Dentists, doctors seeing, treating many issues related to 2020-induced anxiety
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - This year has been stressful for many area residents. For some, it's led to more trips to the dentist or doctor's office.
"I would definitely say I have noticed an increase in tooth fractures, people grinding/clenching their teeth," said [More]
By Tom Haines
NEW KNOXVILLE - Once New Knoxville got the lead, it never looked back.
The Rangers trailed Marion Local after the first quarter, but tied the game on an and-one by Avery Henschen and took their first lead midway through the second. From there, New Knoxville pulled away to an eight-point halftime lead and a 51-44 Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball victory at Ranger Gymnasium. [More]
Obituaries on December 4th, 2020
Ruth Edna Brackman age 84 of Cassella, Ohio died at 5:22 AM on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at The Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Dorothy "Jeanne" Lillich age 90, formerly of Celina, peacefully went to be with the lord November 26, 2020 in Beavercreek. [More]
Thelma Reier, 92, of Saint Marys, died 6:20 A.M. Thursday, December 3, 2020, at [More]
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Rifle hand-guards, tattoo guns among business's products
COLDWATER - A homegrown startup that has enjoyed an explosive growth spurt since its inception four years ago will soon be moving into a new facility in the Franklin Industrial Park next to Lakefield Airport near the U.S. 127 and State Route 219 intersection.
CELINA - One new COVID-19 death was reported in each Mercer County and Auglaize County on Thursday bringing the tolls to 52 and 33, respectively.
Cold first quarter hampers Bulldogs in opening-game loss
CELINA - After having to push back the start of the season due to quarantine, Celina opened its girls basketball season at the Fieldhouse against Van Wert in a Western Buckeye League contest.
VERSAILLES - Although the girls' high school basketball season is already three weeks old, for reasons far beyond any of their control, the Minster W
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Gabrielle Stober's 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining in regulation lifted Parkway to its first win of the season, beating St. Henry 31-29 in Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball action at Redskin Gymnasium.
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Students find gifts for family
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Come coronavirus or snowy weather, the Christmas Shop sponsored each year by the Coldwater Academic Promoters marches on.
Second-graders on Wednesday afternoon filed into a multipurpose room in Coldwater Elementary School that had been transformed by CAP volunteers into a miniature holiday shopping center. Gifts of all kinds, for all members of the family, including pets, were stacked on tables, ready for the little shoppers to make their picks. [More]
Obituaries on December 3rd, 2020
Doris S. Bohman, age 87, of St. Henry passed away on December 1, 2020 at Celina Manor. [More]
Marvin R. Hoenie, age 81, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the Laurels of Shane Hill nursing home. [More]
Carol Anne Kittle, 74, formerly of St. Marys, died at 11:50 a.m. Nov. 22, 2020, at Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford. [More]
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Commissioners buy a new ambulance
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week decided to purchase a new ambulance through the state cooperative purchasing program for $226,874.
MINSTER - A desire to serve his community has led Rick Schwartz on a 35-year journey that will end Dec. 15 when he attends his final village council meeting.
WAPAKONETA - Three new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Auglaize County and one in Mercer County on Wednesday, raising Auglaize County's death toll to 32, and Mercer's to 51.
Celina business offers athleisure wear, fitness classes
CELINA - Rachel Otte hopes adding a physical storefront to her online-first athleisure wear shop will give area residents the opportunity to buy affordable, stylish and comfortable clothing locally.
MINSTER - Village council members on Tuesday heard first reading of an ordinance to adopt interim appropriations of $5.16 million for the first quarter of 2021.
COVID-related orders replace event rental
By William Kincaid
CELINA - When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event rental industry to dry up, Celina Tent personnel began to fret, thinking they were stranded with the loss of a key clientele base.
"Because the rental companies do not rent anything. There's no parties. There's no anything, and that was our main business as far as the commercial business," Celina Tent owner Janice Grieshop told Celina Rotarians on Tuesday. [More]
Obituaries on December 2nd, 2020
Thomas E. Marbaugh, 86, of Willshire, Ohio passed away Sunday afternoon, November 29, 2020, at his residence. [More]
Joan Rose (Waugh) MarLett, 90, of Galion, Ohio passed away on November 26, 2020 [More]
Keith B. Beams, 86, of Delphos passed away at 11:11 PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Vancrest Health Care Center of Delphos. [More]
Vernon L. Koch age 80, of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:40 A.M. at his residence. [More]
Steven A. Dahlinghaus, age 66, of Cranberry Prairie, passed away peacefully following a long battle with cancer, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at his home. [More]
Beatrice M. Glass, 89, of St. Marys, OH died at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday November 28, 2020 at Miller Place in Celina, OH. [More]
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Courthouse security important, he says
CELINA - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey has once again asked county commissioners to consider adding security measures at the courthouse, saying the endeavor would be costly but is necessary to protect those who convene within the building.
MINSTER - Several residents attended Tuesday's village council meeting to oppose the proposed construction of an O'Reilly Auto Parts store on the northeast corner of Seventh and Main streets.
CELINA - The number of COVID-19 cases in Mercer County increased by 38 on Tuesday, raising the total to 2,739.
In Auglaize County, 20 new cases raised that county's total to 2,120.
ST. MARYS - St. Marys is opening Round 3 of its grant program aimed at helping local small businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Panthers' comeback try falls short against Knights
ROCKFORD - As bleak as the situation looked after eight minutes of action, Parkway made up for it the rest of the way.
Held to just a field goal fo
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Marion Local improved to 2-1 on the season with a 55-28 victory over Van Wert on Tuesday night in girls basketball action from the Cougar Den in Van Wert.
First plows of the season hit the streets
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County encountered its first accumulating snowfall of the 2020-2021 winter, with between 11/2 and 2 inches piling up on the ground by 4 p.m. Monday.
A bit more of the white stuff might have accumulated in the northeast area, Mercer County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Robbins added. [More]
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Two Muncie, Indiana, men were arrested on Thanksgiving Day on grand theft and breaking and entering charges after they were reportedly found hauling a stolen trailer and ATV.
Lee M. Peterson, 28, and Stanley L. Justice-Keeton, 37, are being held in the Mercer County jail on $100,000 bail, subject to a 10% cash option. They are each charged with fourth-degree felony grand theft and fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. [More]
Obituaries on December 1st, 2020
Shannan G. Albers, 51, of Wapakoneta, passed away 6:15 p.m., Sat. Nov. 28, 2020, at Hospice of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH. [More]
Keith B. Beams, 86, of Delphos passed away at 11:11 PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Vancrest Health Care Center of Delphos. [More]
Lester "Red" Bruggeman died on November 28, 2020. He was 89.
He was born on April 7, 1931 in Coldwater to Leo and Eleanora (Hausfeld) Bruggeman. [More]
Eric L. Durst Jr., age 30, of Celina, Ohio passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at his residence. [More]
Mark U. Heinl, age 60, of Coldwater, died on Saturday afternoon, November 28, 2020. [More]
Alfrieda A. Ramga, age 91, of Celina, Ohio, entered into God's eternal rest on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm at The Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford. [More]
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ST. MARYS - City administrators are considering asking voters to amend a 10-year, 0.5% income tax levy first passed in 1985 to make the tax permanent
Deaths occurred since Wednesday
CELINA - Eleven more area residents have died of COVID-19 since Wednesday.
The deaths of eight Mercer County residents raises the county's toll to 53, while Auglaize County officials reported three new deaths, raising its total to 29.
CELINA - A Celina woman pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of drug-abuse instruments after reportedly being involved in a minor injury accident on Sunday afternoon.
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart reminds residents of his office's policy on replacing and repairing mailboxes damaged by county crews plowing snow.
Scoreless quarter stymies St. Henry
WAPAKONETA - When the game started to get away from St. Henry, it was gone in a hurry.
St. Henry led 11-9 after the first quarter, but couldn't find the basket in the second quarter, allowing Wapakoneta to get into a rhythm on the way to a 58-30 loss at Wapakoneta High School on Monday night.
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Celina earned a split with Van Wert in Western Buckeye League bowling action on Monday night at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert.
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