Thursday, January 13th, 2011
By Shelley Grieshop
ST. MARYS - A St. Marys man accused in the beating death of another man in September has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Gordon W. Diggle, 30, appeared for an arraignment hearing Tuesday morning at the Central Services Building in Wapakoneta - the temporary location of Auglaize County Common Pleas Court while the courthouse undergoes renovations. [More]
By Nancy Allen
GRAND LAKE - A third sediment collector was installed Wednesday afternoon in Barnes Creek behind the St. Marys Township house, another piece of the puzzle toward restoring water quality in Grand Lake.
Two others, one in Big Chickasaw Creek and another in Beaver Creek near Montezuma, were installed last year. [More]
Wabash River
By Nancy Allen
FORT RECOVERY - Safety work on the spillway at the State Line Road dam southwest of Fort Recovery is on the agenda for the Wabash River Conservancy District this year.
Conservancy President Wally Broering said the work will entail removing 10 to 11 inches of dirt from the top of the spillway. A cost estimate will be obtained in the next several months and the work should be completed this summer, he said. [More]
Obituaries on January 13th, 2011
Former St. Marys resident Carlos R. Spitler, 35, Dayton, died Jan. 11, 2011, at Windy Point in Mercer County of an apparent suicide. [More]
Alfred W. Schott, 83, Rockford, died at 8:24 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011, at the Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert. [More]
Marcella Schroer, 81, Celina, died Jan. 12, 2011.
Services are pending at Cis [More]
Local pictures on January 13th, 2011
Subscriber stories on January 13th, 2011
CELINA - The city is expected to start the 2011 budget year with a $1.124 million carryover in its general fund.
Council members met Thursday afternoon for a personnel and finance committee meeting to begin hashing out the 2011 budget.
Two people were injured when their vehicles collided Wednesday morning along U.S. 127, north of Monroe Road. The weather-related crash occurred at 10 a.m., according to Mercer County Sheriff's Office reports.
St. Marys
ST. MARYS - Preliminary budget numbers show St. Marys City Schools will have a $1.2 million deficit for fiscal year 2011.
Therefore, school treasurer Tom Sommer is recommending board members place a new levy on the ballot.
NEW BREMEN - Fifty-one employees or roughly half the New Bremen Local Schools staff have embarked on a wellness program, according to reports given to board of education members Wednesday night.
CELINA - City council members may apply for an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant that would finance much of a $1 million Market Street reconstruction project in 2013.
MENDON - A mother and her two young sons escaped a Wednesday afternoon fire that heavily damaged their home.
Amanda Houser, 412 S. Wayne St., called 911 by cell phone at 1:08 p.m. to report the house was on fire and she and the children were trapped in a back bedroom.
Grand Lake area residents now can receive AMBER Alerts for missing Ohio children through the popular social-networking service Facebook.
The announ
A 26-year-old Mercer County man is being sought by local authorities and the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Mailek Hason Sharpe, classified as a Tier III
Author Tami Boehmer of Cincinnati was 46 years old in 2008 when she heard her second cancer diagnosis. It was a recurrence, but this time it was stage 4 and terminal.
The area's most heated rivalry hits the hardwood on Friday night when the Celina Bulldogs host the St. Marys Roughriders at the Fieldhouse for a Western Buckeye League contest.
Last Curtain Call
Thirty years ago, Gary Jones glanced around during summer open gyms and the Marion Local senior-to-be admits now that his expectations were pretty uncertain.
A look at this weekend's top games and stats from area teams
The Four Corners: Four area games of interest this weekend

Girls Basketball
Celina at St. Marys
The annual "Ladies Night" edition of the Winter Battle of Grand Lake pits two teams that are in a bit of contrast.