Thursday, August 24th, 2006
By Margie Wuebker
While peers embark on their senior year of high school, a 17-year-old Celina boy faces the prospect of a lengthy prison term following a Wednesday afternoon appearance in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
Brett W. Wyerick, whose address remains the Mercer County jail, showed no emotion as he entered a plea of guilty to a bill of information charging him with aggravated burglary, abduction and attempted sexual battery. The felony offenses range in seriousness from first- to fourth-degree. [More]
By Nancy Allen
Most of the nutrients entering Grand Lake come from the largest land use in the 71,862- acre watershed - farmland.
But there a multitude of facets to the lake's water quality problems rather than just agriculture, panel members agreed at Wednesday's lake summit, including an explosion of development on the lake that has put the bright green pool under more scrutiny and a lack of funds for shoreline erosion controls and dredging. [More]
By Randy Bruns
When it comes to gaining computer points, winning games is the most important factor, but good scheduling is a close second. With the addition of Anna to the Midwest Athletic Conference, teams in that league will play only one non-conference game. Many fans with a basic working knowledge of the Harbin computer point system automatically think fewer non-conference games means less points will be available, but that's not necessarily the case. [More]
Obituaries on August 24th, 2006
Ronald J. Brewer, 74, 421 Johnson Ave., Celina, died at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 23, 2006, at St. Joseph Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. [More]
Albert L. Cross, 91, 155 Notheana Drive, St. Marys, died at 2 p.m. Aug. 23, 200 [More]
Former Celina resident Marcella "Sally" Dock, 89, died Aug. 22, 2006, at Friendship Village, Kalamazoo, Mich. [More]
Virginia L. Heckler, 78, 424 W. Fulton St., Celina, died at 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 2006, at her residence. [More]
Adel "Gundi" Luedeke, 60, 212 N. Pear St., St. Marys, died at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Mercer County native Edna R. Wilker Schunk, 83, of Dayton, died Aug. 19, 2006, at Heartland of Kettering. [More]
Local pictures on August 24th, 2006
Subscriber stories on August 24th, 2006
COLDWATER - Employees at several area industries may soon be able to privately undergo health screenings while on the job.
Mercer County Community
Minster Oktoberfest pin uses autumn theme for this year
MINSTER - Carol Monnier holds the green felt hat reverently, touching each of the colorful Oktoberfest pins and recalling how her husband came up with the first 12 designs.
Now that the summit is over, it will be up to community members to work toward a consensus so a plan prioritizing "what is next" can be developed, state Rep. Keith Faber said this morning.
Three Auglaize County law enforcement agencies will operate a checkpoint at an undisclosed location this weekend in an effort to nab impaired drivers.
This is the first time an OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) checkpoint has been used in the Grand Lake area for more than eight years.
COLDWATER - Four members of the board of governors of Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, have agreed to continue serving in their respective roles following the expiration of their terms.
COLDWATER - Mercer County Community Hospital officials in Coldwater are embarking on a new plan to provide their patients with private rooms on a regular basis.
People will be able to watch Governor's Cup Regatta action on the Internet this weekend thanks to new camera equipment obtained by the Celina Police Department.
A Celina man has pleaded guilty in Mercer County Common Pleas to a rash of springtime breaking and enterings at area businesses.
Dean Jons, 21, who
The seven students who are traveling to Tri Star classes in St. Marys have plenty of time to make a safe drive there, St. Henry High School Principal Frank Griesdorn said.
Parkway improved to 2-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference golf after beating St. John's 236-240 on Wednesday at Delphos Country Club.
Amanda Kiracofe
After a six-year absence, Celina has recalled Jerry Harris to be the head coach of the Bulldogs' football program.
Mike Fell, who is now the head coach at Ada, coached the Bulldogs for the past six years mounting a record of 25-35.
COLDWATER - Just as is the case in most seasons with the Coldwater football program, the preparation for the 2006 season ended shortly after the 2005 season, a year in which the Cavaliers went undefeated and captured their first state football championship in school history.
With a year of experience under head coach Brent Niekamp, the Fort Recovery Indians are looking to improve upon on a 1-9 season (1-7 Midwest Athletic Conference) in 2005.
Ed Kuhn is no stranger to Parkway football.
As an assistant coach for several years in the Panthers' program, Kuhn has seen Parkway at the highs and lows.
After a disappointing end to an otherwise successful 2005 football campaign, the Marion Local Flyers will look to rebound this year with a solid nucleus of veteran players that are long on experience and athleticism.
There's a different attitude surrounding the Minster football program as the 2006 schedule is set to begin.
While the Wildcats perennially hover
One of the great things about a new athletic season is that you get to put the last one behind and play a new season with renewed optimism.
For the New Bremen football team members, they are most grateful to be able to put last season behind them.
After winning the state championship in 2004, the St. Henry football team struggled through a 5-5 campaign in 2005 that saw several close games go against them.
Now that the 2006 football season is ready to begin, it is time to start thinking about computer points.
This year, there are almost no changes to
The St. Marys football program has churned out six straight winning seasons under head coach Doug Frye while amassing five postseason bids and two Western Buckeye League titles to go along with a state runner-up finish.
It's a new era at Versailles, at least when it comes to the head football coach.
Jason Schondelmyer, who built a winner at another Darke County school, Arcanum, replaces Al Hetrick on the sidelines, the first head-coaching change at the school for football in 38 years.
De De Stoner thought she had coached her last varsity volleyball game back in 1995 with St. Henry when she guided the Redskins to a fifth state crown.
But the legendary coach is back coaching volleyball, this time at Celina, as tragedy struck former Bulldogs head coach Nikki Etzler.
COLDWATER - Coldwater volleyball coach Mandy Diller has a solid group to work with this season.
The Cavaliers went 13-11 last season (5-4 in the Midwest Athletic Conference) and advanced to the district semifinals after capturing an 11th straight sectional title.
New Fort Recovery volleyball head coach Brad Smith summed up his Indians' team goal in one word.
The meaning is simple, the Indians want to make it through the meatgrinder that is their Division IV sectional at New Bremen and make it to the state volleyball tournament.
Marion Local volleyball coach Amy Steininger lost a ton of experienced players from last year's squad that went on a stirring tournament run before falling in the regional finals to eventual Division IV state champion Lehman.
At the end of last season, Jennifer Craft gained a little experience on a substitute basis as head volleyball coach of the Minster Wildcats.
The 2005 season was one of firsts for veteran New Bremen volleyball coach Lisa Thobe.
The Cardinals had their first sub-.500 Midwest Athletic Conference record, going 1-8 and also had its first sub-.500 record overall in school history, ending the season at 7-15.
Plenty of changes occurred in the offseason after Parkway's Cinderella run to the Division III state championship match.
After going 17-13 - Parkwa
The St. Henry volleyball team comes into the 2006 season hoping to continue to build upon a proud Midwest Athletic Conference and State tournament tradition that has set some pretty tough standards to measure a season.
St. Marys volleyball head coach Tricia Naseman was admittedly unfamiliar with the Western Buckeye League last season as a first-year head coach.
VERSAILLES - There's no denying that playing in the Midwest Athletic Conference has been a boon for the Versailles Tigers.
Since joining the conference, the team has a state runner-up trophy and has been a regular visitor to the regional level.