Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
By Nancy Allen
Two bass fishing tournaments held on Grand Lake have been canceled for this year, and Lake Development Corporation (LDC) members wonder if the reason is the lake's poor water quality.
"We had 102 registered tournaments on the lake last year and a couple of big ones are not coming back in 2007," Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Craig Morton said during the LDC's meeting on Monday. [More]
By Margie Wuebker
Two people, including a retired priest who had served parishes in Minster and St. Henry, were seriously injured Monday in a pair of traffic accidents on rural Mercer County roadways.
The Rev. Joseph M. Pax, 85, 2860 U.S. 127, Celina, remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, following a 1:43 p.m. accident at the intersection of state Route 29 and Burkettsville-St. Henry Road. [More]
Obituaries on January 9th, 2007
Serenus J. Brockman, 86, of Cranberry Prairie, died at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2007, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
Mercer County native James Ross "Jim" Buxton, 84, died Dec. 27, 2006, in Tucson, Ariz. [More]
Rita Godwin, 84, 1002 Hawthorne St., Celina, died at 6:59 a.m. Jan. 8, 2007, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
James "Cruiser" Holtzhauer, 71, 910 Laurel Drive, St. Marys, died at 1 a.m. tod [More]
George Hoying, 89, 5940 Fort Recovery-Minster Road, St. Henry, died Jan. 8, 200 [More]
Bonnie L. Martens, 76, of St. Marys, formerly of Celina, died Jan. 8, 2007, at [More]
Clara McBride, 79, of Celina, died Jan. 8, 2007, at a daughter's home in Celina [More]
Judy Ann Money, 60, 29 Sesame St., Portland, Ind., died Jan. 7, 2007. at Parkview Nursing Home, Muncie, Ind., following an extended illness. [More]
Kathleen R. Schmitmeyer, 63, 123 S. Hamilton St., Minster, died at 4:55 p.m. Ja [More]
Local pictures on January 9th, 2007
Subscriber stories on January 9th, 2007
An expected final vote to proceed with a wetlands mitigation project never materialized at Monday's Celina City Council meeting because of the absence of two council members.
The fate of privately owned boat docks along West Bank Road remains unresolved as the city nears the beginning of a walkway project that would remove the structures.
It's been a mild flu season so far - but it's not over yet.
Health officials in Mercer and Auglaize counties have confirmed just 24 total cases of
Info could warn officials of pandemics
Area health departments are working on a plan to track school absenteeism in order to monitor illnesses such as the flu and to be prepared for a pandemic outbreak.
COLDWATER - Twelve major construction projects were completed in 2006, Mayor Vern Stammen reported in his state of the village address at Monday's council meeting.
ST. HENRY - Village council members unanimously approved an increase of utility prices during the regular meeting Monday evening.
Residents now will pay $7 more on their monthly water and sewer bill - an annual increase of $84.
ST. HENRY -  Mayor Lavern Schulze will not be running for re-election at November's general election.
At the end of his annual state of the village report during a Monday night village council meeting, Schulze told council members that 2007 will be his last year of service.