By Michael Frank
CELINA - Bookworms and literature buffs alike will be out in full force this weekend.
The Grand Lake Area Literature Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tri Star on State Route 703.
Co-chairs Chris Noble and Beth Keuneke noted that this is the third year for the event, and interest continues to grow. [More]
Obituaries on April 12th, 2024
Robert L. Berger, age 84 of North Star, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at his home in North Star. [More]
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Roads are flooded, creeks overflowing
CELINA - Storms on Thursday dumped another few inches of rain on already heavily statured ground in Mercer County, with swollen river and creek levels threatening to crest well into the evening.
CHICKASAW - Village councilors have taken the first step toward raising water rates to keep up with escalating operating expenses at the treatment plant.
CELINA - Shortly after eclipse watchers lowered their gaze from the heavens on Monday afternoon, Google searches for "hurt eyes" exploded.
In Ohio alone, the search spiked exponentially, especially in Columbus, Lima, Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local school board members on Wednesday awarded numerous contracts.
They issued one-year contracts to new employees Jordyn Tr
Area teams brave the rain to compete at Fort Recovery track
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery swept what turned out to be a quint-meet at Barrenbrugge Athletic Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon.
Originally scheduled as a hexa-meet, the action was delayed half an hour by lightning around 5 p.m., and when it resumed, Coldwater's team went home.
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By Abigail Miller
  ST. MARYS - Over the objections of ardent critics who packed a community center on Wednesday night, the Noble Township Zoning Commission voted to recommend an application to rezone 142 acres of farmland to allow for a new stone quarry.
Commissioners Aaron Schamp, Rodney Kiefer and Kenny Dammeyer all threw their support behind the recommendation while Dave Overman cast the lone no vote. [More]
Celina's Steinbrunner having historic run on the mound
By Gary R. Rasberry
The start of the 2024 baseball season for Brady Steinbrunner has been nearly perfect.
The Celina junior has started out 3-0 on the mound, but his last two games have been especially stellar.
On March 30, Steinbrunner pitched a no-hitter -his [More]
Obituaries on April 11th, 2024
Daniel "Dan" Eckstein, age 66, of Celina died on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. [More]
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Agents hit area gaming parlors
ST. MARYS - State gaming agents executed search warrants at Grand Luck Gaming in St. Marys and two Wapakoneta businesses on Wednesday as part of an illegal gambling investigation.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local school board members approved a new three-year contract with district teachers at Wednesday night's regular meeting.
ST. MARYS - School board members have signed off an agreement that will give teachers sizable raises the next three school years to bring their pay in line with other area schools.
CELINA - A 34-year-old Celina woman on Wednesday was sentenced to three years probation on identity fraud charges in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
Gina M. Hall was sentenced to three years of community control sanctions on one count of identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony.
COLDWATER - Village council members at Tuesday's regular meeting learned the storm water detention area was able to handle excess loads produced by last week's heavy storms.
Horse and Buggy Tales
Recently, while interviewing John Wenning, who was then 81 and lived on North Main Street in Celina, about the 1894 fire, Bronsart H. Gilberg learned that upon Wenning's retirement from the barber business in 1954, he had served 58 years in his profession.
FORT RECOVERY - Fort Recovery junior Anna Roessner was hoping to build on a solid sophomore season, but in her first meet, she far exceeded her expectations.
By Abigail Miller
CELINA - The Grand Lake region remains one of the best places in Ohio to catch a glimpse of American White Pelicans, according to one expert.
The birds can be seen on the lake from March-May and again in late August-November, Troy Shively, a former Indian Lake naturalist and longtime Indian Lake High School math teacher, said at the Lake Improvement Association meeting on Saturday morning. [More]
By Dave Stilwell
ST. MARYS - Celina's Colbie Kinney and St. Marys' Adyson VanDeKeere each took no-hitters into the sixth inning in a pitchers' duel Tuesday at K.C. Geiger Park.
But the Roughrider bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth with three hits and two runs, while VanDeKeere retired the side in the seventh to preserve her no-hitter and a 2-1 St. Marys victory in a Western Buckeye League softball game. [More]
Obituaries on April 10th, 2024
Thomas F. Warner, age 96 of New Bremen, Ohio, died on Monday, April 8, 2024 at his home. [More]
Bruce Alan Felver, 70, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024 at his residence in Celina. [More]
Winifred Marchal, age 83, a resident of Celina and a former resident of Salamonia, passed away Thursday February 8, 2024 at Celina Manor in Celina, Ohio. [More]
Larry Marchal, age 72, a resident of rural Portland, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, at Celina Manor Nursing Home in Celina, Ohio. [More]
Dustin L. Schmehl, 32, of St. Marys, Ohio, died March 21, 2024 in rural Auglaize County. [More]
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COLDWATER - Following the resounding failure of Coldwater schools' proposed 1.75% earned income tax levy last month, superintendent Doug Mader said he's reached out to architecture firms about assessing the school to determine its needs moving ahead.
CELINA - The total solar eclipse on Monday didn't draw the kind of crowds predicted by state officials but it brought enough visitors to have a real impact on the local economy, both immediate and in ways that will be realized in the months and years ahead.
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - Two people were taken to a hospital following a two-vehicle accident just outside of Celina on Monday night.
Abigail Hubbard, 20, of Winchester was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima east on State Route 703, according to Mercer County Sheriff's Office Capt. Megan Baker.
NEW BREMEN - Village councilors on Monday night heard first reading of ordinances to renew the 2-mill five-year emergency medical services tax levy while adding a 1-mill increase.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Board of Health members issued a pair of rabies vaccination orders for a dog and a cat that allegedly bit people in separate incidents.
ST. MARYS - City councilors at Monday night's regular meeting passed legislation to issue bonds in the amount of $16,000 to cover property owners' assessment as part of the East Street reconstruction project.
Celina gets one-hitter from Secrest, profits from Rider errors
CELINA - Once again, Celina's starting pitcher twirled a gem.
Dale Secrest threw a one-hit shutout, his second of the season, as the Bulldogs took advantage of shaky St. Marys defense to win 8-0 in the Western Buckeye League baseball opener at Montgomery Field on Tuesday.
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Aaron Thieman hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning and James Nelson threw a shutout as New Bremen eked out a 1-0 win over Delphos St. John's in a Midwest Athletic Conference baseball game on Tuesday.
MINSTER - Minster and Parkway's bats provided some booms on Tuesday night.
So did Mother Nature.
The teams combined for seven home runs, with M
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From staff reports,
CELINA - Flocks of sungazers gathered throughout the Grand Lake region on Monday to watch a stunning total solar eclipse unfold under nearly perfect conditions, with mostly clear, sunny skies before and after totality and a high temperature of 72 degrees. [More]
Obituaries on April 9th, 2024
In the early morning of Tuesday, April 2, 2024, Captain Chester (Chet) B. Smith [More]
Joan M. Hoying, age 94 of New Bremen, Ohio, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Dylan Robert Bigelow, of Rockford, passed away at the age of 25, on Saturday, A [More]
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CELINA - The Marshallese community plans to celebrate its culture with the public on May 4.
City council members at Monday night's regular meeting
Grand Lake Fishing Report
Hope everyone enjoyed the eclipse. How cool was that to experience?
I wanted to take it all in and not waste a 70 degree day, so I went fishing and then watched the eclipse from the lake.
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