By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Former student athletes, parents and colleagues are mourning the loss of longtime Celina coach and teacher Dan Otten, who died Sunday night after his battle with cancer.
Otten was involved in the Celina High School athletics program for more than 40 years: cross country, track, soccer coach, volleyball, basketball and swimming at different points. He was also once the district's athletic director. [More]
Obituaries on January 19th, 2021
Mary L. Schmiesing age 91 of Minster, Ohio died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at her home in Minster. [More]
Rita E. Eyink, 88, Coldwater, died Jan. 18, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
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FORT RECOVERY -Village council members on Monday night authorized an application for a $1 million Ohio Department of Transportation grant to help fund a proposed Butler Street reconstruction project.
CELINA - The city's water treatment plant is undergoing significant upgrades aimed at enhancing its efficiency and positioning it to meet any new water quality standards that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency may hand down in the foreseeable future.
St. Henry fades after good start
ST. HENRY - For a moment, the St. Henry girls basketball team had all the momentum.
A 9-2 run late in the first quarter gave the Redskins their fir
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Coldwater traveled to Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek for the The Baker Bash.
The Cavalier boys qualified sixth in
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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.
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.
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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.
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