By William Kincaid
CELINA - County commissioners have secured an auctioneer to unload items from the 161-year-old Mercer County Home before the structure is razed, likely before year's end.
Commissioners also have awarded a contract to relocate on-site electric services that power nearby facilities and homes. [More]
Panthers beat Wildcats in five
By Tom Haines
MINSTER - After Minster snagged two close wins, the Parkway volleyball team wasn't about to waste another chance to put the Wildcats away.
The Panthers got out to an 8-4 lead in the fifth set and took care of business from there to finish off a 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 22-25, 15-8 win in a Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Wildcat Gymnasium. [More]
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Hazel: House infested with rodents, birds
CELINA - A blighted home was razed Thursday, clearing the way for a potential gateway sign advertising Eastview Park just down the road.
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WAPAKONETA - Twenty-seven new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 4,150.
COLDWATER - Just when it looked like St. Henry was primed to take the opening set against Coldwater, the Cavaliers snatched back the momentum.
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Celina's Payton Bertke recorded her 1,000th career assist in a 25-11, 25-16, 25-12 win in a Western Buckeye League volleyball match at Elida on Thursday.
CELINA - Steven Harris signed copies of his debut novel, "Reign Falls Down," Thursday evening at the Mercer County District Library in Celina.
Some phone systems in Mercer and Auglaize counties were down Thursday due to a fiber optic line that was cut in Van Wert County. Both incoming and outgoing calls reportedly were affected, according to broadband service provider NKTelco's Facebook page.
A St. Marys man who'd gone missing after reportedly being involved in an auto accident early Thursday has been located, according to a news release from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office.
Celina High School Band Director Chuck Sellars said it fills his heart to watch students experience the unique joys and growth of playing in a band under much more normal circumstances this year.
COLDWATER - Coldwater High School Band Director Dan Ruckman hopes students will have a great year and be able to develop friendships and memorable performances following the previous unconventional year.
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery High School Marching Band has its sights set on Valhalla.
The 41-member band, led by director Reid Knuth and assistant director Taylor Grisez, is set to compete in seven Ohio Music Education Association competitions this year.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local High School band members are planning a full season this fall after being limited to performing only at home football games and being shut out of contests last year because of the pandemic.
MINSTER - The Minster High School Marching Band hopes to return to performing great music and making memories this year.
Band director Jennifer Bea
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen High School Band Director Rachel Wrobbel said the group has big goals.
Wrobbel has been at the school for two years, and assistant director Patty Ruckman has been there for 22.
ROCKFORD - The 72-member Parkway High School Marching Band is going to Walt Disney World.
While a band trip to the Orlando, Fla., theme park is usu
ST. HENRY - St. Henry High School Band Director Elisha Hartings said this year's band season has been normal so far - and she and her students have been loving every second of it.
Students in the all-brass St. Marys Memorial High School Marching Band are looking forward to a more normal year after last year's marching season was altered drastically due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials plan to resurface nearly 10 miles of city streets in 2022 at an estimated cost of $2.95 million. If the plan is carried out in full, it would amount to nearly three times the miles of streets resurfaced this summer.
City councilors at their regular meeting this week gave first reading of a resolution authorizing city safety service director Tom Hitchcock to advertise, receive bids and enter into an agreement for the project. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Celina man has been commended by the Celina Police Department for his help in stopping a suspect from escaping police on Wednesday.
Brian Moeller assisted patrolman A.J. Poppe early Wednesday morning when Skyler Lawrence, 26, Portland, Ind., resisted arrest and attempted to escape after an attempted traffic stop, according to a news release from Celina Police Chief Tom Wale. [More]
Obituaries on September 16th, 2021
Daniel Judson Lehman, age 50, of Coldwater, died Thursday, March 4, 2021, at his residence. [More]
James "Jim" R. Beckett, 93, of St. Marys, OH died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday September 12, 2021 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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NEW BREMEN -- Two students and one staff member at New Bremen Local Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since school started on Aug. 18, superintendent Jason Schrader reported at Wednesday's school board meeting.
Majority of cases are younger people
CELINA - A total of 112 new cases of COVID-19 and one death have been reported in Mercer County during the past week, according to a Wednesday news release from the Mercer County Health District.
CELINA - Gregg and Ben Chesser received the Cooperator of the Year award at the All Ag drive-through meeting Tuesday evening at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.
CELINA - City officials intend to use state and federal dollars, including the city's $1.09 million share of American Rescue Plan Act funds, in 2022 to help fund the reconstruction of Johnson Avenue and Fulton Street at an estimated cost of nearly $2.5 million.
The Celina Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members before Friday's football game with Elida. The members were elected a year ago, but COVID-19 restrictions prevented the ceremony from taking place during the basketball season.
After getting first win last week, Celina looks to start streak
Coming off a narrow win over Kenton, the Celina football team has some momentum for the first time this season. The chance to build on it comes in a matchup of Bulldogs as Western Buckeye League rival Elida comes to Celina Stadium on Friday.
Last week we noted two local teams who were effectively in must-win situations. Celina came through, earning a one-point win over Kenton. This does not get the Bulldogs into the top sixteen of their region but makes it more likely they can rise to that position.
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Last Season: Dylan Fleck rushed for two touchdowns as the Flyers picked up a 28-0 win at Memorial Field.
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By Erin Gardner
COLDWATER - The Coldwater Cavalier Marching Band will dedicate Friday's half-time show to the late Jud Lehman.
Lehman, a teacher and drama director at Coldwater and longtime assistant with the marching band, died March 4 at 50.
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Celina, Kenton play to a draw in WBL action
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - Both Celina and Kenton had their chances, but nothing could get into the back of the net over the final 68 minutes of the game.
Early goals by both teams held up through the rest of the match as the Bulldogs and Wildcats settled for a 1-1 draw in Western Buckeye League boys soccer action on Tuesday at the soccer stadium. [More]
Obituaries on September 15th, 2021
Robert A. Kramer, age 68 of New Bremen, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 1:15 A.M. at the Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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COLDWATER - A former middle school principal is helping lead a campaign in support of the Coldwater Exempted Village School's 2.5-mill permanent improvement levy on the November general election ballot.
Man crawled onto roof of second floor
CELINA - Celina firefighters on Tuesday rescued a man who crawled out a window onto the roof of a burning home converted into apartments, Celina Fire Chief Doug Wolters said.
Test positivity rate increases again
WAPAKONETA - Sixty-one new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 4,062.
CELINA - Coming off its first loss of the year, it was the perfect time for the Celina volleyball team to show that it could grind out a win.
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Parkway rallied from a fourth-set loss and survived a nail-biter fifth set in a 22-25, 25-10, 25-23, 22-25, 16-14 volleyball win at Wapakoneta on Tuesday.
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County board of health members during their Monday meeting remembered the life and service of board president Linda Kitzmiller, who died Sept. 1.
Kitzmiller, Minster, had served on the board of health for 30 years and had an extensive background in nursing and health care, bringing an unparalleled level of expertise and care to the position, board members said. [More]
Obituaries on September 14th, 2021
Debra J. "Deb" Claybaugh, age 59 of Celina, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at her residence in Celina. [More]
Nancy Lee McGovern, 78, of Sidney passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:52 PM at Wilson Health. [More]
Roger A. 'Hub' Baumer, age 62, of Celina died Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Linda Catherine Baughman, age 78, of Celina, passed away March 28, 2020, at Celina Manor. [More]
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MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Superintendent Mike Pohlman updated school board members at their Monday night meeting on efforts to secure funding to help pay for the extension of water lines from the Marion Industrial Park to the school.
ST. HENRY - Village officials will seek a $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant for an estimated $1.5 million infrastructure project involving the Bernard Addition.
NEW BREMEN -Village council members during Monday's meeting passed on third reading an ordinance to establish a special revenue fund for asset forfeiture.
New Bremen sweeps undefeated Lincolnview
NEW BREMEN - Coming into Monday night's match with New Bremen, the Lincolnview volleyball team had lost two sets in six matches. The Cardinals beat the Lancers in three straight sets.
ST. MARYS - Monday was set to be a challenge for the St. Marys girls soccer team as the Roughriders faced an undefeated and state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf squad in a battle for a share of first place in the Western Buckeye League.
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Celina improved to 3-1 in Western Buckeye League girls soccer action with an 8-2 win over Kenton on Monday night in Hardin County.
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