By William Kincaid
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP- Firefighters from multiple departments braved intense flames and searing temperatures as they fought to quell a house fire in western Mercer County on Thursday afternoon.
No one was injured in the blaze but the 11/2 story s [More]
By Abigail Miller
CELINA- Mercer County Fairground's hulking homage to the legendary Bigfoot has been named Nelson.
The moniker was revealed earlier this week on the fair's Facebook page. It was suggested by community members via a Facebook poll.
"We thought it was neat," said fair manager Cara Muhlenkamp. "During the voting, it just kept winning."
Other contenders for the 30-foot-tall, 18-foot-wide attraction's name were Chip, Winston, Ollie, Glen, Theo and Hugh. [More]
Obituaries on June 14th, 2024
Virginia (Fox) Baucher, age 89, Coldwater, Ohio, died on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at St. Rita's Hospital in Lima. [More]
Thomas Harry Rempe, 85, of St. Marys, OH died 9:54 a.m. Friday June 7, 2024 at Otterbein - St. Marys. [More]
Robert J. Kahlig, age 21, of Coldwater, died Wednesday June 12, 2024 following an automobile accident in Auglaize County. [More]
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CHICKASAW - Village residents will see an uptick in their water bills in the coming months after councilors green-lighted a rate increase at this week's regular meeting.
CELINA - Celina Lake Festival organizers have made a slight adjustment to the traditional route of the grand parade set for July 27 due to the permanent closure of a section of Holly Street.
ST. MARYS - Plans have been set in motion for a yet-to-be-scheduled weekend celebration of the artistic works of two St. Marys natives thanks to a $7,500 Buckeye Impact Grant.
CELINA - The Mercer County Board of Health took action on a Fort Recovery property while discussing several other matters at its regular meeting this week.
Welsch's triple, Depweg's interrupted at-bat lift Coldwater
COLDWATER - Mason Welsch struck before the lightning did on Thursday.
Welsch hit the go-ahead two-run triple in the third inning, Cody Depweg had a three-RBI night, and Coldwater defeated St. Marys 6-3 at Veterans Field.
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Fort Recovery gave up three sixth-inning runs and couldn't finish the rally for a 3-2 loss to Versailles in an ACME baseball game at the LeFevre Family Baseball/Softball Complex on Thursday.
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Two area girls in Miss Ohio field
By Erin Gardner
MANSFIELD - One area young woman was crowned Miss Ohio's Teen in Mansfield on Wednesday while two others are vying for the Miss Ohio title on Saturday.
Allie Gray of Celina won the coveted Miss Ohio's Teen title and a $2,500 scholarship award. Gray, who was crowned Miss Lake Festival Outstanding Teen 2024, competed against 11 contestants, including Monica Hemmelgarn of Coldwater, Mackenzie Harmer of St. Henry and Reyna Hume of Wapakoneta. [More]
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  A 21-year-old Coldwater man died following a single-vehicle accident on Wednesday afternoon in northwest Auglaize County.
Robert J. Kahlig was driving a 2021 Honda Insight eastbound on Kossuth Amanda Road, near Kossuth Loop Road, in Logan Township when he drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert at about 12:27 p.m., according to a news release from the Wapakoneta Post of the State Highway Patrol. [More]
Celina uses nine walks to overcome early deficit
By Tom Haines
CELINA - It took Minster three tries to find a pitcher who was throwing strikes Wednesday night, and by that point the damage was done.
Celina capitalized on nine walks in the first three innings to erase a 3-0 deficit and went on to a 5-3 win in an ACME baseball game at Montgomery Field. [More]
Obituaries on June 13th, 2024
Marilyn McLain, 86, of St. Marys, died 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Vancrest of St. Marys, following a brief illness. [More]
Larry J. Link, 79, of New Bremen, went to his eternal reward after a sudden illness on Monday June 10, 2024 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. [More]
Janet F. Gaerke, 81, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
Robert "Bob" Luke Gehret, age 60, of Althoff Road, Versailles, passed away peac [More]
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NEW BREMEN - Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the area's top employers, was hit by an information technology "disruption" earlier this week, halting operations at its Celina and New Bremen facilities.
CELINA - City crews spray for mosquitoes just a few nights each year and in a manner that shouldn't harm pollinators such as bees and butterflies, city officials stressed at this week's regular council meeting.
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery Historical Society has landed a $25,000 grant to create banners highlighting the Northwest Indian War, some of which will be displayed at venues across Ohio.
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The concept of Main Street is well-known because it exists in a majority of towns and cities and brings about nostalgia.
Main Street is a hard, prosaic commercial necessity with varying degrees of cleanliness, utilitarian value and width.
NEW BREMEN - Coldwater coach Tom Brunswick felt his squad wasn't quite as sharp at the plate as he would have liked on Wednesday night against New Bremen.
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St. Marys answered a Fort Recovery rally with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 7-5 win in an ACME baseball game at K.C. Geiger Park on Wednesday.
By Erin Gardner
A 43-year-old Celina man was seriously injured on Tuesday morning after he lost control of his semitrailer hauling about 200 pigs and struck a bridge support, closing a ramp to Interstate 70 in Montgomery County for several hours.
Derrick Selhorst was driving a 2001 Mack commercial semitrailer on the ramp from State Route 49 to I-70 eastbound in Clay Township, according to a news release from the Dayton Post of the State Highway Patrol. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
  The record book for Coldwater softball was rewritten by Madison Wendel in her four years with the Cavaliers.
But it took hearing everything read out for her to realize the mark she left in the Cavalier program.
For the third time, Wendel is The Daily Standard's Softball Dream Team Player of the Year, concluding a career that was dominating both in the pitching circle and at the plate. [More]
Obituaries on June 12th, 2024
Rita M. Birt, age 98 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at her home on Skeels Road. [More]
Pauline Romer, 91, Cincinnati, formerly of Fort Recovery, died March 9, 2024, at Hospice of Cincinnati. [More]
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CELINA - The city's largest union has negotiated bigger raises and extra perks on the back of new agreements recently struck between the city and police unions in which officers and sergeants will see their wages rise 27% and dispatchers 37% over the next three years.
CELINA - Mercer County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon held a public hearing on a proposed countywide $5 vehicle registration permissive tax to boost revenue for local road and bridge work.
CELINA - A third-party vendor has been tapped to provide GIS mapping services for the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, taking over for the county auditor's office, which is bogged down with its own workload.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Board of Health members on Tuesday adopted a new sick leave policy that permits employees to take off work for mental illness.
COLDWATER - A poultry facility with a capacity for 183,570 hens is seeking a five-year permit-to-operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
FORT RECOVERY - A poultry and swine facility with a capacity for 220,000 hens and 560 swine is seeking a five-year permit-to-operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Coldwater and Minster had similar goals for the 2024 softball season: to make it out of districts.
Both teams reached that goal, via differing paths through the season.
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Grand Lake conceded two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth, and after it closed within two in the top of
#  Name  Pos.  Gr.
4  Alex Dues  SS/P  12
6  Caden Grisez  3B/P  11
9  Gavin Evers  LF/P  11
10  Caden Homan  3B/DH  10
11  Troy Homan  CF/P  12
12  Riggs
By William Kincaid
Fort Recovery, St. Marys and New Bremen are expected to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for improvement projects as part of the first phase of the capital budget rollout.
Every two years, the Ohio Legislature passes a capital budget bill [More]
Silos have always been part of the ag landscape
By Michael Frank
FORT RECOVERY - A common sight for visitors and locals as they drive through the Grand Lake region are small domed tower silos.
Tower silos, used to store grain or hay to feed dairy cows, still dot the landscape, though many are no longer used due to farmers leaving the business or farmers implementing different ways of feed storage, Dan Post of Post Excavating and Landscaping of Fort Recovery said. [More]
Obituaries on June 11th, 2024
Sandra L. Berlet, 83, of New Knoxville, Ohio, passed away at 9:24 p.m. Thursday June 6, 2024, at Otterbein in St. Marys, Ohio, after a brief illness. [More]
Elwood "Gib" Prueter, 96, of Botkins, Ohio, died 12:05 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024, at his residence. [More]
Thomas Kremer, age 97, of St. Anthony, passed away at Celina Manor on Sunday, June 9, 2024. [More]
Brother Jerome Schulte, C.PP.S., 86, died at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2024, [More]
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CELINA - City councilors on Monday night passed legislation authorizing the sale of the city public works site off Portland Street to Celina City Schools for $500,000.
CELINA - A 76-year-old Celina man was found dead in his vehicle parked outside the Asian Buffet and Mongolian Grill in Celina on June 4, sparking a police investigation.
ST. HENRY - Superintendent Adam Puthoff at Monday night's regular school board meeting said the $1.1 million elementary playground project is well underway and appears to be on schedule.
CELINA - A Celina man appeared on Monday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on drug possession charges.
William R. Fetters, 50, was charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
COLDWATER - Village council members on Monday heard second reading of a resolution to place a five-year, additional 0.5% traditional income tax on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
ST. MARYS - City councilors at Monday night's regular meeting heard a presentation on the E.J. Mackenbach Nature Preserve from Heritage Trails Park District Commissioner Allison Brady.
St. Henry picks up run-rule win over Parkway
ST. HENRY - The bats were certainly red-hot for St. Henry on Monday.
The Redskins scored seven runs in the first inning to take the lead on Parkway
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Compiled By Tom Haines
Fort Recovery got right back in action Monday, with three of the starters of Sunday's Division IV state championship game returning for a Monday ACME baseball contest with Marion Local which the Flyers won 6-5 in eight innings at the Airport.
ST. HENRY - A poultry facility authorized to house 250,560 birds is seeking a five-year permit-to-operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
FORT RECOVERY - A poultry facility authorized to house 299,563 birds is seeking a five-year permit-to-operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
FORT RECOVERY - A poultry facility authorized to house 125,000 birds is seeking a five-year permit-to-operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
FORT RECOVERY - A poultry facility authorized to house 246,000 birds is seeking a five-year permit to operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
MARIA STEIN - A poultry and cattle facility authorized to house 304,568 birds and 200 cattle is seeking a five-year permit to operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
MARIA STEIN - A poultry farm authorized to house 196,000 hens is seeking a five-year permit to operate renewal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
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