Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Harner family members moved into their new home on Brooke Avenue over this past holiday weekend, almost exactly a year after their former house was destroyed by the Memorial Day 2019 tornado.
The house was built in the same spot as the previous one that was destroyed by the EF3 twister that swept directly through it, Sarah Harner said. The tornado with wind speeds of up to 150 mph followed a 6.6-mile path through Celina, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Anita Fleming of Celina has few memories of the Memorial Day 2019 tornado that ravaged her Mud Pike property and left her unconscious for nearly a month at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was treated for severe injuries.
She credits God for sparing her life and seeing her through the ordeal, just as in 1997, when she recovered from a series of strokes that forced her to learn how to walk again before returning to work a year later as a medical office receptionist. [More]
Obituaries on May 27th, 2020
Mary Ann Keller, 93, of St. Marys, Ohio, died at 5:32 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. [More]
Madonna M. Hart, age 91, of Carthagena, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2020 at the Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Marilyn J. Gray, age 88, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at her residence in Celina. [More]
Rose (Prichard) Ricker, of St. Marys, Ohio, entered into God's eternal rest on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 73, surrounded by her family in her home. [More]
Cletus H. Cron, age 88, of Celina, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at Lima Memorial Health System. [More]
Sr. Verlina Mescher, C.PP.S., age 85, died on May 17, 2020, at Hospice of Dayto [More]
Virginia M. "Ginny" Baumer age 87, of Minster, passed away at 8:43 AM on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Heritage Center Minster. [More]
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One year later, Celina community rebuilds, heals
EDITOR'S NOTE: A year ago today, with little warning, a massive EF3 tornado ripped through parts of Celina and surrounding areas.
The storm brought a violent end to the Memorial Day weekend, left one man dead and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.
COLDWATER - Village council members on Monday discussed whether to open park and pool facilities following mandatory state safety guidelines.
CELINA - The number of cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County has reached nearly 200, as two new confirmed cases raise the total to 199.
Two new cases in Auglaize County have raised that its total number of confirmed and probable cases to 68.
ST. HENRY - Village officials at Tuesday's council meeting announced plans to open the swimming pool the first week of June.
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ST. MARYS - Bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve food and alcohol outdoors as they reopen to allow for social distancing.
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NEW BREMEN - The village swimming pool will open for business this year, but many rules have been added to meet state-mandated guidelines.
The pool is managed and staffed by the local YMCA under the direction of Rob Fleming, head of aquatics at the local facility.
CELINA - The Lake Facilities Authority hopes to continue improving the West Beach area this year, including possibly opening a rental space for kayaks and updating boat docks.
Amazing Athletes
As a senior, Amanda (Schumm) Triplett was on Parkway's homecoming court.
She wasn't named queen, but she sure did rule the volleyball court.
Triplett was a back-to-back state champion, in fact.
Amazing Athletes
A gridiron star at Parkway, Bill Stober graduated high school and then starred for Louisiana State University.
LSU has its litter of recruits to pick from on a yearly basis. The Tigers found the player for whom they were seeking more than 900 miles away from campus.