Thursday, March 14th, 2013
By William Kincaid
Local priests welcome the idea of a pope from Argentina and look forward to seeing where he leads the church.
"I think it's a very good choice," the Rev. Ken Schnipke of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina said this morning. "It's certainly a historical choice."
In addition to being the first Jesuit pope, Francis is also the first Latin American pope. [More]
Plentiful supply of stored waste for area fields
By Nancy Allen
GRAND LAKE - "The smell of spring is in the air" may have a whole new meaning this year.
A 42-day manure spreading ban that recently ended may result in more manure than usual being applied at once in the Grand Lake area.
A state agriculture engineer says he's optimistic farmers will do it correctly. [More]
Obituaries on March 14th, 2013
Albert F. Freytag, 87, Minster, died at 10:23 a.m. March 13, 2013, at Joint Township Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Reuben D. Deerhake, 84, Sun City West, Ariz., died at 1:30 a.m. March 7, 2013, in Sun City West. [More]
Catherine M. Miller, 90, Rockford, died at 3:01 p.m. March 12, 2013, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
Dewaine E. Byerley, 78, St. Marys, died at 3:35 p.m. Feb. 16, 2013, at St. Marys Living Center. [More]
Virgil E. Anspaugh, 95, Mendon, died of natural causes March 12, 2013, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford. [More]
Samuel H. Evers, 61, Coldwater, died March 13, 2013, at his home.
He was born Aug. 15, 1951, in Celina to Roman and Mildred Arling Evers. [More]
Beverly F. Smith, 64, Celina, died March 13, 2013, at Colonial Nursing Center in Rockford. [More]
Beverly A. Eichenauer, 64, Celina, died March 12, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. [More]
Local pictures on March 14th, 2013
Subscriber stories on March 14th, 2013
St. Marys
ST. MARYS - The first round of permanent improvement projects for the schools was approved Wednesday night after school board members were told to work on their spending image.
A letter from 20 farm groups warning farmers to reduce nutrient runoff or face stricter regulations has appeared in thousands of ag publications in recent months.
St. Marys home
ST. MARYS - A man with a weapon who made a threatening 911 phone call was apparently shot by officers Wednesday night after exiting a home in the city.
IT systems analyst feels current rule wastes time
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections members are considering a request from the county information technology department for access to the office computer server containing voter information.
ST. MARYS - Family medical practices in the Grand Lake Health System are looking to revolutionize their services by implementing more preventative services and personal care.
WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County health commissioner will serve another two-year term following approval of her contract by the board on Tuesday.
Following an executive session, Charlotte Parson's contract was renewed at $85,425 per year - a 6 percent raise during the two-year period.
Lima Area Swim Coaches Association Honors
The Lima Area Swim Coaches Association recently announced their annual awards and Celina's Olivia Schlotterer was named Girls Diver of the Year.
Postseason awards
Capital University senior and St. Henry graduate Spencer Niekamp was named to the first team of the All-Great Lakes Region team of NCAA Division III schools.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Versailles boys basketball team advanced to the Division III regional final after defeating Worthington Christian 63-48 in Division III regional semifinal action on Wednesday at Trent Arena at Kettering Fairmont High School.