By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - School board members on Wednesday moved to purchase 25.5 acres of land east of the current high school and middle school building for $459,990, with hopes the land could be used for potential future expansion.
They also approved a new contract with the teachers union and extended multiyear contracts to top administrators. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
MINSTER - Not only did Daniel Patch shut down Minster from the pitching mound, he did damage with his bat.
The Fort Recovery junior-to-be doubled twice and drove in three of the Indians runs and pitched three innings of no-hit baseball in an 8-2 victory over the Wildcats in Minster in Wednesday night ACME action. [More]
Obituaries on June 24th, 2021
Bonnie R. Bensman, 84, of Mendon, OH went to be with her Lord and Savior 12:14 [More]
Chloe Madison Seals, age 13, of Celina, passed away at her residence on Sunday, June 20, 2021. [More]
Malia Dahlinghaus, age 62, formerly of Maria Stein, Ohio passed away peacefully on February 1, 2021. [More]
Joseph "Joe" Doenges, Sugarland, Texas, died March 28, 2021, in Houston, Texas. [More]
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COLDWATER - Mercer County Community Hospital and other health facilities must keep in place COVID-19 safety requirements and in some instances go beyond them, according to a top health official.
CELINA - A barn that was fully-engulfed Wednesday night has been declared a total loss, according to Montezuma Fire Chief Lee Braun.
No injuries or deaths were reported.
CELINA - Four new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mercer County on Wednesday by county health district officials since their last report on June 16, according to a health district news release.
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday removed a contamination advisory for the West Beach on Grand Lake, according to an ODNR news release.
   COLDWATER - A boutique that carries clothing and a little bit of everything has opened in Coldwater.
The Turquoise Door Boutique, owned by Megan Wenning, opened on May 22.
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Siegrist Jutte Road between between Township Line and Erastus Durbin roads is tentatively scheduled to close on June 28 for a bridg
ST. MARYS - On the very first batter, St. Marys' game plan was thrown out the window.
Starting pitcher Brayden Sullivan was hit in the chin with a
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Marcus Ernst's two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth scored two runs to give Grand Lake a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the rival Lima Locos on Wednesday night at Montgomery Field.
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Area players, coaches react to high court's decision on compensation
By Tom Haines
It will likely be years before Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision has ramifications for sports in Mercer County, if it ever does. But as change looms in college sports, coaches and athletes at all levels are taking notice.
The decision, which ruled that an NCAA restriction on "education-related benefits" such as laptops and study abroad trips given to college athletes violated antitrust laws, is widely seen as the first step toward paying college athletes. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The iconic Celina High School Fieldhouse is undergoing a nearly $100,000 facelift ahead of an eventual $126.8 million school building project.
Contractors will replace lights, revamp the floor and put a new coat of paint on the ceiling of the building, superintendent Ken Schmiesing said this week. [More]
Obituaries on June 23rd, 2021
Ronald P. Knapke, 54, of Coldwater, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021 surrounded by his family. [More]
Darlene Alma Thees, age 76 of Celina, passed away at the Gardens at Celina on June 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm. [More]
Charlene Gayle Smith "Charlie," 65, formerly of Tehachapi, California, and recently of Mendon, died June 20, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
Martha (Fry) Wisener died April 2, 2020, in Galloway.
A celebration of life will be held Friday at Celina's Lakeshore Park shelter house. [More]
Todd Oberlitner, 61, Mendon, died June 22, 2021, at Lima Memorial Health System [More]
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COLDWATER - Local funding has surpassed state foundation funding as a source of revenue for the school district, making up roughly 51% of revenue, according to district treasurer Jenn McCoy.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday accepted a $360,000 Midwest Electric loan for the now completed Marion Township Industrial Park infrastructure project.
CELINA - Development of the Burntwood-Langenkamp Wetland project will be advertised starting July 6, with sealed bids to be opened July 22 at the Mercer County Commissioner's Office.
WAPAKONETA - Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Auglaize County, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,697, according to a news release from county health department officials.
Mercer County's unemployment rate for May was 2.9%, up slightly from April's rate of 2.8%.
However, the county maintained its status as second lowest for joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
ST. MARYS - The West Beach has been placed under a contamination advisory due to high E. coli bacteria levels, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
CELINA - After Royal Oak took the lead twice in the first five innings, it was Grand Lake that struck the decisive blow.
Aided by some defensive mi
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The Lima Junior Golf Association took its summer tour to Colonial Golfers Club in Harrod for the Reinke Ford Open.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The state will not release its share of $51 million for the Celina City Schools school project in July as some officials had hoped but school board president Craig Flack assured residents the money would eventually make its way to the district, saying it will be well worth the wait. [More]
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WAYNE TOWNSHIP - A child reportedly drowned on his third birthday Friday evening, according to a news release from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office.
At approximately 12:06 p.m. Friday, Wayne Township emergency medical services were dispatched to a residence in eastern Wayne Township. The call reportedly was for an unresponsive child who was found floating in a pond. The caller reported CPR was being performed. [More]
St. Marys defeats St. Henry in 11 innings
By Gary R. Rasberry
ST. MARYS - The way St. Henry and St. Marys were playing, it seemed like the only way the game would end was if the curfew at K.C. Geiger Park came into play.
St. Marys tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth and both teams scored in the eighth before Easton Craft's 11th-inning single scored Jack Boos to give the Roughriders a 3-2 win over the Redskins for the team's first win of the summer. [More]
Obituaries on June 22nd, 2021
Charlene Gayle Smith, age 65, passed away on June 20 at Miami Valley Hospital, [More]
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FORT RECOVERY - Village council members on Monday approved two resolutions declaring the necessity of renewing two five-year levies.
The first is a 2.3-mill general expense levy and the second is a 2.5-mill street maintenance levy.
CELINA - School board members on Monday night approved a tax abatement for a Celina business undergoing a $1.2 million expansion and learned about the imminent retirement of two school administrators.
MINSTER - The board of education approved a resolution Monday declaring the need to renew a 5-year permanent improvement levy with a 0.25-mill increase.
Mercer Health will hold a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic today from 4-7 p.m. at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.
Appointments can be made but are not necessary. To schedule an appointment call 567-890-7188. The Moderna vaccine will be given.
ST. MARYS - Owners of eligible vacant residential buildings could could see their vacant registration fees increase every year up to a maximum of $4,000, under a proposed amendment to the city's vacant buildings ordinance.
MARIA STEIN - Celina came out hot and ran away with a 15-0 win over Marion Local in an ACME baseball game at the Airport on Monday.
The Bulldogs led 10-0 after two innings and finished with 14 hits against the overmatched Flyers, who fielded four incoming freshmen and two incoming eighth-graders.
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Fort Recovery needed just four hits to secure a decisive 8-1 win over Fort Loramie in an ACME baseball game in Fort Recovery on Monday.
By William Kincaid
FORT RECOVERY - An EF2 tornado packing wind speeds up to 115 mph was confirmed near Fort Recovery on Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
No injuries were reported but the tornado, considered strong on the six [More]
Obituaries on June 21st, 2021
Major George W.  (Bill) Place, 87, of St. Marys died June 17, 2021 peacefully at home. [More]
Jerry W. "Eli" Ellis, age 69, of Mendon, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Celina Manor. [More]
Marvel Mae Stetler passed away June 18, 2021, at the Laurels of Shane Hill where she was a resident. [More]
Donald 'Don' R. Brown, age 90, of Wayne Lakes in Greenville (formerly of Celina [More]
Lauren Danielle Rupert, 29, Van Wert, died at 6:53 a.m. June 18, 2021, at Van Wert Health Emergency Room. [More]
Alice M. Hegemier, 87, of New Bremen, died on June 18, 2021 at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen. [More]
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Kade Benavidez gave up two big hits at the tail end of a strong start and Grand Lake's offense couldn't recover, taking a 4-1 loss to Jet Box in Macomb on Sunday as the Mariners dropped a pair of weekend games.
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