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.
College and Alumni Notes
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.
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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.
By Georgia Rindler
COLDWATER- About 25 residents attended a zoning meeting prior to Monday night's Coldwater council meeting to voice concerns over a requested zoning change that would allow building apartments in the East Pointe subdivision.
Village council members at their regular council meeting gave first reading of an ordinance to re-zone several lots in the subdivision. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - Before it sent a single batter to the plate, St. Marys was staring up at a 5-0 deficit.
That didn't faze the Roughriders.
Pitcher Andrew Ibrahim bore down and didn't give up another hit before giving way to Dylan Trogdlon in the fourth, and the two of them kept St. Henry from pulling away as the Roughriders came back to earn a 13-6 win in a battle of area baseball teams at K.C. Geiger Park on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on April 13th, 2021
Max Leroy Dull, 94, of Willshire died at 3:08 p.m., Saturday at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. [More]
Donald Niemeyer, 95, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died 4:05 A.M. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Shane Hill Nursing Home, Rockford, Ohio. [More]
Dereck A. Gray, age 50, of Celina, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021. [More]
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CELINA - Celina residents and business owners may see their electric rates decrease by June 1.
City councilors at Monday night's utility committee meeting discussed lowering the rates with representatives from Findlay-based energy consultant Sawvel and Associates Inc.
ST. MARYS - The city has amended its 2021 street program after contractors expressed concerns over part of a sanitary sewer project included in the program.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Schools board members on Monday night awarded a $217,979 contract to Vasco Sports Contractors of Massillon to resurface the high school track.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Schools board members handled a number of personnel matters at Monday night's meeting, including accepting three retirement resignations.
NEW BREMEN - The village's $70,500 grant application for an estimated $105,200 swimming pool repair project was rejected, village council members learned at their meeting on Monday.
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Fort Recovery scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to rally and defeat St. Marys 9-8 in area softball action on Monday at K.C. Geiger Park.
By Tom Haines
Entering her first mixed martial arts fight in over two years, Celina's Diamond Long was ready to go from the moment she and Sarah Cook touched gloves.
"What I mainly remember is, she was staring me down a lot," Long said. "She was tense, and I was just in the moment."
Two minutes and 26 seconds later, Long had Cook in a chokehold and Cook tapped out, giving Long a win Saturday in Premier MMA Championship 16 at the Hits Entertainment Complex in Covington, Kentucky. [More]
Obituaries on April 12th, 2021
Daniel L. Briner, age 83 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at his residence in Celina. [More]
Robert Dale Lewis went home to Jesus on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at age 89.
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Winona Brown, 90, formerly of New Knoxville, died at 4:30 p.m. April 10, 2021, [More]
Douglas Scott Kruger, age 67 of Celina and formerly of Middlefield, Ohio passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. [More]
Willard O. "Bill" Rankin, age 96, formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Springfield, Ohio. [More]
Linda S. Baumer age 69 of Minster, Ohio died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her home. [More]
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Therapy dog back to work after year off due to COVID
ST. MARYS - Julie Metz and her therapy dog Natalie have returned to the halls of St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima after a year away due to COVID-19 restrictions.
CELINA - Grand Lake has lost several fish species that were once historically documented, but biology professor and research coordinator Stephen Jacquemin of Wright State University-Lake Campus said some species could possibly be restored.
Vote '21
Voters in Gibson, Granville, Marion and Recovery townships and the villages of Burkettsville, Chickasaw, Fort Recovery and St. Henry will vote on a new tax levy for the Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District at the May 4 special election.
ST. HENRY - Through three innings, the St. Henry baseball team was locked in a pitchers' duel. After the top of the fourth, the Redskins were looking up at a 6-0 deficit and wondering what happened.
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Celina snapped back from Friday's loss to Van Wert with a sweep of New Haven (Indiana) at Montgomery Field on Saturday to move its record above .500 at 5-4.
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