Former cop takes over at Our Home
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A former police officer and probation officer is now at the helm of Our Home Family Resource Center, a non-profit agency that seeks to empower Mercer County residents to grow from crisis to hope.
Kevin Draiss took over as director in December after spending months learning the ropes from outgoing director Kathy Mescher, who has since retired. She filled Draiss in on Our Home's programs, budgets, agendas, grants, client needs and staff. [More]
Obituaries on January 18th, 2021
Gary Douglas Billger, age 70 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January [More]
Sister Lucille (Lucy) Schmitmeyer, 87, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio, died at 1:38 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021, at St. Francis Home. [More]
Jeanette M. Meyer, age 73, of Chickasaw, Ohio, passed away January 15, 2021, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. [More]
Matthew J. Abels, age 47, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. [More]
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Roughriders jump out earn in victory
COLDWATER - The first eight minutes were all that the St. Marys boys basketball team needed to build an unbeatable lead.
The Roughriders started t
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Coldwater hosted its 19th annual Bob Sielski Memorial Wrestling Duals Invitational at the Palace on Saturday, bringing in five other teams from Northwest and Southwest Ohio to compete in a five-round dual match competition.
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Man's metal detecting uncovers local history
By Sydney Albert
ROCKFORD - Many might be surprised at the amount of history hidden around them, whether it's tucked away in an attic, behind a wall in their home or beneath the ground.
One local man, Eric Kuhn, has taken to hunting down the artifacts of history buried beneath our feet, and said he wants to begin giving back his discoveries to bolster understanding of local history. [More]
Obituaries on January 16th, 2021
Larry J. "Whitey" Coats, 63, of Saint Marys, died 1:35 P.M. Thursday, January 14, 2021, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio. [More]
Funeral rites for Phyllis Joanne Nash were held on Jan. 15, 2021, at Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina. The Rev. Diane Mendelson officiated. [More]
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MONTEZUMA - Park officials this week finished replacing aging courtesy docks at the Windy Point boat launch, one of three areas targeted for upgrades over the last few years.
Drive-thru shot clinics to continue
Two new deaths due to COVID-19 were reported by Auglaize and Mercer health officials on Friday as cases in both counties continue to rise.
One new
Flyers hold on to defeat Indians
FORT RECOVERY - Marion Local had four chances to put the game out of reach. It needed all four.
Leading by four with less than a minute left, the
ST. MARYS - As he came out of the locker room, St. Marys boys basketball coach Dan Hegemier couldn't help but show his pride for his team's determination on Friday night.
MINSTER - A 15-0 start to the second half proved to be the knockout punch for New Knoxville.
After a slow start, Minster outscored the Rangers 20-2 in the third quarter and rolled to a 61-27 victory Friday night at the Wildcat Gymnasium.
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After Bath erased a two-point Bulldogs' lead in the fourth quarter, Celina got nine points from Josh Rasawehr in overtime as the Bulldogs pulled out a 55-50 road win in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday night.
Fairgrounds clinic for those 80 and older
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Organizers of Mercer County Health District's COVID-19 drive-thru vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday at the Mercer County Fairgrounds will now accept appointments.
Officials from the district and Mercer County Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday issued a joint news release detailing plans for the clinic, which is for people aged 80 and older. [More]
Defense propels Wildcats past Rangers
By Gary R. Rasberry
NEW KNOXVILLE - Thursday's big Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball battle lived up to the hype as far as defense was concerned.
It was defense that sparked Minster over the the final three quarters after falling behind early and then coming back in the second half for a 38-29 victory over New Knoxville at Ranger Gymnasium in a battle of state-ranked teams. The win moves the Wildcats to 10-1 and 5-0 in MAC play. [More]
Obituaries on January 15th, 2021
Betty I. Shope, 94, of Rockford, Ohio, died Tuesday night, January 12, 2021, at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio, where she was a patient. [More]
Reitta Bransteter, 88, of Rockford, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan [More]
Carol J. Knapke Calloway of Ocala, Florida went to her heavenly home, Sunday December 20, 2020. [More]
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CELINA - Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors members discussed an improper composting complaint in December after staff received a report of partially composted turkey carcasses.
CELINA - A Celina couple is raising awareness of congenital heart disease, a serious and potentially fatal abnormality that has affected not only their lives but also those of several other families in Mercer County.
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths and 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday raised Auglaize County's total death toll to 50 and total number of cases to 3,086.
CHICKASAW - Village council members on Wednesday night approved an ordinance to pursue easements for replacing sidewalk approaches along two state highways.
This should be the least necessary sentence I've ever written: Mob justice has no place in our society.
It didn't when President Donald Trump's sup
MARIA STEIN - All season long, the Marion Local girls' basketball team has relied on defense.
On Thursday night, that vaunted Flyers defense was on full display, flummoxing Fort Recovery as Marion did just enough on offense to come away with a 42-32 Midwest Athletic Conference win at the Hangar.
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The Celina wrestling team improved to 5-0 in Western Buckeye League action and posted the first shutout in at least 10 years - and possibly first-ever - in defeating Bath 72-0 on Thursday night in Bath Township.
COLDWATER - Take the pictures. Behave. Remember why you're there. That's the advice Alex Grieshop has for anyone planning to be in a wedding this year.
Vaccine will be on first-come, first-served basis
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - The Mercer County Health District will host its first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people 80 and older on Wednesday.
Officials announced the clinic during Wednesday's health board meeting and later in a joint news release with the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A new hometown restaurant/bar that plans to specialize in craft beers, cocktails and wine is taking shape in the downtown building that once housed Charlie's Pastry Shop and is now owned by Lake Edge LLC.
Primary owner/operator Jacob Poeppelman of Celina hopes to debut The Anchor at 109 S. Main St. this summer, with operations to reach full swing in late summer. [More]
Obituaries on January 14th, 2021
Edna A. Grilliot age 91, of Versailles passed away at 9:10 PM on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. [More]
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NEW BREMEN - Elementary principal Diane Kramer said a resident has inquired about possibly funding a therapy dog for the school if enough interest is generated.
Superintendent, treasurer get one year added
CELINA - School board members this week agreed to extend the contracts of two administrators to honor their efforts in leading the district over the course of a tumultuous year.
CLAY TOWNSHIP - A man from Clay Township, southeast of Wapakoneta, was arrested early Tuesday morning and has been charged with using a weapon while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.
WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize Board of Elections may soon discuss whether the deputy director should receive the same compensation as the board director.
ST. MARYS - A new school board president and vice president were named during the board's organizational meeting on Monday.
Chris Falk was elected
ROCKFORD - Parkway eighth-graders and freshmen will take a virtual trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring.
Middle school principal Brian Woods during Wednesday's school board meeting said he had met with eighth-grade student council members to discuss how a virtual trip would work for students.
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The weekend basketball schedule features a battle of state-ranked girls teams tonight followed by a big challenge for St. Marys in boys basketball on Friday night against the top-ranked team in Division II.
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