By William Kincaid
  CELINA - A major auto parts manufacturer will invest $59.1 million in new equipment and infrastructure at its plant to produce parts for the next battery electric vehicle (BEV) model.
Celina Aluminum Precision Technology, an affiliate of Honda Motor Co., made the announcement in a news release on Tuesday, saying it will initiate the transition from internal combustion parts to BEV parts. [More]
A community unites in the wake of a fatal accident
By Abigail Miller
CELINA - More than 100 Celina High School students, parents, teachers, coaches and community members gathered on the high school track Tuesday night with the family of a 14-year-old student who died following a head-on collision with a semitrailer on Monday afternoon. [More]
Obituaries on May 22nd, 2024
Rolland Jay Custer
March 12, 1935 - May 18, 2024
Hi. I'm Rolland (Rollie) C [More]
Marcia A. Highley, age 65, of Pennville, Indiana, passed away on May 20, 2024 at her daughter's residence in Celina surrounded by her loving family. [More]
Ignacia G. "Nacha" Rodriguez, 86, Ceina, died May 21, 2024, at Mercer Health in [More]
Louis L. Overman, age 95, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Friday, May 17, 2024 at The Gardens of St. Henry. [More]
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CELINA - A Mendon man was sentenced in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to more than 11 years in prison on Tuesday on child sex crimes and drugs charges.
ROCKFORD - Village councilors on Tuesday introduced legislation to regulate the location and appearance of solar panels on residential properties.
Councilors heard first reading of an ordinance to regulate how, where and what types of solar panels could be installed onto homes.
Ohio's unemployment rate climbed slightly to 4%, and area counties saw a decrease in joblessness in April.
Mercer County once again had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in April.
MINSTER - Village councilors on Tuesday night learned the village may have to up the ante by as much as $41,000 to cover its share of a pedestrian crossing on State Route 66.
MENDON - Village officials are considering giving residents access to recycling services in the near future.
Mayor Terry Seibert at Tuesday night's regular council meeting said he has been in contact with Scott Cisco, district coordinator of the Auglaize County Solid Waste Department.
The MAC at 50
Katie Horstman's legacy in Minster still resonates
When the federal government passed Title IX in 1972, it opened the way for girls sports.
That fall, the job of starting girls programs at Minster was turned over to Katie Horstman, who coached five sports and turned them all into local powers while making a tremendous impact on Minster's girls.
All-WBL Softball
Wapakoneta pitcher Addison Fisher was named the Western Buckeye League Softball Player of the Year by the league coaches in voting announced on Tuesday.
MARIA STEIN - As sophomores, Marion Local's Ava Ranly and St. Henry's Ellie Fullenkamp spent most of the 2023 season jostling for position in the high jump with several other Midwest Athletic Conference athletes.
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By William Kincaid
  CELINA - Police officers and sergeants will see their wages jump a staggering 27% over the span of three years now that new contracts have been reached with Celina City Council.
With total compensation packages for police, dispatchers and firefighters set to escalate greatly, councilors indicated they must take a look at bumping up the base city income tax rate to maintain a balanced budget. [More]
Boy, 14, airlifted to Dayton hospital in critical condition
By Daily Standard Staff
CELINA - Two Celina High School students were injured in a head-on collision with a semitrailer on Monday afternoon, with one of the teens airlifted from the scene with critical injuries. [More]
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CELINA - School board members on Monday night signed off on a $500,000 purchase agreement for the Celina Public Works building site off Portland Street which they plan to turn into a bus garage.
FORT RECOVERY - Village councilors on Monday agreed to take out a $266,120 state loan to cover the costs to design a reverse osmosis system at the water plant.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members on Monday night unanimously approved the district's five-year financial forecast presented by treasurer Deanna Knapke.
ST. HENRY- Mayor Steve Koesters returned to council chambers on Monday after a visit to Washington D.C. where he and police chief Michael Link attended the Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service last week.
Regional Softball Preview
Coldwater, Minster get ready for regional semifinal matchups
Coldwater and Minster both kicked a heavy load off their backs: the district softball tournament.
The Wildcats had not gotten past the Wapakoneta Division IV district since 2019, while it's been since 2017 that Coldwater has done likewise at the Bath Division III district.
New Bremen's Diana Kramer and Coldwater's Rick Hartings were recognized Monday as the OHSAA announced its Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity awards for the 2023-24 season.
All-WBL Baseball
Wapakoneta infielder-pitcher Taylor Echols was named the Western Buckeye League Baseball Player of the Year as league coaches announced the all-league teams on Monday.
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Coldwater weathered a fast start by Fort Recovery and came away with a 4-2 win in a recently scheduled regular-season baseball game at Veterans Field on Monday.
Grand Lake Fishing Report
What a fun time to be on the lake and in and around the area! The weather went from trying to be spring to straight into summer. We have seen this pa
Coldwater advances to its first regional since 2017
By Tom Haines
BATH TOWNSHIP - Coldwater watched on Thursday as Parkway erased a six-run deficit to advance to the district final.
When the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead on Saturday, they made sure it stuck.
Coldwater scored seven runs in the first two innings, then added six in the last two to beat Parkway 13-8 at Bath High School, winning its first district title since 2017 and advancing to the Division III regional at Findlay. [More]
Obituaries on May 20th, 2024
Damian Jason Bruns, age 18, of Kaiser Road, Versailles, passed away early Frida [More]
Carol A. Doenges, 78, of St. Marys, died 6:15 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2024, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
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CELINA - Two area school superintendents responded to Gov. Mike DeWine's recent signing of a bill calling for districts to set policies regarding student use of cell phones during school hours.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Coldwater's Izzy Zahn earned three more titles on Saturday at the Division III track and field district meet held in Ada.
ROSSBURG - New Bremen's Drew Charlson has been close to visiting victory lane at Eldora Speedway a handful of times in the past three years only to be passed late in the race or mechanical issues with his UMP Modified preventing a visit to the famed victory stage.
By Michael Frank
ST. HENRY - St. Henry High School FFA members are leaving behind more than just memories of the school year.
About 20 students teamed up to restore a 1950 Farmall H tractor to its former glory with completely new parts and a bright red paint job, matching one of the school's colors. [More]
By Tom Haines
SPENCERVILLE - The Marion Local boys and Minster girls repeated as district champions at the Division III tournament at Spencerville High School on Friday.
The Flyers led the way Friday with eight individuals advancing to the regional tournament, plus three more relay teams. The Wildcats, winning their fourth straight, sent seven individuals and three relays. [More]
Obituaries on May 18th, 2024
Judith Ann "Judy" Niekamp, age 74, died peacefully Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Green Hills Community in West Liberty. [More]
Damian J. Bruns, 18, Versailles, died May 17, 2024, at Miami Valley Hospital, D [More]
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CELINA - The new CEO of an antipoverty agency serving Mercer, Auglaize and Allen counties introduced herself to locals at open houses on Friday.
DARKE COUNTY - A Versailles teen was killed and his passenger injured in an ATV accident in Darke County on Thursday night.
Damian Bruns was driving a 2021 Polaris Razor in a field when "it lost control and rolled several times," according to a Darke County Sheriff's Office news release.
St. Marys beats Celina to win sectional crown
CELINA - After the team started the season 0-6, St. Marys' chances at a long postseason seemed slim.
Turns out, the Roughriders are still riding high.
COLDWATER - A walkoff two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning by Cody Depweg gave Coldwater a Division III sectional title with an 11-1 run-rule victory over Bluffton Friday evening at Veterans Field.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Athletes from Coldwater and St. Marys earned berths to next week's Division II regional track and field meet in Piqua after the district tournament wrapped up Friday evening at Fred J. Brown Stadium in Defiance.
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