Late 1800s barn told history of settlers
By Leslie Gartrell

MINSTER - A local historian hopes the loss of a rare barn in Auglaize County that was built in the late 1800s will spur interest in preserving the historic structures.
"This was an exceedingly rare find," said Mary Ann Olding, a local historian who has studied the area's architecture. [More]
Obituaries on July 30th, 2021
Paul L. Mestemaker, age 89, of New Weston, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Bruce A. Borgerding, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA, formerly of New Weston, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
Thomas Donald Stachler, 50 of Ohio City passed away on July 28, 2021 at Van Wert Health. [More]
Paul Marshall "Mart" Hines, age 78, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at his residence. [More]
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Funds for litter, recycling programs
COLUMBUS - Two county agencies together have been awarded more than $60,000 in grants through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's multimillion dollar recycling and litter prevention initiative.
Men under 49 are under increased risk
Mercer County is known for lots of things - agriculture, Grand Lake and big families.
It's also one of 232 counties in the U.S. where men under the age of 49 are at an unusually high risk of dying from colorectal cancer.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday moved to refinance debt originally issued to cover upfront expense of several agricultural drainage tile replacement projects on behalf of affected property owners.
WAPAKONETA - County health department officials on Thursday reported eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Auglaize County since their last report on Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,736.
COLDWATER - Mercer Health Community Hospital issued a news release Thursday reminding residents that the hospital continues to limit visitors and require masks for patients, visitors and staff at all locations.
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Traveling toilet is raising funds for Alzheimer's
By Erin Gardner
A dark purple toilet popping up on people's lawns is being used to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association.
Kirstie Miller, business development coordinator at Briarwood Village in Coldwater came up with the idea after brainstorming marketing strategies for the assisted living facility. Seeing a similar idea on Pinterest, she took an old, broken toilet and asked maintenance worker Gary Griesdorn to spray paint it. [More]
Obituaries on July 29th, 2021
James "Jim" F. Jackson Sr., age 76 of Celina, passed away at Lima Memorial Health System on July 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm. [More]
Jeffrey A. "Jeff" Luginbill, Sr., 58, of Willshire passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at his home. [More]
Landen Michael Lochard, 7 hours old, died 11:53 a.m. on Thursday July 22, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital, where he had been born earlier that same day. [More]
Barbara Mihm, 74, St. Marys, died July 22, 2021.
Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. [More]
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Vote '21
NEW KNOXVILLE - Residents will vote in the Aug. 3 special election on whether to renew a 2.5-mill, five-year levy for fire and emergency medical services.
State: Delta variant becoming dominant
CELINA - Cases of COVID-19 are slowly increasing in Mercer County, as local health officials reported 14 new cases of the virus since their last update on July 22.
District preps up to 1,000 meals daily
CELINA - A crew of dedicated cafeteria workers returned to action at the end of the school year to make sure children in the community stay fed during the summer.
CELINA - Eight people were arrested Tuesday during a Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) detail, according to a Wednesday news release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.
CELINA - Four people made their initial appearance Wednesday for felony charges including fraud, assault, trespassing and drug charges in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
COLDWATER - The recently passed Ohio biennial budget includes a requirement that Ohio hospitals be licensed under a new program, making it the final state in the country to enact such a process.
Communication key to race relations
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The root of race issues in the United States is not that people don't like each other. Rather, it's that they don't talk to each other, said a Nigeria-born track and field coach who has called the area home for seven years.
Palngji Sunday spoke recently at a Grand Lake Rotary meeting in Celina. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - The state's department of health Tuesday issued updated COVID-19 guidance for staff and students returning to school this fall, noting the highly-contagious delta variant is rapidly becoming the dominant variant in Ohio.
Citing new information about the variant's ability to spread among vaccinated people, the Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination status. [More]
Obituaries on July 28th, 2021
Donald F. Wendel, 75, of Wendelin, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Dr. Douglas Kuck, 61, died suddenly March 25, 2020, at his residence.
A nati [More]
Douglas J. Fark, age 61, of rural New Bremen, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at his residence. [More]
Paul Marshall "Mart" Hines, 78, Rockford, died July 27, 2021, at his residence. [More]
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Vote '21
COLDWATER - Polling locations have been moved for some voters deciding a Coldwater Exempted Village School's 2.5-mill continuing permanent improvement levy.
Farmland to be converted into a 'treatment train'
CELINA - The Lake Facilities Authority (LFA) on Tuesday awarded VTF Excavation of Celina a $907,832.21 contract to develop the 88-acre Burntwood-Langenkamp Conservation Area.
WAPAKONETA - Douglas Reinhart, who served as Auglaize county engineer for 37 1/2 years and assistant county engineer for nine years, will retire effective Aug. 18.
MENDON - Village officials plan to apply for $67,143 in grant funding for water and sewer projects through the American Recovery Plan Act.
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By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - Citizens should stay vigilant amid a sharp rise in vandalism of city property and illegal dumping, city councilors learned at Monday night's regular meeting.
City safety and service director Greg Foxhoven noted cases of vandalism have [More]
Celina's disorderly conduct law will be used for time being
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - City council members on Monday evening decided the Celina Police Department will enforce zoning code noise limits under the city's disorderly conduct law for the time being.
City officials for several months have grappled with establishing reasonable noise limits that balance the interests of businesses and residents. [More]
Obituaries on July 27th, 2021
U. George Barhorst, age 80, of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes Satu [More]
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Grants from $10,000 to $30,000 available
COLUMBUS - Some small- and medium-sized businesses that suffered pandemic-related losses still have time to apply for state funds.
Grants from $10,000 to $30,000 are available to businesses through four programs administered through the Ohio Department of Development.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members agreed during Monday's meeting to put on hold plans to increase sanitary sewer rates pending the completion of a rate study.
ROCKFORD - Parkway Local Schools board of education members discussed teacher contract negotiations and personnel matters during a special meeting on Monday night.
COLDWATER - Council members on Monday authorized village administrator/engineer Eric Thomas to enter into a street lighting contract with AES Miami Valley Lighting, Dayton.
ST. HENRY - It wasn't until the late part of Tyler Dehan's baseball season that Defiance College took an interest in his play.
What Dehan was doing certainly was impressive to the Yellow Jackets as Dehan committed to playing at the NCAA Division III school recently.
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New Bremen head football coach Chris Schmidt was named the 2021 recepient of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday during the team's annual preseason luncheon.
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