By Georgia Rindler
COLDWATER - Village council members welcomed a new police chief at Monday's regular meeting.
Kevin Wynk was sworn in as chief of police by village solicitor Judy Koesters.
Wynk graduated from Grand Lake Law Enforcement Academy in 2012 and began his career with the village of Coldwater. He worked as a patrol deputy for the Mercer County Sheriff's Office for five years and returned to Coldwater in 2019 as a patrol sergeant. [More]
By Michael Frank
ST. MARYS - Village councilors on Monday were presented with the 2023 annual report, which shows the city on acceptable financial ground and its affairs in good order, said mayor Joe Hurlburt.
He began by citing city accomplishments from 2023, whi [More]
Obituaries on February 27th, 2024
Rodney Jay "Rod" Smith, 85, of Ohio City passed away at 6:45 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Debra K. Winner, age 58, of Minster, passed away following a lengthy illness on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at her home in Minster, Ohio. [More]
Michael "Mikee" Rhoads, age 73, of Maria Stein, died Tuesday, January 2, 2024 a [More]
Virginia Lou Hoenie, 83, Tomball, Texas, died Feb. 24, 2024.
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Henry Kunkler, age 93, of Burkettsville, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Monday morning, February 26, 2024. [More]
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CELINA - Due to apparent miscommunication, city councilors on Monday night passed legislation authorizing tentative agreements with two police unions which aren't believed to have approved the deals yet.
Lake Campus hosts annual IQ challenge
CELINA - The intellectual mettle of 24 area high schools was put to the test to determine the one true brainiac during the annual Wright State University-Lake Campus Scholastic Bowl on Monday.
CELINA - A Celina man appeared on Monday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on child sex crimes against a minor under the age of 13.
Douglas J. Fickert, 59, was charged with 10 counts of gross sexual imposition, all third-degree felonies, on Feb. 15.
NEW BREMEN - Village councilors on Monday night heard first reading of an ordinance to renew the 2-mill five-year emergency medical services tax levy while adding a 1-mill increase.
ST. HENRY - Village councilors on Monday heard from St. Henry school officials about the school district's renewal operating tax levy on the March 19 primary election ballot.
The MAC at 50
Coldwater leads state in champs, runners-up
COLDWATER - When the OHSAA adopted bowling in the fall of 2006, Coldwater already had one state championship through the Ohio High School Independent Bowling Conference.
Ottawa-Glandorf's Colin White was named the Western Buckeye League Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the third time as the coaches announced their all-league teams for boys and girls basketball.
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Minster pulls away for sectional win over New Knoxville
By Gary R. Rasberry
MINSTER - For the first 1 ½ quarters, New Knoxville was giving Minster all it could handle.
Then the Wildcats flipped the switch on defense, holding the Rangers to just one point over the next eight minutes and pulling away for a 49-25 victory in the Division IV girls basketball sectional final at Wildcat Gymnasium on Saturday night. [More]
Obituaries on February 26th, 2024
Margaret Evelyn Gamble, 92, of Willshire, Ohio, was called home to be with the [More]
Tiffany M. Stuckey, 43, of Celina, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. [More]
Karen K. Schuh, 81, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, February 24, 2024. [More]
William E. "Billy" Baucher, age 52, of Celina, passed away on Saturday, Februar [More]
Clarence J. Staugler, age 92 of Coldwater, died on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
Jessica Lynn Woods, age 38, of Pompano Beach, Florida, a former resident of Cel [More]
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This year, there will be a celebration of Ohio's natural jewels. One worthy of diamonds.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is marking 75 years since its inception, which is when state parks were first officially designated.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway girls basketball team snuffed out a Wayne Trace rally and claimed a Division III sectional title with a 44-30 victory over the Raiders Saturday night at the Panther Gymnasium.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry's offense took a few minutes to warm up on Saturday, but its defense was on point from the jump and Waynesfield-Goshen never got any momentum.
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New Bremen took control early and picked up a 42-25 win over Perry in the Division IV girls basketball sectional final on Saturday in Cridersville.
Divisions II and III boys wrestling
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St. Marys brought home two championships and will send six wrestlers to the next round from the Division II boys wrestling sectional on Saturday at Defiance High School.
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Ten local wrestlers earned podium spots as the girls competed at pre-regional tournaments on Sunday in preparations for next week's Marysville regional. The top four placers advance.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Legislation that would enable 100% tax abatements on new residential structures for 10 years has been put on hold after city councilors learned it might have a greater impact on the school than initially thought.
Councilors earlier this [More]
By Dave Stilwell
MINSTER - Coldwater rode a 28-point second quarter to a 65-54 victory over Minster in the boys basketball regular season finale Friday night at Wildcat Gymnasium.
Neither team could get an upper hand in a first quarter that featured two ties and three lead changes. Cole McClurg hit a pair of free throws and a layup in the final seconds to give Minster a 12-10 advantage at the end of the opening period. [More]
Obituaries on February 24th, 2024
Merdi Edward Caudill, age 69, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at his residence. [More]
John J. Bertke, 83, Hendersonville, North Carolina, and formerly of Celina, di [More]
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CELINA - A Celina man known as the voice of the Mercer County Fairgrounds and the master of ceremonies of countless events was named Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Citizen of the Year.
St. Marys picks up third straight win over Celina
ST. MARYS - For the first 6 1/2 minutes of the latest hoops edition of the Battle of Grand Lake, Celina and St. Marys slugged it out.  
Then the Ro
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The Coldwater boys bowling team punched their ticket for another shot at winning the program's fifth state title by winning the Division II district tournament on Friday at Interstate Lanes in Rossford.
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New Bremen's Andy Jiang earned another podium finish as he wrapped up his season at the Division II state swimming championships on Friday evening at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
ROCKFORD - Parkway started fast, then New Knoxville slowly worked its way back.
Although the Rangers fought hard, a 24-0 hole was too hard to overcome in a 50-42 loss Friday at Panther Gymnasium.
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Delphos St. John's held Marion Local to six points in the second quarter to pull away and hold on to beat the Flyers 57-47, claiming an outright Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball title on Friday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium in Delphos.
NEW BREMEN - Fort Recovery pulled off a near-miraculous comeback to force overtime on Friday, but the Indians couldn't keep up the magic from there.
By William Kincaid
A new state online tool offers an overview of nursing homes in Ohio, touching on quality ratings, resident and family feedback, health and safety violations and other data.
Ohio Nursing Home Quality Navigator is designed to help people choose a nursing home for themselves or a loved one, according to a news release from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's office. [More]
Coldwater holds off Van Buren to advance
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - Coldwater needed key shots, timely rebounds, and clutch defense to rally in the Division III girls basketball sectional opener, as well as a healthy dose of luck.
The Cavaliers erased a five-point deficit with less than two minutes to go, then benefited from four missed free throws by Van Buren in the final 10 seconds to escape with a 46-44 victory at the Palace on Thursday. [More]
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CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week awarded a Fort Jennings firm a $166,430 contract to continue work on the never-ending Beaver Creek erosion control project.
CELINA - Three people appeared in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.
Clayton W. Dawes, 47, of Dayton was sentenced to up to five years
ST. MARYS - Rebounding was an issue for St. Marys Thursday.
Regardless, the Roughriders rebounded nicely to put away Kenton in the Division II tournament opener.
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Fort Recovery will head to the state tournament in girls bowling for the first time in program history after finishing second at the Division II district tournament on Thursday at Interstate Lanes in Rossford.
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The Celina girls ended their season in the Division II basketball sectional with a 58-27 loss to Liberty-Benton on Thursday night in Benton Ridge.
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New Bremen's Andy Jiang will swim for a state championship after qualifying for the finals in the 200-yard Individual Medley at the Division II state swimming championships on Thursday night at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
All-MAC Girls Basketball
Marion Local's Avae Unrast was named Player of the Year as the Midwest Athletic Conference announced girls basketball honors on Thursday.
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All-MAC Bowling
Fort Recovery's Lucas Acheson and Coldwater's Brittany Burden were named Bowlers of the Year as the Midwest Athletic Conference announced its boys and girls all-conference bowling teams on Thursday.
Area basketball players earned honors as the District 8 Coaches Association announced its postseason honors list.
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