Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Tomorrow Night
Partly Cloudy
Mostly Sunny
Thursday Night
Mostly Clear
Thursday Night
Partly Sunny
Partly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Friday Night
Mostly Cloudy
3 Day
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

32 campsites to be added at fairgrounds

By Shelley Grieshop
Local officials are trying to fill a need and increase revenue by creating more camp sites at the Mercer County Fairgrounds during fair week.
Thirty-two additional camp sites will be added to the west of the cattle barns to help eliminate a current waiting list, said Steve Schulte, manager at the fairgrounds.
Mercer County commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract bid from Mesco Electrical Supply of New Bremen for electrical materials for the additional sites.
Schultze said the project will help the fairgrounds bring in more revenue and eliminate the ongoing waiting list for campers looking for a spot to call home during fair week. Many families reside on the grounds throughout the week-long fair while exhibiting livestock or 4-H projects.
"It is a win-win situation for all parties and remains within our focus of offering family enjoyment all year," he said.
Schultze said the fairgrounds currently have approximately 150 camp sites available during fair week - some with electric and others a bit more primitive. A dump site and available water is located nearby. Rates vary.
The fairgrounds also has become a popular destination for campers from April through October. New and remodeled bathroom facilities has helped draw campers, particularly when local festivals or other events are scheduled on the grounds or in nearby communities, officials say.
Additional online stories on this date
FORT RECOVERY - Many parents and students are upset about the board of education's plan to reduce vo-ag teacher and FFA instructor Michael Gower's pay by 18 percent. [More]
Celina Police are investigating the suspicious death of a local woman after she and her husband were found in an unresponsive state at their home Tuesday night. [More]
The Grand Lake Mariners continued their successful run through the preseason slate on Tuesday night as they defeated the Decatur Dirty Birds 4-2 at Jim Hoess Field behind great pitching and timely hitting. [More]
Subscriber only stories on this date
Suits against Coldwater school board dismissed
Superintendent will leave for new job
Canoe trip raises awareness
Celina gives Reynolds and Reynolds a small strip of land already used by company
State lawmakers can't make up their minds on health regulations
Employees want info on retire/rehire
Coldwater BOE hears about techniques learned at workshop
TV broadcasts switching to digital on Friday
Local skateboarding group needs to raise $20,000
Road salt supplier is chosen
St. Henry slips past Celina in 10th inning
New restaurant owners feature home cooking
St. Marys drive-through moves to larger site
Celina business one of few selected for Guard award