By William Kincaid
CELINA - Keagan Carder, now 9, ran a lemonade stand last summer not to earn money for a bicycle or the latest video game but to make sure a few underprivileged kids got a Christmas.
The little boy with a heart of gold was recognized for his efforts at this week's regular city council meeting. Mayor Jeff Hazel presented the Outstanding Citizen Award to Carder, who got all spiffed up for the occasion with a bow tie. [More]
Obituaries on January 27th, 2023
Cathy M. Chaney, 72, of St. Marys, died 8:06 A.M. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Lima Memorial Hospital. [More]
Dorothy Ellen Davis, age 95, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Mercer Health in Coldwater. [More]
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ST. MARYS - What was once seen as an unprofessional and taboo practice has become a normalized form of self-expression.
Just ask Sean Luedeke, own
WAPAKONETA - The Piehl Arena expansion project is well underway at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds as construction crews work in a now-enclosed space.
Also, Auglaize County commissioners will soon seek bids for a new event plaza at the fairgrounds estimated at $400,000.
Marion Local beats Parkway for sole MAC lead
ROCKFORD - After it seemed like the moment was too big in the opening frame, the Parkway girls basketball team came back with an answer to every Marion Local run.
ST. MARYS - The start was exactly what St. Marys wanted Thursday night.
The final outcome was not.
After building a 9-0 lead on the back of a trio of Reese Rable 3-pointers, St. Marys went cold and Kenton crept back in the game and took a 44-42 Western Buckeye League victory on Senior Night.
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Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Henry jumped out to a 16-8 lead and never looked back, picking up its 11th win of the season in beating Fort Recovery 43-27 in Thursday night Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball action at Fort Site Fieldhouse.
Unique bar cuisine and atmosphere
CHATTANOOGA - In the middle of Chattanooga sits Chatt Bar, a beloved watering hole and restaurant that locals swear by.
The wood paneling, wafting aroma of comfort food, friendly staff and beer memorabilia have a way of inviting patrons in.
Insures people and property
CELINA - Edgar Jacob Brookhart looked around the country in the early 20th century and knew that automobiles were the wave of the future - and would need insurance like other properties.
Stores fill cultural niche in area
Specialty grocery stores have been welcomed in Mercer County, and their owners say they fill a cultural niche that brings customers from all backgrounds to their stores.
New Bremen natives played in the pros
NEW BREMEN - Along State Route 66, a maroon sign honors two New Bremen native professional baseball pitchers.
Jay McCollum, an aide for a New Breme
Area has many nature spaces
In an age when the average American spends over 90% of their time indoors and more than seven hours a day staring at a screen, spending time in the great outdoors can help people feel healthy and a strong sense of well being.
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Marion Local, Parkway girls look to take sole possession
By Gary R. Rasberry
  Both Parkway and Marion Local did their parts by winning their conference games last Thursday.
Now, this Thursday in Rockford, it's a winner-take-all game with sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference on the line in girls basketball. [More]
Obituaries on January 26th, 2023
Evelyn Richards, age 68 of Celina, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at the Celina Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Maurice C. "Moe" Niekamp, age 82, of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 12:42 A.M. at the Otterbein Senior Lifestyles Community. [More]
Dorothy E. Davis, 95, Celina, died Jan. 24, 2023, at Mercer County Community Ho [More]
Lester A. Stammen, age 91, of St. Henry, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at his home in St. Henry. [More]
Jim Welch, 78, from Fernandina Beach, Florida, peacefully passed away on January 20, 2023, at Memorial Hospice Care. [More]
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Area professionals warn of vaping dangers
With the increased popularity of e-cigarettes, national and area professionals are warning people about the potential dangers of vaping.
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Mercer County maintained its status as having the lowest joblessness among Ohio's 88 counties in December, although its rate rose nominally.
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The Great Midwest Athletic Conference honored University of Findlay men's basketball senior Nathan Bruns by naming him the conference's Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. HENRY - After serving 11 years as St. Henry fire chief, Matt Lefeld has stepped down and handed the reins to veteran firefighter Lt. Shawn McCoy.
McCoy, 47, took over as chief on Jan. 16. Lefeld will stay with the department as a firefighter. [More]
Parks sets career record as Riders beat Cavs
By Gary R. Rasberry
COLDWATER - Austin Parks admitted that he was doing some scoreboard watching on Tuesday night.
The St. Marys senior came in just 24 points away from breaking the career scoring record for the Roughriders.
Early on, it looked like the Roughrid [More]
Obituaries on January 25th, 2023
John Dana Schnarre, from St. Marys, Ohio, passed away on January 15, 2023 at the age of 85. [More]
Rose Dana Thompson, 73, of New Knoxville, Ohio, passed away on January 19, 2023 [More]
Paul Junior Boise, 75, formerly of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at his home in Chillicothe, Ohio. [More]
Duane R. "Lum" Edwards, 75, Greenville, died Jan. 23, 2023, at Wayne HealthCare, Greenville. [More]
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CELINA - After months of deliberation, Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to release a total of $650,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to the villages of Chickasaw and St. Henry.
A fleet of trucks are lined up, ready
While Mercer and Auglaize counties weren't expected to fall victim to a "snowmageddon" overnight, weather officials anticipate the region will receive 6-8 inches of snow through today.
LFA encouraged to snag state grants
CELINA - Local entities stand a good chance of landing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants for environmental conservation projects, Lake Facilities Authority officials were told at Tuesday's meeting.
MARIA STEIN - Sharpshooter Jadyn Mescher electrified Marion Local Tuesday night.
In his first game back from a broken nose, Mescher hit five threes
ST. MARYS - If you're a fan of defense, you got your money's worth Tuesday night at Grand Lake Health System Court in St. Marys.
St. Marys did not allow a field goal in the fourth quarter and hung on for a 23-19 victory over Minster in girls non-league action.
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The New Bremen boys basketball team overcame a slugfest in the first half for a 40-30 win over Celina at the Nest on Tuesday.
By William Kincaid
  CELINA - Mayor Jeff Hazel on Monday night painted a picture of a vibrant city that in 2022 welcomed new businesses and residential development, saw park and street improvements and took in heightened income tax revenue.
Hazel delivered his 2022 state of the city to council members and a few residents at the regular council meeting. [More]
By Tom Haines
FORT RECOVERY - After winning just two of its first 14 games, the Fort Recovery girls basketball team has now won two in a row.
The Indians only trailed for 4:46 and shot 12-of-14 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to clinch a 41-35 victory over Indian Lake at Fort Site Fieldhouse on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on January 24th, 2023
Larry L. Kuhn, age 84, of New Bremen, died on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 4:45 A.M. at the OSU James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. [More]
Jane F. Wilker, 92, of Montezuma, Ohio, died Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Ellen G. Wolfe, 104 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing at Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
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ST. MARYS - A pair of business owners lobbed fresh complaints about parking at city council's regular meeting on Monday night, much in the same vein of grievances voiced by other proprietors last month.
Fireworks ban on New Bremen agenda
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday night appeared to support a nearly $540,000 water line replacement project but poured cold water on the future of consumer-grade firework activity in town.
FORT RECOVERY - After leading the district for nearly five years, superintendent Larry Brown will resign at the end of July but stick around through the rest of the year to help his successor transition to the role.
COLDWATER - Village councilors on Monday heard first reading of an ordinance levying special assessments for improvements on the South Sixth Street project.
Bulldogs play hard, fall late to Allen East
CELINA - Playing its first full game without its leading scorer and rebounder, Celina came through with a tremendous effort to give Allen East a game through three quarters and the start of the fourth.
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The New Bremen girls basketball team got off to a hot start and kept Houston in check defensively to earn a 47-32 road win on Monday.
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