One new local death reported
By Leslie Gartrell
  CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials on Tuesday were notified the district would receive an additional 500 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state for its first drive-thru vaccine clinic planned for today.
Mercer County's drive-thru clinic, scheduled for people age 80 and older, is set to run 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Clients will receive the Moderna vaccine. [More]
Roughriders put an end to Marion's win streak
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - For the first time since Dec. 3, the Marion Local girls basketball team walked away with a loss.
After 11 straight games of suffocating opponents with top-tier defensive pressure, the Flyers were discombobulated by the St. Marys press and unable to contain the Roughriders' top scorers, as St. Marys toughed out a 49-40 win at the Hangar on Tuesday night. [More]
Obituaries on January 20th, 2021
Rita E. Eyink, age 88, of Coldwater, died Monday, January 18, 2021 at Briarwood [More]
Thomas M. Goettemoeller age 82, of St. Rose, Ohio died on Sunday January 17, 20 [More]
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Gilmore sworn in as Mercer County probate judge
CELINA - A local attorney will soon be working on the other side of the court bench after donning a black judicial robe for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.
MINSTER - Nearly a year after two local mothers first floated the idea of giving the Paris Street Park a complete makeover, village councilors have given their blessing to a fundraising effort to generate half of the estimated $600,000 needed to complete the project.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members approved 2.5% raises for the department's staff Tuesday, an increase that had been approved earlier by the county commissioners.
ROCKFORD - The village radio station will reportedly launch new programs, including an on-air show, and a yearly scholarship open to any Parkway Local Schools student.
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The Bulldogs got off to a fast start, but couldn't keep the momentum going in the final three quarters as they took a 48-32 loss to Shawnee at the Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
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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
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.
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