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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Man charged in the shooting death of girlfriend Mindi Shinn of Rockford
By Margie Wuebker
CELINA - Daniel C. Martin, who is charged in the Nov. 8 murder of live-in girlfriend Melinda "Mindi" Shinn, remains incarcerated without bond following an initial appearance Monday afternoon in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox requested no bond for the 40-year-old defendant given the seriousness of the crime and the significant threat of flight. Martin eluded authorities for nearly 60 days prior to his arrest Wednesday. [More]
Republican expects education funding, Medicaid to be among budget battles
By William Kincaid
COLUMBUS - Republican Sen. Keith Faber of Celina was unanimously elected president of the Ohio Senate on Monday afternoon, becoming the first person from Mercer County to preside over the chamber since Thomas Godfrey in the late 19th century.
During the first day of the 130th General Assembly, Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, nominated Faber for president, calling him a dedicated, God-fearing, Christian family man who hasn't let his political office change him. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - The long parade of honors for Coldwater's football team finally culminated in a presentation by the high school sports web site MaxPreps.com and the United States Army National Guard on Monday in the auditeria at Coldwater High School.
The Cavaliers' football team was honored by the MaxPreps Tour of Champions Football Tour as one of the top 50 football programs in the United States for the 2012 season. Coldwater is the only Ohio football team to be selected for the tour. [More]
Obituaries on January 8th, 2013
Jerry Wenning, 74, Van Wert, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 31, 2012, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Fla. [More]
Marion C. Diller, 70, Fairfield Glade, Tenn., died Jan. 2, 2013, at Cumberland House Hospice Center, Crossville, Tenn., after a long battle with cancer. [More]
Master Sgt. Luke L. Heitkamp, USAF, 66, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Jan. 2, 2013, at Bay Medical Center following a brief illness. [More]
Barbara Edwards, 84, formerly of Rockford, died at 7 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. [More]
Oran Barber, 99, Greenfield, Ind., and formerly of Mercer County, died Jan. 6, 2013, at Pleasant View Lodge, McCordsville, Ind. [More]
Local pictures on January 8th, 2013
Subscriber only stories on January 8th, 2013
Aiming for safer schools
OUR Home working to keep RAFT
Two-way stop to replace stoplight
Man re-indicted for arson
Parkway honoring trio on Saturday
Panthers blown out on the road at Bradford