Friday, October 9th, 2009
Watkins man Urban Grevenkamp's been making customer house calls for nearly 50 years
By Shelley Grieshop
Urban Grevenkamp spends nearly every afternoon ringing doorbells and peddling household goods in a fashion rarely seen these days.
The embroidered letters on his beige baseball cap and red jacket identify him as a "Watkins" man. But it's his smile and lovable personality that gets the 86-year-old salesman in the door, his customers say. [More]
By William Kincaid
Two Celina subdivision developers did not follow city standards when installing their roads.
And somebody, possibly city taxpayers, must pick up the costs of any future fix-it work.
City council members at a streets and alleys committee meeting Thursday learned recent test results confirmed previous suspicions that the roads in the Reserve Subdivision, developed by Chuck Samples, and Eaglebrooke Subdivision, developed by Randy Bruns, were not installed to city standards. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - The annual Gene Weber Lions Cross Country Invitational, due to its timing and location, is usually a good indicator of how the Midwest Athletic Conference, held a week later on the Coldwater course, could shape up.
If Thursday has any bearing, it shapes up to be a dandy. [More]
Obituaries on October 9th, 2009
Mark P. McEldowney, 62, 312 Peters Road, Fort Recovery, died at 2:36 a.m. Oct. 8, 2009, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes. [More]
Thomas S. Pierce, 56, 913 Woodridge Drive, St. Marys, died at 4:05 a.m. Oct. 8, 2009, at his residence following an extended illness. [More]
Norbert L. Reinhard, 77, 324 West Main St., Crestline, died Oct. 7, 2009, at Wooster SubAcute and Rehabilitation after a lengthy illness. [More]
Local pictures on October 9th, 2009
Subscriber and paid stories on October 9th, 2009
Grand Lake Watershed
The county's economic development director and a local consultant are applying for a $100,000 grant to create a program for orderly growth and land use changes that could help improve local water quality.
Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board members took no action following an hour executive session to discuss the employment of district staff.
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members this week authorized the sale of two village-owned lots that are of no use to the village anymore, Village Administrator Randy Diller said.
A Celina alley running east and west between West Wayne and West Anthony streets - a former parking lot of Mersman Brothers' Furniture - may be vacated by city council members.
Noelle Schmitt was proud as punch to show me the blue pumpkins that her family grew this year.
"I think they're just really cool looking," Schmitt smiled as she positioned one of the pumpkins on the solitary plant for viewing.
District Golf Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Minster boys golf team qualified for the Division III state tournament next week after finishing second at the district tournament held at Stone Ridge in Bowling Green on Thursday.
COLDWATER - The game of volleyball is a rather simple game: get the ball to your best players so they can apply their talents, play great defense and make the routine plays.
MARIA STEIN - Heavy hitting at the net typically gets the most attention at volleyball matches, but a stingy defense can be just as lethal.
The Mar
Dirt late model driver Chad Ruhlman describes his relationship with his older brother Brian as more of a father-son relationship than the typical brotherly bond.
Compiled by Ryan Hines and
Gary R. Rasberry
Celina and St. Marys each qualified a doubles team to the Division II district tournament after first-round play of the sectional in Lima on Thursday.