Methamphetamines replaced opioids in popularity
By William Kincaid
  CELINA - Methamphetamine in the last few years has overtaken opioids as the dominant substance of abuse among area drug users, according to Mercer County Sheriff's Office personnel.
About five to six years ago, the county was in the grip of a deadly opioid epidemic that claimed the lives of at least three people in 2014 and another three in 2015, per county health department statistics. [More]
Obituaries on March 8th, 2021
Victoria M. Schmackers, 69, of St. Sebastian, OH died peacefully at 7:42 pm Fri [More]
Willard Caldwell, 86, of Saint Marys, died Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Van Cres [More]
Ivo J. Goettemoeller, age 85, of St. Henry, died Saturday, March 6, 2021 on his [More]
Robert H. Nerderman, age 66, of St. Henry, died Saturday, March 6, 2021 at The [More]
Thomas Floyd Helentjaris, age 72, resident of Hohenwald, passed away Tuesday, March 2 at his home surrounded by family. [More]
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CELINA - Officials plan to apply a piscicide to the Prairie Creek Treatment Train soon to kill off carp that have reportedly destroyed the plant life the wetland uses to absorb excess nutrients.
ST. MARYS - Today and Tuesday, East Spring Street will be closed between Ohio 29 and Maple Street, according to a news release from the city of St. M
Shawnee cruises to victory past St. Marys
SPENCERVILLE - Against a good team, struggling right out of the gate is not helpful.
St. Marys got out to a slow start and that allowed Shawnee to
District Wrestling Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Celina will be represented at the Division II state wrestling tournament for the first time in over 10 years as Landon Engle advanced with a runner-up finish at the district tournament at Norwalk High School on Saturday.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Wright State University-Lake Campus baseball team opened its season with a pair of doubleheader losses against Ivy Tech over the weekend.
Division IV Boys Basketball Regional Semifinal Preview
WAPAKONETA - After taking down three straight Midwest Athletic Conference rivals, the New Bremen boys basketball team seems to be peaking at the perfect time.
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Celina teen with apraxia benefits from riding
By Sydney Albert
When William Wenning was a baby, medical experts told his parents he would never be able to walk or talk. Fifteen years later, William is capable of both and more, thanks to his own hard work, the support of his family and his equine partners.
A spectator watching William Wenning ride his horse, Suzie, might never guess the challenges he's faced, or what it means that he's able to ride at all. [More]
Obituaries on March 6th, 2021
Brian M. Brunswick, age 33, of Coldwater, died Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. [More]
Jimmy O. Craft, age 64, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his residence. [More]
Ernest "E.J." Hunt, 48, of Coldwater, Ohio, died 5:10 A.M. Friday, March 5, 2021, at his residence, following a year long battle with brain cancer. [More]
Randal Lee Caywood, 61, Rockford, died March 4, 2021 at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Debra "Debbie" J. Fishbaugh, age 65, of Celina, passed away at 9:36 pm on March 4, 2021 at her residence in Celina. [More]
Steve F. Sutter, age 66, of Celina, died Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his home. [More]
Daniel Judson Lehman, age 50, of Coldwater, died Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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Gov. Mike DeWine also on Friday announced 15 regional long-term mass vaccination clinics will open throughout Ohio in the next few weeks, including a location in Lima.
ROCKFORD - Rockford police are investigating an alleged stabbing.
Police chief Paul May on Friday night said officers are investigating an alleged stabbing that involved a fight or dispute.
Cardinals shut down Redskins for district title
WAPAKONETA - After last-minute heroics delivered the last two games, the New Bremen boys basketball team found its stride a bit earlier Friday night.
ROCKFORD - After having her junior season halted due to the pandemic, McKayla Sites is ready to play softball this spring.
The Parkway senior already locked up her college choice, committing to Wilmington College on Friday at Parkway High School.
Decision depends on infection rate
By Leslie Gartrell
  CELINA - Saying victory against COVID-19 is within reach, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced all health orders will be rescinded once the state's infection rate drops to 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks.
Mercer County Health District officials also provided updated vaccine registration information for a March 10 clinic. [More]
Fourth-quarter struggles doom Minster in semis
By Tom Haines
VANDALIA - For three quarters, Minster was in control. But Fort Loramie never went away.
The Wildcats watched an early 10-point lead disappear and finally broke down in the fourth quarter as the Redskins came away with a 47-36 win in the Division IV regional semifinals at the Vandalia-Butler Student Activities Center. [More]
Obituaries on March 5th, 2021
Leo Joseph Kunk, 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 26, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. [More]
Dennis R. Severs, age 55, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on March 3, 2021 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
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Chapter revived after decades, despite virus challenges
CELINA - Celina students are adapting to a revived FFA program despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
Celina City Schools of
TOLEDO - A 51-year-old former Parkway school board member and Rockford mayor charged with coercion and enticement and receipt and distribution of child pornography remains incarcerated as his case moves through U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio.
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members on Thursday reorganized key roles, electing a new chairperson and switching the roles of its two directors.
VANDALIA - With 1:23 left in the first half, Ivy Wolf stepped to the line with a chance to set a school record.
Already the Minster record-holder f
LIMA - It seemed like Coldwater did everything right to come away with a win on Thursday night.
So did Ottawa-Glandorf.
The Cavaliers overcame a
Mayor: Project won't happen without grants
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Nearly four years ago, mayor Jeff Hazel revealed to Grand Lake Rotarians a dream of relocating Lake Shore Drive behind the inlet commonly called the hot water hole.
Benefits of such a move, officials have argued, would be better public access to the waterfront and improved safety. [More]
Obituaries on March 4th, 2021
Robert P. Kohlhorst, 96, of St. Marys, OH died 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his residence. [More]
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WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County Board of Elections has approved ballots for the May 4 special election. No candidate races will be contested, but four tax issues will appear on local ballots.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners awarded contracts for continued erosion control work along Beaver Creek and materials for bridge replacements, projects that will be overseen by county engineer Jim Wiechart.
New Mercer virus info to be released today
WAPAKONETA - Five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday raised Auglaize County's cumulative case total to 3,400.
Auglaize County He
St. Marys survives second half pressure to advance
SPENCERVILLE - The score from Wednesday's Division II boys basketball district semifinal may read 58-43 in favor of St. Marys, but it was anything but a breeze for the Roughrider fans in attendance at Spencerville High School.
Area basketball players earned postseason honors from the District 8 Basketball Coaches Association.
Minster's Ivy Wolf was named the Division IV P
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