By Tom Haines
Entering her first mixed martial arts fight in over two years, Celina's Diamond Long was ready to go from the moment she and Sarah Cook touched gloves.
"What I mainly remember is, she was staring me down a lot," Long said. "She was tense, and I was just in the moment."
Two minutes and 26 seconds later, Long had Cook in a chokehold and Cook tapped out, giving Long a win Saturday in Premier MMA Championship 16 at the Hits Entertainment Complex in Covington, Kentucky. [More]
Obituaries on April 12th, 2021
Daniel L. Briner, age 83 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at his residence in Celina. [More]
Robert Dale Lewis went home to Jesus on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at age 89.
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Winona Brown, 90, formerly of New Knoxville, died at 4:30 p.m. April 10, 2021, [More]
Douglas Scott Kruger, age 67 of Celina and formerly of Middlefield, Ohio passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021. [More]
Willard O. "Bill" Rankin, age 96, formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Springfield, Ohio. [More]
Linda S. Baumer age 69 of Minster, Ohio died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her home. [More]
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Therapy dog back to work after year off due to COVID
ST. MARYS - Julie Metz and her therapy dog Natalie have returned to the halls of St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima after a year away due to COVID-19 restrictions.
CELINA - Grand Lake has lost several fish species that were once historically documented, but biology professor and research coordinator Stephen Jacquemin of Wright State University-Lake Campus said some species could possibly be restored.
Vote '21
Voters in Gibson, Granville, Marion and Recovery townships and the villages of Burkettsville, Chickasaw, Fort Recovery and St. Henry will vote on a new tax levy for the Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District at the May 4 special election.
ST. HENRY - Through three innings, the St. Henry baseball team was locked in a pitchers' duel. After the top of the fourth, the Redskins were looking up at a 6-0 deficit and wondering what happened.
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Celina snapped back from Friday's loss to Van Wert with a sweep of New Haven (Indiana) at Montgomery Field on Saturday to move its record above .500 at 5-4.
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Celina take team titles at own Relays
By Tom Haines
CELINA - The Celina track team earned a sweep of the team titles at their own Celina Relays meet on Friday night at the Varsity Track in Celina.
The Bulldog boys beat out runner-up Coldwater by 45 points and the Celina girls edged the Cavaliers 99-96. [More]
Obituaries on April 10th, 2021
Olen E. Bollenbacher, 85, of Decatur and formerly of Geneva, IN and Celina, OH [More]
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Spring: A time of renewal but misery for some
CELINA - Many look forward to spring when temperatures warm, their yards turn green again and flowers and trees bloom.
But people with seasonal allergies may find this season of rebirth and renewal downright miserable.
CELINA - School officials are taking another crack at getting a building project issue approved at the May 4 special election.
A roughly $75.9 mill
CELINA - The Ohio Department of Agriculture will allocate $120,000 during the next two fiscal years to fund two nutrient management technicians, Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District board members learned at their Friday meeting.
CELINA - The hope for another comeback win for Celina fell short on Friday at Montgomery Field.
The Bulldogs managed to get a run back from a 2-0 deficit against Van Wert, but the Cougars hung on for the 2-1 victory in Western Buckeye League baseball action.
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Defiance plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeated St. Marys 6-2 in Western Buckeye League baseball action on Friday in Defiance.
By William Kincaid
WASHINGTON D.C. - A trio of lawmakers, including U.S. Rep Warren Davidson, R-Troy, is leading the charge to clear a nationwide records request backlog preventing some veterans from obtaining essential services.
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By Tom Haines
NEW BREMEN - After the Minster baseball team took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, New Bremen's pitchers bore down.
Seniors Mitchell Hays and Ben Blickle combined to hold Minster to three hits and the Cardinals got enough offense on the way to a 4-1 Midwest Athletic Conference win on a windy Thursday in New Bremen. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
After some struggles early in the season, Seth Lonsway finally broke through in a major way.
The Ohio State redshirt junior and Celina graduate pitched a gem on Saturday in a 6-0 win over Indiana at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.
Lonsway needed [More]
Obituaries on April 9th, 2021
Thomas L. Wendeln age 59 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home. [More]
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CELINA - Although the Mercer County Health District will no longer hold first-dose drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinics, officials plan to hold smaller clinics at the health district office in Celina based on demand.
CELINA - Local veterans officials say a nationwide records request backlog at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, has disrupted veterans services to varying degrees.
Vote '21
ST. MARYS - City residents will decide at the May 4 special election whether to make a 10-year, 0.5% income tax levy first passed in 1985 a permanent measure.
ROCKFORD - Parkway school district residents will be asked to renew a 5-year, 8.97-mill operating levy when they vote in the May 4 special election.
The levy was first passed May 4, 1993, and has been renewed six time during the years since, according to district treasurer Debbie Pierce.
ST. MARYS - County and St. Marys city officials resumed talks Thursday on the possible sale of the Auglaize County Recycling Facility property from the city to the county.
MARIA STEIN - Carlee Rethman did a bit of everything for St. Henry on Thursday.
The Redskin sophomore pitched a three-hit shutout and added two tr
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Gabe Link held St. Henry to two hits and Marion Local took advantage of three St. Henry errors to defeat the Redskins 5-1 in the Midwest Athletic Conference baseball opener at the Wally Post Athletic Complex.
By William Kincaid
NEW BREMEN - Crown Equipment Corporation officials look to fill roughly 100 job openings locally amid a surge in forklift orders from customers in supply chain industries.
The jobs are at New Bremen, Celina, New Knoxville and Minter sites, said Randy Niekamp, Crown's human resources vice president. [More]
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Mixed martial artist and mother of three Diamond Long
As a teenager, Diamond Long's parents told her she was too small for sports. Until that point, she was playing rugby and competing in track and field.
When her parents told her she couldn't handle rugby, it made her change her athletic plans, if not quite the way her parents expected.
MINSTER - A Minster man was killed Tuesday afternoon in what law enforcement officials say was a machinery accident.
Thomas Wendeln, 59, reportedly died while working on a building on his farm at 716 Minster-Fort Recovery Road, just west of Minster.
Starting Monday, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses for deaths related to COVID-19 that occurred during the past year.
CELINA - Mercer County board of health members welcomed Angie Stephenson to the board during their Wednesday morning meeting.
Stephenson has been a
Longtime St. Marys football coach resigns
Seven seasons after returning to St. Marys to help rebuild the football program after several tough seasons, Doug Frye has decided to step away again
COLDWATER - Macy May's name is all over the record book for the Coldwater swimming program.
Now the Cavalier senior can add another milestone to her resume as she signed with NCAA Division II Findlay on Wednesday.
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