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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Minster shuts down New Knoxville to win district crown
By Gary R. Rasberry
WAPAKONETA - The first time Minster and New Knoxville met this season, Minster escaped the Barn in New Knoxville with a nine-point win.
The return bout wasn't as close.
The Wildcats cranked up the defense and shot well in capturing the program's sixth straight Division IV girls basketball district title with a 53-33 win on Saturday at Wapakoneta High School. [More]
Obituaries on March 1st, 2021
Sandra C. Vorhees, age 86, of Celina, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021, at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Mary Margaret (Emans) Wehrman,Age 66, of Hardin-Wapak Road, Sidney, Ohio, passe [More]
Robert E. Waesch, 79, of Saint Marys, died Thursday, February 25, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
Randy Mescher passed away Wednesday February 24th at his home in Loxahatchee, Florida, at the age of 67. [More]
Beverly A. Miller, 84, of St. Marys, OH died 4:45 p.m. Thursday February 25, 2021 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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Senior center hopes to reopen again soon
CELINA - For nearly a year now, no bingo cards have been marked, card games played or lunches served inside Mercer County Council on Aging's senior center on Riley Street.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina girls bowling team wrapped up its season on Saturday at the Division I district tournament in Port Clinton.
Division II Boys State Bowling Tournament
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Coldwater's chance to repeat at Division II boys state bowling champion fell just short after losing in the semifinals of the championship round on Saturday at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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