By William Kincaid
CELINA - The first wave of absentee ballots left the Mercer County Board of Elections office on Monday in accordance with recently enacted state legislation that, among other provisions, extends absentee voting-by-mail for the primary election due to the coronavirus pandemic. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Ohioans who didn't get to cast a ballot in the presidential primary election on March 17 because the polls were ordered closed can do so via an absentee ballot that can be delivered or mailed to the board of elections.
In light of extended voting opportunities, Mercer County elections officials gave a rundown of how to request and fill out an absentee ballot, particularly for people accustomed to voting in-person at their polling location on Election Day. [More]
By Colin Foster
Parkway senior forward Caleb Kinney has piqued the interest of college basketball programs, but he has yet to commit. 
His final high school season was more important.
"He was really trying to focus on making his senior year a memorable one and winning as many games as he could," explained Parkway coach Doug Hughes last week. [More]
Obituaries on March 31st, 2020
Matthew James Behr, age 29, of Maria Stein, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
Betty M. (Hathaway) Boroff, age 97, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 9:28 am on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at The Gardens of Celina. [More]
Rita Micheal, 89, of Saint Marys, died 7:50 A.M. Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Celina Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Virginia L. Moorman age 81 of Minster, Ohio passed away at 7:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater, Ohio. [More]
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By Leslie Gartrell
Teachers, parents and students are cooperating as schools have students learn from home.
Schools have been closed since Gov. Mike DeWine ordered that all public, community and private K-12 schools close at the end of the school day March 16 and remain closed through at least April 3. The order stipulated that during the closure, teachers should educate through alternative means. [More]
Obituaries on March 30th, 2020
Carolyn Mees Risner, 85, of Saint Marys, died 3:30 A.M. Sunday, March 29, 2020, [More]
Glenda Fern Ballinger, age 86, of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully on Friday [More]
Deborah E. Lovelace, 65, Celina, died at 6:23 a.m. March 26, 2020, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Linda Catherine Baughman, age 78, of Celina, passed away Saturday, March 28, 20 [More]
Lewis W. "Skip" Hilleary, 80 of Urbana, passed away, Saturday, March 28, 2020 i [More]
Jerry L. Putman, 80, Rockford, died March 27, 2020, at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
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Auglaize County has second virus case
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Board makes activity baskets for its clients
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - The world may seem like it's been brought to a standstill, but the Mercer County Board for Developmental Disabilities is still working to provide services and bring a little cheer to locals with disabilities.
Many staff members are working remotely as they continue helping families get supplies or information, while direct-care providers continue to provide hands-on service. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - An Auglaize County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Auglaize County Health Department news release, the first for that county.
Health commissioner Oliver Fisher said the department received the positive test result from an Ohio Department of Health lab at 4:25 p.m. Friday. The person is a 65-year-old female, who is being treated at a local hospital. [More]
Obituaries on March 28th, 2020
Jane Bertke age 74 of St. Marys, formerly of McCartyville, Ohio passed away at [More]
James D. Wicker, 36, of St. Marys, OH died 6:47 p.m. Monday March 23, 2020 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH following a massive intracranial hemorrhage. [More]
Deborah Lovelace, 65, Celina, died on March 26, 2020.
Arrangements are pendin [More]
Josephine A. Grieshop age 77 of Anna, Ohio passed away at 2:40 AM on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Wapakoneta Manor. [More]
Gerald Allen Slane, 83, Ohio City, died on March 27, 2020, at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. [More]
Glenda Fern Ballinger, 86, Celina, died on March 27, 2020, at Celina Manor nurs [More]
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Officials say they are enforcing stay-at-home order
Celina snags $500,000 grant for Bryson Park District
Steger produces as 'Riders have 19-win season
Bornhorst leads Bremen's resurgence
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A second person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Mercer County, according to a Mercer County Health District news release issued Thursday evening.
The district received results around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, district administrator Jason Menchhofer said. Testing was reportedly completed at an Ohio Department of Health testing lab. [More]
Residents put toys, drawings in windows of their homes
By Amy Kronenberger
Bears have been popping up all over the area, peeking out of windows and perching on porches, waiting to be discovered by families on the hunt.
Care Bears have invaded Brooke Wente's shop, Lather: A Hair Company for Him and Her in New Bremen, but for her and her three kids, Lucy, 6; Jack, 4; and Olive, 2, the hunt didn't end there. By Wednesday morning, her kids were excited to hit the sidewalks to see just how many bears they could find lurking in the community. [More]
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The Ohio High School Athletic Association formally canceled the remaining winter sports tournaments on Thursday, as expected with schools remaining closed due to an order from Gov. Mike DeWine.
In a news release, OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass stated that the continued priority was the health of athletes and fans. [More]
Obituaries on March 27th, 2020
Elizabeth M. "Betty" Lange, age 97, of Coldwater, Ohio, passed away on the evening of March 24, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Rosemary Lu "Rosie" Hagar, age 84, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Jethrow Tuttle, 77, of Saint Marys, died 5:26 P.M. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Vancrest of Saint Marys Nursing Home. [More]
James F. "Doc" Vaughn DDS, age 82, of Fort Recovery, passed away on March 26, 2020 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
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