Decision depends on infection rate
By Leslie Gartrell
  CELINA - Saying victory against COVID-19 is within reach, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced all health orders will be rescinded once the state's infection rate drops to 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks.
Mercer County Health District officials also provided updated vaccine registration information for a March 10 clinic. [More]
Fourth-quarter struggles doom Minster in semis
By Tom Haines
VANDALIA - For three quarters, Minster was in control. But Fort Loramie never went away.
The Wildcats watched an early 10-point lead disappear and finally broke down in the fourth quarter as the Redskins came away with a 47-36 win in the Division IV regional semifinals at the Vandalia-Butler Student Activities Center. [More]
Obituaries on March 5th, 2021
Leo Joseph Kunk, 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 26, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. [More]
Dennis R. Severs, age 55, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on March 3, 2021 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
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Chapter revived after decades, despite virus challenges
CELINA - Celina students are adapting to a revived FFA program despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
Celina City Schools of
TOLEDO - A 51-year-old former Parkway school board member and Rockford mayor charged with coercion and enticement and receipt and distribution of child pornography remains incarcerated as his case moves through U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members on Thursday reorganized key roles, electing a new chairperson and switching the roles of its two directors.
VANDALIA - With 1:23 left in the first half, Ivy Wolf stepped to the line with a chance to set a school record.
Already the Minster record-holder f
LIMA - It seemed like Coldwater did everything right to come away with a win on Thursday night.
So did Ottawa-Glandorf.
The Cavaliers overcame a
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Mayor: Project won't happen without grants
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Nearly four years ago, mayor Jeff Hazel revealed to Grand Lake Rotarians a dream of relocating Lake Shore Drive behind the inlet commonly called the hot water hole.
Benefits of such a move, officials have argued, would be better public access to the waterfront and improved safety. [More]
Obituaries on March 4th, 2021
Robert P. Kohlhorst, 96, of St. Marys, OH died 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County Board of Elections has approved ballots for the May 4 special election. No candidate races will be contested, but four tax issues will appear on local ballots.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners awarded contracts for continued erosion control work along Beaver Creek and materials for bridge replacements, projects that will be overseen by county engineer Jim Wiechart.
New Mercer virus info to be released today
WAPAKONETA - Five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday raised Auglaize County's cumulative case total to 3,400.
Auglaize County He
St. Marys survives second half pressure to advance
SPENCERVILLE - The score from Wednesday's Division II boys basketball district semifinal may read 58-43 in favor of St. Marys, but it was anything but a breeze for the Roughrider fans in attendance at Spencerville High School.
Area basketball players earned postseason honors from the District 8 Basketball Coaches Association.
Minster's Ivy Wolf was named the Division IV P
Students make tipping glass, magic cake and chalkboard
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Some Coldwater Middle School students are using their own brand of magic to bring the otherworldly events of "Matilda Jr., the Musical" to life.
Matilda is a young girl, who is eager to learn and make friends at school while dealing with a dysfunctional family and a child-hating principal. Yet Matilda is gifted - and not just academically. Her budding telekinetic powers help her teach a few lessons to the bullies in her life. [More]
St. Henry wins in 2OT; Busse beats buzzer to help New Bremen beat Minster
By Tom Haines
WAPAKONETA - If the excitement of a double-overtime contest in the opening game of the Division IV boys basketball district semifinals wasn't enough, how about a buzzer-beater?
Reece Busse's 3-pointer as time expired gave New Bremen a 40-39 win over second-seeded Minster in Tuesday's nightcap at Wapakoneta High School. [More]
Obituaries on March 3rd, 2021
Marilyn E. Schmitmeyer age 84 of Minster, Ohio died Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Hospice of Dayton. [More]
Steven "Bo" Shannon, 73, of Saint Marys, died suddenly at 6:30 P.M. Monday, Mar [More]
Joan Roettger, 70, of New Knoxville, OH died Tuesday February 22, 2021 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
Gary L. "Doc" Farley, age 75, of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at [More]
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Child care workers, first responders among those on list
CELINA - Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday announced eligibility standards for Phase 1C of the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan.
Beginning March 4, indiv
MINSTER - Village council members on Tuesday considered a plan to buy excess electricity generated in the future by solar panels owned by residents or businesses.
CELINA - A new filtration process set to go online in May at the city water treatment plant on U.S. 127 is expected to result in substantial savings.
ROCKFORD - Council members will consider rezoning a former plumbing business on South Street for residential use, with the owner planning to rework the interior into apartments.
The Daily Standard newspaper and five of its staff members have been named finalists for 10 awards in nine categories in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor's 2020 newspaper contest.
Noise ordinance is unrealistic, some say
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials may change the zoning code after learning noise limits on private property are not practical and if enforced could adversely affect several businesses.
"We're not a bedroom community. We're a commerce community," mayor Jeff Hazel insisted during an interview about the subject. [More]
Obituaries on March 2nd, 2021
Donald A. Deitsch, 77, of Lima, Ohio, and formerly of Saint Marys, died 2:10 P.M. Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Roselawn Manor, Spencerville. [More]
Kathleen "Kathy" O. Highley, age 70, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on February 28, 2021 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
Rosemary Cook, age 90, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on February 28, 2021 at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Kenneth J. Lachey, 74, of Springfield, passed away at Springfield Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. [More]
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FORT RECOVERY - Village council members met briefly on Monday evening to discuss various project updates.
Village administrator Randy Diller said P
Mercer County scaling back reporting
WAPAKONETA - Six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported since Wednesday raised Auglaize County's cumulative number of cases to 3,392.
Auglaize Co
Experienced teacher opens school in Celina church
CELINA - A new school for teens looking to get their driver's licenses has opened with an experienced instructor at the wheel.
Melinda Keiser, a Celina native and bus driver for Celina City Schools, has plenty of experience teaching new drivers the ropes.
Division IV Girls Basketball Regional Semifinal Preview
Minster looks to avenge only loss of season against Fort Loramie
WAPAKONETA - December 12 was a long time ago.
But Minster girls basketball coach Mike Wiss couldn't fault his team for looking a few opponents ahead in the postseason.
Alumni and College Notes
The last time Ryan Mikesell played a significant basketball game, it was for the Red Scare at The Basketball Tournament last July.
Now, the St. Henry and University of Dayton graduate has taken his game to Germany.
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