By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Auglaize County on Tuesday, as 18 new confirmed cases raised the county's total to 573.
In Mercer County, seven new cases increased its total to 1,061.
The newest deaths in Auglaize County involved a man and woman, both between 80 and 100 years old, according to a county health department news release. [More]
Celina beats Coldwater to snap skid
By Gary R. Rasberry
CELINA - After dropping a hard-fought first set to Coldwater, Celina got better.
Much better.
The Bulldogs snapped a three-match losing streak in taking the final three sets in a 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 victory over the Cavaliers at the Intermediate School. [More]
Obituaries on September 30th, 2020
Yvonne Noel, age 62 of Coldwater, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:49 PM at Mercer Health from the result of a motorcycle accident. [More]
Randal Clayton Norris, age 65, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on September 27, 2020 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
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CLEVELAND - It started out civilly enough, with President Donald Trump striding deliberately to his lectern, and Demo
MINSTER - The Minster Oktoberfest Parade Committee announced on Tuesday the parade grand marshal of this year's scaled-back 46th edition is the Minster Knights of Columbus Council.
WAPAKONETA - A St. Marys man has been charged with 21 felony sex crimes including rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery involving a victim who was reportedly under 13 years of age at the time.
CELINA - The Ohio Department of Transportation has required the contractor for the West Market Street reconstruction project to repair a section of the road that didn't meet ODOT specifications.
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Jack Duncan and Jaden Jones scored goals as Celina moved into second place in the Western Buckeye League boys soccer standings with a 2-0 victory over Defiance on Tuesday at Fred Brown Stadium.
Division II Girls Golf Sectional
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Three days after capturing the first conference golf championship in school history, the Coldwater girls golf team added to their run by winninf the program's first sectional title in taking the Division II tournament held Tuesday at Celina Lynx Golf Club.
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CELINA - A Bradford man was arrested on Sunday after his reported involvement in a three-vehicle accident that day that killed a Coldwater woman.
Teddy Hale, 28, was being held on Monday in the Mercer County jail on a $500,000 bond, facing a charge of driving under license suspension. Further charges are expected to be filed, according to a Celina Police Department news release. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
ST. MARYS - Two first-half goals by senior Lil Ankerman got the St. Marys girls soccer team off and running and on its way to a 4-2 victory over Elida Monday night at Roughrider Field.
With its sixth consecutive victory, St. Marys remains unbeaten in the Western Buckeye League at 5-0-1 and improves to 7-3-1 overall. [More]
Obituaries on September 29th, 2020
Anna Marie (Borger) Bertke, age 97 of St. Henry, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Jane Kennedy Bertke, age 76, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on Thursday, Au [More]
Charles D. Doseck, 67, rural New Knoxville, died at 7:22 p.m. Sept. 25, 2020, at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima. [More]
Tawanna J. Harruff, age 73, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 2:32 pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020 at her residence in Celina, with her family by her side. [More]
Thomas C. Hoyng, age 76, of St. Henry died on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Kettering Medical Center, Dayton. [More]
Barbara Vogel, 85, of Saint Marys, died Saturday, September 26, 2020, at St. Rita's Medical Center. [More]
Pamela J. Lawson, 64, Celina, died on Sept. 24, 2020, at her residence.
Rites are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys. [More]
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CELINA - City councilors continue to inch toward establishing a comprehensive city sidewalk program that would address residential, commercial and industrial properties.
ST. HENRY - Village council members hired Stan Sutter as the new village administrator during Monday's meeting.
Council members under suspension of rules unanimously approved his appointment after meeting in executive session for roughly 20 minutes.
ST. MARYS - City council members on Monday performed first reading of a resolution that would rename the area referred to as High Street Park.
The area would be designated as Mill Park, due to its proximity to the historic mill being restored on the opposite bank of the Miami-Erie Canal.
CELINA - Active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County were down considerably on Monday as one new case raised the county's total to 1,055.
Auglaize County did not report any information by press time.
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CELINA - Officials have canceled the annual Celina Lions Club Halloween parade due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, mayor Jeff Hazel announced at Monday night's regular council meeting.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday approved an ordinance to purchase 139.45 acres of land for $1.5 million.
The land is located on State Route 274, 2.2 miles east of the village in Van Buren Township.
Celina shuts out Defiance in WBL match
CELINA - Celina's seniors had their best memories read over the loudspeakers during Monday's girls soccer Senior Night ceremony.
They made some more memories at the soccer stadium, too.
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Celina dropped to 7-6 on the volleyball season in taking a five-set loss to South Adams on Monday night at the Intermediate School.
Coldwater girls win first MAC title; Minster captures boys title
By Gary R. Rasberry
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An undefeated league season was not enough for the Coldwater girls golf team.
The Cavaliers tamed the Stillwater Valley golf course to win Saturday's Midwest Athletic Conference tournament and capture the school's first conference title in the sport. [More]
Obituaries on September 28th, 2020
Maxine Mary (Braun) Baumer, age 92, formerly of St. Rt. 48, Houston, passed awa [More]
Ronald C. Anders, D.V.M., 65, Coldwater, Ohio, died September 23 at Kobacker Ho [More]
Barbara Vogel, 85, of St. Marys, died 3:10 pm Saturday, September 26, 2020, at St Ritas Medical Center. [More]
Pamela Lawson, 64, of Celina, OH died Thursday September 24, 2020 at her reside [More]
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ST. MARYS - Family, fun and honoring those who've served are the foundation of a St. Marys couple's new business.
Andy and Terri Liming have grown
CELINA - Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend brought Mercer County's total number of cases to 1,054.
The Auglaize County Health Department did not report any new information by press time.
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Celina captured the second doubles championship as the Western Buckeye League girls tennis tournament concluded on Saturday at the Schwinnen Courts at Elida High School.
Tractors assemble for Tim Dirksen's funeral procession
By Leslie Gartrell
MARIA STEIN - Members of the farming community honored the life of one of their own on Friday morning by lining State Route 119 with tractors and farming equipment.
More than 150 tractors lined the road for the funeral procession of local farmer Tim Dirksen, 39. Dirksen died on Sept. 21 after a farm accident at his home in Maria Stein. [More]
Bulldogs hang on to beat Wildcats
By Colin Foster
CELINA - Celina quarterback Cooper Jones wowed his coach with a highlight-reel, 41-yard touchdown Friday night.
"That was one of the most amazing runs I've ever seen a high school kid make," coach Brennen Bader said.
Bader was amazed by Celina's collective effort, too. [More]
Obituaries on September 26th, 2020
Funeral Mass for Renee C. Rodgers Karczewski, 46, Lawton, Oklahoma, will be at [More]
James K. McGuire 82, of Winter Haven, Florida passed away September 20, 2020. [More]
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CELINA - City councilors will be asked to beef up Celina's zoning code after city planning commissioners this week had no choice but to approve a digital billboard request because it did not violate the minimal provisions on the books.
WAPAKONETA - A man between the ages of 80 and 100 is the 10th person to die from COVID-19 in Auglaize County, according to a county health department news release.
MINSTER - In a game where neither offense showed a consistent ability to finish drives, the Marion Local Flyers made fewer mistakes and converted when necessary to earn a 28-0 win over the Minster Wildcats.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry totaled 374 yards rushing in its first four games this season. The Redskins nearly matched that in Game 5, grinding out a 29-0 victory over Parkway on Friday night at the Wally Post Athletic Complex.
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Versailles scored 21 straight points in the third quarter to pull away for the 49-28 victory over Fort Recovery in Midwest Athletic Conference play at Hole Field in Versailles.
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Celina finished second at the Western Buckeye League girls golf tournament at Wapakoneta Country Club on Friday.
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