By Tom Millhouse
CHICKASAW - A possible village income tax was among the many issues discussed by Chickasaw village council members during their meeting Wednesday night.
Mayor Ben Kramer initiated the income tax discussion, noting the village is considering a $510,000 interest-free loan as part of a $2.1 million street renovation and infrastructure project. He said the loan would require a $17,000 annual payment for 30 years and there has been no discussion of how the money would be secured. [More]
Cardinals' rally falls short in seventh
By Gary R. Rasberry
ROCKFORD - The first time New Bremen and Parkway met in softball, it was a 7-5 game in favor of Parkway.
The rematch was even closer.
The Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the second and then held off a seventh-inning Cardinal rally to get a 2-1 win in the Division IV sectional final at the Panther diamond on Thursday. [More]
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The back yard game will be a tournament this summer
CELINA - Grand Lake Rotarians aim to usher in summer with a hearty helping of cornhole and plenty of suds, food and music on the side.
CELINA - The Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors hired a new district administrator during their meeting Thursday.
CHICKASAW - Hotel guest tourism spending in the two-county Grand Lake area dropped by more than 40% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Donna Grube, director of the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region during the center's annual awards reception Friday.
CELINA - Mercer County's rate of new COVID-19 cases per capita during the past two weeks improved significantly to 53 new cases per 100,000 people, according to a Thursday Mercer County Health District news release.
COLDWATER - For much of the game on Thursday, it looked like the Coldwater baseball team would only need one run to win the Midwest Athletic Conference title outright.
MINSTER - After a slow start, the Minster offense roared to life in the fifth inning to lift the Wildcats to a 6-3 victory over 12th-seeded Spencerville Thursday in the Division IV sectional finals at Four Seasons Park.
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Fort Recovery led 2-0 in the top of the third before Lincolnview stormed back, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead on the way to a 9-2 win in the Division IV softball sectional final in Middle Point on Thursday.
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COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio's mask mandate and most other coronavirus-related state orders will end on June 2, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday, in a declaration allowing three weeks for more people to get vaccinated before then.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials will press ahead with a proposal to install a series of signs pointing the way to parking lots and businesses as part of an effort to promote interest in a downtown undergoing revitalization.
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Warm sunny conditions made for solid showings at the first day of the Western Buckeye League Track and Field Meet at Shawnee High School on Wednesday.
Ottawa-Glandorf jumped out to 26 points to hold the first-day lead in the girls division with Celina second with 16 points. St. Marys ranks seventh in the girls with six points through three events. [More]
Obituaries on May 13th, 2021
Thomas J. Fortman, 83, of rural St. Marys, OH died 11:45 p.m. Monday May 10, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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Post-pandemic camp sites will be busy this year
CELINA - Early reservation numbers suggest Grand Lake St. Marys State Park campground is poised for a bang-up season.
After a surprisingly robust s
ST. HENRY - Village council members heard first reading of an ordinance during their meeting Monday adopting zoning regulations for the village.
Village administrator Stan Sutter said the village has never had zoning ordinances.
ST. MARYS - Superintendent Bill Ruane stated his opposition Wednesday to a bill recently introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives that would provide vouchers for students to attend non-public schools.
COLDWATER - A walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday at Community Hospital in Coldwater, according to a news release from Mercer Health.
The Daily Standard newspaper and five of its staff members received 10 awards in nine categories in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor's 2020 newspaper contest held virtually Tuesday.
Redskins' big sixth delivers win over Rangers
ST. HENRY - For five innings, the St. Henry baseball team just keeping pace with one-win New Knoxville. In the sixth, the Redskins broke through.
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Karsyn McGlothen scattered three hits in leading St. Marys past Van Wert 9-1 in a rescheduled Western Buckeye League softball matchup at K.C. Geiger Park.
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - A Muncie, Indiana, man arrested on Thanksgiving for grand theft and breaking and entering in connection with the theft of a utility vehicle from a local business was sentenced Tuesday to more than seven years in prison.
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Many businesses hiring Tri Star students
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Nearly 100 seniors enrolled in Tri Star Career Compact programs on Monday experienced the type of star treatment usually reserved for top athletes who commit to play at universities and colleges.
The students sat down for a ceremonial signing and photo session with the businesses that will employ them once they graduate in the coming days. Representatives from about 60 area businesses showed up to welcome the fresh recruits. [More]
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - Reece Dellinger wasn't able to finish off the no-hitter Tuesday afternoon, but he was able to secure Coldwater a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title.
Ben Blickle beat out an infield single to lead off the seventh for New Bremen's lone hit, but he was the only baserunner of the day for the Cardinals, who weren't able to come back from a deficit incurred back on April 20 as Coldwater won 2-0 in a suspended MAC baseball game at Veterans Field. [More]
Obituaries on May 12th, 2021
Fr. Ralph Verdi, C.PP.S., 76, died at 6:35 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021, in the [More]
Eugene Francis Barhorst, age 65, formerly of Minster, passed away of natural ca [More]
Thomas Fortman, 83, St. Marys, died May 10, 2021 at his residence.
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Carl F. Horn, 78, of Saint Marys, died 5:40 A.M. Friday, May 7, 2021, at St. Ritas Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Marie Redmond Eiting, age 90, of Portland, Oregon passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 9, 2021 surrounded by her beloved family. [More]
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Auglaize reports 1 new COVID death
WAPAKONETA - On Tuesday, one new death and 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported since Thursday in Auglaize County raised the county's cumulative death count to 65 and case count to 3,630.
WAPAKONETA - More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials are beginning to understand the disease and its effects on the physical and mental health of patients, health care workers and the general population.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday awarded PAB Construction of Coldwater a $39,462 contract to extend a sidewalk on the north side of West Market Street over a grassy area to the fairground entrance.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local school board members at their meeting Monday night accepted numerous donations totaling more than $7,700 from area businesses and organizations.
ST. HENRY - Although state funding is uncertain, St. Henry Local Schools district treasurer Jennifer Bruns said the district is in good standing for the next few years.
CELINA - A Celina man has been charged with five counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony, after sexually explicit photos of juveniles reportedly were linked to his media accounts.
COLDWATER - Deficit spending is expected to continue for the third straight year in fiscal year 2021, according to the five-year forecast presented by school district treasurer Jenn McCoy during Tuesday's school board meeting.
COLDWATER - It took a little bit for Coldwater batters to get used to the slower pitching style of Ottawa-Glandorf's Ashley Sonnenberg.
Once the Cavs timed her up, though, the hits kept rolling.
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Field events took center stage on the first day of the 2021 Midwest Athletic Conference Track and Field Meet at Barrenbrugge Park in Fort Recovery.
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Fort Recovery put up nine runs in the third inning on Tuesday to build a commanding lead over Ridgemont, and Jackie Homan held the Golden Gophers to two runs in an 11-2 victory in Fort Recovery to open the Division IV softball tournament at Fort Recovery.
City to apply for grant for park for all abilities
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - An emergency ordinance passed under rule suspension Monday will offer city lifeguards reimbursement for receiving their certifications and amend their pay.
In an effort to stay competitive in attracting and retaining seasonal pool employees, the city recently conducted a wage survey and also decided to implement a certification reimbursement program, something that had reportedly been discussed over the years with pool managers. [More]
Redskins plate 18 to rout Flyers
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. HENRY - In its three-game winning streak coming into Monday's game, St. Henry had scored 36 runs.
The hit parade didn't cease as the Redskins plated eight runs in the first inning and never looked back in run-ruling Marion Local 18-3 in five innings in the Division IV softball tournament opener at the Wally Post Athletic Complex. [More]
Obituaries on May 11th, 2021
Eileen E. Strobel, age 88, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:04 am at Celina Manor. [More]
Viola M. Broders, age 87, of rural New Bremen, died on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. at her residence after a period of declining health. [More]
Janet A. Forsthoefel, age 74, of Coldwater, died Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Lorene Metz, 81, of Saint Marys, died 2:15 A.M. Monday, May 10, 2021, at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
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Farmers, motorists must coexist every spring
CELINA - It's planting season again in Mercer County, which means tractors and other equipment will share the roads alongside everyday motorists.
COLDWATER- Village council members on Monday voted down an ordinance 4-1 to rezone several lots in the second addition of East Pointe subdivision that would have allowed the construction of triplex apartments.
CELINA - A St. Marys-based real estate agent wants to set up a private kayak rental service at Pullman Bay Park along Lake Shore Drive.
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MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Schools board members on Monday night approved a three-year contract with teachers, granting them 2% raises the first two years and a 3% raise the third year.
NEW BREMEN - Village Administrator Brent Richter told council members during their Monday meeting that plumbing repairs made to fix leaks at the swimming pool passed inspection last Thursday.
ROCKFORD - Parkway Local Schools board of education members welcomed new elementary school principal Tracy Trogdlon during their Monday evening meeting.
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Minster got a two-out single from pinch-hitter Zach Fortman in the top of the seventh that drove in two runs and capped off a 4-0 win over Celina in non-conference baseball action at Montgomery Field on Monday.
NEW BREMEN - After a barrage of hits through the first four innings, the New Bremen softball team needed just four batters in the fifth to trigger the run rule.
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