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Haylee Harling and Branston Pohlman do not get the summer off as they are preparing their animals for the Mercer County Fair. Harling, 13, of Celina and her dog Reba will compete in agility, obedience and rally at this year's fair. Pohlman, 13, of Fort Recovery will show his heifer Cheese Curd at this year's fair. Watch our video to see what they do t get ready.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Maleah Lee, 20, Celina, was crowned Miss Lake Festival 2025 during Sunday night's Miss Lake Festival Scholarship Pageant at the Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater in the Bryson Park District.
Along with a sparkling crown - and entry into the 2025 Miss Ohio competition next summer - Lee landed a $4,500 scholarship. She also took home the $500 Jerry Deitsch Talent Award scholarship. [More]
Obituaries on July 22nd, 2024
Phyllis Ann (Kunk) Gibbons, 80, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at the EverHeart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. [More]
Joseph A. Rogers, 57, Celina, died July 8, 2024, at Celina Manor.
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Gravel picks up victory in 41st Kings Royal
ROSSBURG - For the third time this season, World of Outlaw stars David Gravel and Donny Schatz went wheel-to-wheel for the win at Eldora Speedway.
In May, Gravel prevailed and pocketed $12,000. Thursday night Gravel held off a late charge from Schatz to capture the $100,000 Joker's Jackpot.
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Michigan scored in six of their seven at-bats as Grand Lake struggled at the plate in a 13-2 seven-inning loss to the Monarchs on Saturday night at Montgomery Field in the teams' series wrapup.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Fair officials on Friday unveiled a wide-ranging slate of attractions coming to the 2024 fair next month and outlined a few key changes, including moving opening day to a Thursday and a new clear bag policy for grandstand events. [More]
Obituaries on July 20th, 2024
Jill Irene Rabe, 73, Rockford, died July 12, 2024, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Board of Elections Office will begin sending out letters on Tuesday to voters in all 12 Celina area precincts notifying them of their new polling site at Market Hall at the county fairgrounds.
Grand Lake picks up run-rule victory over Michigan
CELINA - After giving up 54 runs in the last four games and getting run-ruled twice, Grand Lake was looking to get the final homestand of the season going with something positive.
ROSSBURG - Rico Abreu led early, chased David Gravel and then made a daring late-race pass that brought the huge Knight Before the Kings Royal crowd to its feet in the closing laps as he went on to claim the win and the $25,000 top prize at Eldora Speedway on Friday.
Greenville plant would be used to train personnel
By Abigail Miller
CELINA- The Darke County Fire Chiefs Association plans to construct a $1 million-plus live fire training facility in Greenville that will be accessible to area fire departments.
The non-profit association was established in 1984 to foster unity among departments. It's made up of 21 fire departments serving all of Darke County and portions of Mercer, Miami, Preble and Shelby counties. [More]
Obituaries on July 19th, 2024
Sylvia Rose Poeppelman, 90, formerly of Osgood, Ohio, died on Friday, July 5 at Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen. [More]
Debrah Jean Leugers, 71, of Celina, OH died 8:00 a.m. Sunday July 14, 2024 at her residence. [More]
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CELINA - School board members said they don't yet have a precise dollar amount of the forthcoming grades 7-12 building, nor have they made any decisions on a master athletic facilities plan.
WAPAKONETA - The Court of Ohio Third Appellate District in a 2-1 vote this week reversed two felony convictions against former Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh.
Gravel takes the lead late to win $100,000 Joker's Jackpot
ROSSBURG - Thursday night's $100,000 to-win Joker's Jackpot at Eldora Speedway turned into a survival of the fittest, but when the smoke cleared and the dust settled, David Gravel collected his first "major" event win at Eldora.
As the Grand Lake Tagged Fish Frenzy hits its halfway point, there's a lot of prize fish still swimming free.
Matt Patten, one of the organizers and the owner of East Side Bait and Tackle in St. Marys, said only 27 tagged fish have been caught as of Tuesday.
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Grand Lake began its final run of six games in the regular season facing Michigan. The Monarchs scored four runs in
CELINA - Eight contestants will compete for scholarships and a prize package in the 2025 Miss Lake Festival Scholarship Pageant on Sunday at the Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater in the Bryson Park District, weather permitting.
Citizens Academy is Sheriff's Office being transparent
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County residents will have the opportunity this fall to get a behind-the-scenes look at the divisions, operations and equipment of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.
They'll even get a chance to fire law enforcement weapons at a gun range and ride shotgun with deputies on patrol during the 2024 Citizens Academy coordinated by sgt. Jay Wehrkamp, a veteran of the force. [More]
Obituaries on July 18th, 2024
Pauline R. Reinhart, age 91, of rural Portland passed away on Tuesday July 16, 2024 in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. [More]
Victor W. Waterman, 93, of St. Marys, died 3:45 P.M. Sunday, July 14, 2024, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. [More]
Eugene P. Reinhart, 96, of Bryant, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at his home. [More]
James Gross, age 79, of Coldwater OH, died on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen. [More]
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NEW BREMEN - The James F. Dicke Auditorium is set to undergo substantial upgrades, including new and additional seating, estimated at more than $250,000.
CELINA- Voters from 10 of the county's 14 townships and the municipalities of Coldwater, Rockford, Mendon, Montezuma and Celina will likely see a new tax levy for the Mercer County Joint Ambulance District on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced a road closing for a bridge replacement project and ongoing efforts to improve the safety of rural local roads in the county.
Celina grad Wenning to compete in first women's decathlon championship
Michaela Wenning is used to competing in multiple events in a day.  
So competing in 10 events over two days shouldn't be too much for the 2014 Celina High School graduate.
ROSSBURG - Last year's Eldora Million winner Logan Schuchart and Californian Gio Scelzi each picked up $12,000 with wins Wednesday night, splitting the 25-lap feature events during the Double Down Duals that served as the the opening night of Kings Royal weekend at Eldora Speedway.
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