Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Celina council moves to borrow $550,000 for decking at amphitheater, restroom
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City council members plan to borrow $550,000 to pay for concrete for decking surrounding a new amphitheater and for one of five new restroom facilities planned for the Bryson Park District along Lake Shore Drive.
"This is going to allow us to continue to move forward on the park," mayor Jeff Hazel said at council's regular meeting on Monday night. [More]
Bulldogs hold off Mustangs for win
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - The second and third quarters of Monday's game might have been the best quarters the Celina girls basketball team have played all season.
The Bulldogs outscored Allen East 31-7 in the middle two quarters and led by as many as 23 points before the Mustangs came back to cut the margin to five. But Celina was able to hang on and secure a 43-38 win at the Fieldhouse. [More]
Obituaries on January 29th, 2019
Jerry L. Boise, 81, of Saint Marys, OH, passed away at 6:59 AM on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Otterbein Senior Life Facility in Saint Marys, OH. [More]
Irene "Snook" Jean Germann, 72, of Celina, passed away at Lima Memorial Hospital on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 9:45 am. [More]
Thomas Ryan Searles, 31, of Rockford, passed away unexpectedly at 3:45 AM, Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. [More]
Sharon Kaye Jamison, 73, of Celina and formerly of Bluffton passed away January 26, 2019 at Lima Memorial Health System. [More]
Paul M. Dapore age 85, of Versailles passed away at 6:55 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his family. [More]
James L. Heitkamp, 78, of Piqua, passed away at 10:11 pm Wednesday, January 23, [More]
Mary Eileen Meyer age 89, of Minster, Ohio, died on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Heritage Center, Minster. [More]
Richard W. Kiel, 89, of Saint Marys, died Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Grand Lake Health Center, Saint Marys. [More]
Barbara L. Brophy, 85, St. Henry, died on Jan. 27, 2019, at Briarwood Village, [More]
Local pictures on January 29th, 2019
Subscriber stories on January 29th, 2019
DAYTON - The ongoing Wright State University faculty union strike could end soon as university and union representatives have resumed negotiations.
St. Marys
ST. MARYS - City council members deferred further discussion of proposed wage increases for elected officials to the finance committee, which will next meet at 5:15 p.m. Feb 18.
With a winter advisory in place and a wind chill warning in effect for the next few days, residents can take steps to protect their home and pets from the freezing temperatures.
Operations manager will assist village administrator
NEW BREMEN - Council members on Monday approved creating a new job position to assist the village administrator.
Titled utility operations manager,
St. Henry
ST. HENRY - Mayor Steve Koesters on Monday thanked longtime firefighter Jim Rutschilling on behalf of the village for his 40 years of service.
ST. HENRY - A St. Henry man found guilty of attempting to use a minor in nudity-oriented material is expected to be deported at the end of his jail time.
COLDWATER - Village council members on Monday gave first reading of an ordinance raising the threshold price for mandatory competitive bidding.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the following deadline extensions for several programs in the wake of the recently ended government shutdown.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Fort Loramie had its best defensive effort of the season on Saturday, holding Fort Recovery to 25 points in a victory.
The Redskins one-upped themselves on Monday.
Marion Local graduate and University of Toledo basketball player Luke Knapke was named the Mid-American Conference's West Division Co-Player of the Week on Monday.
Technology, workforce keys to steady growth
CELINA - Scores of manufacturers, both big and small, each with their own unique products, have either taken root or expanded since the fall of a handful of key industry titans near the end of the 20th century.
CHICKASAW- The future looks bright for the Marion Industrial Park amid plans for expansion.
A group of 23 area residents known as the Marion Community Land Development LLC has acquired an 80-acre property for $1.5 million directly north of the existing 50-acre park.
MINSTER - Nidec Minster Corp., a company with roots dating back to the late 1800s, is drafting plans to continue its recent turnaround into the next decade.
CELINA - When Huffy shuttered its manufacturing operation in Celina, the city lost an iconic company and hundreds of families lost their livelihood.
Many new businesses have opened their doors across Auglaize and Mercer counties over the past two years.
The business owners admitted they have needed to leap over some unexpected hurdles along the way but emphasized business has been good.
Craft beer businesses continue to proliferate
Craft breweries have been popping up across the area with owners offering a more flavorful beer than the domestic varieties commonly available.
CELINA - Their names might not be well-known to people outside the local area, but "spinoff" companies in Mercer and Auglaize counties make big contributions both to their parent companies and to the local economy.
COLDWATER - The original concept for Forty Nine Degrees was a sign company that would specialize in working with hotels and schools.
It evolved, however, and since then, the Coldwater-based company has put its signature on major universities across the country.