CELINA - Mercer County Sheriff's officials are gradually restoring the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to its pre-recession scope.
County commissioners recently approved sheriff Jeff Grey's request to purchase a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox with 33,126 miles from Kerns Ford-Lincoln for $16,099 for the DARE program. Kerns submitted the lowest of three bids for the program's second vehicle. [More]
The paths and damage of two storms that passed through Mercer County on Sunday afternoon can be plotted on two separate lines. One runs near St. Anthony and Wabash, the other courses through the east side of Celina.
Following this link will take you an interactive graphic that locates examples of the damage.
ST. MARYS - Despite the closing of big-box stores Kmart and JCPenney, managers of other businesses in St. Marys Square are mostly confident the loss of foot traffic brought in by those chains won't affect them.
WAPAKONETA - Dillon Jay Howell of St. Marys was sentenced in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to 18 years to life in prison for rape, a first-degree felony, and pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony.
Howell, 22, was given 10 years to life for the rape charge and eight years for the pandering obscenity charge. The two will be served consecutively. Judge Mark E. Spees said the severity of the sentence was warranted. [More]
CELINA - City administrators still don't know how much it will cost to repair tornado-ravaged Montgomery Field or when the work will happen.
City councilman Myron Buxton at this week's meeting asked administrators when the field will be restored, pointing out that the Wright State University-Lake Campus baseball team's season usually starts in March. [More]