Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
By Pat Royse
Plans for the new Mercer County Detention Center got a final OK from the Courthouse Committee on Tuesday and the unanimous vote allows bids for its construction to be submitted.
The Courthouse Committee, set up under the Ohio Revised Code, has the final say on plans that involve any building or revisions relating to the courthouse or jail. [More]
By Janie Southard
Butler Township trustees recently purchased the Burntwood Cemetery, ending an ownership dispute that has spanned many months.
At their Monday night meeting trustees announced they have purchased the 104-feet-by-140-feet cemetery, established in the 1860s, from local farmer Dale Schmitmeyer for $700. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
After three rough games, Grand Lake was looking to vent some frustrations.
The Mariners scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to come back from a 4-2 deficit, then got great relief pitching to shut down the Xenia Athletes in Action the rest of the way in a 7-4 win at Jim Hoess Field on Tuesday to go to 1-3. [More]
Obituaries on June 18th, 2008
Dennis G. Breitigam, 58, of Wapakoneta, died June 17, 2008, at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. Death was due to natural causes. [More]
Dorothy E. Jung, 89, 17000 Roettger Road, New Bremen, died at 2 a.m. June 16, 2008, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster. [More]
Rita M. Mestemaker, 79, 5038 North Star-Fort Loramie Road, New Weston, died at 7:35 a.m. June 17, 2008, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
C. E. "Ed" Now, of Celina, died today, June 18, 2008, at his daughter's home. [More]
Local pictures on June 18th, 2008
Subscriber stories on June 18th, 2008
ROCKFORD - School systems are feeling the crunch of escalating fuel costs to run their buses and heat their buildings.
At Parkway Local Schools, Supt. Doug Karst told the board of education on Tuesday that rising fuel prices will cost the school system approximately $20,000 more than last year.
Grand Lake users asked to keep eye out for virus
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has found a fast-spreading fish virus for the first time in a waterway outside the Great Lakes basin, where it has caused large fish kills in four of the five Great Lakes and several inland lakes in the basin.
FORT RECOVERY - Eighty-six percent of Fort Recovery's sophomore class passed the recently administered Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).
All high school students must pass the OGT in order to graduate.
The Marion Community Development Organization (MCDO) continues to work with Marion Local School District officials on a Safe Routes to School travel plan. The program is designed to improve safety for students walking or riding their bicycles to classes.
A 19-year-old man, who is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence after being convicted of breaking into a neighbor's home and attempting to sexually assault a teenage girl at knifepoint, faces additional charges stemming from other alleged burglaries in the same area.
CHICKASAW - Armed with information from their annual walking tour of local streets, Chickasaw village councilors Tuesday night established a list of priorities for those needing the most attention.
A Mercer County woman, who was found guilty by reason of insanity in the 1984 shooting death of Celina bus driver Gene Green, will be moved to a new mental health facility soon.
Mercer County's newest interior design business, KD Interior Design, LLC, opened for business in April.
Owner Katie Dabbelt, who works by appointme
Center serving Van Wert, Mercer, Paulding counties set to open at new site on Aug. 4
The Family Caring Clinic in Van Wert is moving from its current location at 1151 Westwood Drive to a larger location at the Van Wert Health Center, located at 140 Fox Road.
Celina track and field ace Kelby Rosengarten will head north to continue his education and track career, signing with Hillsdale College on Tuesday.
Compiled by Ryan Hines
and Gary R. Rasberry
Parkway improved to 5-9 this summer, beating Minster 6-3 on Tuesday evening at Hanover Street Park in Minster. The Wildcats drop to .500 at 5-5 with the loss.