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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 18th, 2017

WSU ag center clears hurdle

By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Regional Planning Commission members on Wednesday night moved to recommend a zoning change for 38.6 acres of land on which Wright State University Lake-Campus officials plan to build a $3 million agriculture and water-quality center.
The recommendation to change the zoning of the property located in Jefferson Township at 7660 state Route 703, Celina, from medium-density residential to special/parks district now advances to the county zoning commission and county commissioners for consideration.
"In order to continue with the university's campus expansion, Double Bowler, as a 501(c)(3) entity affiliated with the university, respectfully requests an amendment to the Mercer County zoning map for the property to be zoned as special/parks district," the application states.
The county's SP zoning designation allows for a conditional use by educational institutions.
"We believe that the special parks designation is kind of the best fit for the university and for community in general," Jason Tiemeier of Bricker & Eckler LLP, representing the university, told planning commission members. "The special parks is what the university's current parcel is zoned so it will match that zoning in the area."
Other permitted and conditional uses of property under SP are agriculture, cemeteries, museums, public service facilities, recreation and religious places of worship.  
Lake Campus officials plan to use 1.9 acres of land to house an agriculture and water quality center.
"The building itself will be ...on the western side of the property right up against the current university facility and therefore will allow for a stretch of open land to kind of act as a boundary with the parcels on the eastern edge," Tiemeier said. "The access will be through the current university facility."
"The university is planning to use a larger portion of the property through the formation of agricultural fields for use in research and the curriculum," the application states.
Commission members saw no problems with the application and voted for recommendation.
Asked for a timeline, Tiemeier said construction will depend on how quickly the necessary zoning classification can be obtained.
The new facility will be located near the shore of Grand Lake and will house laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices and meeting rooms, Lake Campus Dean Jay Albayyari told the newspaper earlier this year.
Albayyari said $1.5 million was in the state capital funding budget and Wright State will match that amount to fund the campus project.
The center is part of an estimated $25 million proposed expansion project made possible by the university's acquisition of 38 acres of land.
Other projects include: an advanced manufacturing center, an agribusiness/food program, an athletic/recreation complex and a connector building with multifunctional areas, including a library/learning center.
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WAPAKONETA - Minster jumped out to an early lead and never eased up in a 19-5 five-inning victory over Midwest Athletic Conference rival New Bremen on Wednesday in the Division IV softball district semifinals at Wapakoneta High School. [More]
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CELINA - Part of becoming a champion means learning to overcome mistakes.
Guest speaker Ian Hasley shared this lesson with more than 350 Celina Intermediate School students on Tuesday at part of the district's Get REAL Week.
MONTEZUMA - Mercer County commissioners are expected to advertise for bids on May 23 and open them at 11 a.m. June 8 for the village's planned street and alley reconstruction project.
CELINA - The Food Truck Rally & Campout, a new three-day event, will roll into the Mercer County Fairgrounds this weekend.
In addition to countless
CELINA - The third man charged in connection with the Sept. 23 robbery of the Second National Bank branch at 800 N. Main St., Celina, pleaded guilty to a theft charge on Wednesday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
ROCKFORD - Seventy-six Parkway High School seniors will receive their diplomas during the annual commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the high school gymnasium.
Fort area farm has 1,277 cows, heifers
FORT RECOVERY - A dairy with 975 mature dairy cows and 302 heifers is asking the Ohio Department of Agriculture to renew its permit to operate.
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COLDWATER - Last summer, Parkway captured a district ACME title with a victory over St. Henry at Veterans Field in Coldwater.
The Panthers will now have a chance to play for a Division IV district title on the same field.
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BATH TOWNSHIP - The way Maddie Steinke was pitching, the Coldwater hitters could bide their time against Tinora pitcher Ashton Helmke.
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The 2017 baseball season for the Wright State University-Lake Campus ended Wednesday with a 3-2 loss to top-seeded University of Cincinnati-Clermont in the elimination bracket of the USCAA Small School World Series in Glens Falls, New York.
Wapakoneta's Blasia Moyler earned Player of the Year honors from the Western Buckeye League softball coaches as the league released its all-league team on Wednesday evening.
From classic rockers to legendary singer-songwriters, aging thrashers to brash up-and-comers, a host of musical performers are set to play venues within a few hours drive of Mercer and Auglaize counties.