Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
By Claire Giesige
CELINA - School board members approved a new, three-year contract for teachers in a 3-2 vote, which led to celebrations for some and concerns for others.
After months of tense negotiations fraught with conflict, Bill Sell, Curt Shellabarger and Barb Vorhees voted Monday evening to approve the tentative agreement reached last week between the board and Celina Education Association negotiating teams. Matt Gilmore and Cindy Piper voted against the contract. [More]
By David Giesige
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local school officials are looking for ways to save money while providing students a better alternative for receiving college credit.
At Monday night's board meeting, superintendent Mike Pohlman outlined a plan to allow students to earn college credit without leaving the building. This can be done by encouraging teachers to become certified adjunct professors, he said. [More]
Obituaries on March 15th, 2016
Marcella M. Stammen, age 87 of New Weston, died on Monday, March 14, 2016 at St. Rita's Hospital, Lima. [More]
Merle E. Leininger, 95, of Sidney, passed away at 11:13 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney. [More]
Local pictures on March 15th, 2016
Subscriber and paid stories on March 15th, 2016
CELINA - The city has come to a $550,000 settlement with an employee who claimed administrators discriminated against him in 2009 by not allowing him to return as an electric lineman after an injury.
ST. MARYS - City council members on Monday gave final approval for increased water rates and heard first reading of an ordinance that would increase electric rates.
Public works building expected to be built by December
NEW BREMEN - The village likely will have a new public works building by December.
Village council members on Monday awarded a $2.5 million constru
COLDWATER - An emergency ordinance passed Monday by village council will give pay raises to village employees.
Residents at the Feb. 22 meeting had voiced concerns about the police department's loss of officers due to the village's pay scale.
ST. HENRY - Schools superintendent Julie Garke is seeking public input on how to improve public education.
She is working with the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network, a group of about 40 area superintendents, to start the initiative.
CELINA - The city has hired a new parks and recreation director from Florida to head up sports programs, events and activities.
Angela Kaiser, who
College Notes
The lights were on at Celina's Montgomery Field for the first time this year on Friday night.
Those in attendance for Friday's doubleheader between the Wright State-Lake Campus baseball team and Edison Community College got to witness the hometown Lakers pull out two wins.
The time comes for every great coach or athlete to take his or her final ride into the sunset.
Division IV All-Ohio Boys Basketball Team
St. Henry's Mitchel Stammen earned honorable mention honors on the Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio boys basketball team.
Stammen, the Daily
Agriculture/food processing continues to be the main engine driving Mercer County's economy, a local official says.
The county is home to several h
CELINA - Area farmers can get an idea of how to use the sun's energy in their agricultural operations during an upcoming workshop in Celina.
The free event sponsored by Third Sun Solar, Athens, will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22 at Bella's Italian Grille in Celina.
Matt VanTilburg has received the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award for 2016. As a nominee, he was presented a plaque at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference March 2 at Ohio Northern University in Ada, a news release from VanTilburg Farms Inc. says.