Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Food need grows as donations decline
By Jesse Pollack
The need for assistance is growing while donations are declining, according to some area food pantry officials.
"People are strapped," said OUR Home Family Resource Center Edna Backs. "We're seeing a lot of electrical shut-off notices in the area."
The Celina charity served 2,267 individuals last year, Backs said. Current trends make it likely that number will grow. [More]
Obituaries on November 23rd, 2015
Walter L. Abels, age 82, Fort Recovery, Ohio, died on November 21, 2015 at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford, Ohio. [More]
Tenia L. McAnally, 56, Mendon, died at 10:15 p.m. Nov. 20, 2015, at her residence. [More]
Mary Ellen Wright, 97, Celina, died on Nov. 22, 2015, at The Gardens at Celina. [More]
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Subscriber and paid stories on November 23rd, 2015
Mayor says action needed due to legal technicality
CELINA - City council members tonight are expected to vote on legislation to repeal a recently enacted policy restricting unmanned aerial vehicles or drones in Celina.
MONTEZUMA - An area man convicted of taking nude photos of local girls has been found guilty in federal court of illegally possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.
CELINA - A revamped organization has entered the fight against drug and substance abuse in Mercer County.
The Mercer County Prevention Coalition shares the name of a defunct group but its latest incarnation has a new structure and mission, coordinator Laura Sanford said.
ST. MARYS - A pretrial hearing has been set for Nov. 30 for a former sex offender indicted last week for possessing and sharing child pornography.
Division VI Regional Football Final
BELLEFONTAINE - The Marion Local fans dealt with a few uneasy moments as their team battled Mechanicsburg in Saturday night's Division IV, Region 22 final.
OVISCO Classic
CELINA - Two coaches making their varsity coaching debuts guided their teams to victory in the semifinals of the 30th OVISCO Classic girls basketball tournament on Saturday at the Fieldhouse in Celina.
Weekend Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Minster opened its girls basketball season by putting three players in double figures in a 61-33 win over Kalida on Saturday afternoon in Putnam County.
WOHSBC Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Coldwater girls improved to 2-0 with a big win over Parkway on Saturday in West Ohio High School Bowling Conference action held at both Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater and Plaza Lanes in Celina.
CELINA - The Celina swimming and diving program has a small and fairly young group to work with this season.
"Numbers are a little bit low this y
COLDWATER - Janelle Miller has a few more swimmers and divers to work with in the Coldwater program this season, especially on the boys' side of the ledger.
FORT RECOVERY - Small but mighty.
It could be the new slogan for the Fort Recovery swim team.
With some fresh new faces and some wily veterans, the Fort Recovery girls are in a good position entering the 2015-16 season.
MARIA STEIN - It's a new season with a lot of new swimmers in the water for Marion Local.
Thirty-three athletes (19 girls, 14 boys) are out for the Flyers this season.
MINSTER - The initial year for Minster's new swim team coach, Kelly Schulze, has certainly been a crash course of adjustment in working with athletes who are in multiple sports and activities.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen girls swimming team had a successful run last season, especially in the relay events.
Expect that to be the case again this year with the core of most of the teams intact.
Szymczak excited about opportunity
ST. MARYS - Although she may be new to the swimming scene in St. Marys, Katie Szymczak has been around the pool her entire life.
Szymczak, a grad
CELINA - After a struggle with numbers and injuries last season, Celina wrestling coach James Miracle will look at a team that is still young and still looking to fill the weight classes.
COLDWATER - With the success of the football team, the Coldwater wrestling team has been in a holding pattern as the season draws near.
This year,
ST. MARYS - While veteran St. Marys wrestling coach Larry Gruber has some experience coming back from last year's 5-4 WBL dual match record and fourth-place showing in the league championships, the Roughriders will be youthful and light on experience to start the season.
CELINA - In addition to battling for a West Ohio High School Bowling Conference title, the Celina bowling teams will also be in the running for the
COLDWATER - The phrase "loaded for bear" is the perfect way to describe the Coldwater boys' and girls' bowling teams.
Both of Rick Hartings' teams have key returnees from last year's sweep of the Division II state bowling championships. Of those returning, the majority are still underclassmen.
MARIA STEIN - The bowlers of Marion Local return in hopes of being competitive in the newly-aligned, always-tough West Ohio High School Bowling Conference.
With zero letter-winners returning, no doubt this season will be a challenge for the Minster bowling teams.
Each group has big voids to fill, but both have some potentially capable candidates to taking care of that.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen girls bowling team has a solid foundation.
The boys team, meanwhile, has a bit of a youth movement on its hands.
Coach Brian Alig is hoping it translates into good results on the lanes this season for the Cardinals.
ROCKFORD - Both Parkway bowling teams feature new faces for the season as they look to move up the WOHSBC standings.
The girls went 8-4 in league matches last season and were fewer than 300 pins shy of qualifying for district in taking sixth at the sectional.
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry Redskins had a really good season last year.
Coach Travis Schlater thinks this campaign will be just as good if not better.
St. Marys boys bowling coach recalls how his team finished last season. It wasn't quite what he had in mind.
"I just looked it up this morning. It was good motivation," said Ross, whose team finished 8-7 overall.
GIRLS (All matches start at 9:45 a.m. unless indicated)
Nov. 21
At Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater
Ottawa-Glandorf vs. Minster   
Versailles vs. Cel