By William Kincaid
CELINA - All nine residents of the Mercer County Home have found new living accommodations, clearing the way for county commissioners to take the next steps toward demolishing and clearing the taxpayer-funded custodial-care facility.
County commissioner Rick Muhlenkamp on Thursday confirmed the residents have been relocated, in line with commissioners' move-out date goal of Monday. [More]
Marion boys, Coldwater girls capture county titles
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Steady was the watchword at Cavalier Stadium on Thursday during the final day of the Mercer County Knights of Columbus Track and Field Meet - steady rain, a steady line at the famed K-Burger stand and steady performances on the track.
The Marion Local boys went wire to wire in capturing the high school championship by 88 points over Celina. [More]
Obituaries on May 7th, 2021
Matthew F. Gray, age 60 of Celina, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at his residence. [More]
Gary Hemmerich of St. Henry, Ohio, died Sunday, December 27, 2020. Due to COVID [More]
Marlene Kay Decker, 71, of St. Marys, OH died 3:04 a.m. Friday April 30, 2021 in the emergency department of JTDM Hospital. [More]
Lola I. Burge, 91, New Bremen, died January 31, 2021 at her residence.
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WAPAKONETA - Though Ohio's statewide COVID-19 incidence case rate has steadily improved during the past three weeks, Auglaize County's rate continues to worsen as eight new cases reported Thursday raised the county's cumulative case count to 3,607.
Compay delays small part of expansion
CELINA - An amendment to Nidec Minster's enterprise zone agreement was approved by Auglaize County Commissioners Thursday, due to the company delaying a small part of its original expansion plans.
WAPAKONETA - After uncertainty about the economic effects of the pandemic, Auglaize County ended 2020 on a strong financial note, with sales tax collections beating out the previous five-year average.
ROCKFORD - In two-plus hours of drizzling rain, both St. Henry and Parkway were battling the conditions as much as each other.
The Panthers finishe
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St. Marys placed both its doubles teams and singles player Joey Vanderhorst into the semifinals afte
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Tool store coming to former Gordmans building
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A new tool store is scheduled to open this summer in the Lakewood Village Shopping Center at 1951 Havemann Road and create up to 30 new jobs.
Harbor Freight Tools, a California-based, family-owned affordable tool retailer, on Wednesday announced plans to add a new location at the site of the former Gordmans department store that closed last year. [More]
Obituaries on May 6th, 2021
Benjamin Franklin Engle, Jr., 83, of Celina, OH died 4:18 a.m. Monday May 3, 2021 at Van Wert Co. Hospital. [More]
Edna Muhlenkamp, age 91 of Celina, died at 8:20 AM at Mercer Health, Coldwater on Tuesday May 4, 2021. [More]
Charles "Butch" Zizelman, 76, Celina, died Feb. 7, 2021, at his residence.
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Marlene Decker, 71, St. Marys, died April 30, 2021 at Joint Township District M [More]
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Area could be new subdivision
MINSTER - Councilors gave first reading Tuesday of an ordinance to vacate portions of streets and alleys for a new subdivision.
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ST. MARYS - The five-year financial forecast for St. Marys City Schools shows the district entering deficit spending in fiscal year 2023 without certain sources of state and local funding, school board members learned during their meeting Wednesday night.
Celina can't plate tying run in loss to Elida
CELINA - Trailing by six heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Celina softball team had the tying run on first base when Madison Whitaker swung through strike three to end the game.
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Caden Schwieterman scored on an error at first base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to give St. Henry a 7-6 victory over Ansonia in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday at the Wally Post Athletic Complex.
ROCKFORD - After many of his basketball games during his senior season, Dylan Hughes talked to a number of college basketball coaches recruiting him to come to their school.
2 other women in case await trial
By Sydney Albert
PORTLAND, Ind. - Esther Stephen, the former Fort Recovery High School softball coach convicted of murdering her child's father, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Tuesday, bringing one part of the murder case to an end.
Jay County Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison handed down the sentence after allowing friends and family members of both 30-year-old Stephen and her victim, 31-year-old Shea Briar, to speak in court. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Celina City Schools voters on Election Day narrowly approved a roughly $75.9 million bond issue and a 0.5-mill levy for a school building project.
The levy passed with 1,744 votes - 51.69% - in support of the bond issue and tax levy and 1,630 votes -48.31% - against it. Only a handful of absentee ballots are still out and will not change the end result, according to board of elections member Toni Slusser. [More]
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - Of the 23 batters he faced on Tuesday, Parkway's Justan Felver sent 17 right back to the dugout.
Felver's 17 strikeouts came up two short of the school record, and the Panthers scratched out a run in the second inning to earn a 1-0 win over Marion Local in a Midwest Athletic Conference baseball game at the Airport. [More]
Obituaries on May 5th, 2021
Rodney "Rod" L. Martin, 80, Formerly of Avon Park, Florida and hometown residen [More]
Benjamin Franklin Engle, Jr., 83, of Celina, OH died 4:18 a.m. Monday May 3, 2021 at Van Wert Co. Hospital. [More]
Kathy Louise Hollon, 69, of Saint Marys, died 3:50 A.M. Friday, April 30, 2021, at Grande Lake Health Center in Saint Marys. [More]
Ronald "Ronnie" E. Jones, 82, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Dawn C. (Hollman) Rodgers, 60, of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly Thursday April 29, 2021 at her residence. [More]
Linda C. Kaiser age 78 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen. [More]
Verena Katherine Goettemoeller, age 90, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Shane Hill, Rockford. [More]
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Voters in Gibson, Granville, Marion and Recovery townships and the villages of Burkettsville, Chickasaw, Fort Recovery and St. Henry overwhelmingly approved a new tax levy for the new Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District during Tuesday's special election.
ST. MARYS - The effort to make a 10-year, 0.5% income tax levy first passed by the city in 1985 a permanent tax failed Tuesday, with 55.95% of voters rejecting the issue.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases since their last report on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,599.
NEW BREMEN - U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on Tuesday morning visited Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen where he was briefed about a critical workforce shortage and other issues impacting the assisted living industry.
MINSTER - Minster has been invited to join a national solar energy planning group.
Village administrator Don Harrod told village council members at
ROCKFORD - Council members thanked longtime village park board member Marlene Roebuck Tuesday for her years of service, and announced several openings were available on the board for interested residents.
CELINA - Three Celina residents have been arrested for drug charges following an investigation by the Heroin Interdiction Team.
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ROCKFORD - Parkway school district residents renewed a 5-year, 8.97-mill operating levy during Tuesday's special election.
The levy passed with 132 votes in favor, or 68.39%, and 61 votes against, or 31.61%, according to unofficial results from the Mercer County Board of Elections.
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Celina put up a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't force extra innings in a 3-2 loss to Wapakoneta on Senior Day at Montgomery Field.
MINSTER - The Coldwater softball team has been on a tear in its last three, hitting home runs and scoring 51 wins during its winning streak.
The hits kept on coming Tuesday night at Four Seasons Park in Minster as the Cavaliers used two early home runs to set the tone and picked 6-2 victory.
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Depth played a big part in Marion Local holding leads in both the high school boys and girls divisions after the first day of the 2021 Mercer County Knights of Columbus Track and Field Meet at Cavalier Stadium in Coldwater.
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - City officials and a private citizen are exploring options for planting more native trees and plants in the city, which could help promote a healthy ecosystem.
Members of the city's parks and playgrounds committee, city council and Gregg Clark, supervisor of parks and urban forestry, discussed creating a habitat of native plants Monday at the suggestion of St. Marys resident Julie Metz. [More]
Obituaries on May 4th, 2021
Jeanne Ann Prueter, age 79, formerly of Fort Loramie, passed away January 22, 2021. [More]
Eugene D. Slauter, 92, of St. Mary's, OH, passed away Friday, Apr. 30, 2021.
He was born in Clark County, OH, on July 9, 1928. [More]
Kathy Louise Hollon, 69, St. Marys, died at 3:50 a.m. April 30, 2021 at Grand Lake Health Center, St. Marys. [More]
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CELINA - The Celina Police Department planned to replace its defunct computer server which crashed unexpectedly in April, leaving numerous critical case files needed for court proceedings unaccessible.
FORT RECOVERY - The village has been awarded a $1.026 million state grant for a complete reconstruction of Butler Street.
Village council members learned of the Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation during their Monday night meeting.
CELINA - Unemployed Mercer County residents who are close to exhausting their unemployment benefit eligibility can get re-employment services through an expanded federal workforce program.
FORT RECOVERY - The slumping bats of the Fort Recovery baseball team needed just five pitches in the bottom of the first to plate their first run.
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Fort Recovery graduate Nick Thwaits will start his 2021 Minor League Baseball season with the Lake Elsinore Storm in California as the team announced its opening day roster for tonight's opener at Visalia.
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The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the University of Dayton announced on Monday that the boys and girls st
Mothers with older children surprised with pregnancies
CELINA - Laura Zizelman's stepdaughters Naomi and Nashia were ecstatic when they learned their then 41-year-old stepmother was pregnant.
The sister
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