State Route 219 bridge in need of major repairs
By William Kincaid
MONTEZUMA - A state agency appears to be holding firm to its plans to completely shut down the State Route 219 bridge for two months in 2025 to repair the deteriorating structure despite an outcry from village officials.
Village officials a few weeks back said they're urging Ohio Department of Transportation to instead keep one lane of the bridge open for emergency responders. They asked locals to add their voices to a chorus of opposition. [More]
Obituaries on June 1st, 2023
Nathan D. Freeman, 71, of Oregon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at [More]
Jon Kent Albers, 87, of St. Marys, OH went to his Heavenly home 10:40 a.m. Sunday May 28, 2023 at Vancrest of St. Marys, surrounded by his loving family. [More]
Urban J. Drees, age 91, of Yorkshire passed away at 4:07 am Monday, May 29, 2023, at Versailles Rehab & Healthcare Center. [More]
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Division IV State Softball Preview
In the past two weeks, the Parkway softball team has dispatched No. 2 Minster, No. 5 Covington and No. 8 Russia. But in the state semifinals, the Panthers have their toughest test yet.
State Track and Field Championships Preview
After comfortable wins in the regionals, the Minster girls and Marion Local boys come into the Division III state track and field meet with a chance to make a mark.
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Space to offer arcade, games, axe-throwing
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A quintet of business partners aim to convert a vacant three-story brick building on Main Street into a wonderland of amusements they believe will complement the thriving downtown scene.
By day, The Refinery at 311 S. Main St. will operate like a souped-up Chuck E. Cheese for families and private functions, replete with an arcade, assortment of games and miniature bowling lanes. [More]
Obituaries on May 31st, 2023
Denis (Deny) Joseph Dabbelt, 57, of Celina, Ohio passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 28, 2023, with family by his side. [More]
Lisle Laverne "Vern" Wendel, age 78 of Celina, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2023 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville. [More]
Ruth Ann Toler, 63 of Celina, Ohio, passed away at Celina Manor on Monday, May 29, 2023. She was born January 23, 1960, in Newark, New Jersey. [More]
Gary Klosterman left this life early on May 29, 2023 to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [More]
James M. Lentz III, age 58, passed away May 19, 2023, at his residence in Botkins, Ohio. [More]
Bruce Lightfoot, 80, of Celina Ohio, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2023. [More]
Jon Kent Albers, 87, St. Marys, died May 28, 2023, at Vancrest of St. Marys. [More]
Beverly A. Fortkamp, 54, Celina, died May 30, 2023, at Wayne Hospital, Greenvil [More]
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Regional Baseball Preview
The last time St. Henry played for the regional baseball title in 2011, current spring coach Mike Gast coached the players during his stint as summer ACME coach.
Brittyn Bruns continues family's state tradition for Parkway softball
Although Parkway softball hasn't been to the state tournament in 10 years, coach Trey Stover thinks the tradition of excellence started by his predecessor, Mark Esselstein, still very much influences the team today.
Rockford unites to pay tribute to area war dead
By William Kincaid
ROCKFORD -The lives of three Parkway High School graduates - William Miller and Benny Sapp, both of the class of 1967, and Carey Fosnaugh of the class of 1968 - were tragically cut short while fighting in the Vietnam War.
People from Rockford, Willshire and elsewhere gathered at Veterans Memorial at Hedges Park on Memorial Day to pay their respects to the trio of men and others among the estimated 1.3 million Americans who have died for their country since the Revolutionary War. [More]
Obituaries on May 30th, 2023
Ryan A. Shinabery passed away at the age of 45 at his home in Arlington, Texas on May 24, 2023. He was born in Celina on April 24, 1978. [More]
Scott A. Livingston, age 64, of Coldwater passed away peacefully at his home in Coldwater, on Sunday, May 28, 2023. [More]
Clarissa B Thieman age 101, formerly of Minster, Ohio died on Monday, May 29, 2 [More]
John R. Etgen, 41 of Mendon, Ohio, passed away at the Lima Memorial Hospital on May 21, 2023. [More]
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CELINA - Karl Hagaman of Celina marched with hundreds of Operation Desert Storm veterans in Washington on Monday to honor those who have died during their military service, according to a news release from the National Desert Storm Memorial Association.
Scored nine runs in first two innings to bury Rams
BLUFFTON - Before Saturday, the St. Marys baseball team hadn't made a district final in over 20 years. Now, the Roughriders are heading to the regionals.
ELIDA - From the second through the sixth innings, Evan Harlamert was nearly unhittable.
But the first and seventh innings brought struggles.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
St. Marys' Syerra Greber earned an automatic bid to the Division II state track and field meet with a top-four finish in the 200-meter dash at the second day of the regional meet held at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
By William Kincaid
NEW BREMEN - In an apt tribute to a hometown hero who loved playing and coaching baseball, especially with his sons Cole and Carter, organizers on Memorial Day will officially dedicate the MSG Brian Naseman Memorial Field in Bremenfest Park.
Master Sgt. Naseman died May 22, 2009, from noncombat-related injuries suffered in Taji, Iraq, a rural area approximately 20 miles north of Baghdad where he was stationed with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. [More]
Obituaries on May 27th, 2023
Virginia "Ginny" J. Wilson passed away peacefully on May 25, 2023. She was born in Newark, NJ March 4, 1931 to Herbert Guettler and Doris (Pitman) Guettler. [More]
Rozella Wellings, born March 24, 1924 to Charles and Gertrude Wellings, died Ma [More]
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Local communities will observe Memorial Day weekend. Events began on Friday in Fort Recovery.

Memorial Day observances in Celina will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with services at Lakeshore Park's memorial site.
Five-run fifth secures first state berth since 2013
CLAYTON - For the first time in a decade, the Parkway softball team is heading to the Division IV state tournament.
The Panthers limited the damage
COLDWATER - A 2-1 victory over Crestview Wednesday ended a 42-year district-final drought for Marion Local.
On Friday, St. Henry halted Marion's season in the Division IV district title game and ended a streak of its own.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Midwest Athletic Conference teams shined on Friday on the final day of the Division III regional track and field meet at Troy Memorial Stadium.
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