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Haylee Harling and Branston Pohlman do not get the summer off as they are preparing their animals for the Mercer County Fair. Harling, 13, of Celina and her dog Reba will compete in agility, obedience and rally at this year's fair. Pohlman, 13, of Fort Recovery will show his heifer Cheese Curd at this year's fair. Watch our video to see what they do t get ready.
By Abigail Miller
  CELINA- A Celina man has been indicted on nearly 100 felony counts for allegedly defrauding people out of more than $1 million.
Christopher T. Wendel, 58, was indicted by a Mercer County grand jury on 80 counts of unlawful securities practices, a second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-degree felony; seven counts of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony; six counts of telecommunications fraud, a fourth-degree felony; and three counts of aggravated theft, a third-degree felony. [More]
4-H members are busy going over fair details
By Abigail Miller
CELINA- Summer is often a time of rest and relaxation for most students. However, those involved in 4-H have been busy working on projects for the 172nd Mercer County Fair Aug. 8-14 in Celina.
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4-H is a community of young people across America who learn leadership, citizenship and life skills as they work in partnership with adults on a variety of projects - from food and forestry to rockets and rabbits, according to www.ohio4h.org. [More]
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  For the second time in three years, The Daily Standard has been named one of the best newspapers in the state. It won first place in general excellence at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor's awards ceremony at Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center in Columbus on Sunday. [More]
Obituaries on July 23rd, 2024
Robert Louis Baker, age 93, of Celina passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2024 at the St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. [More]
Jean Brackman, age 76, of Coldwater, Ohio, died on Monday, July 22, 2024 at Elmwood Assisted Living Center in New Bremen. [More]
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CELINA - In a bid to attract more officers to the police force, city administrators are crafting a policy that would reimburse cadets' police academy costs in return for a commitment to stay with the department for a certain number of years.
ST. MARYS - The completion date of the new municipal building has been pushed back at least a month, city director of public service and safety Greg Foxhoven said at Monday night's regular city council meeting.
CELINA - Mercer County Democratic Party Chairperson Sophia Rodriguez plans to vote for Vice President Kamala Harris as the party's standard-bearer for the White House at the Democratic National Convention next month in Chicago.
COLDWATER - Village council members on Monday night passed numerous pieces of legislation to sell two properties owned by McDonald's Corporation and McDonald's USA, LLC.
NEW BREMEN - Village councilors passed legislation for a then and now purchase order totaling more than $100,000 for repairs to the fire department's ladder truck.
CELINA - The two oldest teams in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League squared off at Montgomery Field on Monday going in opposite directions.
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I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the outdoors this past week and weekend. Having a break in humidity was much needed. I took full advant
Jamel Morris scored 17 points off the bench as Carmen's Crew outscored the Red Scare 10-7 in the final segment to reach the Elam Ending in a 71-60 second-round victory at The Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena.
Six members of the Auglaize-Mercer Family YMCA Waves swim team will travelto Ocala, Florida to take part in the YMCA Long Course Nationals taking place July 30 through Aug. 3.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Maleah Lee, 20, Celina, was crowned Miss Lake Festival 2025 during Sunday night's Miss Lake Festival Scholarship Pageant at the Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater in the Bryson Park District.
Along with a sparkling crown - and entry into the 2025 Miss Ohio competition next summer - Lee landed a $4,500 scholarship. She also took home the $500 Jerry Deitsch Talent Award scholarship. [More]
Obituaries on July 22nd, 2024
Phyllis Ann (Kunk) Gibbons, 80, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at the EverHeart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. [More]
Joseph A. Rogers, 57, Celina, died July 8, 2024, at Celina Manor.
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Gravel picks up victory in 41st Kings Royal
ROSSBURG - For the third time this season, World of Outlaw stars David Gravel and Donny Schatz went wheel-to-wheel for the win at Eldora Speedway.
In May, Gravel prevailed and pocketed $12,000. Thursday night Gravel held off a late charge from Schatz to capture the $100,000 Joker's Jackpot.
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Michigan scored in six of their seven at-bats as Grand Lake struggled at the plate in a 13-2 seven-inning loss to the Monarchs on Saturday night at Montgomery Field in the teams' series wrapup.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Fair officials on Friday unveiled a wide-ranging slate of attractions coming to the 2024 fair next month and outlined a few key changes, including moving opening day to a Thursday and a new clear bag policy for grandstand events. [More]
Obituaries on July 20th, 2024
Jill Irene Rabe, 73, Rockford, died July 12, 2024, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Board of Elections Office will begin sending out letters on Tuesday to voters in all 12 Celina area precincts notifying them of their new polling site at Market Hall at the county fairgrounds.
Grand Lake picks up run-rule victory over Michigan
CELINA - After giving up 54 runs in the last four games and getting run-ruled twice, Grand Lake was looking to get the final homestand of the season going with something positive.
ROSSBURG - Rico Abreu led early, chased David Gravel and then made a daring late-race pass that brought the huge Knight Before the Kings Royal crowd to its feet in the closing laps as he went on to claim the win and the $25,000 top prize at Eldora Speedway on Friday.
Greenville plant would be used to train personnel
By Abigail Miller
CELINA- The Darke County Fire Chiefs Association plans to construct a $1 million-plus live fire training facility in Greenville that will be accessible to area fire departments.
The non-profit association was established in 1984 to foster unity among departments. It's made up of 21 fire departments serving all of Darke County and portions of Mercer, Miami, Preble and Shelby counties. [More]
Obituaries on July 19th, 2024
Sylvia Rose Poeppelman, 90, formerly of Osgood, Ohio, died on Friday, July 5 at Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen. [More]
Debrah Jean Leugers, 71, of Celina, OH died 8:00 a.m. Sunday July 14, 2024 at her residence. [More]
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CELINA - School board members said they don't yet have a precise dollar amount of the forthcoming grades 7-12 building, nor have they made any decisions on a master athletic facilities plan.
WAPAKONETA - The Court of Ohio Third Appellate District in a 2-1 vote this week reversed two felony convictions against former Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh.
Gravel takes the lead late to win $100,000 Joker's Jackpot
ROSSBURG - Thursday night's $100,000 to-win Joker's Jackpot at Eldora Speedway turned into a survival of the fittest, but when the smoke cleared and the dust settled, David Gravel collected his first "major" event win at Eldora.
As the Grand Lake Tagged Fish Frenzy hits its halfway point, there's a lot of prize fish still swimming free.
Matt Patten, one of the organizers and the owner of East Side Bait and Tackle in St. Marys, said only 27 tagged fish have been caught as of Tuesday.
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Grand Lake began its final run of six games in the regular season facing Michigan. The Monarchs scored four runs in
CELINA - Eight contestants will compete for scholarships and a prize package in the 2025 Miss Lake Festival Scholarship Pageant on Sunday at the Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater in the Bryson Park District, weather permitting.
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