By Tom Millhouse
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Board of Education members on Monday night learned about plans for possibly adding four elementary school classrooms.
A presentation by Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers's Matt Hibner, Andrew Huelsman and Kellen Mescher revealed a detailed floor plan and exterior rendering. The classrooms would be attached to the existing kindergarten rooms on the southwest corner of the building. [More]
Indians hand Flyers first MAC defeat
By Gary R. Rasberry
FORT RECOVERY - After losing its first volleyball match of the season last Thursday, Fort Recovery was able to bounce back with wins over Arcanum and South Adams over the previous three days.
But Tuesday night at Fort Site Fieldhouse was different, a Midwest Athletic Conference matchup with conference co-leader Marion Local, a team that suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday to Division III top-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf. [More]
Obituaries on September 23rd, 2020
Ernest J. Poeppelman, age 86, of Yorkshire, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence early Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020. [More]
Patricia Jo "Patti" Searfoss, age 67, of Celina, went home to be with her Lord [More]
Timothy J. "Tim" Dirksen, age 39, of Maria Stein, died September 21, 2020, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, following a tragic farm accident at his home. [More]
Jane Kennedy Bertke, age 76, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on Thursday, Au [More]
Kenneth Wayne Grandlienard, 95, entered heaven Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020. [More]
Donna Lou Hixenbaugh, age 92, Greensboro, GA formerly of Lima Ohio, passed away peacefully at The Harbor at Harmony Crossing, Eatonton, GA September 20, 2020. [More]
Erin C. Rammel, 35, of rural New Bremen, OH died at 8:20 a.m. Monday September 21, 2020 at her residence, surrounded by her family. [More]
Vernon "Ducky" Feldwisch, 94, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died 7:20 A.M. Monday, September 21, 2020, at the Gardens at Wapakoneta. [More]
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CELINA - The Lake Facilities Authority approved a contract on Tuesday with Access Engineering for design services on the upcoming Burntwood Creek Treatment Train.
Businesses hurt by pandemic qualify
CELINA - Twenty-four local entities financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic received a total of $142,000 via a new program authorized by Mercer County commissioners.
CELINA - Developing a treatment train on 30-acres of land between the Big Chickasaw Creek and Little Chickasaw Creek known as the Quivey property would be a major milestone in local water-quality restoration efforts.
CELINA - Mercer County on Tuesday reclaimed Ohio's highest rate of new COVID-19 cases.
Seven new cases also were reported, raising the county's total to 1,008.
Mercer County's unemployment rate improved slightly in August, remaining the third-lowest unemployment rate in the state.
The rate dropped from 5.7
Brockman Road between Harrison and Chickasaw roads in Franklin/Marion townships will be closed for a bridge replacement, according to a news release from Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.
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Celina and Ottawa-Glandorf went toe-to-toe for 80 minutes with neither team budging as the Bulldogs and Titans played to a 0-0 draw in Western Buckeye League girls soccer action on Tuesday at the soccer stadium.
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The Indianapolis Colts signed Minster High School graduate and tight end Ethan Wolf to its practice squad on Tuesday.
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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.
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 - A recently hired Rockford police officer found two runaway juveniles from North Carolina driving a stolen vehicle over the weekend.
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 - 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 board members on Monday commended two staff members for securing grants to benefit students.
Clinton Hirschfeld, technology coordin
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday learned all district students will receive free lunches through Dec. 31.
The district is participati
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 RECOVERY - Village council members discussed project updates and COVID-19 funding during Monday's meeting.
The Broadway Street reconstruction
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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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.
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
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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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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.
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.
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
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Jaxson Silliman's 1-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining allowed Celina to snap a two-game losing streak w
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