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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Manufacturing key factor in area's stable economy
By Amy Kronenberger
Bringing manufacturing back to Ohio is one of Gov. John Kasich's top priorities this year.
Maybe he should take a look at Mercer and Auglaize counties.
Eight of the top 10 employers in both counties are from the manufacturing sector. And both counties have consistently had some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Mercer County had the lowest rate in 9 of 12 months last year. [More]
By Amy Kronenberger
ST. MARYS - A new Red Cross director has taken the role of leading the way to recovery when disaster strikes in Auglaize County.
Former St. Marys fire chief Ken Cline came out of retirement Jan. 9 to head the Auglaize chapter of the nonprofit organization. Former director Adam Suchland of New Bremen resigned Oct. 25 after being arrested in Lima for soliciting a prostitute while using an agency vehicle. [More]
By Margie Wuebker
A 27-year-old Celina man faces a felony charge stemming from the theft of construction supplies from Shinn Brothers Inc.
Grant Lee Sullivan, 632 Grove St., Apt. 7, was taken into custody Wednesday and booked into the Mercer County Detention Center in connection with the theft initially reported to Celina Police on Jan. 4. [More]
Obituaries on February 2nd, 2012
Former St. Marys resident Mildred A. Botkin, 93, died at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 31, 2012, at her daughter's residence in Xenia. [More]
Dean J. Strawn, 66, Celina, died at 5:40 a.m. Feb. 1, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
Lavern W. Kuess, 78, Chickasaw, died at 10:45 p.m. Jan. 30, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
Genevieve "Peg" Thees Heppeard, 91, Celina, died Jan. 31, 2012 at Celina Manor Nursing Home. [More]
Louis Charles Boltz, 89, St. Marys, died at 4:28 a.m. Jan. 31, 2012, at The Gardens in Celina. [More]
William Novin, Celina, died Feb. 1, 2012, at his residence.
Arrangements are [More]
Local pictures on February 2nd, 2012
Subscriber only stories on February 2nd, 2012
Officials struggling to win levy support
Time running out for grant
Expert to teach farmers how to promote trade
Mayor seeks to renew Pepsi contract
Auglaize County records first 2012 traffic fatality
Teenagers face charges for theft of iPod from school
Fleck heading to Kent State
Bell finds home at IPFW
Cavaliers' Seas to run at Wyoming
Gusching hoping to help Oilers' rebuilding efforts
Homan finds exactly what he is searching for at UF
Bulldogs hosting Shawnee on Friday