Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued April 01 at 12:12AM EDT until April 01 at 1:15AM EDT by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Shelby County in west central Ohio... Darke County in west central Ohio... Auglaize County in west central Ohio... Mercer County in west central Ohio... Northern Miami County in west central Ohio... * Until 115 AM EDT. * At 1212 AM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Monroe to Redkey, moving northeast at 70 mph. HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and penny size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. * Locations impacted include... Sidney, Piqua, Greenville, Celina, Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Coldwater, Fort Shawnee, New Bremen, Minster, Versailles, Covington, St. Henry, Newport, Cridersville, Bradford, Union City, Anna, Fort Loramie and Jackson Center. This includes I-75 in Ohio between mile markers 82 and 118. THUNDERSTORM DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...0.75 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...70 MPH
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...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM EDT SATURDAY... * WHAT...West winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of East Central and Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Central, South Central, Southwest and West Central Ohio. * WHEN...From 8 AM to 6 PM EDT Saturday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
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Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Fort principal hired as new Parkway AD

By Claire Giesige
ROCKFORD - The current Fort Recovery Middle School principal will become Parkway Local Schools' new athletic director.
Matthew Triplett was approved as the new athletic director by Parkway school board members at a special meeting Wednesday.
The hiring comes amid many changes in the athletic program. In March, former athletic director Doug Hughes, head football coach Dan Cairns, head boys' varsity basketball coach Rick Hickman and head girls' golf coach Eric Stachler all resigned. Head volleyball coach Jeff Marbaugh did not receive a new contract.
In April, the board hired Hughes as head boys' basketball coach, Shane Wellman as head football coach, Terri Samples as head girls' golf coach and Jordan Henkle as head volleyball coach.
Along with learning to match the new names with their new positions, Triplett said he plans to learn as much as he can about the Parkway program once he begins training with Hughes in June.
"Just to get involved and find out what's going on, where we need help and what's going well, and obviously doing everything we can to continue that," he said. "I plan to find out how I can match my strengths to some of the needs of the district."
Triplett has coaching experience at a high school and college level and has strong ties to the area.
"My wife is from here and I know a lot of people in this area," he said. "It's a solid school district, and it was a chance to work closer to home."
Puthoff said Triplett was hired from among 69 applicants by an interviewing committee.
"We thought he was the perfect fit for our community. His kids go here, he lives here," he said. "We want someone who will be here not for one or two years but for the long term. That's important because if you start building a program and leave, that doesn't help us much. We look for the best and we think Matt is the best."
Triplett said he's always had an interest in the job.
"I've always went the principal route but athletic director is something that I have been interested in and it's very similar in a lot of aspects to being a principal," he said. "With evaluations and working with students and teachers, there are a lot of similarities. What happens on the ball field or court is basically, in my opinion, just an extension of the classroom."
He was also approved for a one-year teaching contract. Puthoff said Parkway typically has the athletic director teach two-three classes in the morning, depending on needs and then focus on athletic director work in the afternoons.
Triplett said he looks forward to working at Parkway.
"There's a great thing going here," he said. "I'm excited to find a way to come in and help out wherever I can."
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Division II District Softball Semifinals
MILLER CITY - The Celina softball team looked ready to close out their Division II district semifinal against Defiance, leading 3-2 with three outs to go in the bottom of the seventh. [More]
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EDITOR'S NOTE: In recognition of Emergency Medical Services Week, the newspaper is publishing a multipart series on local EMS providers over the next few days.
FORT RECOVERY - Tufts of fur, antlers, casts of paw prints and even samples of scat from animals in distant lands captured the imagination of students at the elementary school.
CELINA - An anti-poverty agency serving people in three counties unfurled a sign bearing its new name at its Celina location on Wednesday morning.   L
GRAND LAKE - Grand Lake Recreation Club members hope for a nice, sunny day Saturday for the annual bicycle poker run.
Club members wanted a family event to encourage use of the area near the lake.
A horde of musical artists - heritage acts Paul McCartney and Black Sabbath, reunited '80s headbangers Guns N' Roses, jam band road warriors Phish and Dead & Company - are taking to the road to play venues within a few hours drive.
Divison IV District Baseball Semifinals
COLDWATER - This year's Division IV district final will be a repeat of last season's final.
Fort Recovery and Minster both survived with narrow victories in Wednesday's semifinal games to set up a 1 p.m. title-game rematch on Saturday at Veterans Field.
Division IV District Softball Semifinals
WAPAKONETA - Parkway softball coach Mark Esselstein appeared exhausted following his squad's 5-4 Division IV district semifinal win over Marion Local on Wednesday night.
District Track and Field Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina girls track and field team got the postseason started with a solid showing on the first day of the Division I district track meet at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin.