By Erin Gardner
CELINA - The bright lights, dazzling costumes and larger-than-life, gravity-defying acts proved the perfect 90-minute escape from everyday life for more than 100 people gathered Monday at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.
The Great Pages Circus came to Celina to perform a total of four shows Monday and Tuesday. The acts included aerial acrobats, jugglers, camels, ponies, dogs, motorcycle daredevils, a trio of clowns, contortionists, tightwire dancers and balancing performers. [More]
Flyers scratch out two runs to beat Cardinals
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - New Bremen's Alayna Ross struck out 10 batters and held Marion Local to two hits, but Haley Everman was even better.
Everman struck out 12 and kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard to give the Flyers a 2-0 win in a Midwest Athletic Conference softball game on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on April 17th, 2024
Max W. Glancy, 95, Hartford City, Ind., died April 11, 2024, at his home.
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MINSTER - In response to traffic safety concerns in town, village councilors began the process Tuesday night to ban semitrailer traffic in front of the schools and swimming pool and to establish two new four-way stops.
MINSTER- School board members awarded three-year contracts to three administrators at this week's regular meeting and also granted administrative raises across the board.
CELINA - The Mercer County Board of Elections could potentially move their office from the courthouse to a new location, such as the Central Services Building or a newly constructed building next to the courthouse.
Auglaize County will receive $187,500 in state disaster funds following a March 14 tornado that started north of Botkins and ended near West Mansfield in Logan County, causing three deaths there.
ST. HENRY - Four people were taken to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, one of which was then airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, following a three-vehicle accident outside of St. Henry on Tuesday morning.
ROCKFORD - A couple whose newly built home in Shanes Crossing Subdivision had been deemed out of compliance are resolving the issue with their builders, village councilors learned Tuesday.
FORT RECOVERY - Getting a lead before having to play defense is a big advantage for a team.
But scoring five runs before making an out is even better.
ST. MARYS - Wapakoneta defeated St. Marys 7-3 Tuesday to hand the Roughriders their first loss in Western Buckeye League play.
The error-prone Roug
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Addi Inskeep and Mikaela Hoskins hit RBI singles in the ninth inning and Minster beat Versailles 8-6 in a Midwest Athletic Conference softball game in Darke County on Tuesday.
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By Tom Millhouse
MINSTER- School board members approved a $170,224 agreement for the demolition of the old bleachers and press box at Memorial Stadium during Monday night's meeting.
Board members approved the guaranteed maximum proposal of $170,224 from Baumer Construction of Minster for the demolition portion of the Memorial Stadium bleacher and press box project. The last event hosted by the school with the old facilities was the Minster High School Memorial Invitational track meet on Saturday. [More]
Coldwater plates 13 runs in victory over neighbor Celina
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Entering Monday's rivalry game at Coldwater, the Celina baseball team had allowed just 12 runs over the first nine games of the season, including four shutouts, a no-hitter and a perfect game.
The hot-hitting Cavaliers made sure the numbers changed, scoring at least one run in their six innings at-bat en route to posting a 13-7 victory at Veterans Field to stay perfect on the season. [More]
Obituaries on April 16th, 2024
Richard Leroy Obringer 'Obie', age 74, of Coldwater died on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, Ohio. [More]
Philip "Phil" Haines Cozadd of Loudon, Tenn. (formerly of Celina, OH) passed away April 3, 2024 at the age of 82. [More]
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CELINA - Spring is the perfect time for birdwatching.
Those new to the hobby should first take stock of the birds that tend to visit their property
CELINA - School board members on Monday night approved a three-year contract for new superintendent Brooke Gessler.
Also, two-year contract extensions were issued to several school administrators.
NOBLE TOWNSHIP - Township trustees at their regular meeting on Monday night set a hearing date for a controversial application to rezone 142 acres of farmland to industrial to allow for a new stone quarry.
FORT RECOVERY - Teachers will earn sizable raises under a new three-year agreement approved by school board members at Monday night's regular meeting
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County commissioners this month awarded a $1.65 million contract to Shelly Company of Findlay for the 2024 county road pavement marking project.
FORT RECOVERY - Aerators in the wastewater treatment lagoons have had a substantial impact on dissolved oxygen levels and odor, village councilors learned at Monday night's regular meeting.
ST. MARYS - Jacob Lefeld delivered the key swing in the fourth inning, a ricocheting line drive that scored two runs, and Evan Bowers and David Clune combined to retire 15 straight batters as St. Henry picked up a 3-1 win over St. Marys in a baseball game at K.C. Geiger Park on Monday.
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Minster improved to 12-1 with a dramatic seventh-inning comeback against Covington, erasing a 7-4 deficit to pick up an 11-7 win in a softball game on the road on Monday.
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What a roller coaster of weather we have had! It is going to be a gorgeous week right up to the weekend, so make sure you get out and enjoy the spring weather for a few days.
St. Henry teen pays tribute to great uncle killed in Vietnam
By William Kincaid
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. last month had personal significance for Diego Subler and his father, Nate Subler, who along with 61 other students and a handful of chaperons paid tribute to a family member who died in the Vietnam War. [More]
Obituaries on April 15th, 2024
Willard 'Willie' Bruns, age 87, of St. Sebastian died on Friday, April 12, 2024 in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Constance "Connie" S. Gray, age 76, of Celina, passed away at her home in Celina on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. [More]
Marjorie Beckstedt, 93, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 5:09 am on Saturday, April 13, 2024 surrounded by her family at her home in Celina. [More]
David Alan Link, age 67, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at his residence in Celina. [More]
Ethel I. (Reinhard) Bruns, age 88 of St. Henry died peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
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From the Old House
By Bill Sell, Mercer County Historical Society president
When former president of the Mercer County Historical Society Joyce Alig died, it left t
Marion boys win Minster Memorial, Wildcats take second
MINSTER - The Marion Local boys picked up five individual wins and won three relays to cruise to the team victory, while both Minster teams took second at the Minster Memorial on Saturday.
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Grant Jolly's fly ball to center was deep enough to score Mason Ludwig in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving Wapakoneta a 5-4 comeback victory over Celina in a rescheduled Western Buckeye League baseball contest at Mercy Health Field in Wapakoneta.
By Abigail Miller
CELINA - A team of professional carvers has fashioned a mammoth wooden sculpture of a languidly posed, friendly-faced Sasquatch at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.
Standing 30-feet tall and 18-feet wide at the main gate, the hulking yet-to-be-named homage to the legendary ape-like Bigfoot is intended to enhance Mercer County's reputation as a hub of growth and excitement. [More]
Obituaries on April 13th, 2024
Donald J. Muhlenkamp, age 86, of Coldwater, died on Friday, April 12, 2024 at his home. [More]
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CELINA - Ohio is prime Sasquatch country.
The Buckeye State has the fourth highest number of credible Bigfoot sightings in the United States, boasting a 5.7% chance of seeing the legendary creature, according to, a website dedicated to sports betting in Ohio.
CELINA - Three people appeared in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Friday on a variety of charges ranging from drug possession to theft.
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Poeppelman hits walkoff grand slam in fifth as Flyers beat Rangers
MARIA STEIN - In a matchup of two teams out to strong starts, Marion Local quickly took control.
The Flyers scored six runs in the first inning, an
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St. Marys improved to 2-1 in Western Buckeye League boys tennis play after battling through the windy conditions to pick up a 4-1 win over Wapakoneta on Friday afternoon at the Minster Bank Courts at Memorial High School.
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