Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Legions to host St. Henry, Fort Recovery vote
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Public outcry and offers of financial assistance led Mercer County Board of Election members on Tuesday to move the polling locations from Fort Recovery and St. Henry schools to the American Legions in those towns.
The change goes into effect immediately. [More]
New Bremen
By Margie Wuebker
NEW BREMEN - With teaching becoming increasingly standard based, area educators learned Tuesday that current grading systems are in need of repair.
Ken O'Connell, an internationally known grading expert, provided 175 educators from St. Marys, New Bremen and Minster with a repair kit during a daylong program at New Bremen High School. [More]
Obituaries on August 24th, 2011
Susan L. Warner, 52, New Bremen, died Aug. 9, 2011, at her home.
She was born May 19, 1959, in St. Marys, to Karl and Evelyn Gieseke Warner. [More]
Local pictures on August 24th, 2011
Subscriber and paid stories on August 24th, 2011
Few blemishes but overall good grades for nine districts
Local schools once again earned above average scores on nearly every sector of the 2010-2011 state report cards.
Minster Local Schools stole the sp
Playing at any cost
Editor's note: This is the third story in a three-part series examining the issue of sports injuries and its impact on area youths.

By SHELLEY GRI
Celina council talks tax issue
Residents petitioned for new vote after city ended year with $1M carryover
CELINA - City voters in November will decide whether Celina will modestly move forward or be set back 20 years, Celina Planning and Community Development Director Kent Bryan said.
Man's attorneys want statements suppressed
Oral hearing in gross sexual imposition case set next week
Attorneys for a 78-year-old St. Henry man charged with five counts of gross sexual imposition have filed motions in Mercer County Common Pleas claimi
Local motorcycle crashes investigated
A North Carolina man escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when his 2009 Yamaha motorcyle was struck from behind in the 6300 block of U.S. 127. The mishap occurred at 2:04 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mercer County Sheriff's Office reports.
MINSTER - A place to buy and learn handicrafts is open to the public.
Paper and Yarn, owned by Kat Koeller, recently opened at 56 W. Fourth St., Minster.
Local Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Marys' boys opened their cross country season with a win at the Auglaize County Preview meet at K.C. Geiger Park, bringing together three of the Roughriders' fellow county schools.
Regatta returns to Grand Lake
Regatta schedule of events:
FRIDAY
4-6 p.m. - Test laps for racers. Public is welcome to attend.

SATURDAY
7:30-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast. Proceeds to St. John Lutheran Church Youth Group.
CELINA - A strong group of 16 seniors helped the Celina football team achieve a winning record for the first time since 2000 when the Bulldogs finished last year with a 6-4 mark.
COLDWATER - Last year was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Coldwater football team.
Turned out, the Cavaliers went 11-4 and finished as the Division V state runner-up in Chip Otten's first year as head coach.
FORT RECOVERY - The 2010 football season for Fort Recovery was like a two-chapter book.
The first half of the season saw the Indians win their firs
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local Flyers have historically boasted a large roster of football players ready to form a team in the image of their coach Tim Goodwin.
MINSTER - When first-year head coach Nate Moore was ironing out his game plan for the football season last summer, he was certain Minster Wildcats' fans would witness improvement.
NEW BREMEN - Entering his fifth year as head coach of the New Bremen football program, Rob Messick greets a young team, but he is very optimistic at the long term outlook of his squad.
ROCKFORD - Last spring, Doug Cairns' job was eliminated at Sidney High School.
Although Cairns' teaching position was no longer available, his job as the head football coach was still intact.
ST. HENRY - After a 3-7 season that forced younger players into action because of wide-spread injuries, St. Henry's head football coach Jeff Starkey tried something a little different this offseason.
ST. MARYS - In the coming months, the St. Marys' football team will stride into the stadium on the corner of South and Front Streets for the final time.
CELINA - The road to the Western Buckeye League volleyball title looks like it will run through Celina once again this year.
The three-time defendi
COLDWATER - Mike Etzler is looking forward to a competitive season with the return of a few veterans off a Cavaliers' volleyball team that finished 2010 with a 14-10 overall record and 5-4 mark in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
FORT RECOVERY - Kylie Huelsman moves up from the junior varsity level to take over as head coach of the Fort Recovery Indians' volleyball team this season.
MARIA STEIN - After losing seven seniors to graduation, some coaches would be scrambling to put together a competitive squad the next season. Then co
MINSTER - Last fall, the Minster Wildcats enjoyed the success of a 17-7 campaign powered by the explosive leadership of five seniors, including Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year Erica Fullenkamp.
NEW BREMEN - To say that the last two seasons have been tough for the New Bremen volleyball team would be a vast understatement.
Since winning the
ROCKFORD - It was a magical 2010 season for the Parkway volleyball team as they finished 22-6 and advanced to the state tournament for the fourth time in school history before falling to eventual state champion Middletown Fenwick in four games.
ST. HENRY - With six returning letterwinners from a team that finished 19-6 overall and 7-2 in the Midwest Athletic Conference, St. Henry has high expectations for the upcoming season.
ST. MARYS - Over the course of the past few years, the St. Marys Roughriders have methodically clawed their way up the Western Buckeye League standings.