Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Two incumbents and a newcomer secured three open seats on Celina City Council on Election Day.
Veteran legislators Mike Sovinski, a Republican, and Calvin "June" Scott, a Democrat, and first-time candidate Eric Lochtefeld, a Democrat, emerged victorious in a highly competitive four-way race for the three at-large spots. Political neophyte Richard "Rich" McNaughton came up just short of picking up a council seat. [More]
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Two newcomers topped a five-candidate field Tuesday to be chosen for the Coldwater Village Council, according to the unofficial election results.
Charmaine Bettinger, 52, and Tim Buschur, 54, won the two open council seats, beating candidates Brad Niekamp, 38, Dan Rose, 55, and Michael Winner, 64. [More]
By Sydney Albert
NEW BREMEN - Voters on Tuesday elected Robert D. Parker as the first new mayor of New Bremen in 16 years after the announced retirement of longtime mayor Jeff Pape.
Parker defeated opponent Craig Homan by taking in 423 votes to Homan's 284 votes, according to the Auglaize County Board of Elections' final unofficial results. [More]
By Tom Stankard
ROCKFORD - Two newcomers ousted an incumbent in the tightly contested race to fill two seats on Parkway Local Schools Board of Education during Tuesday's general election.
School district voters across Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert counties elected Talon Bates and Tara Patterson to serve on the school board. Four-year school board member Jeff Armstrong collected the fewest votes. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery school board has three freshly elected members joining the ranks according to unofficial results.
Newcomers Anne Guggenbiller, Jacobe Knapke and Don Wendel were elected to the board, edging out incumbent and current vice president Mike Grube and fellow newcomer Jerry Byram. [More]
Obituaries on November 6th, 2019
George Maier Gibson, 78, of rural St. Marys, OH passed on Tuesday October 29, 2019 at JTDM Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Charles Timothy "Tim" Clifford, 68, of St. Marys, OH died October 21, 2019 at JTDM Hospital in St. Marys. [More]
Jay L. Sharp, 83, Sidney, died on Nov. 2, 2019.
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Barbara Ann Moeller, age 74, of St. Henry, OH passed away at 2:57 am., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at The Gardens of St. Henry. [More]
Dr. Emerita "Skeets" Schroer Schulte, 95, died on Oct. 29, 2019.
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Incumbents fend off 3 challengers
CELINA - A trio of Celina City Schools Board of Education members held onto their seats on Tuesday.
Bill Sell, Barbara Vorhees and Deb Guingrich overcame challengers Carolyn Shinn, Niki Rider and Karl Hagaman, according to the Mercer County Board of Elections ,final unofficial results.
MINSTER - Village council members may soon approve an additional $328,000 of work on Garfield Street.
As work continues on the Second Street projec
CELINA - Final preparations are being made for Saturday's Celina Holiday Open House.
Celina Merchant Association members are putting together sev
ROCKFORD - Village council members learned during Tuesday's meeting that the village's water tower tank is dangerously thin and the structure should be replaced.
COLDWATER - Two incumbent board of education members on Tuesday fended off a challenge from a pair of contenders.
Terry Schroyer, 62, and Jack Wai
GIBSON TWP. - Watkins Road between St. Peter Road and State Route 49 will be closed for a culvert replacement, according to Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.
CELINA - The Mercer County Home will continue to be funded for another five years thanks to the strong support of county voters on Tuesday.
On Elec
BUTLER TOWNSHIP - Fred Kahlig was re-elected Butler Township trustee at Tuesday's general election, according to unofficial results.
Incumbent Kahlig, who has served for 20 years, won with 798 votes over challenger Rick Moorman, who received 673 votes.
ROCKFORD - Incumbent Amy Joseph will continue to serve as mayor after defeating challenger Margaret Gehle in Tuesday's general election.
Joseph, received 136 votes, 60.7%, beating Gehle with 88, 39.3% votes. She said she's excited and thanked village residents for their continued support.
ST. HENRY - Village residents on Tuesday voted to join an electrical aggregation group.
Residents cast 302 votes supporting the option and 52 votes against it.
CHICKASAW - Residents voted to replace the village's 3-mill operating levy on Tuesday.
The levy won 55 to 10, according to Mercer County Board of Elections' final unofficial results.
MONTEZUMA - Village residents on Tuesday voted to renew the property tax levy used to fund its streetlights.
The levy will continue to cost the o
Rural voters in Mercer and Auglaize counties renewed all levy issues they faced according to unofficial results in Tuesday's election.
MARIA STEIN - Voters agreed to renew Marion Local School District's 1.8-mill levy during Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results.
ST. MARYS - Mayor Patrick McGowan will remain in office after winning more than 87% of the vote.
McGowan, 73, has served as mayor since 2012. He wa
ST. MARYS - Two incumbent St. Marys Board of Education members held onto their seats against a former member who tried to return to the board, according to the Auglaize County Board of Elections' final unofficial results of Tuesday's election.
ST. MARYS - Incumbent second-ward city councilman Ken Koverman kept his seat Tuesday, easily beating his write-in opponent, Ashley Randolph.
CELINA - Voters in Celina's C Precinct on Election Day said yes to a local liquor option for the sale of wine and mixed beverages on Sunday between 10 a.m. and midnight by Aldi Inc., Ohio, doing business as Aldi.
ROCKFORD - Voters overwhelmingly supported the Rockford Carnegie Library by renewing its operating levy during Tuesday's general election.
Division IV State Volleyball Preview
Competitiveness, camaraderie lead Cards back to state
Hard work - and hugs - have put New Bremen back at the OHSAA Division IV State Volleyball Tournament for a third straight year.
"They are all real
Staff and Wire Report
Toledo's late rally at Valparaiso came up short Tuesday night.
Javon Freeman-Liberty capped his 19-point performance by hitting a jumper with 4 seconds remaining to push Valpo past Toledo, 79-77.
Area women go into holistic healing business
ST. MARYS - A group of like-minded women have teamed up to help people find spiritual, physical and mental bliss.
Area residents Heather Applegate
Mercer County

Hazel  1,348
City council (pick 3)
Lochtefeld  1,017
McNaughton  923
Scott  1,104
Sovinsky  1,089
Strawn  1,