Halloween's more fun when it's safe
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - The COVID-19 pandemic continues, but that doesn't mean area residents can't have fun this Halloween with some planning.
People who are unsure about whether or not to participate in Halloween activities can look to the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for advice. [More]
St. Henry survives Marion Local; Fort rolls past Lancers
By Tom Haines
VAN WERT - St. Henry had to battle through five sets with Marion Local in Van Wert while Fort Recovery waltzed past Lincolnview, but the Redskins and Indians both won their Division IV volleyball district semifinals in Van Wert on Tuesday.
St. Henry came away with a 28-30, 25-14, 20-25, 25-21, 16-14 win over the Flyers in the first game before the Indians swept the Lancers 25-20, 25-19, 25-15. [More]
Obituaries on October 27th, 2021
James Lee Maier, age 84 of Celina, Ohio passed away on Oct.25, 2021 at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital. [More]
Eleanore May Powell, 94, of Saint Marys, Ohio, died 1:44 A.M. Monday, October 25, 2021, at the Celina Manor. [More]
Gregory Alan "Wildman" Pontsler, 54, of Rockford passed away at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Allen Ray Metcalf, age 75, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Sunday October 24, 2021 at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
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CELINA - City council members passed final reading of legislation that would effectively prohibit medical and recreational marijuana-related facilities from operating in most of downtown Celina.
CELINA - The first phase of improvements to the Mercer Wildlife Area, enabled by a roughly $1.7 million H2Ohio grant, will go out to bid this week.
WAPAKONETA - One new death and 26 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since last Friday, according to a news release from Auglaize County Health Department officials.
Mercer County's unemployment rate for September was 3.1%, a slight improvement from August's rate of 3.4%.
However, the county dropped from its status as second lowest for joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties to third lowest, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release.
LEIPSIC - The Elida Bulldogs came out ready to play on Tuesday night.
Celina couldn't find a way to counter the hot start.
Elida upset the Divis
ELIDA - For the 24th time this fall, New Bremen walked off the volleyball court on the winning side of the scoreboard.
Although it wasn't as easy
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Brianna Keller had two goals, including the match-winner with five minutes remaining in regulation, to lift Coldwater to a 2-1 victory over Allen East in the Division III girls soccer semifinals at Ottoville High School on Tuesday night.
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By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Two local COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics for the Moderna vaccine will be held in November, according to local health officials.
The clinics come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authorization and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations, according to a Monday news release from the Mercer County Health District. [More]
Proposal advances to second reading
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City council on Monday night voted 4-2 against legislation that would make Celina a sanctuary for the unborn and effectively outlaw abortion in the city.
However, the proposed ordinance still advances to a second reading at 7 p.m. Nov. 8, council president Jason King said after the vote. [More]
Obituaries on October 26th, 2021
Laura Michele Ripberger, age 51, passed away on September 21, 2021 at her residence in Columbus, OH. [More]
Ruth Ann Shaw (Dearth), 80, of Lima, OH left the world and entered the gates of [More]
Carol Ann Barnes (Moeller), Age 56, of Florissant, MO joined God and Jesus in H [More]
Donald E. Fifer II, 63, of Celina, OH died 1:40 a.m. Saturday October 23, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN. [More]
John E. Moeller, 68, of rural Saint Marys, passed away peacefully at 2:29 PM Sa [More]
Allen Ray Metcalf, 75, Celina, died Oct. 24, 2021, at Joint Township District M [More]
Robert W. "Bob" Kettler, age 70, of Columbus, formerly of New Bremen, died on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5:06 P.M. at the Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN. [More]
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Vote '21
ST. MARYS - Three candidates hope to snatch up the seat of second ward councilman Kenneth Koverman, who did not file to run for re-election this year.
They are David Lunz, Ashley Randolph and Kyle Schmehl.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday night gave second reading of an ordinance to transfer a 7.7-acre parcel in the village's Bunker Hill Industrial Park to the Community Improvement Corporation.
COLDWATER - Village council members on Monday unanimously passed on third reading an ordinance that would grant raises of about 2% over each of the next three years for hourly and salaried employees. The 12-step pay scale was increased about 50 cents per hour from 2021.
Three cemeteries in Mercer County are among 51 in the state that will receive grant funds for special care and attention, according to an Ohio Department of Commerce news release.
ST. MARYS - Council approved 20 supplemental appropriation requests Monday under suspension of the rules requiring three readings, including funds for design work on a new sewage plant pump station, the transfer of the K.C. Geiger fund to the St. Marys Community Foundation and others.
Coldwater sweeps Parkway in Division III district semifinal
KALIDA - Midway through the second set on Tuesday, Coldwater and Parkway looked about as even as they could be.
After fending off a late charge in
District 8 Volleyball
The District 8 Volleyball Coaches Association released its all-district team on Monday.
Celina junior Brooklyn Bourne was named the Division II Pla
'Everything related to veterans'
By William Kincaid
CELINA - It's been said the Museum of the Soldier is more a ministry than an actual museum because of the way in which veterans tend to open up about their experiences when they enter the former Coca Cola bottling plant in Portland, Indiana.
"I t [More]
Celina advances with victory over Kenton
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - The first time Celina and Kenton squared off in girls soccer, the Bulldogs came away with an 8-2 victory.
Saturday's rematch in the Division II sectional final was a much different game.
Taylor Klingshirn's rebound goal with 15:43 remaining in regulation broke a 1-all tie as the Bulldogs survived for a 2-1 victory to advance to the Elida district semifinals. [More]
Obituaries on October 25th, 2021
Kurt D. Lauth, 64, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died suddenly at 10:35 A.M. Friday, October 22, 2021, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Donald Fifer II, 63, Celina, died Oct. 23, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort W [More]
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CELINA - A local family has offered a sizable reward for anyone who can find a missing family member: Betty, a long-haired, fluffy black cat.
The Seals family is offering $500 for Betty's return. She was last seen near Kerns Fireplace on Tama Road north of Celina.
Vote '21
Three candidates are vying for two Washington Township trustee seats at the Nov. 2 general election. Newcomers A.J. Knapke and Jake Gaerke will take on incumbent Dale Boeckman. Trustees maintain township roads and ditches, mow, plow snow and maintain four cemeteries.
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The cross country postseason got underway on Saturday at Findlay and Columbus Grove as a number of area teams moved on to this Saturday's regionals at Tiffin.
When the Coldwater girls soccer team took on Crestview in the tournament opener, it was a question of which star forward would take over.
The Caval
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Aerial Fast and Kendall Dieringer scored within the first three minutes of the second half to lift St. Marys to a 2-
Official says items pose no danger; pilot is out of the hospital
By William Kincaid
MONTEZUMA - Plane fuel and chemicals that spilled from a downed crop duster in May are contained in a tank, pile of dirt and absorption booms lying on county land and are expected to be removed within a month, a county official said.
"We have been continually working on this. We're hoping to have this concluded very soon," said Mike Robbins, director of the Mercer County Emergency Management Agency. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
NEW BREMEN - A couple early bad snaps by New Bremen could have been game-changers, but the Cardinals persevered and rolled to a 34-8 victory over Fort Recovery Friday night in the regular season finale at Cardinal Stadium.
Forced to punt on its fi [More]
Obituaries on October 23rd, 2021
Charles "Charlie" Lee Sapp, 83, of Rockford passed away at 12:24 pm on October 21, 2021 at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville. [More]
Barbara L. Walter, 85, of Saint Marys, died 1:50 A.M. Friday, October 22, 2021, at Vancrest of Saint Marys. [More]
James R. Pfeffenberger, age 91, a native of Celina, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, October 21, 2021, at Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Lavern R. "Shots" Bruns, age 76, of St. Henry, died on Thursday October 21, 2021, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Joseph Hughes, 36, Celina, died Oct. 20, 2021, at Ohio State University Hospita [More]
Elizabeth L. Luedeke, 90, Fort Loramie, died Oct. 22, 2021, at Ohio Living Dorothy Love, Sidney. [More]
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Legislation is on Monday's agenda
CELINA - City council is slated to vote Monday on legislation that would make Celina a sanctuary for the unborn and effectively outlaw abortion in the city.
Commission gives OK for first phase
CELINA - The city planning commission on Thursday night approved a site plan review that will allow for the construction of cottages and townhouses on West Bank Road.
Residents in Mercer and Auglaize counties will vote on several fire levies at the Nov. 2 general election.
ST. MARYS - Independent candidates Kathy Fleagle and Frank D. Thomas have filed to run for treasurer of the city of St. Marys after incumbent Dennis Pfeffenberger, who has served since 2013, did not file to run for re-election.
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths and 37 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auglaize County since Tuesday, according to Friday's county health department news release, raising the cumulative death toll to 73 and number of cases to 4,699.
Tama Road between State Route 118 and Now Road in Hopewell Township will close for a bridge replacement on Oct. 26, according to a news release from the Mercer County Engineer's Office.
St. Marys shuts out Celina in Battle of Grand Lake
CELINA - First-year St. Marys football coach Bo Frye said his team did what needed to be done on Friday night in the 103rd meeting of the Battle of Grand Lake with Celina.
ANNA - With an outright Midwest Athletic Conference title on the line, Marion Local's opportunistic defense was plenty good enough to cover up any mistakes.
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St. Henry raced out to a 34-0 lead before a pair of late touchdowns gave Delphos St. John's a more respectable finish as the Redskins prevailed 34-14 in Friday's regular season finale in Delphos.
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