Communication key to race relations
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The root of race issues in the United States is not that people don't like each other. Rather, it's that they don't talk to each other, said a Nigeria-born track and field coach who has called the area home for seven years.
Palngji Sunday spoke recently at a Grand Lake Rotary meeting in Celina. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - The state's department of health Tuesday issued updated COVID-19 guidance for staff and students returning to school this fall, noting the highly-contagious delta variant is rapidly becoming the dominant variant in Ohio.
Citing new information about the variant's ability to spread among vaccinated people, the Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination status. [More]
Obituaries on July 28th, 2021
Donald F. Wendel, 75, of Wendelin, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Dr. Douglas Kuck, 61, died suddenly March 25, 2020, at his residence.
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Douglas J. Fark, age 61, of rural New Bremen, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at his residence. [More]
Paul Marshall "Mart" Hines, 78, Rockford, died July 27, 2021, at his residence. [More]
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Vote '21
COLDWATER - Polling locations have been moved for some voters deciding a Coldwater Exempted Village School's 2.5-mill continuing permanent improvement levy.
Farmland to be converted into a 'treatment train'
CELINA - The Lake Facilities Authority (LFA) on Tuesday awarded VTF Excavation of Celina a $907,832.21 contract to develop the 88-acre Burntwood-Langenkamp Conservation Area.
WAPAKONETA - Douglas Reinhart, who served as Auglaize county engineer for 37 1/2 years and assistant county engineer for nine years, will retire effective Aug. 18.
MENDON - Village officials plan to apply for $67,143 in grant funding for water and sewer projects through the American Recovery Plan Act.
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By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - Citizens should stay vigilant amid a sharp rise in vandalism of city property and illegal dumping, city councilors learned at Monday night's regular meeting.
City safety and service director Greg Foxhoven noted cases of vandalism have [More]
Celina's disorderly conduct law will be used for time being
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - City council members on Monday evening decided the Celina Police Department will enforce zoning code noise limits under the city's disorderly conduct law for the time being.
City officials for several months have grappled with establishing reasonable noise limits that balance the interests of businesses and residents. [More]
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U. George Barhorst, age 80, of Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes Satu [More]
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Grants from $10,000 to $30,000 available
COLUMBUS - Some small- and medium-sized businesses that suffered pandemic-related losses still have time to apply for state funds.
Grants from $10,000 to $30,000 are available to businesses through four programs administered through the Ohio Department of Development.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members agreed during Monday's meeting to put on hold plans to increase sanitary sewer rates pending the completion of a rate study.
ROCKFORD - Parkway Local Schools board of education members discussed teacher contract negotiations and personnel matters during a special meeting on Monday night.
COLDWATER - Council members on Monday authorized village administrator/engineer Eric Thomas to enter into a street lighting contract with AES Miami Valley Lighting, Dayton.
ST. HENRY - It wasn't until the late part of Tyler Dehan's baseball season that Defiance College took an interest in his play.
What Dehan was doing certainly was impressive to the Yellow Jackets as Dehan committed to playing at the NCAA Division III school recently.
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New Bremen head football coach Chris Schmidt was named the 2021 recepient of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday during the team's annual preseason luncheon.
There was something for everybody at Festival
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - This year's Celina Lake Festival was a massive success with a potential record-breaking number of people in attendance, according to a festival chairperson and two local officials.
Michelle Miller, co-chairperson of the festival, on Sunday said the festival's reception was the best she had seen in the more than 20 years she has served on the festival committee. [More]
Obituaries on July 26th, 2021
Darlene Kay Uncapher (Vann), 61, of Rockford passed away at 10:53 AM on Friday, July 23, 2021 at her residence. [More]
Elmer Eyink passed away peacefully on July 25 at his home in Coldwater at the age of 89. [More]
Marilyn S. Freeland, age 77, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on July 24, 2021, at 9:20 am, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. [More]
Hilda Lucille "Lucy" McMurray, age 59, a former area resident, passed away on July 21, 2021, in Buford, Georgia, where she had resided the past several years. [More]
David Wayne Bredemeier, age 77, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at home with his family. [More]
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The Grand Lake Mariners wrapped up its 2021 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball season on Saturday night with a rough night at Simmons Field in Lima.
Amphicars, rides, fireworks kick off first day of festival
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - The Celina Lake Festival is back, bigger and better than ever.
On the heels of last year's cancellation because of the pandemic, the festival made its return on Friday.
In the afternoon, festivalgoers flocked to sidewalk sales downtown. In the evening along Lake Shore Drive, crafts, the popular amphicar splash-in at Grand Lake and bands drew in more visitors. [More]
Obituaries on July 24th, 2021
Jeffery S. "Cat" Huelskamp, 65, Fort Recovery, died at his home July 18, 2021. [More]
Daniel Thomas Meiring, 47, Troy, formerly of Sharpsburg, died on July 21, 2021, at his home. [More]
Hilda Lucille "Lucy" McMurray, age 59, a former area resident, passed away on J [More]
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WAPAKONETA - The mayor of Wapakoneta has been indicted on public corruption charges involving business deals with his family and private company.
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U.S. 33 between Herman Road and State Route 707 will close at 7:30 a.m. on July 26 through 4 p.m. on July 30 so crews can replace a culvert, accordin
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Grand Lake went up 3-0 before Galion came to bat and the Mariners never stopped hitting, building up an unassailable lead on the way to a 12-5 victory in Galion Friday night.
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