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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Fire chief Joel Lange now calls a closet his workspace after his office was converted into sleeping quarters for the department's sole female firefighter.
The fire department's main sleeping area also functions as a training/meeting room; the kitchen, bathrooms and showers are woefully small; and maneuvering fire trucks in and out of the bays can be tricky, particularly in inclement weather. [More]
By Tom Haines
  BATH - Resuming its Division III softball district semifinal in the third inning on Thursday, Parkway pulled off a stirring comeback for a walkoff win.
An hour later, Coldwater followed that example.
The Panthers erased an 8-2 deficit for a 9-8 win over Van Buren in the opener, while the Cavaliers trailed 6-0 before Claire Steinke's sixth-inning grand slam gave them a 10-6 victory over Fort Recovery. [More]
Obituaries on May 17th, 2024
Robert J. (Bob) Ahrens, age 99 of Belmont, CA, passed away peacefully May 2, 2024 at his residence in Belmont. [More]
Joan Catherine Collins, 67, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at St. Rita Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. [More]
A celebration of life will be held for Phyllis Griesdorn at 4 p.m. Saturday.
She was born on Aug. 24, 1939, and died on Jan. 19, 2024. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - In an effort to raise awareness about the correlation between trauma and mental health and how trauma can affect the body, a team of professionals will speak at a conference Saturday.
CELINA -Two people were taken to the hospital on Thursday afternoon following an injury accident at the intersection of State Route 29 and State Route 118.
Minster beats New Bremen for first district title since 2019
WAPAKONETA - Robb Hemmelgarn is happy to get out of Wapakoneta with a win.
Minster foiled New Bremen's chance to take an early lead and used a five-run third inning to pull away to win the Division IV district softball title 7-1 on Thursday at Mercy Health Field.
All-MAC Baseball
Coldwater's Braylen Harlamert was named the Position Player of the Year and Minster's Louis Magoto and Versailles' AJ Griesdorn shared Pitcher of the Year as the Midwest Athletic Conference announced its postseason baseball honors on Thursday.
ST. HENRY - The lights were dimming on Parkway's season Thursday.
Kolt Harner provided a shot of electricity.
The sophomore hit a bases-clearing
MINSTER - Minster came out swinging - and running - to claim a Division IV sectional title and a 14-0, five-inning victory over Perry Thursday at Melcher Street Park.
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Marion Local spotted Lima Central Catholic two runs in the first inning before Parker Hess shut down the Thunderbird
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By Abigail Miller
COLDWATER - School board members are considering putting a scaled-backed income tax levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot after their first proposal was resoundingly defeated in March.
Board member Jack Waite at a public forum attended by about 60 residents on Wednesday night made the case for a second levy attempt, one that would bump up the existing 0.5% traditional income tax to 1%. [More]
Hitting, pitching both strong as Parkway beats New Bremen
By Gary R. Rasberry
NEW BREMEN - To sum up the key to Parkway's success on Wednesday, they simply followed the words of "Skip" Riggins from the movie "Bull Durham": "You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball."
The Panthers scored their first five runs on two-out hits and Trent Rollins forced New Bremen to hit it right to the defense in picking up a 10-1 victory in the Division IV baseball sectional at New Bremen High School. [More]
Obituaries on May 16th, 2024
Donald C. Roediger, 83, of rural Van Wert passed from this life on May 14, 2024 [More]
Norma J. (Jean) Wilson, born March 3, 1938, daughter of Robert L. and Donna Bar [More]
Mark R. Wilson, born March 15, 1960, son of Jean and Larry Wilson, died on April 22, 2024. [More]
A celebration of life will be held for Phyllis Griesdorn (Aug. 24, 1939 to Jan. [More]
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Boardwalk Boat and Bike show this weekend
CELINA - The first Boardwalk Boat and Bike Show will be held this weekend on West Bank Road.
Hosted by Boardwalk Grill and Boardwalk Village, the two-day event will feature boat, motorcycle and other vendors, live music, food, beer and pickleball and cornhole tournaments.
New Bremen schools cash balance $7.3M
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen Local Schools are in very good financial shape, school board members learned at Wednesday night's regular meeting.
Treasurer Jill Ahlers gave a presentation on the district's five-year forecast.
ST. MARYS - Horticulturists and green thumbs came together on Wednesday to share gardening advice and swap their extra plant cuttings, seeds and containers.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Health members discussed staffing issues and the need for a physician to be added to the board at Wednesday's meeting.
CELINA- A Celina man was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation on domestic violence charges in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
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SPENCERVILLE - Minster led the boys and girls standings after the first day of the Division III district track meet at Spencerville, advancing five individuals and both relay teams to the regional as seven finals were held Wednesday.
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Joel Kogge pitched a complete-game four-hitter and St. Marys went ahead in the fifth inning to defeat Shawnee 4-1 in the Division II sectional baseball sectional semifinal on Wednesday in Shawnee Township.
ST. MARYS - Timing is everything, and Evan Angstmann had the equivalent of a buzzer-beater.
The St. Marys senior made a recent trip to Defiance College and felt it was perfect for his education and continuance of his basketball career in signing with the school.
By Abigail Miller
CELINA - A disaster recovery center has been opened in St. Marys to assist Grand Lake region residents who suffered property damage during the March 14 tornadoes.
Situated in the Fairbanks Center at 272 Jack Oak Point Road, St. Marys, the disaster recovery center is staffed by Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration specialists. [More]
By Michael Frank
COLDWATER - Coldwater schools treasurer Jenn McCoy is projecting deficit spending of $336,022 in fiscal year 2024, which ends June 30.
However, McCoy anticipates spending will return to the black in fiscal year 2025 with a net balance of $232,909 before dwindling to $27,234 in fiscal year 2028, according to her five-year forecast presented at Tuesday night's regular school board meeting. [More]
By Tom Haines
WAPAKONETA - Western Buckeye League and Midwest Athletic Conference coaches came together to host the area's first football scouting combine for 109 players on Monday.
Seventeen of the WBL and MAC schools were represented, with coaches including St. Marys' Bo Frye and Coldwater's Chip Otten running the players through drills for scouts from an estimated 30 colleges. [More]
Obituaries on May 15th, 2024
Otto "Bud" G. Solomon, 88, of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away on March 30, 2024. [More]
Louis J. Borger, age 96, of St. Marys, Ohio, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
Claris E. Aller, 89, of Lawton, Oklahoma and formerly of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully Monday, May 13, 2024 in a Wichita Falls, Texas hospital. [More]
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Coffee shop to open downtown
CELINA - Winans Coffee and Chocolate plans to open its newest franchise location in downtown Celina in August, offering customers its exquisite line of handcrafted chocolates, freshly roasted coffees, smoothies and seasonal gifts.
CELINA - A New Paris man was arraigned on 10 charges in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, including vehicular homicide and OVI, stemming from a Dec. 23 accident involving a horse-drawn buggy that killed a 1-year-old girl and injured others.
WAPAKONETA - Early detection, medication and counseling are the best ways to treat mental illness, a public health crisis affecting more than a million Ohioans, Auglaize County Board of Health members learned on Tuesday.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Schools Treasurer Amy Reineke presented a favorable updated five-year financial forecast at this week's school board meeting.
CELINA - Two women appeared in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday on theft and obstructing justice charges.
Haley R. Capetillo, 23, of Van Wert was sentenced to five years of community control sanctions on one count of fifth-degree felony theft.
CELINA - A Celina man was indicted in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on child sex crimes.
Leslie A. Sigmond, 49, was indicted on one count of third-degree felony pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $446,000 contract to H&S Asphalt LLC of Bellefontaine for the 2024 Meadowbrook Subdivision road project.
Fort Recovery battles rain to get sectional baseball victory
FORT RECOVERY - The weather was not favorable for either team on Tuesday night, but Fort Recovery found a way to battle through.
The Indians score
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Parkway softball got into the third inning of its Division III district semifinal with Van Buren at Bath High School before heavy rain forced the game to be suspended.
The Grand Lake half-marathon, as well as the 5K and Kids Run held alongside it, will not be run this year, according to race director Ryan King.
Fort Recovery pitcher Alex Dues signed a national letter of intent on Monday to play at Marietta College.
Dues, who is thinking of majoring in business, said he first heard from Marietta at the end of last summer and got to visit a couple of times over the course of the year.
By Georgia Rindler
COLDWATER - Village councilors on Monday night agreed to purchase two McDonald's properties on Terrace Avenue with the intention of then selling them to buyers who plan to turn them into new businesses.
After returning from a 21-minute executive session to discuss land and personnel, councilors unanimously authorized village administrator/ engineer Eric Thomas to purchase the former McDonald's restaurant and former bank. [More]
Minster, New Bremen ride stellar starts to district final
By Tom Haines
WAPAKONETA - Minster and New Bremen both leaned on their ace pitchers to set up a Midwest Athletic Conference rematch in the Division IV district final.
The Cardinals just had to withstand a little more drama.
New Bremen answered Ada's two-run sixth with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to score the winning run behind Alayna Ross, beating the Bulldogs 3-2 in the second district semifinal on Monday at Wapakoneta's Mercy Health Field. [More]
Obituaries on May 14th, 2024
Wilma B. Baumer, age 94 of McCartyville, Ohio, died on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen. [More]
Ronald A. Dorsten, age 79 of Minster, Ohio, died on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Vancrest St. Marys. [More]
Thomas L. Wesner, 78, of St. Marys, died suddenly at 10:42 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2024, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. [More]
Charlene M. Ballinger, age 87, of Celina, Ohio, passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 13, 2024 at Trustwell Living at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Arthur S. Henry, 93, died Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Greencroft Healthcare.
He was born July 2, 1930, in Cadiz, Ohio to Sewell M. and Minnie T. (Wynn) Henry. [More]
Ronald "Ron" E. Wilkins, age 74 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the Gardens at Celina Nursing Home. [More]
Jeanette Irene Grieshop, 90, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Kindred Hospital in Lima, Ohio. [More]
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Legislation would allow residents to raise chickens, bees in city limits
CELINA - City councilors appear to generally support the idea of permitting residents to raise chickens and bee on their properties, directing city administrators to produce legislation for consideration.
NEW BREMEN - Village councilors on Monday awarded a $219,520 contract to Baumer Construction of Minster to remodel the restrooms and add an adult changing table at the west shelter house in Bremenfest Park.
MARIA STEIN - School board members on Monday night selected a Lima company to manage the construction of the new $23.3-million middle school building.
ST. HENRY - School board members on Monday gave their blessing to the district's five-year financial forecast, which treasurer Jennifer Bruns said is very consistent to what was projected in November 2023.
ST. MARYS - St. Marys' new robotic garbage truck will be on display at the city's First Friday event on June 7, with a demonstration planned, weather permitting.
ST. HENRY - Village councilors on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance to authorize a lease agreement with a Kentucky company wanting to install a radar system in St. Henry.
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Two runs in the top of the first inning held up as Celina held off a late Parkway rally and avenged an earlier loss to the Panthers with a 2-1 baseball victory on Monday at Don Black Field in Rockford.
All-MAC Softball
Coldwater senior Madison Wendel and Minster's Addi Inskeep earned top honors in the Midwest Athletic Conference as the conference coaches announced the all-conference softball team on Monday.
Grand Lake Fishing Report
We are coming off a wild week of weather: tornadoes, rain and wind with a side of sunshine and beautiful days. Every day we wake up, it's a roll of the dice to see what we get to take part in.
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