Pawpaw is a little tropical paradise in the Midwest
By Erin Gardner
CELINA - A banana and a mango walk into Ohio's woods. A pawpaw comes out.
Nestled in the county's wooded areas are pawpaws, a unique fruit native to Ohio that tastes like a mix between a mango and a banana. The fruit's skin in not unlike a mang [More]
By Tom Haines
When Mike Griner became co-coach of the Minster boys golf team in 2003, the Wildcats had only ever made one trip to state. In the next seven years, they made four state tournament runs, and in 2009, they captured the Division III title.
Through 2022, it remains the only state championship by any Midwest Athletic Conference golf team. [More]
Obituaries on September 26th, 2023
Robert Foster Hall, 94, of St. Marys, OH passed away peacefully on Saturday September 23, 2023 at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
On September 24, 2023, F. Jayne Blush Selby, 91, the youngest of seven siblings [More]
Janet Ellen (Brown) May, age 85 of Celina formerly of Lima passed away Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. at the Divine of Shane Hill. [More]
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CELINA - Superintendent Ken Schmiesing at Monday night's school board meeting vigorously defended Celina City Schools in light of its recent state report card, saying the district faces challenges that few others do in the region.
ST. MARYS - City council members on Monday approved donating a residential lot on North Front Street to Auglaize Housing Development Inc., a non-profit which provides housing and related services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
ST. HENRY - Village councilors on Monday heard from NKTelco representatives about the company's recent acquisition of Hometown Cable of Coldwater on Aug. 9.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday night passed an emergency resolution authorizing the village administrator to apply to Ohio Public Works Commission for funds to reconstruct Park, Vine and Walnut streets.
DUBLIN TOWNSHIP -Two people were arrested by Mercer County Sheriff's Office deputies on Saturday on drug charges.
At about 7 p.m., deputies stopped
CELINA - Facing pressure out of halftime, Celina gave up a pair of quick goals and couldn't muster a response.
Bath broke a 1-1 tie 2 1/2 minutes i
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Parkway picked up its 10th win of the volleyball season with a 25-14, 25-23, 25-8 victory over Lima Central Catholic on Monday at Panther Gymnasium in Rockford.
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This is my favorite time of the year. The leaves are falling in and around the lake, the ducks and geese are active, and the fish are biting. Who doe
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Near-record time at annual race along lake's north shore
By Tom Haines
CELINA - James Mount won the 2023 Grand Lake half-marathon Saturday, crossing the line in 1:17.35.
Mount, 41, from Blue Ash near Cincinnati, had never run the course along the north shore of Grand Lake but was searching for a half-marathon around the end of September as he trains for the New York City marathon on Nov. 5. [More]
Minster wins outright MAC golf title; Cavs' Giere medalist
By Gary R. Rasberry
MERCER COUNTY - Saturday at the Mercer County Elks was a perfect day for golf.
At the Midwest Athletic Conference boys golf tournament, the scores were blistering as a battle for the conference title came down between Minster, Delphos St. John's and Coldwater. [More]
Obituaries on September 25th, 2023
Larry Lee Grube, 77, of Coldwater, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 23, 2023. [More]
Todd Ronald Prenger, age 49, of Versailles, passed away of natural causes early [More]
Alice Jean Puthoff, age 80 of Maria Stein, Ohio, died at 3:23 AM on Friday, September 22, 2023. [More]
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FORT RECOVERY - Three fire departments battled a structure fire on Saturday afternoon that completely destroyed a workshop.
Firefighters at the Sou
ST. HENRY - St. Henry spent the first part of Saturday morning honoring 50 years of volleyball history.
Then they went out and demonstrated how much there is to appreciate in the present.
ROSSBURG - Logan Seavey etched his name into the Eldora Speedway record books earning more than $30,000 in a dominating sweep of the three United States Auto Club (USAC) divisions at the 41st annual Four-Crown Nationals on Saturday night.
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New Bremen suffered its second straight loss of the season as the Cardinals lost 25-17, 24-26, 14-25, 26-28 to Fort
By Colin Foster
CELINA - Since a Week One setback to Versailles, Celina is looking pretty doggone good.
The Bulldogs made it five wins in a row Friday with a 24-12 victory over the visiting Elida Bulldogs at Celina Stadium to stay on top of the standings in the Western Buckeye League. [More]
By Bruce Monnin
ST. HENRY - Minster scored first and then relied on its defense to hold on for a 7-2 win over St. Henry at the Wally Post Athletic Complex on Friday night.
Both defenses dominated offenses run by backup quarterbacks.
Playing their first full ga [More]
Obituaries on September 23rd, 2023
Jerome W. "Jerry" Wilker, age 95, of rural New Bremen, peacefully passed away at 6:26 A.M. at the home of his daughter on Thursday, September 21, 2023. [More]
Marjorie L. Rhodes. On Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 5:55PM, Marge, surround [More]
Rita M. Miley, 93, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, and [More]
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CELINA - A new cafe in Celina is serving up trendy teas, waffles and ice cream inspired by popular late-night snacks in Japan.
Seastars Cafe, located at 1107 North Main Street, is a veteran-owned bistro offering a wide range of bubble teas, milk teas, bubble waffles and rolled ice cream.
UNION TOWNSHIP - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart plans to close Gallman Road between Mercer Road and Deep Cut Road in Union Township for bridge maintenance work.
Marion Local outlasts Versailles in battle of top-ranked teams
MARIA STEIN - In a battle of top-ranked teams, it came down to who could do all the little things.
Versailles led an apparent game-tying drive with
ST. MARYS - Leaves are turning, and so are the hopes of St. Marys.
The Roughriders held off a comeback to earn a 21-19 win over Van Wert on Friday night at Grand Lake Health System Field, getting a second win in a row after four losses.
ROSSBURG - Rico Abreu and Chris Windom led their respective feature events from start to finish to kick off the Four Crown Nationals at Friday night at Eldora Speedway.
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Coldwater scored all its points in the first half and improved to 6-0 with a 40-6 win over Parkway on Friday night at Panther Stadium in Rockford.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Candidates in a crowded field vying for three open spots on the Celina school board told a large audience on Thursday night why they should be voted into office in the Nov. 7 general election.
The 11 men and women running for the school board seats made open and closing statements and responded to questions posed by and relayed to the Celina Education Association by audience members. [More]
Wildcats win first MAC title since '16, first outright since '11
By Gary R. Rasberry
MERCER COUNTY - Minster has been one of the most dominant girls golf programs in the Midwest Athletic Conference, but it's been a while since the Wildcats have hoisted the conference trophy, and longer since winning an outright title.
Afte [More]
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Units a welcome addition to market
CELINA - After less than a year of construction, the Fairway Apartments held an open house on Thursday morning for prospective occupants.
Builders broke ground on the first of six proposed three-story, 24-unit apartment complexes in November 2022.
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners on Thursday approved a $88,000 revolving loan for the purchase of basketball and volleyball equipment at Rush Sports Complex.
ST. HENRY - The New Bremen hitters ran into a brick wall Thursday night at the Redskin Gymnasium.
St. Henry blocked its way to a four set (25-20, 18-25, 25-14, 25-18) victory over the Cardinals, while grabbing a share of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference in the process.
NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville couldn't quite cage the Tigers.
Jackson Center defeated the host Rangers 2-1 in a hard-fought Western Ohio Soccer League boys soccer match on Thursday evening.
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Shawnee won the Western Buckeye League boys golf championship on Thursday, beating Bath by 12 strokes in the league tournament at The Oaks Golf Club in Lima with a 316.
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