Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
First step in reconstruction project underway; street will remain open during work
By William Kincaid
Tumbusch Construction of St. Henry has begun replacing water lines along Celina's Main Street - the first step of the Main Street reconstruction project.
The contractor, which submitted the low bid of $515,035, is replacing the line from the city's water plant along U.S. 127 to Wayne Street. Work should be done around April 1. [More]
Auglaize County
By William Kincaid
Every vote counts is what some learned after a final recount on Monday determined the winners of two council seats in Auglaize County.
Auglaize County Board of Elections announced that Patrick McGowan defeated incumbent Mike Bernard by two votes (906-904) for a council-at-large seat on St. Marys City Council in the November election. [More]
Obituaries on December 1st, 2009
Dorothy J. Duncan, 88, formerly of 6680 state Route 219, Montezuma, died at 10: [More]
Donald Howell, 84, of Celina, died at 12:47 p.m. Nov. 30, 2009.
Arrangements [More]
Edwin T. "Tim" Manson, 64, 113 S. Enterprise St., Celina died at 2:25 p.m. Nov. [More]
Jerry Newland, 39, Tempe, Ariz., and formerly of Celina, died at 10:17 p.m. Nov [More]
John S. Rines, 75 formerly of 2246 E. 200 South, died Nov. 29, 2009, at Miller's Merry Manor, Dunkirk. [More]
Robert E. Sink, 93, of Van Wert, died at 3:33 a.m. Nov. 30, 2009, at Community Health Professionals-Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert. [More]
Rev. John Zvijak, 72, of St. Charles Center, Carthagena, died at 5:54 p.m. Nov. [More]
Local pictures on December 1st, 2009
Subscriber and paid stories on December 1st, 2009
A former Celina resident was stabbed to death Saturday night at his home in Tempe, Ariz.
Jerry Newland, 39, was pronounced dead at Maricopa County
14 acres bought as investment for landlocked district complex
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local Schools board of education met in special session Monday night and unanimously approved a 14-acre land purchase as an investment in the future.
Mercer Health
Mercer Health board of governors recently approved the purchase of equipment used to sterilize tools such as those used for surgery.
The Steris ste
Law enforcement officers continue to search for a 16-year-old Auglaize County boy who was last seen by his parents Sunday night.
Lonnie Lehmkuhle,
COLDWATER - Roberta Donovan, an outpatient counselor at Foundations Behavioral Health Services in Celina, likens stress to a handful of colorful pipe cleaners wound into a tangled mess.
The Celina boys basketball team is hoping to avoid a rebuilding season, but the lack of proven varsity players will certainly be a concern for Bulldogs head coach Chris Bihn entering this year.
The Celina girls basketball program will be relying on a handful of seniors this year to help keep the Bulldogs as consistent contenders in the Western Buckeye League.
For Coldwater boys basketball coach Mike Kanney, waiting is a big part of his job.
The Cavaliers, almost yearly, don't have their complete hoops team in practice because of the success of the football team and the standout athletes that participate in both sports.
While last year's 6-16 campaign was a tough one for the Coldwater Lady Cavaliers, it did provide good experience.
Nick Fisher's squad has seven players with some varsity experience coming back, five of which played in all 22 games and averaged at least five minutes per game.
For a good part of the Brian Patch era at Fort Recovery, the Indians have been regular visitors to Wapakoneta, home of the Division IV district tournament.
While the Fort Recovery girls basketball team lost five seniors from last season, there is plenty of experience back from last year's 17-6 run to the district semifinals.
This year's edition of the Marion Local boys basketball team will have plenty of questions that will need answers, and there won't be a lot of studying time before the test is given.
Marion Local girls basketball coach Treva Fortkamp is being greeted by plenty of familiar faces as she returns for her 12th year of coaching the Flyers.
Through the lengthy tenure of Mike Lee's coaching career at Minster High School, his teams have always prided themselves on sturdy defense, a deep bench and playing their tails off for a full four quarters.
With four returning starters, a veteran coach and a team motto etched out simply as "Runnin' and Gunnin'", the Minster Wildcats harbor lofty expectations this season, so the rest of the girls' teams in the Midwest Athletic Conference may want to take note.
When asked about the 2009-10 version of the New Bremen boys basketball team, Cardinals head coach Mike Ernst is very optimistic and with good reason.
Long time New Bremen girls basketball coach Dave McFeely knows that amateur athletics is all about challenges.
You have a stretch of success, where
After a long run as an assistant coach for the New Knoxville boys basketball team, Kort Fledderjohann will now get the chance to run the Rangers' program.
After an 11-10 season, New Knoxville will look to replace a bulk of its scoring while working with a short bench.
Tim Hegemier's program has just 14 players for the varsity and junior varsity teams, six players being either sophomores or freshmen.
Parkway boys basketball coach Doug Hughes has one major concern coming off last year's 13-8 campaign - scoring.
The Panthers lost their top three scorers from a year ago and their returning players combined to average just 11.7 points per contest from last season.
The Parkway girls basketball team experienced a renaissance last season.
After struggling mightily in recent seasons, Parkway went 7-15 a year ago and appeared in the Division III sectional final despite playing with just a dozen girls in the entire program.
St. Henry will have plenty of experience for first-year head coach Eric Rosenbeck as the Redskins get set for the 2009-10 boys basketball season.
New St. Henry girls basketball coach Jeff Roessner is no stranger to this year's team. Roessner has served as an assistant to former Redskins coach C
Dan Hegemier admits that he had to be a little more patient this year in preparing for the upcoming basketball season.
The veteran coach, two years removed from a state title at New Knoxville, will look to restore some success to a St. Marys program that won just one time all of last season.
Kelly Fulmer, known to Grand Lake area sports fans by her maiden name VanderHorst, is no stranger to seeing St. Marys girls basketball, having faced off against the Roughriders during her playing career for Celina.
The Celina boys and girls swimming teams have been perennial contenders in the Western Buckeye League ever since it became a varsity sport in the league.
The Coldwater swimming and diving program will be a mixed with experienced veterans and younger athletes as they go into the season.
While the girls have 21 athletes going out this season, the boys will have a small, but experienced group of four.
The Marion Local Flyers' swim team will begin the year with some key contributors back from last year and a new coach as well.
Kristi Schulze, a Marion Local graduate and former competitive swimmer, will take over the reins of the Flyer swim team this year after serving as an assistant a year ago.
For Minster High School swim coach Carla Walter, who doubles as the leader of both the boys and girls squads, her annual goals are always modest, yet challenging.
The 2009-10 version of the New Bremen boys swim team will test the old adage, it is not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
New St. Marys swimming coach Kim Menchhofer will have a small group to work with this season as just seven guys and nine girls will compete for a program that finished ninth in the girls and 10th in the boys at the Western Buckeye League meet last season.
While the numbers are down a bit for the Celina wrestling team, experience is in abundance.
Of the 16 grapplers out on the mats this season, 10 let
Coldwater hoping that tough times from last year bring quick turnaround
Last year was kind of an anomaly for the Coldwater wrestling team.
A young and inexperienced team made for some tough matches last season.
The St. Marys wrestling program will be young this season, as graduation and other departures have left a void for the Roughriders.
Of the five grapplers who advanced to district and beyond last season, only two return for this season.