Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
By Kathy Thompson
The number of new concealed carry licenses in the Grand Lake area dropped dramatically this year after steady increases in 2012 and 2013.
Three times as many licenses - which allow gun owners to carry firearms in public - were issued from January through March of 2013 than the same time period this year. [More]
By Doug Drexler
CELINA - A city employee was hired Monday night as the school district's new athletic director.
School board members approved the hiring of Celina Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Fortkamp to replace Bruce Boley, who will retire Aug. 15. Boley will continue in a temporary role as an assistant athletic director until the end of 2014, per approval by the board. [More]
By Colin Foster
MARIA STEIN - The St. Henry offense went to work early and a quintet of Redskins pitchers held the Marion Local bats in check en route to a 5-2 mid-tournament tuneup victory Monday night at the Flyer Athletic Complex.
It was the final regular season game allowed for the Redskins and Flyers, as both are gearing for district semifinal appearances later in the week. [More]
Obituaries on May 20th, 2014
Thomas J. Sekas, 78, Sidney, passed away May 18, 2014, at 8:45 p.m. at Dorothy Love Retirement Community. [More]
Jason P. DeRoo, 27, Fairfield, died May 17, 2014, at Mercy Hospital of Fairfield. [More]
Local pictures on May 20th, 2014
Subscriber stories on May 20th, 2014
Lawyers wanted Rhoades' statements kept out of court
CELINA - Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham ruled Monday that statements made to investigators by a suspect in the November 2011 murders of Robert and Colleen Grube are admissible in court.
ST. MARYS - Latin, French, vo-ag, three part-time librarians and a full-time high school assistant band director will be brought back to the district next year.
CELINA - Nearly 100 people went to Celina High School on Monday night to learn about the bridge between prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction.
ST. MARYS - Residents may get more leeway in boat and RV storage.
St. Marys City Council member Ken Koverman on Monday asked fellow street and sidewalk committee members Robin Willoughby, Greg Freewalt and John Bubp to add more flexibility to the city's ordinance for parking recreational vehicles.
MINSTER - Teachers will receive pay raises and an increase in insurance costs according to the three-year contract approved by board of education members Monday.
CELINA - The future is black for Celina City Schools the next five years.
School district treasurer Mick Davis told board of education members meet
MINSTER - Seventy-three seniors will receive diplomas Sunday during 1 p.m. commencement ceremonies at Minster Elementary School gymnasium.
Valedictorian is Dana Jutte, who plans to major in pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.
Mercer County in April continued its reign with the lowest unemployment rate in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
COLDWATER - Colby Clifton pitched a complete-game three-hitter for Crestview as the Knights received a good workout on the district tournament diamond with a 6-1 win over Coldwater in the regular season finale for both teams.
Highlights & Insights
By Colin Foster and Gary R. Rasberry
The Daily Standard
The spring sports preseason gets fully underway this week as track joins baseball, softball and tennis in tournament play.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Fort Recovery won its 20th game of the baseball season with a 16-3 rout of Lehman in six innings on Monday down in Sidney.