Sunflowers star as In Bloom Festival starts Thursday
By Leslie Gartrell

ROCKFORD - The outskirts of Rockford are awash wiyh yellow, which means Schoolhouse Farm's signature crop has blossomed.
Located at 5468 Ross Road, the farm specializes in sunflowers, which will be on full display Thursday through Sunday during the farm's annual In Bloom Festival. [More]
Obituaries on August 3rd, 2021
Timothy "Tim" W. Alexander, age 60, of Celina, passed away on August 2, 2021 at 4:55 am in his home with his loving family by his side. [More]
Marilyn Jeanette Braun, 84, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at her home. [More]
Thomas E. Archer, beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away at the age of 64 on Sunday, March 8, 2020. [More]
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PUTNAM COUNTY - A Van Wert woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash shortly before 1 p.m. Monday.
Bonnie Luke, 69, Mendon, was driving a car eas
ST. HENRY - A 10-year-old girl was transported to the Mercer County Community Hospital emergency room in Coldwater and later transported by a Lutheran Air helicopter after reportedly crashing a mini bike into a garage door on Sunday.
Former underdogs fly like superdogs
WAPAKONETA - Trainers John Casey and Nikki Penta of Missouri had already set up part of their Ready Go Dog Show last year at the Auglaize County Fair when fair organizers were forced to cancel many attractions due to state COVID-19 orders.
ROCKFORD - The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a house fire that occurred Friday morning, according to Rockford Fire Chief Rob Belna.
Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Postseason Honors
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Seven players earned the eight top honors as the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League announced its postseason honor
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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Celina man died early Saturday morning when his car crashed into a house shortly after a brief chase with the Celina Police Department.
Chad R. Rammel, 33, Celina, died after his car drove off the right side of the roadway near 4001 Mud Pike Road slightly after 4 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. [More]
Obituaries on August 2nd, 2021
Jason D. Hagaman age 43 died Friday, July 30, 2021 at Joint Twp. Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Chad R. Rammel, age 33, of Celina, passed away during the morning hours of July 31, 2021 from injuries sustained in a car accident. [More]
Stephen E. Link, age 73 of Montezuma, died on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Marilyn Jeanette Braun, 84, Fort Recovery, died on August 1, 2021, at her home. [More]
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These plants are pretty - and pretty hard to kill
WAPAKONETA - For those who'd like to be master gardeners but tend to be more like master plant killers, succulents may be the answer.
Becky Schoffn
WAPAKONETA - A six-mile stretch of U.S. 33 has been identified as a temporary distracted driving corridor.
According to a Saturday news release fro
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Todd Feiss drove "S'no Farmer" to a weekend sweep in the 7,500-pound Modified Tractor class as the National Tractor Pullers Association wrapped up its Grand Nationals on Saturday night at Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery.
By William Kincaid
FORT RECOVERY - A father and son didn't think twice about rushing to save the lives of two people involved in an accident that left both their vehicles engulfed in flames.
For their heroic efforts - which included smashing a car window to free a p [More]
Obituaries on July 31st, 2021
Charles "Chuck" R. Daisy, age 61 of Kenton, Ohio and formerly of Mendon, Ohio, [More]
Jeffery S. "Cat" Huelskamp, 65, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away at his home [More]
Daniel Thomas Meiring, 47, of Troy, Ohio, formerly of Sharpsburg, Ohio, passed [More]
Miriam Eileen Hone, 91, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at [More]
Vicki Jo Phillips age 68, of Greenville passed away at 9:40 PM on Thursday, Jun [More]
Stephen E. Link, age 73 of Montezuma, died on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at St. R [More]
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WAPAKONETA - Fair manager Ed Doenges is thrilled to be able to present a full-fledged Auglaize County Fair with all the events, attractions and rides the community has grown to love.
CELINA - Two unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic were thrust into the spotlight Friday afternoon and honored by the school and a state representative at the board of education's special meeting.
Fort Recovery hosts NTPA Grand Nationals
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
After a year's absence, the National Tractor Pullers Association's Grand Nationals returned Friday night at Ambassador Park for the first of two nights of pulling action.
COLDWATER - Tornado sirens in the village will be tested today at 12:10 p.m., according to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.
Late 1800s barn told history of settlers
By Leslie Gartrell

MINSTER - A local historian hopes the loss of a rare barn in Auglaize County that was built in the late 1800s will spur interest in preserving the historic structures.
"This was an exceedingly rare find," said Mary Ann Olding, a local historian who has studied the area's architecture. [More]
Obituaries on July 30th, 2021
Paul L. Mestemaker, age 89, of New Weston, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Bruce A. Borgerding, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA, formerly of New Weston, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at EverHeart Hospice in Greenville. [More]
Thomas Donald Stachler, 50 of Ohio City passed away on July 28, 2021 at Van Wert Health. [More]
Paul Marshall "Mart" Hines, age 78, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at his residence. [More]
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Funds for litter, recycling programs
COLUMBUS - Two county agencies together have been awarded more than $60,000 in grants through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's multimillion dollar recycling and litter prevention initiative.
Men under 49 are under increased risk
Mercer County is known for lots of things - agriculture, Grand Lake and big families.
It's also one of 232 counties in the U.S. where men under the age of 49 are at an unusually high risk of dying from colorectal cancer.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday moved to refinance debt originally issued to cover upfront expense of several agricultural drainage tile replacement projects on behalf of affected property owners.
WAPAKONETA - County health department officials on Thursday reported eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Auglaize County since their last report on Tuesday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,736.
COLDWATER - Mercer Health Community Hospital issued a news release Thursday reminding residents that the hospital continues to limit visitors and require masks for patients, visitors and staff at all locations.
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