Thursday, November 16th, 2023
By Leslie Klosterman
CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials bid farewell to longtime nursing director Julia Shaffer, who has retired after nearly 20 years of service.
Shaffer was named nursing director in 2013. She said her role has been flexible over the last decade, adapting to meet the community's evolving needs. Her focus, though, has largely been on disease prevention and communicable diseases. [More]
Obituaries on November 16th, 2023
Bridgid Ann (Baltes) Bergman, age 94 of 3003 Cisco Rd, Sidney, OH 45365, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2023 at 5:19 AM. [More]
Alice A. Knapke, age 86 of Van Wert passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Hearth and Home, Van Wert. [More]
Local pictures on November 16th, 2023
Subscriber stories on November 16th, 2023
COLDWATER - After a series of frustrating delays, the long-awaited electric distribution panel for the Mercer Health Marion Campus in Maria Stein is installed and running, allowing for officials to proceed with a Dec. 11 open house.
ST HENRY - School board members on Wednesday evening accepted the resignation of the head high school football coach.
They also took the first step toward placing an emergency tax renewal levy on the primary election ballot in the spring and heard from a concerned community member.
CELINA - A 34-year-old West Virginia man must abide by community control sanctions for up to five years after pleading guilty to breaking and entering and drug charges.
FORT RECOVERY - The operators of a proposed poultry facility that would house up to 150,000 pullet hens are seeking permits from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Horse and Buggy Tales
On June 23, 1872, the Secaur family bustled with its breakfast routine. Family members washed the dishes, while Mary Arabela, the daughter, stood on a chair to help put the dishes away.
College Notes
Compiled By Tom Haines and Gary R. Rasberry
Owens Community College went all the way to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division
  Twenty-five years ago, it was "Air Harris" for Celina as the Bulldogs used a strong passing game to reach 1998 state semifinals in Division II.  
All-Northwest District Football
Area football players and coaches earned honors as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its All-Northwest District Football Teams on Wednesday.
Impact Players
Braylon Gabes, ATH, Celina
24 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns in Bulldogs' 27-13 win over Tippecanoe.