Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Celina's bid for a $3 million grant to develop its park systems came to an end today with the announcement of 15 semifinalists in America's Best Communities competition.
"Certainly we are disappointed that we did not make it," mayor Jeff [More]
By Claire Giesige
ROCKFORD - Panther Stadium will likely need upgrades in the near future as seats on the home side continue to decay.
Athletic director Doug Hughes told Parkway Local Schools Board of Education members at Tuesday's meeting that the home football bleachers are becoming a cause for concern. [More]
By Jared Mauch
CELINA - Celina police arrested a Kentucky man after he was stopped for driving a school bus reportedly stolen from Evansville, Ind.
Christopher Whitney, 55, Ownesboro, Ky., reportedly surrendered without incident after he was stopped at 8:54 a.m. at the intersection of South Main Street and Fayette Street. [More]
Obituaries on January 13th, 2016
Randy L. Gutierrez, 59, of Rockford, Ohio, died at 11:15 AM Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. [More]
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If resident wins, town would reap $22 million
Even city officials are dreaming about what they could do if someone from Celina or St. Marys wins tonight's Powerball jackpot.
A local winner would pay $22.5 million in city income taxes in either city since both have a 1.5 percent income tax.
CELINA - The county engineer this week was given the green light to establish a hauling permit system for heavy loads on local roads.
Mercer County currently does not issue permits for heavy loads hauled across county and township roadways, although the state does for the highways it maintains.
ST. HENRY - A new mayor was sworn into office Monday and a new face will join village council by the end of the month.
St. Henry Village Council me
St. Henry Village Administrator Ron Gelhaus on Monday night recapped the town's highlights and accomplishments in 2015.
Steps taken in recent years
FORT RECOVERY - Board of education members on Tuesday night reorganized, with new members Mike Grube and Mitch Ervin coming aboard.
Superintendent Justin Firks also gave an update on the resurfacing of the football field and spoke about the installation of new team banners.
The Wabash River Conservancy board approved 2016 appropriations totaling $36,185, conservancy secretary Lil Knapke said after the group's meeting on Saturday.
ST. MARYS - A St. Marys man has been arrested on two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, according to a news release.
St. Marys police officers on Monday arrested Harley Stein, 34, 133 S. Vine St., at his residence, the release said.
GREENVILLE - A Fort Recovery man sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a family member in Mercer County recently was ordered to serve 12 years in prison for related charges in Darke County.
Icy roads created dangerous driving conditions on Tuesday with an injury accident in New Bremen and at least 17 vehicles sliding off Mercer County roadways.
Prep Highlights
It's time for the first highlights column of the new year.
... because last Friday alone was too good not to recap.
Two game-winners at the bu