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By Sydney Albert
PORTLAND, Ind. - Esther Stephen, the former Fort Recovery High School softball coach convicted of murdering her child's father, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Tuesday, bringing one part of the murder case to an end.
Jay County Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison handed down the sentence after allowing friends and family members of both 30-year-old Stephen and her victim, 31-year-old Shea Briar, to speak in court. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Celina City Schools voters on Election Day narrowly approved a roughly $75.9 million bond issue and a 0.5-mill levy for a school building project.
The levy passed with 1,744 votes - 51.69% - in support of the bond issue and tax levy and 1,630 votes -48.31% - against it. Only a handful of absentee ballots are still out and will not change the end result, according to board of elections member Toni Slusser. [More]
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - Of the 23 batters he faced on Tuesday, Parkway's Justan Felver sent 17 right back to the dugout.
Felver's 17 strikeouts came up two short of the school record, and the Panthers scratched out a run in the second inning to earn a 1-0 win over Marion Local in a Midwest Athletic Conference baseball game at the Airport. [More]
Obituaries on May 5th, 2021
Rodney "Rod" L. Martin, 80, Formerly of Avon Park, Florida and hometown residen [More]
Benjamin Franklin Engle, Jr., 83, of Celina, OH died 4:18 a.m. Monday May 3, 2021 at Van Wert Co. Hospital. [More]
Kathy Louise Hollon, 69, of Saint Marys, died 3:50 A.M. Friday, April 30, 2021, at Grande Lake Health Center in Saint Marys. [More]
Ronald "Ronnie" E. Jones, 82, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Dawn C. (Hollman) Rodgers, 60, of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly Thursday April 29, 2021 at her residence. [More]
Linda C. Kaiser age 78 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen. [More]
Verena Katherine Goettemoeller, age 90, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Shane Hill, Rockford. [More]
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Voters in Gibson, Granville, Marion and Recovery townships and the villages of Burkettsville, Chickasaw, Fort Recovery and St. Henry overwhelmingly approved a new tax levy for the new Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District during Tuesday's special election.
ST. MARYS - The effort to make a 10-year, 0.5% income tax levy first passed by the city in 1985 a permanent tax failed Tuesday, with 55.95% of voters rejecting the issue.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases since their last report on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,599.
NEW BREMEN - U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on Tuesday morning visited Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen where he was briefed about a critical workforce shortage and other issues impacting the assisted living industry.
MINSTER - Minster has been invited to join a national solar energy planning group.
Village administrator Don Harrod told village council members at
ROCKFORD - Council members thanked longtime village park board member Marlene Roebuck Tuesday for her years of service, and announced several openings were available on the board for interested residents.
CELINA - Three Celina residents have been arrested for drug charges following an investigation by the Heroin Interdiction Team.
Heather L. Antonell
ROCKFORD - Parkway school district residents renewed a 5-year, 8.97-mill operating levy during Tuesday's special election.
The levy passed with 132 votes in favor, or 68.39%, and 61 votes against, or 31.61%, according to unofficial results from the Mercer County Board of Elections.
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Celina put up a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't force extra innings in a 3-2 loss to Wapakoneta on Senior Day at Montgomery Field.
MINSTER - The Coldwater softball team has been on a tear in its last three, hitting home runs and scoring 51 wins during its winning streak.
The hits kept on coming Tuesday night at Four Seasons Park in Minster as the Cavaliers used two early home runs to set the tone and picked 6-2 victory.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Depth played a big part in Marion Local holding leads in both the high school boys and girls divisions after the first day of the 2021 Mercer County Knights of Columbus Track and Field Meet at Cavalier Stadium in Coldwater.
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By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - City officials and a private citizen are exploring options for planting more native trees and plants in the city, which could help promote a healthy ecosystem.
Members of the city's parks and playgrounds committee, city council and Gregg Clark, supervisor of parks and urban forestry, discussed creating a habitat of native plants Monday at the suggestion of St. Marys resident Julie Metz. [More]
Obituaries on May 4th, 2021
Jeanne Ann Prueter, age 79, formerly of Fort Loramie, passed away January 22, 2021. [More]
Eugene D. Slauter, 92, of St. Mary's, OH, passed away Friday, Apr. 30, 2021.
He was born in Clark County, OH, on July 9, 1928. [More]
Kathy Louise Hollon, 69, St. Marys, died at 3:50 a.m. April 30, 2021 at Grand Lake Health Center, St. Marys. [More]
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CELINA - The Celina Police Department planned to replace its defunct computer server which crashed unexpectedly in April, leaving numerous critical case files needed for court proceedings unaccessible.
FORT RECOVERY - The village has been awarded a $1.026 million state grant for a complete reconstruction of Butler Street.
Village council members learned of the Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation during their Monday night meeting.
CELINA - Unemployed Mercer County residents who are close to exhausting their unemployment benefit eligibility can get re-employment services through an expanded federal workforce program.
FORT RECOVERY - The slumping bats of the Fort Recovery baseball team needed just five pitches in the bottom of the first to plate their first run.
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Fort Recovery graduate Nick Thwaits will start his 2021 Minor League Baseball season with the Lake Elsinore Storm in California as the team announced its opening day roster for tonight's opener at Visalia.
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The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the University of Dayton announced on Monday that the boys and girls st
Mothers with older children surprised with pregnancies
CELINA - Laura Zizelman's stepdaughters Naomi and Nashia were ecstatic when they learned their then 41-year-old stepmother was pregnant.
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By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - Baker Woods State Nature Preserve has joined the ranks of the oldest know forests in the nation.
The woods, located at 4316 Saint Anthony Road, is one of four state nature preserves that in April were inducted into the Old Growth Forrest Network, a series of protected native forests where people can experience biodiversity and the beauty of nature. The OGFN organization is based in Easton, Maryland. [More]
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CELINA - A volunteer who put his heart into maintaining the Baker Woods State Nature Preserve will be honored this month with a ceremony and wild flower walk named in his memory.
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St. Henry snapped a two-game losing streak in earning a softball doubleheader sweep of Houston on Saturday at the Wally Post Athletic Complex.
Celina man returns to instructing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
By William Kincaid
CELINA - After an 18-month hiatus, Ken Bigham, Celina, found himself back in the saddle at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, a few weekends ago, instructing and driving with Mid-Ohio Region-Porsche Club of America.
"I'd taken time of [More]
Obituaries on May 1st, 2021
Judy K. Roettger of Port Clinton, OH, formerly of Kettlersville, died peacefull [More]
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After seeing tremendous growth in eight years at New Bremen, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is preparing to host a major event at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday.
Beginning today through June 30, troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will patrol U.S. 33 in Auglaize County from State Route 66 to County Road 33A.
NEW BREMEN - Battling 15 mile-per-hour winds and temperatures dropping into the low 40s, the Marion Local boys came in first and the Coldwater girls placed second in the Cardinal Invitational at New Bremen High School on Friday.
CELINA - A hot start with the bats for Defiance put Celina in an early hole too deep to dig out of as Celina fell 13-8 in a Western Buckeye League softball battle of Bulldogs on Friday at Westview Park.
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Parkway scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-all tie and defeat Coldwater 10-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference girls softball action on Friday in Rockford. The game had been rescheduled from Thursday due to rain.
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