Amphicars, rides, fireworks kick off first day of festival
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - The Celina Lake Festival is back, bigger and better than ever.
On the heels of last year's cancellation because of the pandemic, the festival made its return on Friday.
In the afternoon, festivalgoers flocked to sidewalk sales downtown. In the evening along Lake Shore Drive, crafts, the popular amphicar splash-in at Grand Lake and bands drew in more visitors. [More]
Obituaries on July 24th, 2021
Jeffery S. "Cat" Huelskamp, 65, Fort Recovery, died at his home July 18, 2021. [More]
Daniel Thomas Meiring, 47, Troy, formerly of Sharpsburg, died on July 21, 2021, at his home. [More]
Hilda Lucille "Lucy" McMurray, age 59, a former area resident, passed away on J [More]
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WAPAKONETA - The mayor of Wapakoneta has been indicted on public corruption charges involving business deals with his family and private company.
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U.S. 33 between Herman Road and State Route 707 will close at 7:30 a.m. on July 26 through 4 p.m. on July 30 so crews can replace a culvert, accordin
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Grand Lake went up 3-0 before Galion came to bat and the Mariners never stopped hitting, building up an unassailable lead on the way to a 12-5 victory in Galion Friday night.
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Coming in 2022: Celina will run on Dunkin'
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A Dunkin' store is in the works for Celina.
The world's leading baked goods and coffee chain aims to open a new site at 1914 Havemann Road on a parcel of land in front of Menards and Walmart.
If all goes as planned, the store would open in the spring or summer of 2022, said Ryan Stroup, project manager of MDM Surveyors & Engineers LLC of Warrendale, Pennsylvania. [More]
Obituaries on July 23rd, 2021
Donald F. Wendel, 75, Wendelin, died July 21, 2021, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
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MINSTER - Barring a mandate of some sort, critical race theory will not be taught at Minster Local Schools, superintendent Brenda Boeke said Thursday
Local officials stress vaccine importance
CELINA - Mercer County COVID-19 cases have increased slightly during the past two weeks, according to county health district officials.
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CELINA - Once the Celina Sanitary Landfill closes in Franklin Township, Republic Services will cap the site and monitor it for many years to come, county officials said this week.
MONTEZUMA-- Gage Oakley, 18, said a sermon he saw on social media inspired him to build two blessing boxes for his Eagle Scout project.
The boxes contain nonperishable food to help people in need.
Three months after returning from a two-year absence, MMA fighter and Celina resident Diamond Long is preparing for her first professional fight.
Long is scheduled to face Alexa Culp in Fighting Alliance Championship IX on July 30 at Cable Dahmer Arena outside Kansas City.
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Grand Lake couldn't keep up with the hitting barrage, falling behind early and tapering off as Royal Oak pulled away and left the Mariners with a 10-4 loss on the road on Wednesday.
Man started county landfill 50 years ago
By Sydney Albert
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - After 50 years of service the Celina Sanitary Landfill is closing, and Thomas Jutte, the man who opened the only landfill in Mercer County, reminisced on its history.
Before the landfill, and the state's 1967 passage of solid waste disposal laws, a number of open air dumps operated in Mercer and Auglaize counties, Jutte recalled. In fact, he had owned one. [More]
Obituaries on July 22nd, 2021
Dorothy R. Egan, 92, formerly of New Knoxville, OH has left this earthly life for eternal heaven on May 17, 2021. [More]
Dr. James E. Roeth Jr., age 70, of New Bremen, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 4:54 AM at the Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - Assessments for maintenance on the St. Marys River will remain unchanged for at least two more years after about 50 people with land in the river's floodplain attended a hearing Tuesday.
No distancing at New Bremen schools
NEW BREMEN - Face coverings will be optional for students when they return to New Bremen Local Schools on Aug. 18.
Superintendent Jason Schrader announced the district's updated policy during Wednesday night's regular board of education meeting.
MONTEZUMA - Village council members during their Wednesday meeting approved purchasing a domain name and web hosting for $143.47 to create a website for the village.
CELINA - Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors during a special meeting Wednesday hired Cheryl Vian as the new administrative assistant at the SWCD office.
CELINA -- The Anchor restaurant in downtown Celina had a very busy grand opening on July 15.
"We were busy from the minute we opened until the minu
Cincinnati Reds salute former CIA agent during game
By William Kincaid
CINCINNATI - What began as warm, enthusiastic applause at the top of the third inning on Saturday night grew louder as the Great American Ball Park announcer read off a list of the Cincinnati Reds Hometown Hero's accomplishments.
Coldwater native Douglas Laux, wearing a Reds jersey and Reds camouflage-style hat, stood straight atop the home-side dugout, absorbing waves of boisterous adulation emanating from 37,204 people in attendance as his biography was read over the PA system. [More]
State has new school funding formula
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Coldwater Exempted Village Schools is projected to see little benefit from the newly passed state school funding formula, district treasurer Jenn McCoy told school board members during their meeting Tuesday.
McCoy said early projections show the district may receive a $8,669 increase in state funding over the first two years the formula is implemented. [More]
Obituaries on July 21st, 2021
Nathan D. Ranly, age 24, died Friday, July 16, 2021, at his home in Milford, Ohio. [More]
James F. "Jim" Heyne, age 67, of Coldwater, died Friday, November 27, 2020 at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
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MINSTER - Councilors meeting Tuesday under suspension of rules approved placing a 3-mill fire-emergency medical services renewal levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.
WAPAKONETA - Four new COVID-19 cases were reported in Auglaize County since health officials' last report on Thursday, according to a Tuesday news release from county health department officials.
MARIA STEIN - Two people were transported to Mercer County Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after they were involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of state routes 119 and 716 reported at 2:16 p.m. Monday.
VAN WERT - A Celina man has been charged with fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court.
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Mercer County's unemployment rate for June was 3.9%, up significantly from May's rate of 2.9%.
However, the county maintained its status as second lowest for joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
ST. MARYS - The West Beach has once again been placed under a contamination advisory due to high levels of E. coli bacteria, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
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The Lima Junior Golf Association began its final week of regular season tour play at Moose Landing Country Club in Ottawa for the Weisenburger Builders Open on Tuesday.
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