Mercer County Special Olympics host first powerlifting event
By Tom Haines
CELINA - Mercer Developmental Disabilities hosted the first annual Power in the Park event in Bryson Park for Special Olympic Powerlifters from five Ohio counties on Saturday.
Contestants from Mercer County were joined by lifters from Miami County, Madison County, Champaign County and Morrow County for bench presses and deadlifts at the Bryson Park amphitheater, with a large crowd in attendance. [More]
Obituaries on May 17th, 2021
Thomas Stephen Sanderell, 91, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
William Joseph "Bill" Abbott, 78, of rural Rockford passed away at 11:15 a.m., Thursday at Vancrest Health Care in Van Wert. [More]
Martha L. "Sis" Derr, 86, of Celina, formerly of Piqua, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at her residence. [More]
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Coming to a kids' daycamp near you
MONTEZUMA - Children who've been bugging their parents for a chance to get outside may enjoy the 2021 Old Sycamore District Daycamp May 26-29.
ST. HENRY - A right-leaning reporter addressed the Mercer County Republican Party's 2021 Reagan Day Dinner, telling attendees gathered at the St. Henry American Legion they must be willing to take great risks to counter trends imperiling the greatest nation on Earth.
Two road construction projects started today in Mercer County, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
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MINSTER - Fort Recovery came into Saturday's softball game at Minster needing a win to deny the Wildcats an outright Midwest Athletic Conference title and create a three-way tie with Coldwater - which had players in attendance at the game -snagging a share as well.
ROSSBURG - For the second consecutive week, it was a second-generation driver going to victory lane highlighting the racing action from Eldora Speedway as the speedway hosted the Late Model Lidlifter on Saturday evening.
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St. Marys' Joey Vanderhorst advances in the postseason after finishing third at the Division II boys tennis sectional that concluded Saturday at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
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COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio is removing a mask requirement immediately for people who are fully vaccinated, in keeping with new guidance from the federal government, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday.
DeWine said in a statement that unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks and socially distance, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. [More]
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - Minster swept the Midwest Athletic Conference track and field championships at Barrenbrugge Athletic Park in Fort Recovery on Friday.
The Minster girls came in tied for the lead and pulled away for the win, clearing runner-up Versailles by 27.5 points. The Minster boys beat second-place Marion Local by 37.5 points after entering in fourth place, with wins in the 110-meter hurdles, the 200 hurdles and the 4x400 relay on Friday to vault them into the lead. [More]
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Eric Wagner knew his Celina girls track and field team going into the second day of the 2021 Western Buckeye League Track and Field Championships.
The Bulldog girls were in second place with 16 points, 10 behind first-day leader Ottawa-Glandorf. [More]
Obituaries on May 15th, 2021
Catherine Louise Gelhaus, 58, of New Weston, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 14, 2021, at her home. [More]
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Panic buying reported in Ohio, AAA official says
CELINA - The gasoline shortage experienced elsewhere following the Colonial Pipeline shutdown did not materialize in Ohio.
Regardless, Ohio gasoline prices are up, and industry officials said the high prices are expected to continue.
CELINA - In a dramatic turnaround, the Bryson Pool now has more than enough lifeguards to open for the summer, mayor Jeff Hazel told city council members.
CELINA - Celina City Council members want to take possession of and raze a blighted home and possibly install a gateway sign advertising the adjacent Eastview Park.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP - Celina softball coach Jason Tribolet thought his team was picking up momentum when the Bulldogs tied Shawnee at 2-2 in the top of the third inning.
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St. Marys scored three times in the top of the fifth to break a 3-all tie and then held on as Elida rallied in the bottom of the seventh to pick up a 6-5 win in the Division II softball sectional final on Friday at Dorothy Edwards Field in Elida.
By Tom Millhouse
CHICKASAW - A possible village income tax was among the many issues discussed by Chickasaw village council members during their meeting Wednesday night.
Mayor Ben Kramer initiated the income tax discussion, noting the village is considering a $510,000 interest-free loan as part of a $2.1 million street renovation and infrastructure project. He said the loan would require a $17,000 annual payment for 30 years and there has been no discussion of how the money would be secured. [More]
Cardinals' rally falls short in seventh
By Gary R. Rasberry
ROCKFORD - The first time New Bremen and Parkway met in softball, it was a 7-5 game in favor of Parkway.
The rematch was even closer.
The Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the second and then held off a seventh-inning Cardinal rally to get a 2-1 win in the Division IV sectional final at the Panther diamond on Thursday. [More]
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The back yard game will be a tournament this summer
CELINA - Grand Lake Rotarians aim to usher in summer with a hearty helping of cornhole and plenty of suds, food and music on the side.
CELINA - The Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors hired a new district administrator during their meeting Thursday.
CHICKASAW - Hotel guest tourism spending in the two-county Grand Lake area dropped by more than 40% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Donna Grube, director of the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region during the center's annual awards reception Friday.
CELINA - Mercer County's rate of new COVID-19 cases per capita during the past two weeks improved significantly to 53 new cases per 100,000 people, according to a Thursday Mercer County Health District news release.
COLDWATER - For much of the game on Thursday, it looked like the Coldwater baseball team would only need one run to win the Midwest Athletic Conference title outright.
MINSTER - After a slow start, the Minster offense roared to life in the fifth inning to lift the Wildcats to a 6-3 victory over 12th-seeded Spencerville Thursday in the Division IV sectional finals at Four Seasons Park.
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Fort Recovery led 2-0 in the top of the third before Lincolnview stormed back, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead on the way to a 9-2 win in the Division IV softball sectional final in Middle Point on Thursday.
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COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio's mask mandate and most other coronavirus-related state orders will end on June 2, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday, in a declaration allowing three weeks for more people to get vaccinated before then.
DeWine's announceme [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials will press ahead with a proposal to install a series of signs pointing the way to parking lots and businesses as part of an effort to promote interest in a downtown undergoing revitalization.
City council members expressed [More]
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Warm sunny conditions made for solid showings at the first day of the Western Buckeye League Track and Field Meet at Shawnee High School on Wednesday.
Ottawa-Glandorf jumped out to 26 points to hold the first-day lead in the girls division with Celina second with 16 points. St. Marys ranks seventh in the girls with six points through three events. [More]
Obituaries on May 13th, 2021
Thomas J. Fortman, 83, of rural St. Marys, OH died 11:45 p.m. Monday May 10, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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Post-pandemic camp sites will be busy this year
CELINA - Early reservation numbers suggest Grand Lake St. Marys State Park campground is poised for a bang-up season.
After a surprisingly robust s
ST. HENRY - Village council members heard first reading of an ordinance during their meeting Monday adopting zoning regulations for the village.
Village administrator Stan Sutter said the village has never had zoning ordinances.
ST. MARYS - Superintendent Bill Ruane stated his opposition Wednesday to a bill recently introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives that would provide vouchers for students to attend non-public schools.
COLDWATER - A walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday at Community Hospital in Coldwater, according to a news release from Mercer Health.
The Daily Standard newspaper and five of its staff members received 10 awards in nine categories in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor's 2020 newspaper contest held virtually Tuesday.
Redskins' big sixth delivers win over Rangers
ST. HENRY - For five innings, the St. Henry baseball team just keeping pace with one-win New Knoxville. In the sixth, the Redskins broke through.
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Karsyn McGlothen scattered three hits in leading St. Marys past Van Wert 9-1 in a rescheduled Western Buckeye League softball matchup at K.C. Geiger Park.
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