a 1-0 one-hitter over Fort Loramie, the Coldwater sophomore went one better in pitching a no-hitter as the Cavaliers improved to 2-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference baseball action with an 11-1 win over Marion Local in five innings at Veterans Field. [More]
Obituaries on April 14th, 2021
Paul F. Tobe, age 90, of Coldwater died Monday, April 12, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
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CELINA - Local health officials on Thursday urged caution as daily COVID-19 cases are on the rise.
A new death also was reported in Auglaize County
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement that would give them time to try to address flooding issues along St. Anthony Road in Butler Township, potentially averting or pushing back a lawsuit on the behalf of several affected landowners.
Goal: To make area safe for swimming
CELINA - Work to haul in a new sand base for the West Beach was approved Monday, with officials aiming to have the beach ready for swimmers by Memorial Day.
COLDWATER - Board of education members aim to place a 2.5-mill continuing permanent improvement levy on the Aug. 3 special election ballot, which would help raise money for costly but necessary maintenance projects.
ST. HENRY - Village council members during their Monday night meeting passed an ordinance establishing ticket prices for the swimming pool for this summer.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County board of health members welcomed a new board member and said goodbye to their longtime director of nursing during their Tuesday morning meeting.
CELINA - Getting on base was no problem for the Celina baseball team on Tuesday. Getting them home proved more difficult.
The Bulldogs left 11 runners on base and couldn't overcome an early deficit in a Western Buckeye League game against Shawnee, falling 7-4 at Montgomery Field.
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Fort Recovery had two home runs to lead the Indians a 11-4 win over Parkway in Midwest Athletic Conference softball action on Tuesday in Rockford.The loss was the first of the season for the Panthers.
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