By William Kincaid
CELINA - Looking to possibly lock-in discounted electric rates for unincorporated areas, Mercer County commissioners have placed an electric aggregation issue on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
Passage of the issue would authorize commissioners to purchase electric loads at a fixed rate for up to three years on behalf of eligible residents and small businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, i.e. townships. [More]
Tim Goodwin reaches coaching milestone in Marion win
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin picked up his 300th career win as the Flyers extended their winning streak to 39 games on Friday.
Fort Recovery hung tough for 23 minutes, but three touchdowns in three minutes on either side of halftime effectively sealed a 49-0 Midwest Athletic Conference win for Marion at Barrenbrugge Athletic Park. [More]
Obituaries on September 30th, 2023
Joseph E. (Joe) Otte, 71, of Denton, Montana, died Saturday, September 23, 2023 [More]
Fr. Leon Flaherty, C.PP.S., 88, died on September 29, 2023, at 10:20 a.m., in t [More]
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ST. HENRY - The village of St. Henry is running a levy that if approved by voters on the Nov. 7 general election ballot would increase the income tax rate by 0.5%.
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CELINA - Voters served by the Mercer County District Library will decide on a 0.5-mill renewal property tax levy in the Nov. 7 general election.
CELINA - Nearly 2,000 customers were left without power for up to an hour and a half on Thursday night after a switch failure at the Summit Street substation triggered an outage.
COLDWATER -Coldwater was dominant in Weeks Three through Six.
It was a similar story Friday.
Coldwater scored on offense, defense and special teams en route to a 41-7 victory over Delphos St. John's on Senior Night at Cavalier Stadium.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry earned its first Midwest Athletic Conference victory of the season Friday, holding off New Bremen 13-10 at Wally Post Athletic Complex.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Braylon Gabes rushed for five touchdowns and Celina maintained its lead in the Western Buckeye League with a 52-36 shootout victory over Bath in Friday night football action in Bath Township.
MINSTER - With Minster ahead of Parkway 14-0 and just 1:13 left in the half, Parkway got the ball at its own 36-yard line. An interception, an onside
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Marys spotted Shawnee a 6-0 lead after one quarter before scoring 28 straight points, then adding 21 straight at
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Celina Planning commissioners on Thursday night recommended to vacate a portion of Holly Street to accommodate the design of the new 7-12 school building which is expected to start going up next summer.
The proposal to permanently close a section of Holly Street between East Wayne Street and Johnson Avenue -- used by many motorists as a shortcut to the residential neighborhoods to the north - now advances to city council for a vote. [More]
By Abigail Miller
MARIA STEIN -The Marion Local Schools community is mourning the loss of longtime high school science teacher Todd Ashbaugh, 54, who died suddenly on Wednesday morning.
His cause of death has not been revealed.
Ashbaugh of Coldwater was in his 24th year as a chemistry and physics teacher and bus driver at Marion Local. He was also the district's former track and football coach. [More]
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - After St. Henry, the third-ranked team in Division III, controlled the first two sets, No. 8 Fort Recovery made a stand in set three.
The Indians rallied from an early deficit to force extra points before the Redskins closed out a 25-16, 25-12, 28-26 win in a Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Fort Site Fieldhouse on Thursday. [More]
Obituaries on September 29th, 2023
Thomas L. Grunden, 81, of St. Marys, OH died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday September 27, 2023 at Otterbein - St. Marys, OH. [More]
Lester J. Homan, age 84 of Cassella, Ohio, died Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
Tyler M. Goins, age 29 of Coldwater died Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Betty Jean Harner, 96, of St. Marys, OH passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
Todd Allen Huston, age 57 of St. Henry, Ohio (formerly of Greenville) passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 2:30 AM. [More]
Anthony I. Albers, age 82 of Egypt, Ohio, died on September 27, 2023 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
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Once essential, scarecrows are now decorative
CELINA - A scarecrow, once an effective and convenient way to ward off burdensome birds, is now for decoration.
In their heyday, scarecrows were m
CELINA - The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) awarded the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) a $111,800 grant for the construction of cascading and grassed waterways.
Vote '23
COLDWATER - A renewal levy for the Coldwater Public Library will be on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
The 0.5-mil operating levy is projected to generate approximately $77,325 per year.
Division II and III Boys Golf Sectionals
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The boys took to the links on Thursday as the Divisions II and III sectional golf tournaments were played.
At Colo
NEW BREMEN - Putting together long runs in each set, New Bremen rolled past New Knoxville 25-13, 25-8, 25-9, in Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball action Thursday evening at the Cardinal Gymnasium.
ROCKFORD - Marion Local showed it's getting in good shape for what lies ahead.
The Flyers picked up a second straight road win on Thursday, outlasting host Parkway 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-21 in Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball play at Panther Gymnasium.
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Celina's Isabelle Thobe and Elise Muether advanced to Saturday's semifinals of the Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament after winning their quarterfinal matches on Thursday at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Electors in the Celina City Schools district in the Nov. 7 general election will vote on a five-year, 1%-earned-income tax renewal levy that would generate $4.368 million annually.
The revenue accounts for 14% of the school district's budget, said superintendent Ken Schmiesing. It flows into the general fund and goes toward general operating expenses, added treasurer Michelle Mawer. [More]
Obituaries on September 28th, 2023
Joseph E. (Joe) Otte, 71 of Denton, Montana, died Saturday afternoon, September [More]
Todd Ashbaugh, age 54 of Coldwater died Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Ruth Marie Gray, age 97, passed away peacefully at Trustwell Living at Miller Place on September 27, 2023. [More]
Gerry Larkin, 84, died peacefully at Grande Lake Healthcare Center in St. Marys, Ohio, on September 24. [More]
Elaine J. Ebbing, age 77 of Coldwater died Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at Bri [More]
Thomas Grunden, 81, St. Marys, died Sept. 27, 2023, at Otterbein-St. Marys.
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Mercer Health's Marion Campus delays opening
COLDWATER - Mercer Health Marion Campus' opening has again been delayed as officials await the arrival of a critical electric distribution panel.
Vote '23
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) has a five-year, 1.94-mill renewal levy on the Nov. 7 general election ballot that would generate approximately $1.38 million annually for operating services and expenses.
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MINSTER - Electors in the Minster Local Schools district will vote on a five-year, 0.2-mill recreation replacement levy on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
  The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Case in point: Coldwater football. Head coach Chip Otten had to replace several key starters from last year's 11-2 team. But as has been the case through the years, the Cavaliers just retool.
Computer Points Wrap-Up
  The Western Buckeye League and Midwest Athletic Conference standings are coming into focus but will not be resolved until some big games are played
Barrenbrugge Athletic Park
Last Season: Drew Lause scored touchdowns via run, receiving and kickoff return and Darren Meier scored three times in the Flyers' 47-0 win over the Indians at Booster Stadium.
Impact Players
Dominik Osborne, RB, St. Marys
30 carries for 206 yards and a touchdown in the Roughriders' 21-19 win over Van Wert.
By Abigail Miller
CELINA- Ten license plate readers will soon be set up in high traffic areas in Mercer County to help authorities investigate crimes.
Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday approved a five-year agreement between the county sheriff's office and Flock Group Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, for 10 license plate readers at a cost of $33,500. [More]
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - In 2022, Celina handed eventual Division III state runner-up Coldwater one of its five losses of the year in a five-set battle.
On Tuesday, the second-ranked Cavaliers made sure it didn't happen again.
Coldwater pulled away early in the first two sets and staved off Celina in the middle of the third for a 25-11, 25-12, 25-16 win in a volleyball match at the Palace. [More]
Obituaries on September 27th, 2023
Calvin "Jack" Harmon, 96, of St. Marys, died 9:40 P.M. Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
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America's only indigenous tropical fruit
Pawpaw is this fall's fave flavor
CELINA - Step aside pumpkin spice - pawpaws have claimed autumn this year.
As the leaves turn and temperatures drop, making freshly baked fruit bre
MENDON - Village council members on Tuesday evening met in a potentially illegitimate executive session to discuss the inner workings of the village general fund.
CELINA - City council members at this week's regular meeting passed final reading of legislation to establish a volunteer tree commission and heard updates about the North Walnut Street reconstruction project.
COLDWATER - Village officials hope to snag hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funds to resurface tennis and basketball courts and create more pickleball courts in Coldwater Memorial Park.
ST. MARYS -  Sometimes all you need is a slight edge.
Marion Local fought its way to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 sweep over St. Marys in a Midwest Athle
Division II Girls Golf Sectional
Bremen's Burden sectional medalist
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Minster girls golf team kept up its dominant season by winning the Division II sectional tournament on Tuesday at Moose Landing Country Club near Ottawa and earning a trip to next week's district.
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Celina came away with two big wins on Tuesday night in Western Buckeye League boys soccer action.
First, the Bulld
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