First plows of the season hit the streets
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County encountered its first accumulating snowfall of the 2020-2021 winter, with between 11/2 and 2 inches piling up on the ground by 4 p.m. Monday.
A bit more of the white stuff might have accumulated in the northeast area, Mercer County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Robbins added. [More]
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Two Muncie, Indiana, men were arrested on Thanksgiving Day on grand theft and breaking and entering charges after they were reportedly found hauling a stolen trailer and ATV.
Lee M. Peterson, 28, and Stanley L. Justice-Keeton, 37, are being held in the Mercer County jail on $100,000 bail, subject to a 10% cash option. They are each charged with fourth-degree felony grand theft and fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. [More]
Obituaries on December 1st, 2020
Shannan G. Albers, 51, of Wapakoneta, passed away 6:15 p.m., Sat. Nov. 28, 2020, at Hospice of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH. [More]
Keith B. Beams, 86, of Delphos passed away at 11:11 PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Vancrest Health Care Center of Delphos. [More]
Lester "Red" Bruggeman died on November 28, 2020. He was 89.
He was born on April 7, 1931 in Coldwater to Leo and Eleanora (Hausfeld) Bruggeman. [More]
Eric L. Durst Jr., age 30, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at his residence. [More]
Mark U. Heinl, age 60, of Coldwater, died on Saturday afternoon, November 28, 2020. [More]
Alfrieda A. Ramga, age 91, of Celina, Ohio, entered into God's eternal rest on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm at The Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
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ST. MARYS - City administrators are considering asking voters to amend a 10-year, 0.5% income tax levy first passed in 1985 to make the tax permanent
Deaths occurred since Wednesday
CELINA - Eleven more area residents have died of COVID-19 since Wednesday.
The deaths of eight Mercer County residents raises the county's toll to 53, while Auglaize County officials reported three new deaths, raising its total to 29.
CELINA - A Celina woman pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of drug-abuse instruments after reportedly being involved in a minor injury accident on Sunday afternoon.
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart reminds residents of his office's policy on replacing and repairing mailboxes damaged by county crews plowing snow.
Scoreless quarter stymies St. Henry
WAPAKONETA - When the game started to get away from St. Henry, it was gone in a hurry.
St. Henry led 11-9 after the first quarter, but couldn't find the basket in the second quarter, allowing Wapakoneta to get into a rhythm on the way to a 58-30 loss at Wapakoneta High School on Monday night.
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Celina earned a split with Van Wert in Western Buckeye League bowling action on Monday night at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert.
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By Sydney Albert
Many people have felt the effects of increased stress and changes to everyday life since the the onset of the pandemic, but few have been affected so acutely as health care workers as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to climb.
Mercer and Augl [More]
Obituaries on November 30th, 2020
Olen L. Amstutz, age 95, of Celina passed from this life into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at his home in Celina surrounded by his family. [More]
Teresa "Tess" M. Hoffman, age 71, of Celina, passed away on November 25, 2020 a [More]
Lavina (Wagner) Laux, age 93, of St. Anthony, died Friday, November 27, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Eric L. Durst, 30, Celina, died on Nov. 28, 2020 at his residence in Celina. Fu [More]
Ella Mae Liette, age 87, of Chickasaw, died Friday, November 27, 2020 at Celina Manor. [More]
Cheryl Y. Reed, 76, St. Marys, died Nov. 21, 2020 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Eugene F. Noggler Jr., age 73, of New Weston, Ohio, died Saturday, November 28, 2020 of natural causes at his residence. [More]
Deborah K. Rempe, 60, St. Marys, died Nov. 22 at her residence.
A private gra [More]
Shannan G. Albers, 51, Wapakoneta, died Nov. 28, 2020, at Hospice of Central Oh [More]
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Program trains man's best friend to serve
ST. MARYS - Theodore,
a black, floppy-eared labradoodle, sat calmly with his trainer in the back of K9to5 Doggy Daycare on Tuesday, waiting patiently for instructions.
Celina opens boys season with victory
CELINA - Last season, it took until Jan. 10 for Celina to post its first win of the season.
Adam Johns won't have to wait that long to get his first victory as the Bulldogs' boys basketball coach.
MARIA STEIN - It came down to the buzzer in the Hangar on Saturday night.
After Flyers point guard Alex Eyink hit a game-tying 3-pointer with a han
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St. Henry improved to 2-0 on the season with a 47-38 win over Russia on Saturday night at Naveau Gymnasium in Shelby County.
Park plans relaunched
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Kayak launch pads, a bevy of shelter houses, a disc golf area and even more playground equipment are in store in the very near future for Celina parks should the city receive a $500,0000 grant.
City council members this week acted on a resolution authorizing mayor Jeff Hazel to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program for outdoor recreation projects at the Bryson Park District and Eastview and Westview parks. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - The comeback came up short for Fort Recovery.
After trailing St. Marys most of the game, including by five at the start of the fourth and by four with 3:47 left, the Indians made a late charge to tie the game at 45 with 1:10 left. But LeTrey Williams gave the Roughriders back the lead and the Indians turned the ball over on the next possession, setting up a 53-45 St. Marys victory in the boys basketball season opener at Grand Lake Health System Court. [More]
Obituaries on November 28th, 2020
Marianne A. Remaklus, age 92, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on November 26, 2020 at The Gardens at Celina, Celina, Ohio. [More]
Alvin A. Timmerman, age 86, of Portland, Indiana, died November 27, 2020 at Persimmon Ridge, Portland, IN. [More]
Bruce A. Custer, age 59, of Homosassa, FL went to be with our Lord on November 20, 2020. [More]
James F. 'Jim' Heyne, age 67, of Coldwater, died Friday, November 27, 2020 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Larry R. Poor passed away on November 26, 2020 at 12:35 pm at the Miller Place in Celina at the age of 79. [More]
Milan "Mike" Kovacek, 75, of Elida, Ohio, died 9:29 P.M. Thursday, November 26, 2020, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Julia Rose (Hoelscher) Pleiman, age 86, of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural [More]
Elizabeth "Beth" Frierott age 73 of Minster, Ohio passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 25 after a courageous three-year battle with ovarian cancer. [More]
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CELINA - City fire/emergency medical services personnel are being stretched thin due to covering weekly shifts in Rockford and elsewhere because of a lack of volunteers, Celina Fire Chief Doug Wolter said.
Park plans relaunched
CELINA - City officials saw their ambitious plans to fire up the next development phase of Bryson Park District go down the tubes this year due to the delayed arrival of grant dollars and a world-halting pandemic.
SPENCERVILLE - St. Henry is hoping to hang its hat on good defense this boys basketball season.
In Friday's opener, the Redskins showed why, holdi
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Anna jumped out to a 20-4 lead on New Knoxville and never looked back in opening the season with an 83-41 victory over the Rangers at the Barn.
Kids appreciate health care workers
By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - On the day before Thanksgiving break, Coldwater Elementary second-graders offered a cornucopia of handmade cards, snacks and sugary treats to Mercer Health officials battling a resurgent pandemic.
The kids filled boxes with cards beari [More]
Obituaries on November 27th, 2020
Ruth Eileen Gribler, 95, of Van Wert, Ohio, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020, at VanCrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. [More]
Matilda Fay Howell, age 92, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Mercer County Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Carol "Candy" (Hurm) Wannemacher, 72, danced her way into the throne room of Go [More]
David Lee Waterman age 89, of New Bremen, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:01 A.M. at the Lima Memorial Hospital after a short illness. [More]
Nicholas Bernard Pohlman, age 66, of Russia, Ohio, passed away of natural causes surrounded by his family early Tuesday morning, November 24, 2020. [More]
Melville D. Gehm, age 93, currently residing at Otterbein, St. Marys, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm. [More]
Doris C. (George) Now, 92, of Westerville, Ohio (formerly Celina, Ohio) passed away at the Village of Westerville on Monday, November 23, 2020. [More]
Wilma Nell "Nellie" McMurray passed away Wednesday, November 25th at The Laurels of Shane Hill. [More]
Donna May Link, age 56, of Mendon, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, [More]
Marianne A. Remaklus, 92, died Nov. 26, 2020, at The Gardens at Celina.
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Deborah Rempe, 60, St. Marys, died Nov. 22, 2020, at her residence.
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WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County's post-election audit has been pushed back to Dec. 9 after a board of elections member tested positive for COVID-19.
Local small-business owners hope a successful Small Business Saturday this weekend jump-starts the holiday shopping season while they make the safety of their customers and staff their first priority.
CELINA - Volunteers briefly considered calling off a free Thanksgiving meal this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic but ultimately decided the community may need it more than ever.
CELINA - One new death from COVID-19 was reported in Mercer County on Wednesday, raising the county's overall toll to 45.
Mercer County Health District officials in a social media post also reported 45 new cases, bringing the county's total to 2,628.
Perseverance pays off as Cardinals reach top of mountain
MASSILLON - As New Bremen knelt out a 31-0 win over Warren John F. Kennedy last Friday, Chris Schmidt seemed to know what was coming.
Schmidt, th
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