Rick Frazier attends 30th rally in Georgia
By William Kincaid
NEW BREMEN - Before hopping into his SUV to drive hundreds of miles to Macon, Georgia, for President Donald Trump's Friday night rally, 64-year-old retired pipefitter Rick Frazier found himself the center of attention speaking before the people of Israel. [More]
Voters face levy issues on Nov. 3
By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery voters will be asked to renew an operating levy on Nov. 3.
The five-year, 2.5-mill levy has been in place and renewed for more than 26 years, said village administrator Randy Diller. It brings in roughly $60,000 a year and is set to expire in 2021. [More]
Voters face levy issues on Nov. 3
By Tom Millhouse
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Franklin Township voters will decide the fate of a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy with an increase of 0.1 mill for fire protection on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
The levy would generate $122,400 per year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $56 annually. [More]
Henschen's OT TD enough for win
By Thomas Haines
ST. MARYS - After four scoreless quarters, Ross Henschen was ready to end the game.
The junior running back took the handoff on a second-and-4 in overtime, burst through the gap between the left guard and tackle and ran through a couple of defenders on his way into the end zone. [More]
Obituaries on October 17th, 2020
Dennis E. Bergman, age 49, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away on October 13, 2020 at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. [More]
Adam Joseph Hemmelgarn, age 44, of Lakewood, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic. [More]
Fr. Philip Gilbert, C.PP.S., 90, died at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 20 [More]
Audrey J. "Auddi" Niekamp, 90, Chickasaw died at her home on October 16, 2020. [More]
Donald L. Hoying, age 94, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the Celina Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Dwain L. Newland Sr., age 66, of Celina, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at his residence in Celina. [More]
Kenneth J. Westgerdes, 75, formerly of Russia, died on Oct. 15, 2020, at Englew [More]
Keith Powers, 49, Celina, died on Oct. 14, 2020, at Joint Township District Mem [More]
Jack M. Rouhier, 92, formerly of Saint Marys, died October 12, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. [More]
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The fall harvest in Mercer County is off to a good start with optimal weather helping farmers.
About 70% of the county's soybeans and 20% of the co
Wapakoneta school officials to disinfect building
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County saw nearly 50 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two days as the county's total climbed to 805.
In Mercer County, eight new cases were reported, raising its total to 1,285.
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local Flyers shook off the rust from a rare idle week and got this year's playoff push started in a big way Friday night at Booster Stadium.
ST. HENRY - The week off for St. Henry was important, if for no other reason than getting some players back from injury and isolation.
The Redskins
Division II Girls and Division III Boys State Golf
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Henry senior Ellen Naumann got off to a solid start at the Division II girls state golf tournament at The Ohio State University's Gray Course.
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen scored 35 points in the first quarter and had the second string in before halftime in a 52-7 drubbing of the Southeastern Trojans Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Hayden Bush's five-yard touchdown pass to DJ Zimmer with 2:24 to play lifted Greenville to a 21-20 win over Celina in a regular season matchup at Harmon Field. The win was the first of the season for the Green Wave.
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Local child has rare syndrome
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A boy under 6 years old has Mercer County's first reported hospitalized case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious condition associated with the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a county health district news release on Thursday. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA -Long-serving Mercer County commissioner Jerry Laffin, Coldwater, will face off against Don Holtvoigt, Celina, in the Nov. 3 general election.
The board of county commissioners is made up of three seats. Holtvoigt is challenging Laffin for the seat with a term beginning Jan. 2. Commissioners are the county's primary taxing, appropriating and contracting authority. [More]
Rangers capture first outright MAC title
By Colin Foster
  MARIA STEIN - New Knoxville has bested every team on its schedule this season.
On Thursday, the Rangers were officially crowned best in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

The third set slipped away from New Knoxville against Marion Local, but an outright MAC title did not. The beat rolled on for Division IV's second-ranked team as it defeated the No. 5 Flyers 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 at the Hangar to cap a 9-0 run through MAC play and improve to 19-0. [More]
Obituaries on October 16th, 2020
Jordan M. Bricker, 34, of Wapakoneta, died Sunday morning, Oct. 11, 2020, in Wapakoneta. [More]
Mary Jane Fair, 86, of Findlay, formerly of Celina, Ohio passed onto glory on Monday October 12, 2020 at Bridge Hospice Center, Findlay. [More]
Adam J. Hemmelgarn, 44, Lakewood, died on Oct. 13, 2020, at the Cleveland Clini [More]
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Spokesman: $2B fraud charge not tied to company
From staff and wire reports
SAN FRANCISCO - Federal prosecutors charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman on Thursday with a $2 billion tax fraud scheme in what they say is the largest such case against an American.
ST. MARYS - Criminal charges are pending after a St. Marys man reportedly threatened his family with a firearm and initiated a six-hour standoff with law enforcement.
CHICKASAW - Village council members on Wednesday night moved to establish a grant program to aid local businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FORT RECOVERY - For a final week of the regular season, New Bremen was given a challenging gauntlet.
After suffering their first Midwest Athletic C
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina finished the regular season with a five-set victory over Shawnee in Western Buckeye League volleyball action at Lappin Gymnasium in Shawnee Township.
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - A Celina man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 felony sex charges, including sexual battery and pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Wesley Kempton, 36, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery [More]
Multiple levy issues on November ballots
By Sydney Albert
An operating levy benefiting the Auglaize County Council on Aging is on the ballot for renewal this election, and officials say it's necessary to keep basic services funded.
The five-year, 1-mill levy has been on the books since 1990 and has come up for renewal once again, according to council director Robert Warren. The levy would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $23.22 annually. [More]
Multiple levy issues on November ballots
By Leslie Gartrell
ROCKFORD - Parkway school district voters will help decide the fate of a renewal of the five-year, 0.7-mill permanent improvement levy proposed by Vantage Career Center that would continue to generate about $700,000 annually.
If renewed, the levy [More]
Obituaries on October 15th, 2020
Betsy Ellen Armstrong, age 60, of Mendon, passed away at her home on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. [More]
Jack Grunden, age 88, of Celina, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN. [More]
Melissa Jo Searles, 32, Celina, died on Oct. 11, 2020, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. [More]
On Saturday, October 10, Jeffrey R. Lightle, 56, loving husband to Pam and devo [More]
Rosi Miller, 67, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Mercy Health-St. Rita's, Lima. [More]
Lelia Mouser Sunday died peacefully on September 19, 2020.
Mrs. Sunday was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Rex E. Sunday. [More]
Ann M. Serio, age 39, of Fort Recovery, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020, i [More]
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City revenue down but not as expected
CELINA - Three-quarters into pandemic year 2020, the city's general fund has taken a slight hit but by and large has weathered the turbulent times, city auditor Betty Strawn told city councilors this week.
CELINA - A California man pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual battery charges related to an incident that reportedly occurred in the summer of 2013
Auglaize County reports 44 and Mercer, 22
CELINA - Auglaize County saw a spike in new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, reporting 44 new confirmed cases, raising that county's total to 757.
Mercer County also continues to see a large increase in new cases, as the 22 reported on Wednesday brought the county's total to 1,255.
ST. MARYS - Though there have been some COVID-19 cases among the district's students and staff, superintendent Bill Ruane on Wednesday said no cases were a result of community spread within the schools.
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry School District family mourned the loss of longtime high school guidance counselor Betsy Armstrong following her death on Tuesday.
CELINA - Traffic charges are pending for a man who reportedly drove his pickup truck into the pond at Westview Park.
At about 9:30 p.m. Monday, Phi
ST. MARYS - State Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, foresees a productive end to the year in the Ohio House of Representatives.
All focus for Ohio leg
Division III Boys State Golf Preview
Minster focused to have an enjoyable weekend at tournament
To say that the Minster boys golf team qualifiing for the Division III state tournament was a nice surprise would get a nod of agreement from Jeremy Magoto.
CELINA - The senior class won Celina High School's powderpuff championship at Celina Stadium Wednesday night.
The seniors beat the juniors in the
  After a week off to rest up, ease any pains and do a little scouting, Marion Local officially begins defense of its Division VII state championship on Friday night at Booster Field in Maria Stein.
Computer Points In Review
  The playoffs are underway, and it was a fairly good start to the postseason for teams from the WBL and the MAC.
The WBL went 4-3 during the openin
Grand Lake Health System Field
The Roughriders and Wildcats face off for the second straight postseason and fourth time in history. St. Marys won 13-10 at Franklin last season to run their series record to 3-0.
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Division III Region 10
Defiance at Bowling Green
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Franklin at St. Marys
Wapakoneta at
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey on Tuesday was reluctant to commit to the idea of covering some of his staff's payroll and insurance expenses with COVID-19 funds, saying it would be difficult for him to justify such a move with his office's operations having changed only slightly amid the pandemic. [More]
Rangers beat top-ranked Cardinals to clinch share of MAC title
By Gary R. Rasberry
NEW KNOXVILLE - Tuesday's New Bremen-New Knoxville volleyball match could have easily gone the distance.
But the Rangers were bound and determined to win it in three sets.
New Knoxville got solid defense and timely hitting as the Division IV second-ranked Rangers swept the top-ranked Cardinals 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 at Ranger Gymnasium to take sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference. [More]
Obituaries on October 14th, 2020
Nancy C. Elston, 74, of Saint Marys, died Thursday, October 8, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Dr. Michael Curry Pyles, originally of Beckley, WV, died on October 9th, 2020 at home. [More]
Betsy Armstrong, 60, Mendon, died on Oct. 13, 2020, at her residence.
Arrange [More]
Melissa Jo Searles, 32, Celina, died on Oct. 11, 2020, in Westmoreland County, [More]
Peggy L. Street, 69, Kettlersville, died on Oct. 10, 2020, at her residence. [More]
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ROCKFORD - Elementary School Principal Mark Esselstein's retirement was accepted at Monday's school board meeting.
Superintendent Jeanne Osterfeld said Esselstein is stepping down, effective Dec. 31, after more than 30 years of service to the district.
CHICKASAW - Montezuma Fire Chief Lee Braun has released additional details about a house explosion at 3741 County Road 716A reported just before 6 p.m. Sunday.
CELINA - Mercer County elections officials have seen a big surge in early voting this presidential election cycle, with more than 7,500 voters having either requested an absentee ballot or voted in person as of Monday afternoon.
13 new cases in Mercer County, 33 in Auglaize
CELINA - County health officials warned October may see Mercer County's largest monthly increase in the number of cases since the pandemic began if the current rate continues.
COLDWATER - The most problematic areas of the school building's roof have been fixed, but the estimated cost to fix the rest is estimated at $1.8 million.
WAPAKONETA - More than 160 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county in September, according to Auglaize County Health Department officials.
ST. MARYS - It took a minute for St. Marys to get a lead on Defiance.
That was as close as the Bulldogs would get for the rest of the match.
Compiled by Thomas Haines
Fort Recovery got better as the match went on, closing out a 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 win over Versailles to keep alive its hopes of sharing the Midwest Athletic Conference title.
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