Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
By Shelley Grieshop
CELINA - In an effort to curb the city's bleak financial situation, Celina City Council members on Monday night abolished two full-time parks and recreation jobs.
The position of recreation office service coordinator, held by Donna Birt, is now classified as part time. Birt will be offered the new position, officials said. The job held by Chad Howell as parks maintenance crew leader assistant was abolished. [More]
By Nancy Allen
Eight Mercer County farmers will split $18,000 in grant money during the next two years to plant winter cover crops as a way to help transition to no-till farming.
The grant comes from the USDA's North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE). [More]
Obituaries on May 25th, 2010
M. Margaret Grover, 93, 304 Briarwood Drive, Coldwater, died at 8:35 p.m. May 21, 2010, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home in Coldwater. [More]
Nancy V. Shannon, 87, St. Marys, died at 5:15 a.m. May 24, 2010, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Calvin Fox, 84, Mendon, died May 24, 2010, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima [More]
Martin F. Dabbelt, 87, 27 Rummel Creek Drive, New Bremen, died at 8:25 a.m. May 24, 2010, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Minster. [More]
William E. "Snake" Wight, 79, Piqua, died at 10:22 p.m. May 21, 2010, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. [More]
Vera Maxine Breitigam, 87, Wapakoneta, died at 1:15 p.m. May 24, 2010, at Auglaize Acres. [More]
Ruth M. Schnack, 83, Celina, died at 11:25 p.m. May 23, 2010, at The Gardens in Celina. [More]
Local pictures on May 25th, 2010
Subscriber stories on May 25th, 2010
CELINA - Celina city council members Monday night approved borrowing $1.35 million to fund the ongoing Main Street reconstruction project.
Councilman Ed Jeffries Sr. voiced the only "no" vote for the ordinance.
Farmers in Mercer and Auglaize counties will need to replant thousands of acres of soybeans damaged by frost a few weeks ago, local ag officials say.
Corn saw minimal damage and likely will rebound.
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office encourages area residents to take note of suspicious activities in their neighborhood in the wake of daytime burglaries occurring in a two-county area.
Auglaize County
WAPAKONETA - Voter turnout at the May 4 primary in Auglaize County was 5,152, or 15.8 percent of the 32,489 registered voters in the county, according to the official ballot count completed Monday.
COLDWATER - The accidental death of a city worker in Middletown earlier this month has led village manager/engineer Eric Thomas to seek a gas detector for the village.
Mercer and Auglaize county unemployment figures improved during the month of April, according to data released today from the Ohio Job and Family Services.
St. Marys
ST. MARYS - Memorial High School will graduate 188 members of the 2010 senior class at 2 p.m. Sunday in McBroom Gymnasium. This class will forever carry the distinction of being the last class to complete four full years in the 1923 building.
November election
The Republican Party selected St. Henry resident Dave Kaiser as their candidate for Mercer County treasurer on the November ballot.
The unanimous appointment Monday night at the Republican Party's special meeting was a formality. Kaiser was appointed as interim treasurer by the party in April.
St. Marys council
ST. MARYS - Council members conducted routine business quickly Monday night and spent time on some local concerns that homeowners should address, such as blocking driveways and brush in the street.
ROCKFORD - This past week was a busy one for Parkway seniors to make their college choices official.
On Tuesday, Panthers swimmer Corbin Hellwarth announced that he will continue swimming in college for a very strong Wilmington College program.