Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
Emilie Karafit left Czechoslovakia at 7 to come to America - alone
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - Emilie Karafit said the secret to a long life is living naturally - eating home-grown fruits and vegetables and drinking cow's milk. She should know, too, considering she turns 100 Sunday.
"They used to do it all, here. Mom used to milk cows and she had a big garden," Jim Karafit, her son, said. "Those two (Jim's grandma and mom) were always cooking and working in the garden. I would come in and there would be big bowls of peas," he remembered fondly with tears in his eyes. [More]
Relief funds to pay for project
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The 80-year-old courthouse elevator will undergo a substantial overhaul that will be paid for with federal COVID-19 relief funds.
The total project is estimated to cost $400,000, per a resolution approved by Mercer County commissioners. They plan to open sealed bids for the work at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. [More]
Fort Recovery beats St. John's in tournament opener
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery volleyball team trailed for a total of five points as it cruised to a 25-5, 25-12, 25-21 victory over Delphos St. John's in the Division IV tournament opener on Tuesday.
The Indians fell behind early in the second set and had to fend off a Blue Jays charge against their subs in the third, but otherwise controlled the match from wire to wire. [More]
Obituaries on October 20th, 2021
David W. Bruns age 74 of Coldwater, Ohio died Monday October 18, 2021 at his home in Coldwater. [More]
Nicole Marie Fowler, 39, passed away unexpectedly on October 6th 2021 in Tampa Florida. [More]
Lulla Belle Lockwood, age 87, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at The Gardens at Celina. [More]
Connie L. Pohlmann, age 79, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Tuesday October 19, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Brian T. Clune, age 52, of Coldwater died Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his home [More]
Richard L. Teeters, 79, of Saint Marys, died 1:23 P.M. Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Sylvania, Ohio. [More]
Local pictures on October 20th, 2021
Subscriber stories on October 20th, 2021
CELINA - Mercer County Zoning Commissioners at a chaotic third public hearing on Tuesday night moved to restrict short-term rental properties in low-density residential R-1 zoned areas of East Jefferson Township.
Outside refreshment area proposed
ROCKFORD - Village councilors will consider establishing a designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) in downtown Rockford.
Councilor Luke Stephens
Three men are vying for two Butler Township trustee seats in the Nov. 2 general election.
They are incumbent Nick Kahlig, former trustee Chris Dues and newcomer Dusty Uhlenhake.
MINSTER - Several residents who live on State Route 119, only one of whom is a village resident, attended Tuesday night's council meeting to oppose the proposed installation of sidewalks along the highway.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday signed off on a request to issue a $225,000 revolving loan to a newly-formed local company seeking to purchase WCSM Radio in an overall deal estimated at $1.3 million.
NEW BREMEN - St. Peter's Church will celebrate 175 years of faith, fellowship and friendship this Sunday.
Rev. Ed Rinehart said St. Peter's Church,
County has high transmission rate
WAPAKONETA - An unvaccinated woman between the ages of 80-100 has died from COVID-19 since Thursday, according to a Auglaize County Health Department news release Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative death toll to 71.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday evening authorized the superintendent and treasurer to enter into a $12,000 agreement with Garmann Miller Architects for a chiller replacement project.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local sandwiched a competitive second between two dominating sets to pick up a 25-9, 25-19, 25-8 victory over Lima Central Catholic in the Division IV volleyball tournament opener on Tuesday at the Hangar.
ST. MARYS - Just 12 days after losing to Bath in three sets during the regular season, St. Marys flipped the script on the Wildcats in the Division II Sectional volleyball semifinals.
Nine weeks are down and only one remains in the high school football regular season. As tends to happen this late in the season, only one WBL team and two MAC teams moved more than one position in their regional computer point rankings.
Compiled By Tom Haines
Minster is advancing to the sectional final after earning a 25-12, 25-3, 25-11 home win in the Division IV tournament opener against Cory Rawson on Tuesday.