Tornado near Fort Recovery
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FORT RECOVERY - A tornado touched down on a stretch of Fort Recovery-Minster Road on Friday, wreaking havoc on homes and structures, tearing off roofs, toppling trees and utility poles and causing power outages that stretched up to Coldwater. [More]
Obituaries on June 19th, 2021
Major George W. (Bill) Place, 87, of St. Marys died June 17, 2021 peacefully at home. [More]
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Baseball Player of the Year
When the Coldwater football team needed a big boost, Zack McKibben delivered.
When the Cavalier basketball team needed a big basket or defensive stop, McKibben stepped up.
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COLUMBUS - The state emergency in Ohio caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was lifted today, Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a Thursday news release.
DeWine urged those who have not yet been vaccinated for the virus to find a clinic near them by visiti [More]
St. Marys gets electric vehicle charging stations
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - Charging stations for electric vehicles were installed Thursday in St. Marys, a move city officials hope will make the area more appealing to day trippers and puts the city in line with a growing number of municipalities installing electric vehicle chargers to meet demand. [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. HENRY - For once, the Celina ACME baseball team hit the ball really well. But the Bulldogs needed more.
Celina put up eight runs on 11 hits but succumbed to a St. Henry team that came out on fire. The Redskins lit up starter Quinn Andrew for nine runs and tacked on two more for insurance in an 11-8 win at the Wally Post Athletic Complex on Thursday. [More]
Obituaries on June 18th, 2021
Ronald "Ron" K. Wichman, age 78, of Celina, passed away on June 15, 2021 at 3:57 pm at his home, with his loving family by his side. [More]
Ruth Monica (Tabler) Davis, 101, of St. Marys, OH died peacefully at 8:07 p.m. on Monday at The Laurels in Rockford, OH. [More]
Opal Jeannette Zimmerman, age 88 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Virginia M. Schlater, age 87, of New Weston, Ohio, died on June 16, 2021 at Versailles Rehab. [More]
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CELINA - A local family wants the Mercer County Board of Health to overturn an October 2020 order to replace their septic system that was declared a public health nuisance after water samples from a nearby catch basin showed E. Coli and other contaminants.
FORT RECOVERY - Large crowds gathered Thursday night at Ambassador Park for the annual Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee.
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners approved contracts for road striping and herbicide application throughout the county.
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CELINA - A county-owned faith-based recovery house for women is in line for a new metal roof that will be paid for with a combination of county and grant dollars.
CELINA - A Celina man who had previously been charged with domestic violence has been charged with several felony charges including burglary, abduction and domestic violence.
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Fort Recovery's Jalyn Bruns picked up her second victory on the Lima Junior Golf Association's Foster and Welch Open held Thursday at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert.
Lake Campus researchers study ancient sea creature
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Researchers at Wright State University-Lake Campus are using biomechanics to better understand prehistoric creatures. One recent study earned recognition by the international weekly science journal Nature.
Ammonites are probably one of th [More]
By Tom Haines
ST. MARYS - Heading into the bottom of the first, the St. Marys ACME baseball team was lucky to only be down 2-0.
But that was already enough for Celina and pitcher Ethan Bryant, who gave up one run over seven innings and allowed just two hits as the Bulldogs earned a 5-1 win at K.C. Geiger Park on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on June 17th, 2021
Elizabeth "Betty" J. (Beyke) Garke, age 78, of Burkettsville, Ohio passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at The Gardens of St. Henry. [More]
Mary Lou Campbell, 93, Berne, Ind., died at 11:42 a.m. June 14, 2021, at Swiss Village in Berne, Ind. [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials on Wednesday announced they will now report breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated residents.
CELINA - A St. Marys-based real estate agent now wants to establish a private kayak rental service on city property near the hot water hole rather than at Pullman Bay Park.
CELINA - City officials are preparing to take possession of and raze a blighted home and possibly install a gateway sign advertising the adjacent Eastview Park.
MONTEZUMA - Council members meeting Wednesday approved a 2022 budget that includes more than $500,000 for a major drainage improvement project designed to alleviate recurring flooding in the village.
CELINA - A man facing 33 felony charges including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition for incidents that allegedly started when the victim was nine years old pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen Elementary student test scores improved from the fall to the spring, school board members learned during their meeting Wednesday.
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Coldwater cranked up its offense on Wednesday night, collecting 15 hits and rolling to a 23-5 victory over Versailles in ACME baseball action in Versailles.
Pandemic delayed Rockford celebration
By Leslie Gartrell
ROCKFORD - Mercer County's oldest village wasn't always known as Rockford.
As the village celebrates its belated 200th anniversary delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and prepares for the Rockford Community Days celebration this weekend, residents can look back to the village's original founding as Shanesville. [More]
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The Fort Recovery softball team has made strides over the years into becoming a formidable team.
After going 3-18 in 2017 and being run-ruled in 13 games, the Indians won nine games in 2018 and 13 games in 2019 for the first winning season in years. After missing last season due to the pandemic, the Indians finished with 17 wins and reached the sectional final. [More]
Obituaries on June 16th, 2021
Shirley A. Powell, age 85, of Portland passed away Tuesday morning June 15, 2021 at her residence. [More]
Audrey M. DeBrosse, age 86, of Coldwater, died on Monday, June 14, 2021 at her home. [More]
Daniel L. Briner, 83, Celina, died April 10, 2021, at his residence.
A Celebr [More]
Ruth Davis, 101, St. Marys, died June 14, 2021, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, R [More]
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New commission creates zoning codes
ST. HENRY - Village council members at their Monday meeting passed after third reading an ordinance adopting zoning regulations for the village.
CELINA - Local church pastors, city leaders and other supporters gathered Tuesday afternoon at the gazebo in Lake Shore Park for the official launch of a new ministry that aims to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to people outside a church setting.
ROCKFORD - Council members approved the hiring of a part-time police officer Tuesday to cover an officer who is out due to surgery.
Police Chief Pa
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported only one new case of COVID-19 since their last report on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,692.
MINSTER - Council members meeting Tuesday took the first step toward the estimated $1.5 million reconstruction of East Seventh Street and voted to advertise for bids to pave other streets.
ROCKFORD - Backed by a strong pitching performance by Devon Crouch, Parkway improved to 3-5 on the summer ACME season with a 10-0 win over Marion Local in five innings on Tuesday night at Don Black Field.
Sports in Rockford has had a long tradition dating back to the Tigers of Rockford High School.Major success came after Rockford consolidated with Willshire to form Parkway Local Schools.
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Area golfers traveled to Springbrook Golf Club in Lima for the Lima Junior Golf Association's summer tour stop at the Gray's Cappie Sportswear Open.
ROCKFORD - The annual summer celebration known as Community Days was originally launched to honor village founder Anthony Shane and to showcase the village's heritage.
ROCKFORD - Rockford United Methodist Church has roots that are almost as old as the village itself.
The church is located at 202 South Franklin St.
ROCKFORD - As the village of Rockford celebrates the bicentennial of its founding, Tuway American Group is nearing its own centennial.
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ROCKFORD - A manufacturer of ketchup and barbecue sauce has seen its products spread to markets across the world all while becoming the largest employer in Rockford.
ROCKFORD - One of Mercer County's youngest Catholic churches took root in 1937 in the largely Protestant village of Rockford and has since experienced growth, culminating with a move to a new location in 2009.
ROCKFORD - New Horizons Community Church has come a long way in the past 21 years.
The church got its start in the early 2000s after the congregations of Rockford Calgary Church and Otterbein United Brethren Church merged, lead pastor Ken Meyer said.
ROCKFORD - Shanes Park is a fairly recent addition to the community, given its 200-year history, but it has quickly become a point of pride for the village.
ROCKFORD - Betsey Gamble was a 23-year-old stay-at-home mom when she opened the doors to her self-named boutique in 2011.
The store got its start w
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