Area program trains, donates dogs free of charge
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - Erin Chrisman parked outside K9to5 Doggie Daycare on Friday morning, ushering her toddler out of the car while she unloaded a baby car seat with one of her youngest inside.
She retrieved a round, black ball of fluff from the back seat, masterfully balancing her kids while carrying the furry pup to the front door. [More]
Coldwater captures fifth state title
By Gary R. Rasberry
There was no stopping the Coldwater girls bowling team this year.
A season after finishing state runner-up, the Cavaliers dominated the 2021 Division II state tournament, posting the highest score in qualifying and then having little trouble in the head-to-head matchups to capture the program's fifth state championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus. [More]
Obituaries on February 27th, 2021
Berneice A. Baltes, forever known as Eldora Speedway's First Lady, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at her home in New Weston at the age of 93. [More]
Ethel Marie Jutte, 94, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Ralph Norman Fleckenstein, age 77, Minster, passed away of natural causes late Thursday evening, February 25, 2021, at Kindred Hospital in Lima, Ohio. [More]
Robert Waesch, 79, St. Marys, died Feb. 24, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital, Day [More]
Sandra Vorhees, age 86, of Celina, died Feb. 26, 2021, at Miller Place in Celin [More]
Philip Lee Scott, beloved husband of Nancy, passed away peacefully at 1:10 AM on February 26, 2021 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Fort Pierce, FL. [More]
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Celina market will offer new service in a few months
CELINA - A Celina business that specializes in fresh meats plans to add a drive-thru lane to serve customers better.
Celina City Council members th
TOLEDO - A detention hearing was rescheduled on Friday for a 51-year-old former school board member and mayor charged with coercion and enticement an
NE W BREMEN - With 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, the New Bremen boys basketball team was down 43-37 and clinging to life.
A dive by Mitchel
ST. HENRY - There was no need for late game heroics for St. Henry in their second meeting of the season against Fort Recovery.
The Redskins took t
MINSTER - There was never a doubt.
Minster dominated from the opening tip, rolling to a 74-36 sectional final victory over Ridgemont Friday night at Wildcat Gymnasium.
Compiled By Tom Haines
St. Marys found their stride on offense in the second quarter on the way to a 71-47 win over Napoleon in the Division II boys basketball sectional finals at Grand Lake Health System Court Friday night.
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Mercer County virus level is downgraded
By Leslie Gartrell
  CELINA - Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced the state will receive more COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, adding additional vaccine providers such as Meijer and Walmart to the roster.
However, Keith Kleman, Celina Walmart pharmacy manager, said officials don't know when their location will receive doses. [More]
MacLean, Clune, Stammen earn All-Ohio honors
By Gary R. Rasberry
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The battle for the Division II boys state diving championship turned into a two-man battle between good friends.
Celina's Holden Cubberley gave Gates Mills Hawken's Angus Williams a battle and finished second to claim a third straight podium finish and first team All-Ohio finish at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton on Thursday. [More]
Obituaries on February 26th, 2021
Lawrence R. "Larry" Vehorn, 70, of Anna, died Wed., Feb. 24, 2021, at Mercy Health-St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Carl E. Fleck, age 80 of Celina, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Life Community. [More]
Rita Frahm Pratt of Henderson, Nevada, passed away on Monday, Feb. 15th, 2021. [More]
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Commission puts spotlight on new facility
COLUMBUS - Officials with a state commission that helped finance the new Tri Star facility on State Route 703 marveled at the facility during Thursday's monthly meeting.
Heckler resumes interim role as new search begins
CELINA - Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board members at a special meeting Thursday morning began the search for a new administrator after accepting Chad Scott's resignation.
Division IV Girls District Basketball Semifinals
Wildcats, Rangers win in semifinals
WAPAKONETA - A familiar matchup is on tap for the Division IV IV girls basketball district final in Wapakoneta on Saturday.
Minster took care of F
New Bremen's Connor Ransbottom signed a national letter of intent with Division III Trine University on Wednesday to continue his track and cross-country career with the Thunder.
ST. HENRY - Trine University had everything Logan Lefeld wanted in a college to attend.
And the St. Henry senior gets to play football as well after committing to the NCAA Division III Indiana-based school on Wednesday.
Suspect arrested in FBI sting related to child pornography
By William Kincaid
TOLEDO - A 51-year-old former school board member and mayor charged with coercion and enticement and receipt and distribution of child pornography made his initial appearance on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio.
Jef [More]
Police allegedly pose as teen to make bust
By Sydney Albert
ST. HENRY - A St. Henry man faces felony charges after reportedly sending sexually explicit photos and saying he wished to meet someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl, according to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.
Kevin J. Fullenkamp, 60, was arrested after a Newbury, Massachusetts, police detective contacted the sheriff's office. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
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A year after breaking into the top 10, Vivian Niekamp wraps up her high school diving career with a podium finish.
The New Bremen senior placed seventh to earn first team All-Ohio honors at the Division II State Girls Diving Championships held Wednesday at Branin Natatorium in Canton. [More]
Obituaries on February 25th, 2021
Donna Franco, 86, Mendon, died Feb. 21, 2021, at her residence.
A memorial se [More]
Roy L. McDorman, age 84, of Mendon, went to be with the Lord at 9:53 p.m. on Tu [More]
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Former teacher impersonates 16th president
CELINA - About eight score years ago, Abraham Lincoln governed over a nation so deeply divided it had split in two - and Tuesday night, the former president made an astonishing appearance at the Celina Eagles to share some details from life.
Mariners plan craft brew at games
CELINA - After having to cancel last year's season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Lake Mariners officials plan to resume play at Montgomery Field in 2021 - and offer craft brews at every game.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Wednesday reported two new deaths and four new confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising the county's cumulative death toll to 61 and case count to 3,386.
Mercer County board hires Miller, Fader
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members on Tuesday morning filled the last of two open clerk positions by hiring Christopher Michael Fader of Celina.
NEW KNOXVILLE - The Neil Armstrong Airport terminal grand opening festivities are set to begin June 12, though officials are still working out some details.
Coldwater rallies to playoff win over Paulding
COLDWATER - Not even the final buzzer could allow Coldwater fans a chance to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Paulding tried a 3-pointer as the horn
ROCKFORD - In regulation, the Parkway boys basketball team couldn't put Ridgemont away. In the first overtime, Ridgemont couldn't put the Panthers away.
Division II State Bowling Preview
The Coldwater boys and girls bowling teams differ in makeup. The boys are underclassmen-laden while the girls have a strong group of veterans and seniors.
ST. MARYS - A trio of standouts who helped St. Marys win two Western Buckeye League championships and reach the Division II girls soccer regional final this past season made their college commitments on Wednesday.
Compiled By Tom Haines
New Bremen jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back, coming away with a 64-46 victory over Ada in the Division IV sectional opener at Cardinal Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Jeff Armstrong arrested on child porn charges
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ROCKFORD - Federal officials have charged a 51-year-old Rockford man with coercion and enticement and receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation news release.
Jeffrey Armstrong had been scheduled to have an initial appearance on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio in Toledo, court documents show. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday authorized the superintendent and treasurer to enter into an agreement with the Fort Recovery Athletic Boosters to build a roughly $1.3 million baseball and softball complex.
Board president Nick Wehr-kamp said board members authorized the superintendent to turn over land temporarily to the Athletic Boosters to build the complex, who will then return the land to the district when the complex is complete. [More]
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - Despite a never-say-die effort from New Knoxville, including two runs in the second half to cut the deficit, Fort Recovery held on for a 65-51 win in the Division IV boys basketball sectional opener at Fort Site Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Fort Recovery moves on to play St. Henry in the Division IV sectional final at Redskin Gymnasium on Friday at 7 p.m. [More]
Obituaries on February 24th, 2021
Patricia Ann Linn, 85, of Celina, Ohio, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 23, 2021, at her residence at the Miller House. [More]
Judith "Judy" McGlothen, 67, of Saint Marys died at 9:24 p.m. Feb. 20 at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
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CELINA - A Celina man faces six felony charges including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition involving a girl younger than 13, according to court records.
GREENVILLE - A 25-year-old Celina man was listed in critical condition at a Dayton hospital on Tuesday after reportedly shooting himself while in a church north of Greenville where he had barricaded himself, according to a Darke County Sheriff's Office news release.
Scott: Parking lot rink would be safer alternative than lake
CELINA - City councilman June Scott this week asked officials to consider turning a city park parking lot into an ice rink in the winter to offer skaters a safer alternative to going onto Grand Lake.
CELINA - Dredging and other work at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park's West Beach will resume this year as officials continue to assess the water quality in the experimental swimming area.
CELINA - The number of COVID-19 cases in Mercer County increased by five on Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,873.
Mercer Co
MENDON - Village council members on Tuesday evening agreed to consider starting a seasonal weekend farmers' market in the village.
Village solicito
MINSTER - School district officials are looking into the costs of long-term projects before determining the future of a permanent improvements levy up for renewal this year.
Wapakoneta fends off Celina rally to win tourney opener
WAPAKONETA - A slow start doomed Celina Tuesday evening at the Division II sectional semifinals at Wapakoneta.
The Bulldogs, who managed just six first-half points, rallied in the second half, but could not erase an early 15-point deficit and fell 37-30 to the host Redskins.
ST. HENRY - Once St. Henry got going on Tuesday night, it didn't slow down.
The Redskins shot 67% from the field in the first half en route to a 4
CELINA - The College of Mount St. Joseph is the perfect fit for Cooper Jones academically and athletically.
The Celina senior will attend the Cincinnati-area school this fall and play football for the NCAA Division III Lions.
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